Excited for the new direction of this account. I will still be posting recovery-based, as always. But as a human, I am changing. I am growing. I am adapting and becoming a new version of myself. It's hard not to compare myself to where I've been. "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living."
Thank you all for supporting me along my journey. 💕
I can't wait to put more art out here. (Also if you are interested at all, feel free to follow my more personal account. It's tagged.😋)
Yesterday would have been my cousin Jeff’s 55th birthday, RIP. Jeff was a huge influence on me when I was a kid. I’ll never forget when he gave me the cassette tape of The Painkillers album. I loved it. Jeff was an exceptional musician, but I was too young to understand that. All I knew was that he and his band made this super-cool tape. That was my cousin Jeff singing and playing guitar! And he wrote or co-wrote all of the music. I was in awe.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized how much I learned from just being around him and hearing the music that he made. And also from hearing him talk about music and hearing the records he would play. To this day Jeff is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Ask anyone who knew him, they’ll tell you same thing. I miss him.
Big thanks to Euclid Records StL for releasing Jeff’s music, The Painkillers music, and keeping it circulated. @euclidrecords
Do yourself a favor and check it out. *** From Euclid Records Facebook post (yesterday):: Today would have been Jeff Barbush's 55th birthday. As many of you know, Jeff was singer, songwriter and guitarist from The Painkillers, the beloved 80's St. Louis band who's original songs and crazy under the influence shows are now considered legend. Seven years ago, I released their complete recordings on CD along with the rest of the band Jack Petracek, Michael Martin, Carl Pandolfi, as well as the creative energies of Thomas Crone and Bill Michalski. While the recordings are over 30 years old now (!), the music is still fresh and holds up today. Unfortunately we lost Jeff back in the 90's, but I’m so happy to have seen Jack, Mike and Carl each playing with their current bands over the past year.
So to celebrate Jeff's 55th, we've made all 21 Painkillers tracks available for download. Here's a link to the Euclid download store (app available at the App Store), but it's also available from the usual suspects (iTunes, Amazon etc). If you love the sounds of XTC, Wire, The Mats, dB's, REM etc. do yourself a favor and sample the tracks and hear what we heard back in the day, a super talented band that should have been enormous.