October 6, 2015
Not too long after my accident I met this guy named Billy. Billy is an above knee amputee and kind of a rock-star drummer. He makes being an amputee look cool. After a while Billy and I started to become friends and we started to dream about how we could help other people who had also lost a limb. Billy runs a Non-Profit called Steps of Faith. Steps of Faith provides the type of support that amputees might need after the loss of a limb. Just a few months ago Billy and I asked 27 of our artist friends (And some of their friends…) to give a song for a compilation that we would eventually give away to raise money for people who could not afford a prosthetic. And well…the compilation is out! You can download this sweet album and all of the “tips” will go to buying a prosthetic leg (or arm) to someone in need. This is a big deal for me personally because it means that I get the privilege of helping others in my same situation. Losing a limb is really hard even with support. Without emotional, financial, and spiritual support, it could feel impossible. This is the chance to provide those going through tragic times with the support they need. Check it out here, and please consider leaving a tip. It could literally be the reason that someone walks again. And well, that is no small deal. PS- Check out what Steps of Faith is doing here.
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March 28, 2015
When I lost part of my leg I was on crutches for 7 months. People would stare, and friends I hadn’t seen in a long time would nearly pass out. A friend I hadn’t seen in years (a guy) burst into tears in a restaurant in the 12th south neighborhood in Nashville not too far from where I used to live. I just kind of stood there saying “it’s ok…really…i’m ok…” When you only half one and a half legs, you get a lot of attention. Not only do you get attention, but you also hear a lot of hard stories. It’s only natural to want to try and relate to someone in what they are going through, and so that’s exactly what people would do to me. Try and relate. For seven months I heard more hard stories than I had heard in the 29 years before. Tragic deaths in the family, others who had lost limbs, people that lived with chronic illnesses their entire life, and on and on. People just wanted to talk about it. To be totally honest it was kind of overwhelming. I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first. It seemed like I had to carry the weight of my own situation plus theirs, and I would leave feeling pretty drained. Sometime, a few months after that started I began to see those conversations in a different light. Those that wanted to share their story seemed to really release something when they told me about whatever it was they had gone through. It was like we both got stronger in that very moment. Them having told me something that I would have never
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February 23, 2015
02.23.15 It’s 4:49 AM. I am wide awake and have several thoughts running through my mind, however, I can’t seem to stop thinking particularly about two recent chats with two friends. “It was really hard for me not to be able to do anything to help when you had your accident” said one friend while reflecting on my accident. Another, “It was an honor to be a part of your story during that time.” This was the same friend that bought me a brand new, Breville juicer when there was a risk of infection after my second surgery and I was hell-bent on giving my body every fighting chance to heal through fruit, and vegetable juice. Side note, I think it worked. Seriously, ask me about it. It isn’t just what they said that has me awake right now, but the love in their eyes when they said it. These two guys showed up for me. One of them, a professional bike tour guide, rode his bike 20 miles to the nearby Asheville airport, rented a car and drove to Nashville immediately upon hearing the news. I have tears in my eyes thinking about the both of them walking into my hospital room. Another friend with a pregnant wife offered to sleep in the chair next to my hospital bed because he didn’t want me to be alone. It is an incredible feeling to know that someone would show up for you in your darkest hour. Several days after June 14, 2014 quickly proved to be my darkest hours in 29 years. Nerve pains plagued my mind and body day and night for somewhere around 90 days after all of the
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October 16, 2014
My friend Dom wrote a really inspiring piece on my accident. Read it here
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October 7, 2014
On June 14, 2014 my life changed. I was in an jet ski accident that left me without my left foot. I later had to have more of my leg amputated so that I could be fitted for a prosthetic leg. My journey has more than taken a turn. Things that I thought were important before, are not that important anymore. Things I cared about before, I don’t care about as much now. I haven’t thought about what that person thinks of me in 2 months. Life is all of a sudden incredibly fragile.The emotional journey of life is a dichotomy. I have felt the most sadness I have ever felt, but also been the most thankful I have ever been. It is an ever spinning wheel of emotion. The good with the bad, the sad with the happy, the small things inside the big picture. Not only is my physical appearance different, but I am different now. I never thought I would have to walk through (no punn intended there, i’m so sorry for my sick sense of humor) something like this. It has been really difficult, and the story, it seems, is just beginning. I don’t have enough page to describe to you in all the ways that I see the world differently now, but this blog will hopefully do the job of giving it a shot.
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June 18, 2014
My friends- I usually try and update and post on jakeousley.com only about music. Sometimes, though, your musical and personal life become so intertwined that you don’t know the difference. Well, maybe not always. Nonetheless, I have had a major event in my life that effects all parts. And because you are all my friends, I wanted to give word, via my website about what has happened. Saturday June 15, 2014 I was involved in a major Jet Ski accident and had a serious injury to my left leg. I recently had surgery, and am now recovering at my parent’s home in Kentucky for the next three weeks before I head back to my home in Nashville. I have felt so much love through emails, phone calls, and texts from a lot of you guys. They haven’t stopped! While I am so encouraged by so many people reaching out by phone, it has become a little overwhelming. I would so so love to hear from you. Seriously. You can still email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Any cards can be sent to 4036 Hidden Creek Dr. Henderson KY 42420. The best place to hear updates from me would be to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I am feel really strong and encouraged right now. I’m inspired by other’s stories and the love they have shown in food, laughter, prayer, and support. A lot of people have asked me about helping. Some amazing friends of mine created a gofundme page. This is basically where people can go and donate money. Any time you have a major surgery like this, there’s a lot of cost. My hope is that my family would not feel this burden. So, that’s
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December 10, 2013
3 Carols is an EP of three intimate recordings of, you guessed it, 3 of my favorite Christmas Songs. My good friend Stevie Griffin and I recorded these several years ago. And even after a few years, there is still a charm to all of these songs and the way we recorded them. We recorded them with the hope that they would sound like I was in your living room with a few friends, singing a few Christmas songs. I can only hope that they make your Christmas Season a little brighter. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/3-carols/id407659944
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December 14, 2011
That’s right folks. $10,000 was reached sometime between Dec. 2 & Dec. 3rd. The Kickstarter stopped accepting Backers around 2 pm on December 4th. But AGAIN…WE DID IT! I can’t say thank you enough to the 301 people that decided to back this project. If you’re not sure what i’m talking about…check it out here I just got back from a run of shows in all in the midwest. Chicago treated me well. So did Ohio. Keep checking back to see if i’m coming where you are. See you soon!
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March 11, 2011
EL TOURE is spanish for EL TOUR. had a great time touring around the country the last few months. met and hung with some GREAT folks. Here are a few if you haven’t heard of or know them. Jillian Edwards, Eric Vinson, Mark Wagner, among others. Currently sitting in Cle Elum Washington. Just left all my friends in Seattle. Heading back to them in a couple days. The Northwest is kind of dreary. But somehow I like it. That’s all for now. If you’re gonna be at Washington Family Ranch or Malibu this semester, SEE YOU THERE!
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December 30, 2010
Thank you SO much for your response from 3 CAROLS. It has been more than fun to get messages from all of you telling me about your experiences with this EP. Hope it continued to bless your holiday. See you guys soon. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/times-like-these/id369510542
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