Last Saturday night I had the honor of DJ’ing a 50th birthday party for a man entitled “Wild” Bill. I figured he had this nickname for a reason, but every conversation with me was beyond professional, and sincere. In fact, he was the most prepared client I had ever had! I received a letter from him explaining his reasoning for the party, a 9 hour music playlist, two payment deposits…..He reminded me, of me!
He knew what music he liked, and he knew every song and artist. On a personal note, it was all music I loved, so I couldn’t wait to DJ the party. On a professional level, I was beyond impressed with his knowledge and understanding of Rock n Roll and the gems of our 80’s scene. He knew what music would bring him and his guests to a “happy place”. It reminded me of my wedding to be honest. I gave my DJ a hard drive and told him to ONLY play from each folder designated to each part of the day. I designed the music for my wedding from start to finish, and in a way, Bill did too..Of course he wasn’t as stubborn as I was at my wedding, and I did take requests from his friends at his party:)….
I started off with the background music he requested while the guests filed in and ate their dinner…..but as soon as Bill’s dear friend shouted to me “Let’s get this party started!!! CRANK THE AC/DC!!!” I knew it was a game changer. Bill ROCKED his soul onto that dance floor while his supportive friends/family joined him……all night…..
At one point I even turned to his son and the conversation went something like “As long as your dad is happy!” He replied back to me, “He is always happy”….
The reason I blog about “Wild” Bill, is because he inspired me so much Saturday night, and I think his story is one to tell. He lost his wife a couple of years ago, and after some grief and mourning, he could’ve sunk and let the loss defeat him. Instead, for the sake of his two children and himself, he rose, stronger and stronger…..He asked me to DJ this party for him because he had promised himself, and his wife and children years ago, he would throw a huge bash when he turned 50. He kept his word, and lives his words, on a daily basis. Rather then collapse and crumble from a tragedy, he survived and carried on to rebuild and become the man he is and will always be today. He is love.
And love is contagious…..
Everyone at that party connected to Bill and his story in some way. There was a lot of magic in that room. As I listened to his children speak about him, and his adoring sister, I felt a connection to Bill I couldn’t explain. Then again, we are all connected……
Later that weekend, a woman who used to teach with my late father saw my Facebook posts about the party and informed me that my late father most likely taught Bill’s late wife. I knew we had been connected. Not just in music, or NJ, or passion, there was more, I felt it that night and ever since. Pretty wild right? The father I had lost so many years ago, the reason I became a DJ, the fire to my heart, was probably a part of Bill’s wife’s childhood. Pure magic.
Let Bill’s story be a lesson to all of you. Life is hard, life is easy, life is love, but we are all in this together. Bill has joined a hiking group and spends a lot of his free time in the physical/mental therapy of nature. He is a fighter, he is a survivor, he is more alive then most people I have met in this lifetime. No matter what your age, or what the weather is, or what tragedy has taken toll on your life, always remember that you CAN and WILL get through it, if you choose to do so. It is always YOUR choice, to live…..
Just being alive is your special occasion….Bill wakes up everyday and thanks God for granting him life, and I believe it, and I believe in stories like this that can inspire us all.
Namaste, and Rock On!