Barry Ollman Songs
What'll It Be?
On October 21st, 2012, I had an unexpected cardiac arrest, in my living room, which I was lucky enough to have survived. If my wife, Judy, had simply been in another room, I would not be alive today. Fortunately, she was with me when it occurred and called 911 immediately.
Everything went perfectly and the highly professional Emergency workers at South Metro Fire Rescue #31, one mile from our house, were able to get to me in something like four or five minutes. Later, a nurse told me that people who suffer a VFib (Ventricular Fibrillation) in their home have a 3-5% chance of survival and that I was one of their "miracle guys".
Apparently it was not my time to go and I remain extraordinarily grateful to this day... both in a larger sense and to all of my many friends and family members who showed me great love and support during that challenging time.
|Barry by Graham Nash|
I might add that when Graham Nash flew in from Los Angeles, unbeknownst to me, and walked into my hospital room carrying a leather Crosby, Stills and Nash tour jacket, I just about had another heart attack!
One more favorite story from that time: When the ambulance brought me into Swedish Medical Center, my new best friend, cardiologist Dimitri Kaufman had me chilled down and kept in a coma for two days to avoid heart and brain damage (successfully, I might add...). As a result of all of this, for the first few days, no one really knew what sort of Barry might emerge or if I'd even emerge at all. In retrospect, I might describe this as seriously suspenseful but at the time my family and close friends were fairly terrified. When I first opened my eyes, my awesome mother, Shirley (an extremely young 93 at the time) was leaning over me. I looked at her and said "Momm, what are you doing here? You look so beautiful!!!" She turned to everyone in the room and said with her sparkling wit, "well, at least we know his eyes work!" I'll take those genes anyday...
Back to the music... At that point in my life, I had just finished writing, recording, mixing and mastering my first album of my own music. I was about to package it all up when everything screeched to a halt and when I got back on my feet, my feeling was clear, that I ought to wait until I had regained the right sort of energy to proceed with the project.
Well, now I'm ready if you are...
I'll be rolling out more new songs in the near future so watch this space, if you're interested to hear what I've been working on over the last four or five years.
I owe big thanks to an incredible group of musical friends who have pitched in to help make it happen: Two time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (for good reason... think The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash), Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, author, photographer, collector, activist and so much more, Graham Nash; Garry W. Tallent, founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, (also about to be inducted into the Rock Hall); Venerable Composer (Manchurian Candidate, Splendor in the Grass and 100+ symphonic pieces) and walking History Lesson David Amram; Nick and Helen Forster, Founders and Co-Hosts of Boulder's long running and treasured radio show Etown; Colorado's absolute go-to drummer and percussionist, Christian Teele, (just ask around if you don't believe me); Accordion and keyboard phenom Rad Lorkovic; Producer; Composer and keyboardist extraordinaire for CPR and Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Raymond; my Co-Producer Dave Beegle of Colorado's own Jurrasicasters, highly intuitive Engineer, Producer and one of my all-time favorite guitarists. I thank you all as well as the numerous other talented souls who gave generously to this production; Bob Rebholz, Mike Olson, Taylor Mesple, Pete Olstad, Liz Clark & Tessa Perry...