Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sleep Forever

One of my favorite bands of all time is Cheap Trick. My brother and I are always on the edge of our seats waiting for them to tour in a town near us. We get especially crazy when a new album is to come out.

This past year their new cd was to be released on June 23, 2009. My brother had gotten it earlier. I had yet to hear it due to Aviana's accident, which happened on June 17th. In light of what had happened, I had obviously not thought much about it.

My brother advised me NOT to listen to it yet, he said he had, and the very first song had brought him to his knees.

Until she was just about released from the hospital, I had never listened.

At the time my brother heard this song, the accident was fresh, and we were unsure if Aviana was going to live or die.

Listening to this today, 13 months out, I am still left with a tear soaked face.



  1. Hi Jen,

    I ran into your blog quite randomly, but I really do think there is a reason behind it all. My name is also Jen and I'm the executive producer of a nonprofit group called Red Balloon where we use music to change a child's life. As of 2008, my main focus has been at the uc davis children's hospital and their music therapy programs. Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes because you and your family helped me remember the core mission of my nonprofit and our dedication to help people breathe easier. We have an anticipated concert every year at UC Davis, raising funds for music therapy but also allowing our audience to be inspired with music to go out and make a difference. On behalf of my team, we would like your permission to dedicate our annual benefit concert to you and you family.

    I'd love to get in touch with you if possible. Please feel free to email me at jenaltran@gmail.com or visit us at http://projectredballoon.org (although I warn you, the site is never updated until Oct-Nov when our promotional season starts)


  2. WOW!! Awesome Red Balloon Jen!!! When is the annual concert? I so want to be there for my little cuz! =)


  3. We're pushing for 11/20/10 at the UC Davis campus! I'd love for your ENTIRE family to be there :)


  4. We'd love to be there, as well. Music is so therapeutic...so cathartic.