Please enjoy this video featuring an excerpt from "a secret for the moon"
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas in 1962, and since then, their approach has been to offer treatment to children with no regard to a family's ability to pay; a family is never asked to pay for treatments their insurance doesn't cover, and if a family has no insurance, they pay nothing at all. And if this was all they did, they would be one of the "bright lights" in this world.
However, there is much that they have given this world in terms of medical research. In 1962, when St. Jude's was founded, the survival rate for the most common childhood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate is 94 percent. But the research and contributions of St. Jude's extend beyond children's issues- in 1998, St. Jude's Dr. Peter Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, an award he shares with Rolf M. Zinkernagel of the University of Zurich. Their findings have changed the way doctors approach and treat viral infections and cancers.
At the moment, about 5,700 active patients are seen at St. Jude's every year.
In the interest of complete disclosure: my wife and I give to St. Jude's. The money earned from "A Secret for the Moon" will go on top of the money we already give.
Out of any song in this series, "A Secret for the Moon" has been around the longest, and showed up quite by accident.
At night, I will often go down to our basement and play the piano- as quietly as I can so no one will be awakened. The piano is by the patio doors, which look out to our woods. In the summer, the crickets and cicadas accompany me, and this song is definitely one of my "summer" songs.
Those of you who are familiar with my back catalog might recognize portions of other song titles in this title; on the "Lingering Light" cd, I had songs called "A Secret to Hide" and "Almost the Moon". Those were two songs that I would often play on the piano, and one night, with no warning of any type, I started playing this month's Provision song as a bit of a bridge between "A Secret to Hide" and "Almost the Moon". I initially called it "Almost a Secret to Hide from the Moon", but eventually shortened it a bit.