Visqueen: From Cancer, A Rock 'N' Roll Triumph

The band Visqueen has been out of the public eye for a while. Rachel Flotard, the group's lead singer and songwriter, had more important things to deal with than putting out an album: Her father was fighting prostate cancer. She became his caregiver, and her Seattle home became his hospice.

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hide captionRachel Flotard dedicated Message to Garcia to the memory of her late father, George (right).

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"We lived together for seven years," Flotard says. "He was my roommate. And the last couple years, we were little gladiators together. And I lost him."

The songs she wrote during her father's sickness became the unexpectedly upbeat rock album Message to Garcia.

"He died April 7," Flotard says, "and so I tried to kind of [throw] myself into something pretty quickly. That summer is when I added a lot of the organ that you hear, and the cello. I was using the record and this recording as something to kind of keep me alive, and keep me normal during a completely abnormal time."

For more of Flotard's interview with host Ari Shapiro, click the "Listen" link above.

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