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The Best Hug

2017 April 22
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by Mike Vial

“The Best Hug You Will Get”
I’ve had a soul-recharging run of cool shows this year. I’ve been making up for the lost time after cancelling my winter tour because of the accident in October.
Honestly, it’s not really “lost time.” I was given a second chance.
Three days after my record, A World That’s Bigger came out in October 2016, I was hit by the car while crossing Huron Street, walking to the Ark to play a gig.
I saw the walk sign, started crossing, excited to get to my favorite venue. Once I walked three quarters through the intersection, I saw blue sky.
I guess a U of M professor just didn’t see me in the road as he turned left, and ran me over. 
My Taylor guitar shielded my body from the initial impact and saved my head from hitting the ground. (Thank God I was carrying a gig bag, and not a hardshell case.)
As I was waiting in the ambulance, a police office came up to the door and said, “Hi, Mr. Vial!” (Yep. The police officer on the scene was a graduate of Holly High School, from my first year teaching.)
Anyways, my guitar and I got off easy.
I had a broken foot and a hurt back that needed physical therapy. My guitar is covered in cracks, but only needed a $115 dollar set up from my tech to play right again.
And then…
Three days after I was hit by the car, Natalie leaned over and said, “Mike, I’m pregnant.” Ginny was going to be a big sister in June!
Surreal. Three days and a second changes everything.
My record is about the struggles of miscarriage, the birth of Ginny, love, life, and death. If the driver had been going 10, 15, 20 miles faster, it might have been a final statement…Just like Nick Drake’s Pink Moon…
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Wild Rose Moon shared the live video of my song “I Will (If Your Plane Is Late”). I didn’t plan to play it that night, but it felt right in the second set.

It’s a song about the best hug one can get: in the airport, right when a loved one gets off the plane.

However, that best hug scene has been replaced for me.
The best hug I’ll remember is hobbling to my (unknowingly pregnant) wife and giving her a hug before being sent to the hospital.
Give someone a hug today.

Setlist: April 20, 2017 – Robin Theatre

2017 April 21
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by Mike Vial

#setlist from last night.

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Lansing City Pulse Feature & LCC Radio today

2017 April 20
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by Mike Vial

Big thanks to Lansing City Pulse and writer Rich Tupia for featuring my show tonight at the Robin Theater. You can read the article here:

I’ll be playing on LCC Radio 89.7 FM today at noon on the Local Lunch Hour:

And lastly, big thanks to my Pop and Grandma (my parents) for  babysitting Ginny while I play some music in Lansing!

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Last night, my friend Shawna Caspi from Toronto was passing through on tour through the Midwest, and we stopped by the Ark’s open stage. Enjoy a clip of Shawna on the legendary stage! Click here

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Setlist & Video: April 7, 2016, PCBC

2017 April 8
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by Mike Vial

Songs in video:
1. 1:09: Amy Soucy: “Last Days”
2. 5:08: Me: “I Just Want to Be Your Last”
3. 10:18: Amy: “Winter Man”
4. 16:40 Me: “Ghostwriter”


Feature on Annie Reuter’s blog, You Sing. I Write

2017 March 27
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by Mike Vial

Thank you to Annie Reuter (Twitter: ) for sharing the story about my record & my thoughts on songwriting on her site.

Read the article and interview:

I met Annie Reuter at Rockwood Music Hall years ago during my first trip to NYC. We’ve stayed in touch over the years. She’s now moved to Nashville, writing cover stories for major music publications, yet still finds time to write on her own site.

I appreciated Annie taking an hour to chat we me on the phone about my record, A World That’s Bigger, and my songwriting process.