Gabe Rodreick rises above spinal cord injury to continue writing music
|Rodreick is the band's lead singer, and writes most of the music.|
Rodreick is now quadriplegic; his story is the inspiration for a bill introduced to the Legislature this week that would appropriate $4 million a year toward curative spinal cord research.
Though the injury put an end to Rodreick's piano playing, the 20-year-old recently found a way to get back into music by starting Treading North. Rodreick is the band's singer, and he writes the majority of its music and lyrics.
Check them out:
Here's another performance, from the band's show at the Fine Line last month:
The title of this week's cover story, "Stalking the Blue Demon," is a reference to one of Rodreick's songs. He wrote it about his accident, he explains, and his desire to get back to his old self.
blue demon paces/ patiently awaiting my return/ the pain is endless/ cry out as i yearn/ pain becomes silence/ darkness consumes my life/ like a rabid dog behind a junkyard gate/ the demon persists in strife
i wait for him/ i stay for him/ left me behind/ i'll change for him / i'll take for him/ in my own mind/ my past it haunts me on my heels/ while i wait for a future revealed
"It feels really good to be doing music again," Gabe told us. "Because for the last four years, I didn't know what I was doing."