photo by Clifton Romig
Playing Yoshi's again with my group was a milestone for me. There were many months where nobody knew if I'd be able to play bass again at all. Getting back onstage at Yoshi's, playing my music was the goal that kept me motivated.
I worked very hard on my recovery. I didn't want to be the limiting factor in my recovery. I had been told I couldn't overdo physical rehab, but I hit rehab so hard they had to tell me to ease up a hair at one point.
I'm proud of what I've done. But I didn't do it alone. I'm very grateful to the firefighters who cut me out of my truck, and the medical staff that's been working on me almost three years now.
I'm also grateful to all of you who helped me by getting me to medical appointments when I couldn't drive, who visited me in the hospital, who took me to shows as I was recovering, who played the benefits for me, who helped with expenses those first few months, who visited me and got me out of the house when I was back home, and who showed kindness, support and love in so many ways.
I worked hard on my recovery. But I didn't recover on my own. And I wouldn't be playing again without your help.
Thank you all very much. I'm grateful.
At The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland,
At Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.
At Bird & Beckett Books & Records , 653 Chenery, San Francisco, CA
Video interviews of Kurt Ribak
Kurt Ribak Trio at Yoshi's San Francisco - June 30, 2009
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