Celebrating life through music

This is a somewhat unusual post because it really has nothing to do with my business or animals, but it is a very important and dear post I’m writing because it’s very personal.

Laura and Chris - wedding day
Me & my husband on our wedding day

As some of my clients know, my husband, Chris “Citrus” Sauthoff, had a stroke last November. I will have to tell you it was one of the scariest moments in my entire life. I adore and love my husband beyond words and I couldn’t imagine anything ever happening to him. Life is fragile. Things can happen in a short moment that change everything. But I have to say, we were lucky.

When it happened, I rushed him to Denver Health. It was almost midnight and I was freaking out, quite honestly. Ultimately he was admitted for several days while doctors worked to figure out exactly what all had happened and why. We are still trying to figure out the exact why, but we know he is improving all the time, which is great.

Chris is a musician. He used to tour with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and before that was a member of a pretty popular funk/hip-hop troupe here in Colorado called Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass. Together we handled business for his band, U.S. Pipe, which is how I got my start working in the music scene here. I learned a great deal through all those experiences and we grew a lot together through them.

The stroke Chris had affected his speech (he has mild aphasia) and also the sensation in his right arm and hand. Needless to say it was frustrating for him to pick up the guitar I brought to him in the hospital. I can’t imagine the feelings he has had in this regard. He can move his hand and arm all right, but at the same time, he can’t feel textures properly. He says it’s like wearing a glove. Since leaving the hospital, he has been concentrating on learning new styles of music, like Flamenco. Guitar playing is not only his profession and love, but it is his therapy.

Citrus & Friends "Top of the Hill" concertChris has been improving over the last several months, I am happy to say, and he is going to have a comeback concert on Saturday, April 21 at Swallow Hill. This is going to be a celebratory evening and we want to extend invitations to anyone and everyone to come join us. There will be a bit of everything, from Gypsy Jazz on guitar to Hindustani music on sitar. Chris will be joined by others and doing some solo pieces, and he invites anyone who wants to join him on stage at the end for a blues jam.

You can get your tickets now at swallowhillmusic.org. I also want to extend my gratitude to Dave Herrera of Westword for keeping tabs on Chris’ progress, and for writing a fabulous piece about the upcoming “comeback” show. Colorado has a wonderfully supportive music scene and we have been so blessed to receive love and even monetary donations for treatment from many generous, wonderful souls. Chris and I value the people we know and love, and we are really looking forward to seeing you for this very special show.

Thank you so much,
Owner, Delightful Doggies

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