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Accident update: my Taylor Guitar lives to play another day!

2016 October 11
by Mike Vial

If you missed the news on Facebook, heads up that I’m recovering OK, but I was hit by a car walking to a gig last week.

I was crossing Huron at First Street, walking to the Ark theater on Thursday to play at the annual John Lennon Tribute show. A driver turning left hit me while I was in the crosswalk. I still don’t know the details about what happened.

What I do know is my guitar will survive!

I was carrying my beloved Taylor 514ce in a gig bag on my shoulder when the accident happened. The gig bag took the initial impact, saving my body from harm.

The doctors who treated me at St. Joe’s were guitar players, and we had a nice chat about our guitars before I got X-rays. Their faces were more pained when they asked what type of guitar I was carrying, then when they came to tell me I had a broken foot. (Better than a hand!)

Today, my father drove my guitar to Weninger Guitar Works. Mark Weninger has been fixing my guitars for 10 years, and today he confirmed my acoustic’s guts and neck look OK!

I’m feeling blessed twice after hearing this good news. I bought this Taylor new from Guitar Center in 2001, and it has been my main guitar for all of my 1000+ gigs, except for one: last year’s John Lennon Tribute at the Ark.

This guitar has been my main axe for recording sessions, too. I used it for seven of the 10 songs on the new record. You can hear it on songs 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10.

The guitar won’t be pretty, but she’ll be ready for my record release shows in Michigan: Oct 29 at the Ark and Oct 30 at the Acorn Theater.

Big thanks to my dad who was roadie all weekend. Additional thanks to songwriter Nancy Beaudette for the kind Bandcamp note, and Shawna Caspi for sharing my accident story with Laurie Brown, host of the Signal. I appreciated getting that kind message on Twitter! #signalitesunite!

All of you road warriors be safe!

No gigs for me this week, I’m still recovering and figuring out what I’m going to be able to do. However a few of my friends are playing gigs in town:

  • Thursdsay, Oct 13: Sedgewick – at Cafe Verde 7 PM
  • Oct 14 & 15: Frances Luke Accord open for Darlingside at the Ark!

Sunday, I’ll be back to promoting my new record, with a live interview and performance on the Back Porch on WVPE 88.1 FM between 7-11 PM.

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