I'm seriously humbled by the outpouring of love, concern, positive energy and prayers we've received since the accident last week (our tour bus hit the center divide and flipped onto it's side on a highway in Switzerland).
My band and crew are recovering well - lots of sore ribs, bumps, and bruises but all heal-able. At this point, everyone is home except our tour manager, Rebekah, who had to remain in the hospital for observation but has just been released and will be returning home tomorrow. We're wishing her a safe trip home.
Our hearts go out to the family of our driver who died in the accident. His name was Andre. He was the relief driver, sent by the bus company to give our regular driver an occasional break during an upcoming 13 hour drive from the south of France to Holland. I had just met him when I boarded the bus for our overnight trip. He relieved the first driver after around 3 or 4 hours and had been driving about 3 hours himself when the accident occurred.
Man, it was crazy. But we got to see the true character of my group. I'm so proud of every member of my band and crew. Finding our way off of that overturned bus, not really knowing what had happened or what was going to happen (was there a chance that the bus would explode?) Each and every person was concerned not just for themselves but for the entire team.
Things like this make you take a minute and reflect on how many blessings have to happen just to get you from one day to the next - or to get your band from one city to the next - I'm grateful for each new day we get and each trip that we return safely from.
Please - each time you get into a car/bus/train/plane, take a second to reflect on the serious risks of traveling in motorized vehicles. We usually take these for granted but, whether it's an international trip or just down to the store.. When you get where you're going, you may want to give a little thanks.
Here's a photo I took of the bus right after the accident. I'll let you interpret the rays of light and rainbows...
Thanks again, I literally heard from everybody.. Very humbling..
So glad that we have more life to live and more music to create..
With love and appreciation,