Before the "ADHD" label was being used in our school systems, I was a guinea pig for Ritalin as a so called "hyperactive" 5th grader. Looking back, I wish my parents had AbleChild.Org as a resource. If we had that kind of support back in the day I wouldn't have had to wait 30 years to re-frame this "disorder" as the truly dynamic gift that it is.
Watch the official music video above for my autobiographical song "Good Enough."
If you're inspired you can help me in supporting the work of AbleChild.Org by making a donation and get a free download of "Good Enough" from my new album Cracked Open.
AND if you have friends, family or know parents who have "ADD" or "ADHD" kids,
please let them know about AbleChild.Org
I sent this out in my last newsletter:
We woke up on the morning of Thursday September 12th to a raging river in our backyard with no electricity. Apparently we didn’t hear the sirens in the middle of the night evacuating people from their homes. The next 6 days we were without power, water or gas except for the fact we had an RV that had about 15 gallons of diesel fuel to tun the generator so we had a refrigerator we could put our food into as well as our neighbor’s food. Plus it had a propane stove… Read more
Quite an amazing week. We are so grateful to be safe and up on high ground with our own well, septic and connected to power from Longmont. We got power back late Monday night and Internet today. Cell service has been bad and still is.
Since we have had access to an RV that has a fridge and a generator, along with 100 gallons of rain water I collected on Friday plus ample food and drinking water we have been able to spend time helping our neighbors instead of leaving town right away.
Coming close to the end of our 6 week West Coast tour. Big thanks to everyone who shared their hearts, homes, meals and love with us. Looking forward the next loop back around this fall! So many highlights… like playing the Vintage Wine Bar in Redding CA and having to play at 11:30AM the next morning at KPIG with John Sandidge in Watsonville CA…then right after that finding diesel fuel leaking from the RV. Seems like when the worst things happen they occur in the best possible scenario!
It’s been a dream of mine to play in Holland and not everyone knows my full name is Arthur Leland Sikking III and that I am 1/3 Dutch on my dad’s side. I’ve heard that “Sikking” is a common name in Northern Holland so I find it quite exciting to be featured on the following Dutch radio shows in the last week: Acoustic Rain, Crossroads, Delta Rhythm, EasterGirl, Harky In English, Landslide, Muziek En Toch, Paul van Gelder, PeelGrass and RadioGirl!!!! I want to give a big THANK YOU to all the Dutch DJ’s from… Read more
Really looking forward to playing with my good friend Ellis this Friday March 29th at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minnapolis MN. Check her out http://www.ellis-music.com I had tons of fun playing with her the last 4 nights on her CO tour. She is one of my favorite new folk artists!!!
Many of you know we moved back to Colorado this fall and we are so happy to be here in Lyons in our new pad. I’m excited to share with everyone some of the projects we’ve been working on very soon. One unexpected big project has been health related as I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition ealier this fall called Graves Disease (Hyperthyroidism). One of the symptoms is bulging eyeballs which has been evident is my most recent looping video as well as the video above. I have been going about an… Read more
Well it’s Dec 21 2012 and in light of current events and the season, my songwriting partner Carol and I were inspired to write a Christmas song and try our amateur hands at filming a music video. I was invited to play at the annual Christmas Eve celebration in our new hometown of Lyons CO. We wanted to contribute something special and this is what came through. We wrote, recorded, filmed and edited the song in 4 days this week. I recorded a simple acoustic guitar and vocal version of the song that is… Read more
I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus over the last two years writing, recording and developing some new technologies for my live show. (I posted a video of my version of Strawberry Fields Forever below from last Friday’s show since so many people have been asking about my arrangement) Not to mention totally losing my voice last fall because of a polyp on my vocal cord. That put me on an emotionally intense 6 month healing journey that ended up with miraculous healing WITHOUT having to do the standard surgical… Read more