Updated: Apr 14
January 24th, 2020 - The 49th Anniversary of the Death of William Griffith Wilson.
On January 24th, 1971, William Griffith Wilson quietly passed away after a long battle with emphysema following complications from pneumonia. While he was known to family and friends by his birth name William Wilson, others knew him as “Bill Wilson”, “Bill W.”, or just “Bill”. Bill was the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.).
As with so many others before and after him, when Bill first discovered alcohol, it seemed like the perfect complement to his life. It eased the awkward shyness he had dealt with since childhood. And similarly to so many others, his alcohol use eventually spiraled out of control, causing irreparable damage to his marriage, job, body, and mind. After many unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking, Bill finally had a moment of clarity in 1934. This moment was not only pivotal in Bill’s sobriety, it also left him with a deep rooted desire to help others along the path to recovery. Armed with passion, the newly sober Bill founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Since its inception, A.A. has helped millions find their own clarity while learning to manage addiction.
In our modern society, addiction runs rampant. It may have started with a few beers that you thought would help you become the life of the party, thanks to clever advertising. Or perhaps you began popping some Percocets because your doctor told you they were safe and non-habit forming. No matter the origin, it’s all the same - millions are struggling worldwide, in desperate need of help. There is no denying how many people have turned their lives around with the help of the A.A. With that said, we understand that A.A. and its principals are not for everyone. Thankfully, there are many other programs that exist to offer help if you or someone you know is in need - it’s all about finding out what works for YOU.
We here at Till The Days End are “friends of Bill”. So today, in honor of Bill Wilson, we are proud to present “Horizons”, a song about rising up and overcoming your addictions and your past demons.
All proceeds from the sale and stream of “Horizons” will go directly to the Gale Recovery House in Frederick, MD.
You can purchase the song on our Bandcamp page here: tillthedaysend.bandcamp.com/track/horizons
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To learn more about the Gale Recovery House: www.wellshouse.org/locations/frederick-md/
To donate directly to the Gale Recovery House: www.wellshouse.org/support-us/donate/
Lyric Video for “Horizons”:
“Horizons” is © 2020 by Till The Days End. Till The Days End would like to thank the following artists for their donations of additional sonic contributions:
Spencer Sotelo Matt Halpern Nathan Heavel Drew Mazurek David Manning Justin Gosnell