Mary Chapin Carpenter – A Virginia Mountain Dreamer

I was checking out Facebook today when I saw an add from Amazon for a new album out from Mary Chapin Carpenter.

I have been a fan for a long time. But I hadn’t paid much attention to her biography in the past. So, while listening to samples of her new songs I jumped over to Wikipedia and read her bio. I learned she called Charlottesville home so I consider her another Virginia Mountain Dreamer. This led to an NPR This I Believe  recording she did and it impressed me enough to feel the need to post it here…

The Learning Curve of Gratitude

by MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

June 24, 2007

I believe in what I learned at the grocery store.

Eight weeks ago, I was released from the hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism. I had just finished a tour and a week after returning home, severe chest pain and terrible breathlessness landed me in the ER. A scan revealed blood clots in my lungs.

Everyone told me how lucky I was. A pulmonary embolism can take your life in an instant. I was familiar enough with the medical term, but not familiar with the pain, the fear and the depression that followed.

Everything I had been looking forward to came to a screeching halt. I had to cancel my upcoming tour. I had to let my musicians and crew members go. The record company, the booking agency: I felt that I had let everyone down.

But there was nothing to do but get out of the hospital, go home and get well.

Do yourself a favor and go on over to The Learning Curve of Gratitude : NPR and check out the rest of the transcript. Or, just listen to the recording above…

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