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Single Release: The Things You Keep

This blues song is about when a friend or a relative or anyone close to you does something stupid. And then you decide that it is not worth losing the relationship, so you go on. You continue despite the loss and probably never reveal how you really felt. The song is available on all streaming…

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Single Release: Lusitania

I wrote this song to try to capture a little bit of the tragedy of the Lusitania. I read a book about it a few years ago and I’ve always thought it might be a good subject for a song, but had not really figured out how to approach it. Easiest way for me is…

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Single Release: Welcome to the Metaverse

Looks like the last blog was a long time ago! So, I am starting something completely new with the blog. I’ll be announcing new songs as I release them. This time, I am announcing the release of Welcome to the Metaverse. You certainly hear a lot about this concept, and I wanted to add my…

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Going Blind 10: Hail Volta

By Craig J. Hansen It’s been a while since my last blog.  I’ve been busy.  I decided a while ago that stumbling around, trying to hide impaired vision, was not a productive long-term strategy.   I have learned to use a white cane fairly well. It’s awkward and I can’t help feeling like a human weed…

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Degenerating

I was north of San Francisco with a group of family members, traveling along Highway 1. Every once in a while, along this beautiful, twisting road, you find pullovers or side roads that lead to a small beach nestled in the cliffs. We stopped at one of these and walked down to the sand. As…

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Waiting

I do a lot of waiting. I remember this when my vision was better: standing in line at the grocery checkout or the drivers license office or even waiting for hours for a three-minute ride at Disneyland. I didn’t like that much. I’ve learned with vision loss that waiting is part of the game. People…

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Excuses

Some years ago, we hosted a foreign exchange student. She was from Thailand. She was funny, adaptable, curious, and spoke excellent English. But when pressed with a  question or situation she didn’t particularly like, she would go wide-eyed and say “I just poor Thai girl.” This is a tempting strategy. When someone says to me…

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Superpowers

Question: Isn’t it true that if you lose your sight, you develop other senses that are especially strong? That nature compensates? Answer: Yes, you develop superpowers. Now, I can become invisible to myself. I can walk into solid objects. I am waiting for other superpowers to develop. I want to fly. It would be a…

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Blind on Ice

I went curling. If you’re not familiar with curling, it is like shuffleboard on ice, where you slide a 42 pound granite stone over an ice sheet to a target area that seems about half a mile away. You try to get your stone on the bullseye and, at the same time, try to knock…

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Driving Fear

In my dreams, I still drive. Even dreaming, I’m aware that I have vision limitations. But as I drive in my dream, even if it’s snowing or it’s dark, I realize I can see well enough to do this, and why did I quit driving anyway? Actually, I stopped driving voluntarily. It was about a…

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