Head Injury Was a Big Setback

It’s always something. Just as I got creativity neurons and brain areas talking to each other..WHAM..a really bad concussion in December of 2015 brought everything to a halt. 

Concussion was caused by a car accident, other than my neck the rest of me was fine. I just thought I’d report in here since my last one was way back in 2014. Honestly, you get so used to hearing the word “concussion” during football season that a lot of people just let it slide. Until you’ve had a brain injury like this you really can’t appreciate how bad it can be. 

It took me the better part of 2016 to get back to feeling like my old self but I haven’t had any opening in the dark clouds that completely swamp my brain’s creative centers since then. 

I’ve been really disappointed by this because I knew the final Pirates of The Caribbean was being released this year and I have a whole album of water and seafaring songs written out as an idea… My brain just couldn’t let me pull it all together for you. 

Ah well, as I keep saying, onward and upward !

Hope Springs Eternal

Writing Again

After an incredible slump in creativity, caused by MS interference, I am pleased to report that my muses seem to be nudging me to write again. Composing a new song or two would be a huge breakthrough for me.
Here’s the rub : How to compose music when the very process of listening to music makes me run from the room ?
My guitar work is still super, my voice and 3 octave range still intact (just ask my cat) and my love for lyrical writing is alive and well.

What took me off the stage and made me put all music aside was the effect that Multiple Sclerosis has had on my brain’s ability to “translate” incoming music and rhythm. When you listen to music you enjoy it, yes ?
Sure there are forms of music, musicians and singers you don’t care for but, if you asked most people, everyone would say they “enjoy” music.

I don’t enjoy music or repetitive sounds, it is maddening, I can’t stand it and I have to be where there isn’t music playing. Multiple Sclerosis attacked the wiring in my brain that deciphers music and rhythm. Consequently, most incoming sound translates as wrenching metal or garbled pounding. Oddly, sometimes I get a shift in brain function that means I can tolerate old music that I know by heart, usually music from 1920’s to 1960’s, but only one song at a time, perhaps once a week. After one song I have to turn the music off.

It is the worst thing to have happened to anyone, let alone a professional musician who’s been entertaining people since the age of 14.
There is an excellent book about this kind of brain damage by Dr. Sachs entitled “Musicophilia” wherein he describes several cases of musicians who lost their ability to listen to music.
My MS specialist said that my brain cannot take the stimuli of sound and, in an attempt to limit the coming seizure, takes over and has me react before I even know what I’ve done. This started in 1993 when I would suddenly go around turning off the tvs, radios and stereos in the house even though someone else was listening to them.

Those of us with MS often talk about having to adjust to new realities as we go along. It really is like something out of a the Twilight Zone. Reality just shifts suddenly, as if time and space have taken a slight step to the left, and we have to feel out this new reality and find a way to get comfortable with it because it is not going to shift back.
These shifts may happen a few times a year or, for some, only very rarely.

Occasionally, the “new reality” stays in place long enough for brain communications to settle down and reroute themselves. A window opens and there is a tiny slit of opportunity that presents itself.
I know that this is what has happened to me and my window opened, ever so slightly, in June of this year. I started knitting and the colors looked good from one day to the next, I went into my fiber stash and organized the colors to start spinning wool again for projects AND I began singing around the house.

Knowing that this window can slam shut at any time has me enjoying creative play in every moment, creating little art pieces for friends and recording bits and pieces of new tunes.

I don’t know how long this new reality will last but I wanted to let you all know that I have never given up the idea of recording fresh albums and publishing all my lyrics in an illustrated book through all these stagnant years.
The Sci-Fi and Fantasy communities have stayed with me all this time, keeping me company and writing encouraging letters and emails. I really hope I can give something back to you…. before the dark window closes again.

Be well, be happy,
🙂 Meg

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Cover Art for Captain Jack and the Mermaid

Captain Jack and the Mermaid Album by Meg Davis

June 5, 2012 – A Memory of a Royal Meeting 1974
Queen Elisabeth & I, one grey day in London I was walking past the gates of Buckingham Palace when a royal guard stepped out and raised his hand. I stood just off the edge of the palace gravel drive & the Queen rolled out in her Bentley. The car paused and in that moment the Queen looked up at me and our eyes met. I was so surprised I just smiled and gently raised my hand. She gave me a warm smile and wave back and off she went. There was no one else anywhere near, the mall deserted, as I stood there wondering how amazing it was that I was in that place at just that moment in time. I hope I never forget the look we shared…I suppose I should have curtsied 😉

IMPORTANT CD UPDATE : I don’t have any CDs to ship as of June 1, 2012. IF YOU COME ACROSS AN ORDER PAGE WHERE YOU CAN ORDER DIRECTLY FROM ME VIA PAYPAL PLEASE LET ME KNOW ! I don’t want to disappoint anyone !
All albums are available online via iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, Rhapsody etc.

Update 2/2/2012 A new year brings me to WordPress. My old website is fading but everything will be here along with much more content and interactive fun.
I have new stories to tell, art projects going and lots of wisdom to spread around. So, as soon as I get back from the Lakes I’ll get down to making my blog the real Meg Davis place you’ve all been hunting for all these years.
If you want my music you can still buy CDs from CDBABY.COM and all of my music is online and available for downloading through your favorite music providers worldwide (iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon etc.)
Stay tuned, my Lovelies