Later on, Rich met a guy, who became a great friend, who coached his kids in hockey. He asked him over to play music again – they had a blast – and without really asking he found them a drummer and booked a gig. That restarted playing music with others – Rich left the real working world (after chemo for lymphoma) – and he has played in 3-4 bands since, some original, mostly cover music.
Richs plays a bunch now (bass in his full band, acoustic guitar in a duo or trio). He’s written some of his own stuff, and hopes to write more. He is currently getting involved in recording as well – opening a small studio.
Rich was also extremely involved in the leukemia lymphoma society for seven or eight years after his diagnosis, and was on their board in Maryland for a couple of years.
His comments on the song he chose:
The song is “Hold On” and it was really just talking about the shock about the first phone call that I received, sitting with my wife in the docs office when we heard that word cancer. Knowing that she was 7 months pregnant at that time with our 3rd child – and just wondering how we were gonna make it day and day and then year to year.