An Antigo teen is inspiring more than the people who he does community talks with to promote good decision making, he's inspiring musicians.
Zane Waldvogel survived a car crash last December and uses his story to help families realize the dangers of drunk driving and the importance of good decision making by speaking to all ages in public talks.
Music played a role in his recovery and rang through the halls of a museum in Antigo Sunday for the making of a music video.
"The song is called '1999,'" Summertime Dropouts Lead Vocalist David Erickson said. "It's just a song about going back in time, reliving things from your past or if you had a chance to do things over, how differently would you do them?"
The guitars Summertime Dropouts played on were handmade by Rick Charlsworth, who started his business Zane's Guitars after he created one for Zane Waldvogel after his crash.
"Everything you see here today, from the band to our guitars, is all because of Zane Waldvogel," Charlsworth said.
After his December crash, strumming the guitar Rick made for him helped Zane gain nerves back in his shoulder.
Zane said music helped him recover, and it plays a large role in his life.
"It (music) clears my mind," Waldvogel said. "Music is music. I just love it, it has helped me through the lows in my life. It has always been there for me."
The guitars and music brought lead guitar player and Wausau native Danny Knoblock back home for the video.
Knoblock got his custom guitar from Zane's Guitar's a couple months ago. He mentioned he played for Summertime Dropouts, and Charlsworth worked a deal out so the whole band would have them to play day to day and in the music video.
"It's the coolest thing happened as far as guitars for me," Knoblock said. "They are the highest quality and coolest looking guitars I've ever seen."
Other than the local tie, the band chose the museum because it fits with the song "1999" lyrically.
"With the song about going back in time," Erickson said, "you can't really pick a better place than a museum."
Despite wanting to "turn back time" like the song says, Waldvogel chooses to look forward and continue to share his story and passion for good decision making, Charlsworth preps to make more guitars for more musicians, and Summertime Dropouts look to become bigger than better with their new single, '1999.'
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