Howdy & welcome to planet Clay...
May you come across something here you can enjoy and use.
May you be held in the heart of loving kindness, and
May you be free from inner and outer harm...

Now, first away, here are a few of the 1989 Santa Fe solo piano tunes for you:


And now here we are together in 2014...

and me here now with MS...

Some people may want to


For me, this is the perfect time for feeling and expressing GRATITUDE & HEARTFELT WISHES


Betsy Cotton, loving, caring giving 24/7, 24 years mentor/teacher/student/partner/BFF/nurse/Dr. nutritionist/chef extraordinaire…!

Kyle my new caregiver/friend, bless your heart; Miguel, my therapist and compañero.

Being able to communicate with this amazing dictation technology.

Mother nature; human kindness and resiliency

PLUS YOU: Dear friends with whom I’ve shared decades of love, as well as new friends I’ve yet to meet - sitting here online, breathing & reading this here and now, caring and sharing, all of which are apparent to me each and every day…!

LIFE Is so damn good! And to make it even better, here are MY BIRTHDAY WISHES:

May all beings everywhere be filled with loving presence…
May you be free from inner and outer harm, backwards and forwards in time…
May people of compassion prevail in this Universe and within all infinite dimensions…
May you forgive me my many faults, flaws & incarnational defects during this little lifetime. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

These can be found, instantly, by going deep within, wherein lie peace, compassion, love and bliss. So, I also wish for you: the time and space to enjoy some time within, each and every day.

That said, there are 3 wishes that dwell in the mundane world:

May my precious Betsy heal and be free from her bothersome/serious health issues.

May the financial burden of my care be lifted gently from Betsy's shoulders

May I be able to finally get my Medial Marijuana Green Card

There isn’t much I can do to help the first one, except be less of a stressor in Betsy’s life. She is stressed, not only by doing the actual daily caregiving, but also by providing for my needs that our social system here in the U.S., and my limited income, does not provide.

Knowing this, I’m guessing that some friends will want to come together and join the growing demi-cult :-) , FoCC ( Friends of Crowdfunding Clay ), to help support and subscribe to my care needs through the miracle of crowdfunding.

What The FoCC for?

1. My Big Fat Birthday Present: a MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD - to alleviate pain and spasticity, but most importantly to protect and rebuild my neurology through the Neuro-protectent qualities of certain strains of edible cannabis. I don't want a high, I just want to be well go ahead what you want. Yay for natural medicines…!

2. Ongoing FINANCIAL crowdfunded gifting - For those who care to know, who care to lend a hand, my ongoing care needs are steadily growing. While Medicare/Medicaid pays for most things (thank goodness for our few socialized programs!!!), there are other needs that are not covered. Small things, like extra catheter bags and bed protectors and big things, like a portable standing lift or (hope it never comes to this) a portable hoyer lift.

As with so many folks in their disability and/or later years of life, I’m on a severely limited, fixed income and cannot handle more than the cost of our rent here in Phoenix. This leaves me dependent on the kindness of those whose lives touch mine and whose lives I am privileged to touch - a dependence and fulfillment, for which, I again express my deep and abiding gratitude.

How others have helped:
One amazing friend has found a way to set up his PayPal account to gift me $49 per month. Others have gifted tens, hundreds, even thousands of dollars over the years, to help me pay for a computer, wheelchair ramps, software for computer accessibility, splints, etc. For this, I feel a sober indebtedness, yet I can only extend my gratitude with a Thank You and by doing my best, every day, to be the kindest, most compassionate person I know how to be.

HOW YOU CAN HELP, if you so desire:

Please consider using your PayPal account to send a gift of any size to the PayPal email address, - again, that is: - and please remember to enter the word "GIFT" in the subject line. Thank you in advance, my love…

Please click the "DONATE" button, and again please remember to enter the word "GIFT" in the Subject line.

I know that you know how difficult it is for me to make this request, but heck, it’s my birthday, so I’m putting it out there! Those of you who are in a position to offer a little assistance and are willing to do so, I am and will be eternally grateful. Good karma surrounds you! If you cannot help right now for whatever reason, I wish fortune to come your way. In any case, I love you. Bless your hearts one and all…

With abiding love from my deepest heart, your friend,

Clay Cotton






Clay Cotton plays a little Boogie Woogie piano
before the MS:

The good life:

" Life's most persistent and urgent question is
What are you doing for others? " - Martin Luther King, Jr

" Poeple have inside a basic decency and goodness, and when they act on it, they give what the world needs most - kindness " - Pablo Casals

" No one has ever become poor by giving " - Anne Frank



Part one - The music bio:
(just to get it out of the way…)

Well, I began in 1956, age 9 playing boogie-woogie piano by ear, copying what I could from radio: Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, fats Domino, Jerry Lee, Elvis, Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, Booker T, Lee Dorsey, Brownie McGhee, Marvin Gaye and the like.

I actually began making real money gigging at frat parties and such around age 14 and worked weekends gigging my way through high school. I so kicked around in local bands in the East Bay of San Francisco, near Berkeley, and almost by accident, I somehow Hooked up with Charlie Musselwhite in 1967-68 which led to a gig with Tracy Nelson + Boz Skaggs 1969-70, which brought me me together with Hendrix, Joplin, BB King, Zappa, Clapton, and on and on…

On it went always working with excellent musicians, usually much better players than I, backing quality artists like Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Brownie McGhee, Musselwhite, Elvin - all great fun with stellar players…

Later in my career I did a one day, one take session and laid down a couple dozen solo piano/vocal tracks in 1989 that aren't that shabby, in which I now give away freely online ( SEE BELOW )

However, I was stricken with multiple sclerosis in 1990, and I have been deprived of the joy of playing due to MS crippling me up… But I still have good ears and a working mouth and brain, thank goodness, so although now quadriplegic, I can still produce and lend a hand every so often through web audio/video & communications tech given to me through my friends ( The FoCC* - SEE BELOW ).
Kingston Big BangAs you can imagine, I miss being backstage and onstage and on the bus or in the van and listening to records with folks who truly appreciate the wealth of music in this world and the power of music in healing emotions and just setting things right inside…

Please visit my little site at as we build it out over time adding more and more value and free goodies for the highest good of all… The truth is that it takes money I don't have in order to stay in the technology game with all the advances in such, not to mention the expenses of this MS care. MS is really expensive.

So through the amazing power of "crowdfunding" ( SEE BELOW ), people help by from time to time by giving us a dollar or two to help out with the cost of software, adaptive technology, MS care, medicine, nutritional support, treatments and such, and we are grateful beyond words for the kindness, caring sharing and giving in this world. Bless your heart.

Anyway, still have music to listen to, a goodly sense of humor, and love and caring and sharing galore.
My God, but I love this life, don't you…? I'm happier than I've ever been…

May you love yourself just as you are -
May we all be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in ourselves -
May this life be a expression of loving presence...
May you be held in the heart of lovingkindness -
May you be free from inner and outer harm -
May you be well…

( end of music bio )




With some gracious tech help we now have this new webpage offering you

several, fully secure methods to make online financial gifts

with all funds going directly toward Clay's personal well-being and humanitarian projects.


Join us...


" No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted " - Aesop
" In nothing do men more closely approach the Gods than by doing good to their fellow man " - Cicero


Yes, I have my challenges.

Yes it sucks sometimes, But I am Grateful to enjoy My Betsy, my Eyesight, my Hearing, Loving Friends and a Sense of Humor!

I invite people's support, because I Take Care of Myself, so I can take care of Others,
Deeply Grateful for these expressions of love and kindness,
generous caring and sharing, assistance and support
from those who care to help...



... but after 23 years with this darned MS, Enough Is Enough

As you can imagine, there are costs to cover:

Rent, food, utilities, wheelchair and medical not covered by insurance, etc.

I appreciate your support as you may want to:

But only when you know the time is right . . .

" No one has ever become poor by giving " - Anne Frank

" Life's most persistent and urgent question is
What are you doing for others? " - Martin Luther King, Jr
" Poeple have inside a basic decency and goodness,
and when they act on it, they give what the world needs most - kindness " - Pablo Casals