Aug 16/15 Filberg festival in Comox Aug long weekend. John Mann was on stage, his beautiful voice as wonderful and captivating as always. Spirit of the the West lead singer and front man, I have not seen them in a number of years but always enjoyed their concerts. But for me, the wonder at the Filberg was the man beside him. Filberg festival revealed him as Alan Roger. John Mann wa diagnosed with Early Onset last year, and those fans like myself who so clearly understand what that really means have no words of comfort. But to watch the easy support offered by Alan Roger really did make my heart glad for John Mann and for all those who love and support him. Because this is how support should be - that when you are diagnosed, you continue to work, and those that can help you to put in that successful days work, "not sweating the small stuff" but making all of it natural, comfortable and true. the thing is , the diagnosis should not mean you have nothing left to offer. I know that the work of a musician is nt the ame as the work od a teacher or a nurse or a builder - but it must also be recognized that a diagnosis doesnt rob you of all your skills. Lots of people could continue is some capacity with just a little help. Alan Roger - you are a good friend. And you are doing exactly what you need to do. I hope you can continue for a long time.