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The guitarist behind jam-rock quintet moe., Chuck Garvey, has given an update on his health after suffering from a stroke last November. The seasoned musician spoke about the recovery process on the band’s new podcast series, Podcrash.

In the audio clip, which is available to listen to on YouTube, fellow bandmate and bassists Rob Derhak asked Garvey, “What’s putting a fire under your ass?” He replied: “The first one was getting some speech going on. I just wanted to talk, you know? And the first thing was when I woke up. I just wanted to see everyone that I’ve ever known.” Garvey went on to add, “I just wanted to see them and talk to them, and I don’t know why. I was just like, that’s what I wanted. You know, that was the big thing. And I couldn’t, it was great to see you guys, but I couldn’t say what I wanted to say, so that was hard.”

Later on, Garvey stated, “Getting back on my feet was a big thing so I can get out of the chair.” He then offered, “And then the next thing was getting my hand to work so I can play… It’s funny, I have two dogs, and I come over with my weird hand, and I go ‘pat, pat, pat’ on the dog, and the dog is like, ‘uh, I don’t really like this.’” 

Garvey concluded, “Working on everything to get the fine motor skills is really big because I wanna play again, I wanna play with the band… All the fun things we do with music, I wanna try again.” 

Listen to Chuck Garvey talk about his recovery below.