December 10, 2009
New Song - Please Leave Me Alone
Scene Two: Earlier this year, I connected via Facebook with a friend I grew up with named Jeff Siebel. One day I discovered a note he had written called "One sip to insanity." I discovered he was an alcoholic, who hadn't touched a drink since June of 2008. His writing was powerful, vivid. I was always floored by every new note he wrote. His stories and prose were simultaneously devastating and inspiring.
Scene Three: December 6, 2009. Jeff posts "Day One Again." In his own words, "530 days of sobriety vanished... I start over." I didn't know what to say. I've battled and continue to battle my own demons, but Jeff's struggles are in a different league than mine. I reached out to him, song in hand. He loved it. He and I decide that when he writes his book, and goes on speaking engagements, this song will play.
Thank you Jeff. Thanks for sharing your struggles, and for inspiring us all. Thanks for sharing your talent, both for writing and, as it turns out, drawing. The caricature of me above was drawn by none other than Jeff. I dedicate this song to you, my friend.
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Posted by Tom Willner at 7:37 AM