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"So I thought I got good at it over the years, and that's one strength I thought I could bring to the project. I played so many clubs and sang these songs so many times that I could start there and then try to massage it into something original. But more than anything, we had great fun doing it. It wasn't even work; it was like reliving your childhood."
When McDonald returns to St. Louis for a rare hometown show at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, he'll do so for a special cause. His concert is a benefit for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA), and as someone who has struggled with addiction, McDonald aligns himself with the council's message of recovery.
"I'm a firm believer, through my own experience, that recovery is sometimes a gift," he says. "I came to realize that in recovery, that I'm a better person than I was had I never experienced it," says McDonald. "And through the grace of God I still go one day at a time. But I'm one of the lucky ones. I was guided towards, and I found, the opportunity to get into recovery."
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As one of the lucky ones, McDonald sees this concert as a way to encourage the work of the NCADA and to help those overcoming addiction. "It comes down to a willingness on the part of the person, all by themselves, to not live this way anymore," McDonald says. "And they need someplace to go and need a bigger entity to be a part of, in any case. And that's all we need, one day at a time. So anything I can do to support that, I'm there."