Posts Tagged ‘Music’

One Year

September 9, 2010

…who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? -Esther 4:14

One year ago Paul Cardall got the news:  The heart he desperately needed for transplant was available! Since then he’s resumed his career as an award-winning musician, started a Foundation that grants scholarships to CHDers to attend college, written a book, and become one of the most effective Congenital Heart Defect Advocates that I know of.

Congratulations, Paul! Even though we have never met in person, I am proud to call you my friend and fellow Heart Warrior. Thank you for all you do to fight heart defects, and may your new heart be continually filled with the love of your friends and family.


Saving Grace

August 20, 2010

To the tune of Saving Grace by Everlast:

Two days ago she gave birth
Momma’s little girl fighting for all she’s worth
Don’t say her child isn’t perfect

So pretty & oh so bold
Got a heart full of gold but her hands are so cold
She said “I don’t even think that God can save her.”

Are we gaining ground
Am I losing faith
Doc can you help save my little girl Grace
I’m so thankful for this gift my Angels gave me

Don’t wanna leave
Won’t go home
Worried her child will be so alone
Just waitin’ for a miracle

Street wise from the boulevard
Jesus only knows that she tries too hard
She’s only tryin’ to keep the sky from fallin’

Day sixteen in Intensive Care Hell
Day or night she can’t tell
You think she’s strong but she’s just surviving

Operating room like a gambling hall
Walk in and bet it all
Surgeon smiles and says “She’ll make it.”
Throw your hands up and scream hallelujah






One time around the sun
Another year older and your work ain’t done
It’s time to write the final chapter

Tell your story and tell it true
Tell everyone what your Grace went through
Until this disease is no longer

Then we’ll all scream hallelujah






Hallelujah…. Amen!

Celebrate Life! – with Paul Cardall

January 19, 2010

When we last saw Paul Cardall, he was recovering from his recent heart transplant and planning two events: Paul is going to climb Mount Olympus (The one in Utah, not the one in Greece!) but first, the award-winning musician plans to take the stage again! Paul Cardall will be performing at the Celebrate Life! concert planned for February 15, 2010 at Salt lake City’s Abravanel Hall. As part of the concert, the Cardall Family Foundation will award a scholarship to Salt Lake Community College to a deserving student with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) or their family member in the Rocky Mountain area. If you are in the area and would like to apply for the scholarship, you can download the application form HERE; the deadline for applications is February 10. You can also nominate a family affected by Congenital Heart Defects to receive a small financial gift from the Cardall Family Foundation.

I’ll be returning home from the Broken Hearts of the Big Bend Regional CHD Forum, but I’m hoping Funky Heart! readers  in Utah are planning to support Paul.

Let’s Celebrate Life!

He’s Living for Eden

October 15, 2009

First, Paul Cardall is a very talented musician. He can literally make a keyboard do things it was never designed to do, and it all looks effortless and sounds wonderful. But I wonder if he didn’t miss his true calling.

Paul was asked to speak to the organizers of the Children’s Miracle Network (Yeah, the people who organize the telethon every year!) and the text of his presentation is on his blog Living for Eden. Paul hit a home run… no, he hit a Reggie Jackson home run: He tore the cover off the ball; knocked it out of the park!

…I witnessed first hand these kids, these cute little kids in their hospital gowns with IVs, teddy bears, and nurses pulling them around in their wagons to x-ray at 6am each morning. I was deeply affected by the amount of ill children who I saw fighting for their lives...However, in my own experience I could not think of a better place and a kinder group of folks who selflessly serve and accommodate families without much public recognition.

I’m sending you over to Paul’s place to read his speech, and you won’t be disappointed.

I promise;

Gracie’s Theme

August 5, 2009

Gracie Gledhill had to fight from the moment she got here. Born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), Gracie had the first stage of the Norwood Procedure at four days old. She never received the second operation, the Bi-Directional Glenn Shunt, because her doctors felt that she was too sick for the operation. Finding a transplantable heart became her only option. (For those who would like to know, all three surgeries to repair an HLHS heart are very well described in the HLHS link)

Gracie  fought and scratched, tooth and nail, never giving up. And finally it looked like she was about to win: the call came, a donor heart had been found, and Gracie was the lucky recipient.

Not so lucky… the new heart was itself damaged, the left ventricle barely functional. Gracie fought, her doctors fought, people worldwide (including Funky Heart readers) prayed, but in the end, Gracie slipped away – not quite one year old.

Fellow Heart Warrior Paul Cardall had become friends with the Gledhill family and introduced his new instrumental Gracie’s Theme at her funeral. Paul has honored Gracie again, by assembling a short video of her life with Gracie’s Theme as the background music.

“I dedicate this video to every family who has lost a child.” – Paul Cardall

Music on Monday!

July 27, 2009

I got home late, I’m tired,and I have to go see my dentist this afternoon. So I’m going not going to post anything heart related until later today, if at all.

But for the moment, here’s the craziest band in Rock and Roll: The Leningrad Cowboys, backed up by the Soviet Red Army Choir (yes, you read that right) singing Sweet Home Alabama.

The music! The hair! The shoes! The Leningrad Cowboys have got it going on!

Oh, Sugar, Sugar!

June 22, 2009

A new website helps you track how much sugar you consume in various products. But you aren’t going to like it! (Click the link, I dare ya!)

That also reminds me that we haven’t had any music in quite a while! Here’s a blast from the past: Sugar, Sugar by The Archies! Unusually, The Archies didn’t really exist. They were a group of studio musicians who thought they could sing and play just as good as the megastar musical groups they played for. They proved it by sending Sugar, Sugar to #1 on the musical charts in 1969!

Hope you’re having a great day;

The Music of the Heart

June 18, 2009

An unusual ad campaign by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra reveals something… well, take a look!

This will change Cardiology forever!

The Bolder Boulder Soundtrack!

May 17, 2009

The soundtrack can make or break a film – after all, what do you think of whenever someone mentions the old TV show Dragnet? Almost everyone thinks of that four note opening theme: DUM DA DUM DUM! Everyone knows the Star Wars theme – and even though you may not know the title, you’re probably familiar with the Imperial March, the heavy bass tune that is played whenever the Empire is on the move. That song lets you know that the bad guys are again up to no good, and that Darth Vader is certain to be involved!

The Bolder Boulder also has a soundtrack! This is really pretty cool – all along the six mile course, local entertainers will be performing, keeping both the crowd and the participants pumped up. Crowd support can keep a runner motivated – during the 1996 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Columbia, South Carolina, part of the course passed through Fort Jackson. Many of the runners said that the sight of hundreds of US Army trainees cheering for them really helped them keep going!

The Bolder Boulder soundtrack is available – FREE! Just click this link, you’ll be taken to a page where you can order a CD containing music from most of the entertainers for the outstanding price of $0.00! (I don’t know if there is a shipping and handling charge, but the CD itself is free!) Plug it into your CD player as you work out and see if you don’t work a little harder!

The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) participants are going to be enjoying the music too, but if you really want to get us fired up, stand up and show you’re with us. If you see an ACHA participant go by during the race, shout long and loud! Send us an e-mail at asking how you can get involved. Consider making a donation to the ACHA (We’re a nationally recognized nonprofit organization!). Give us a yell if you see an ACHA member in downtown Boulder. Or, join the ACHA. Like the Bolder Boulder soundtrack, ACHA membership is free!

’till next time;

My Birthday, Your Gift!

September 5, 2008

Today is my birthday and I am out celebrating! But before I leave, here’s a little gift for you: The Leningrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir singing Sweet Home Alabama… in English!

The Leningrad Cowboys are a Finnish rock band with a taste for the unusual. Keep your eyes open for their hair, shoes, and tractor shaped instruments. The Red Army Choir joins in on the chorus, and it’s pretty obvious these guys are having a good time. They finish the song with a few bars of The Song of the Volga Boatmen, a traditional Russian folk song.

Enjoy, have a good laugh, and feel free to leave a comment on my strange musical tastes. I know you want to!