Brooke St. James here. So many years since I have seen most of you so before we jump into the what, perhaps you could all do with a bit of why and where.. as in (where the hell have you been?)
In the interest of keeping this a relatively simple answer here we go:
I started a family back in 2010 while living and performing in Las Vegas. It didn’t take long to realize that raising kids in “Sin City” wasn’t a very healthy environment for them and quite frankly it didn’t agree with me either.
We relocated to the Midwest, more notably Wisconsin in 2011.
It was at this time that Tyketto was working on Dig In Deep. After the completion of that record was when I officially stepped down from Tyketto guitar duties for good, enter the brilliant Chris Green.
Family was now priority number one. Being there for my kids was everything to me as I did not have that luxury as a child.
I would continue to write, perform and record music as well as work a full time “straight” job…
a humbling experience to be sure but something I have never shrunk from. You do what you gotta do.
In mid late September 2021 my now 17 year old daughter returned home from school ill. Within a few days most everyone in my home was sick. The kids tested positive first, then my wife. Ok,
no need to panic.. from what we all knew at that point, we, as relatively healthy individuals should be fine.
The kids bounced back immediately.
My wife was sick for about 5-6 days with typical cold symptoms.
I, however, after experiencing my first symptoms on September 23, 2021 tested positive on September 24th and began a frighteningly rapid decline.
Unfortunately, this virus affected me very differently than it did my family.
I was hospitalized Oct4 and finally, by the Grace of God, discharged on Oct 30. During my stay I came very close to death according to my doctors and while I was moved to ICU at one point somehow some way I managed to skirt intubation and ventilator status.
I feel as though I have been given a second chance in this life. Perhaps to correct some of the foolish mistakes of the past. Much is yet to be seen. I do believe this has also served as a swift kick in the Brooke St. James backside of WTF is your music?
It’s truly remarkable how many excuses we can find for the time we allow to pass through our hands with little results when we feel that there’s always tomorrow….You have all been so patient. For that I thank you and vow you WILL have Brooke St. James music in your hands as soon as I can start working in the studio again.
That brings us to here and now. I am currently at home recovering from Covid and double pneumonia. This is a game of patience unfortunately.
For now I am tethered to an oxygen machine and moving around with the assistance of a walker.
I have every reason to believe things are improving daily although it’s difficult to measure in such small increments.
That said, my wife and I are facing a dilemma unlike anything we’ve faced before. Now there is only one income in our home and while we do have some insurance to manage what is surely coming the amount of pressure on my wife is simply overwhelming.
We understand fully that after one month of hospitalization and continued Dr care we are in for a battle to keep our heads above water.
And so it is with this, that I humbly appeal to you my dear music loving friends around the world.
If you can find it in your hearts to contribute anything at all we would be forever and truly grateful.
With Love and Gratitude,
The Brooke St. James Family