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Marysville musician writes album after seizure

MARYSVILLE — Writing a full album of songs would be hard enough for many folks, but Marysville's Jon Fosdick did it while recovering from a seizure.

Fosdick had previously recorded a solo album in 2001, which "did well" overseas, but other obligations had always interfered with his ability to play at shows to which he was invited.

Fosdick's life changed abruptly four years ago when he was driving and experienced "a full-tilt seizure." Fortunately, he was able to pull over to the side of the road to avoid an accident, but the hospital diagnosed him with two abscesses in his brain. Over the course of the next five months, he was treated at two different hospitals and received a craniotomy. Although cancer was ruled out, he was still sent home with a series of antibiotics, as well as a new perspective.

"That was about the time that I realized life is short, and you don't get second chances," said Fosdick, who began writing a second album while he was recovering from his seizure.

This year, he recorded those tracks in a studio with fellow Marysville resident Vogard Kane, Marcelo Portaro and "Capt. Joe" Kurke, as part of "Dog Leg Preacher," his new band. Fosdick described the band's music as "very straightforward rock music, stripped down alley-rock," while Kane suggested it has "a power pop sound, with hints of the classic greats." Fosdick actually wrote more songs than the band could fit on the album.

Fosdick remembers first getting into music at the age of 7, and playing professionally with a band starting at 14. Dog Leg Preacher has already played a number of shows around the Puget Sound region, and a few of their songs are starting to get some airplay on area radio stations, including KISM in Bellingham.

Kane recalls his friend Fosdick being much more "blustery" before his seizure, whereas now, he sees him as "more contemplative and willing to think things through, but still colorful."

As for Fosdick himself, he pointed to "Ashes," the first track on Dog Leg Preacher's album, as a perfect description of his feelings after his seizure.

"Whatever you intend to do, you'd better get busy doing it," Fosdick said. "It's hard to understand until it happens to you. I never thought something like this would happen to me.

"I love playing music," he added. "If you love something like football, you can't still be doing it when you're 70, but I can enjoy playing music the rest of my life."

To learn more about Dog Leg Preacher, you can log onto My Space page or Screaming Skunk Web site.

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