The Fighter (Kristi)

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Maybe God chooses the toughest challenges for the toughest people. The people who can endure and conquer the trials and tribulations us lesser folk would crumble in the face of. The people who are best equipped to be beacons of hope and courage in a most difficult and troubled world. The people He chooses to shine His light and teach us how to be better. He may have never chosen a more stout or inspiring vessel than Kristi Appenzeller, a true champion and indomitable force. Kristi's body eventually succumbed to the ravages of breast cancer, but her spirit and attitude kicked its ass every second of their epic battle. Optimistic, confidant, defiant, humorous, loving and resolute in the face of impossible odds and circumstances and ungodly pain, Kristi showed us all how to live and be Alive. That, while our bodies have to eventually fail us, our spirits do not. Of all that she stood for and taught us, there may be no more generous gift than that... We are most humbled and thankful for the friendship and love of Kristi Appenzeller and who she will always be to us and all those who were most fortunate to know her. Godspeed and Vaya con Dios our sweet and triumphant friend, we will do our best to follow your most beautiful example...

All proceeds for this song will go to help with her very costly medical bills. She is survived by a most loving and devoted husband and two beautiful sons, ages 10 and 4. Her family was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow she fought so tenaciously for...



With these hands, I make my fists
Grind my foes, mill to grist
With these same two hands, I clench in prayer
To battle well, what is mine to bear

With these arms, I take my swings
Fending off, whatever this world brings
With these same two arms, I raise high above
Reaching for, that Mighty Love

But it's my heart, with all its might
That'll see me through, to win this fight

With these legs, I stand my ground
Steadfast, sturdy, stout and sound
With these same two legs, I kneel to pray
In supplication, to find my way

But it's my heart, with all its might
That'll see me through, to win this fight

Stand in my corner, I'll answer every bell
Dust off my gloves, and I will fight like hell

Pain and suffering, tears of woe
I feel every nick, blow by blow
As this ol’ body, weathers these storms
I stay strong, my spirit soars

'Cause it's my heart, with all it's might
It’s my heart, through this long dark night
It’s my heart, with the sacred light
It’s my heart that will win this fight


from The Fighter (Kristi), released August 19, 2012
written by Bruce Smith

electric lead guitar: Jasper
vocals & rhythm acoustic guitar: Bruce Smith



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The new Bruce Smith Band EP was produced by David Z (Prince, Etta James, Fine Young Cannibals). With the new release, “See You Walkin’”, Bruce Smith continues the work praised by Washington Post as “powerful folk songs with a conscience” and what Performing Songwriter Magazine called “literate, descriptive lyrics with a unique point of view articulated in a way that’s intelligent and accessible” ... more

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