Brett Talley (musician/producer) was diagnosed with CML (Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia) earlier this year. CML is a disease that affects the formation of white blood cells. On August 16, 2013, the Philadelphia music community united to provide support to Brett and his family.
That night, the downstairs stage at the World Café Live featured a steady stream of bands and solo artists for nearly 6 hours straight! Participants included Mike Mitchell, Paul Wiese, Phil Murphy, Lexi & Michael, David Melendez, Boy Wonder, Rodger Delany, The Better Half, Matt Duke, Susie & the Sizzlers, Pawnshop Roses, IKE, John & Brittany, The Jellybricks, and Awesome Bros.
During one emotionally charged portion of the evening, Brett broke down when thanking organizer and longtime friend John Faye for his work in orchestrating the event. With the money raised, Brett will be able to pay for his medication for approximately the next two years.
“The moment that meant the most to me as a musician was the fact that the benefit happened at all. To see so many of my musical peers in the Philadelphia local scene, on and off the stage, come together to help my family was the most surreal and overwhelming feeling,” Talley expressed. “It truly made me feel special and that both my wife Susan and I mattered in the original music scene.”
“During the final song of Susie & the Sizzlers set, I was playing bass and I looked out into the audience and saw that everyone had their phones and cameras out and they were all fixated on the right side of the stage. I looked over and saw my 18 month old son, David, standing at the keyboard attempting to play. He could barely make it over the keys! My mother-in-law had brought him up on stage. I lost it.”
“I walked over to him to ‘rock out with my son,’ but he was more interested in watching John Faye play the drums. As the song ended and the crowd erupted in applause for my future rocker, he turned to them and clapped, as well! I have never been more in love with life than I was at that moment. It made me realize and fully understand the lyrics John had written for the new IKE single ‘The Other Shoe Always Drops:’ ‘Happiness is not a state of mind/It’s more a collection of flashes in time/appreciate them while they shine.’”
“That definitely was a moment that will shine on into infinity for me and my wife, Susan. It probably is my most proudest moment as a father, so far. I am so happy that all of my 492 friends and family were there to witness it. It made me realize more than ever that I need to continue to fight in my battle against Cancer and that I need to win!”
“I have done some pretty incredible things in my life, musically — most of them with my band-mate John Faye— but nothing compares to the feeling I had walking out on that stage numerous times to thundering applause knowing those people were radiating their love and support for my health situation. It made me proud to be a musician and it made me proud to know that I surrounded myself with the best people and musicians I know. What more could someone ask for?”
“I am forever in debt to John Faye. Everyone knows he is a great and talented songwriter, but not too many people know the side of him that would do anything for anybody. He always puts his friends’ needs before his own. I am grateful to make and record his music with him, but I am also even more grateful to call him my friend.”
Proceeds from the purchase of John & Brittany's “Zzzoloft” continue to go to support Brett and his family.