In Memory of Widespread's Mikey Houser: His Golden 50th Birthday
In Memory of Widespread’s Mikey Houser: His Golden 50th B-Day By Anand S. January 6th, 2012 On what was probably a humid day in North Carolina exactly 50 years ago in January of 1962, The birth of Mike Houser & his music would 2 cite Skynrd “pick me up when I’m feelin’ blue.” I always loved how you pulled down the guitar strings making Widespread one of my fav bands, & as I left the Amphitheatre in Milwaukee after my 1st Panic show, I yelled, “Ain’t Life Grand!” Anyone like me who has suffered from health problems as you did, remembers your brave fight, & in your memory we must ensure that the sick, to quote a WSP cover, will be “Feelin’ Alright.” Having lived mostly up “North,”
I’ve generally not been around “sunny rocks and funny trees,” But only cuz’ u r in a better place Mikey, that not being able to c u again “Makes Sense to Me.” Still though, I wish I could “summon the Holy Ghost from the battlefield” to bring you back, & let me be “ready to ride, ride, ride” your guitar riff-wave as JB’s raspy voice says in “Jack.” Going back 2 places, now living in your region, I’m often “sittin’ around, watchin’ the rain fall,” & whenever listening to you jam, especially on the 2000 Oak Mountain DVD, I’m having a ball. I remember not finding my friend after a great Spread show, Panic(king) I’d have 2 walk alone, But given you’re 1 of his fav people, I knew he’d never “leave me in the dark here on my own.” I owe ya cuz during yours & Jo-Jo’s jam in “X-Mas Katie” after JB said, “make it last all night,” The vibes I gave off groovin’ 2 it made literally every chick there think I was a very pretty sight. Your riffs brought me a major spin throughout my body, yet paradoxically, also peace of mind, An example being psyched 4 an ab-routine, but also after a tough week, being able 2 unwind.
While I really, really love college football, especially hangin’ with the die-hard fans of the SEC, Cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs is more correlated 2 the unity of WSP co-founders, you & JB. I love how partly “to achieve spiritual justice”, WSP covers Stevie Wonder & Curtis Mayfield, & 4 being so natural at playing “Superstition” & “Pusherman,” as well as you play “Hatfield.” Whenever I saw you play guitar, wanna’ take a guess how I knew it was a really connecting jam? It was when you’d turn your head, & crack a warm smile at JB & Schools, as I would to my fam. Please hang on 2 da “Angel on High” up there cuz like u say, “she’s got wings, she’s got wings,” & speaking 4 all Spread-Heads, know that “(your) spirit (will always) move in all (of our) things. We love you Mikey! Sincerely, Anand "Blue Indian" & Every Widespread Panic fan there is.