Here’s a thing: My friend John Anderson (who some of you may remember did a guest stint here at Whatever a few years back) has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” His friend Matthew Ryan, who happens to be a hell of a musician, decided to do something to help John and his wife Amanda with some of their expenses related to the disease. He released a single, “An Anthem for the Broken,” from his upcoming album for their benefit, with the everything (minus Bandcamp processing fees) going to John.
Matthew released the song in February and it’s already had a positive effect on John’s life, as he details here at the American Songwriter web site. But I figure there’s more that needs to be done, and more that can be done.
So: here’s the single, which really is a rousing, moving rock anthem. Take a listen to it, and if you like it (or just want to help), follow this link and kick in for John and Amanda. The song is available for a dollar but if you want to contribute more, you’re welcome to do that too. At the link you’ll also see Matthew Ryan’s own thoughts on John, which are well worth reading.
A personal note about John: I’ve known John for close to twenty years now — we worked together in the 90s at AOL and were part of the same tight group of friends when I lived in Virginia. He’s been my musical guru for years, sharing with me (and many others) all the bands and musicians he’s loved over the years, including Matthew Ryan. A non-trivial portion of my music collection is directly due to his recommendations. He is a good friend and an excellent person, and my life would have been immeasurably poorer had I not known him. He is, simply put, important to me.
I would look on it as a personal favor if you would consider helping him now, and also if you let other people know about this.