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Cancer sucks, Team Karsyn Rocks, and my thoughts on Metal Music

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Cancer sucks, Team Karsyn Rocks, and my thoughts on Metal Music

Rae Hering

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Let's just be clear right away - YES, I'm playing a metal show.  But ye who thinks I have nothing in common with metal, think again!  Scroll down to read more thoughts on this, but first, the important stuff...

This night is all about supporting a brave little girl named Karsyn.  Back in 2011, just before her third birthday, Karsyn was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer (ATRT).  Since then, she's had ups and downs in her journey to recovery.  Long story short, Karsyn now needs a lung transplant and the community is stepping in to financially make this happen for her.

Karsyn's parents, James and Cassie Thornton, keep us updated on Karsyn's day to day on her Facebook page, Team Karsyn.

If you can't make the benefit this Saturday, but are still interesting in donating to Karsyn's cause, please visit Team Karsyn's fundraising page

And please take a moment to watch this endearing video of Karsyn taking her first bite of food in over 4 months!!  So sweet.

Now...

I admittedly know very little about metal music.  It would seem that metal and I are worlds apart. But think again!  There is a common thread...  

I was thinking about it the other day.  I had an inkling that some metal, especially the virtuosic guitar stuff, is influenced by "classical" music (i.e. European composition from about 1600-1900).  Upon doing a little research, my suspicions were confirmed.  Wikipedia sites Kurt Bachmann of Believer stating:

"If done correctly, metal and classical fit quite well together.  Classical and metal are probably the two genres that have the most in common when it comes to feel, texture, creativity."  

Great!  I grew up playing classical music.  That was most of my musical education until I was 20, and it still comes through in my music.  Metal and I have officially found our bond...Bach fugues, Mozart Sonatas, Beethoven madness...  

At any rate, metal music and I will have a LOT in common this Saturday when we're playing our hearts out for Karsyn.  Go Team Karsyn!