Hi Joey! Thanks for being here today!
No problem, glad to be here!
What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
Can’t really give you a single thing, but I can tell you some things for which I am grateful!
At the beginning of the year, I had a blast being in LA for my packed show at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go and my showcase at the Hotel Roosevelt during GRAMMY week. I also had a ball at the 62ND GRAMMY awards and at many GRAMMY parties!
Then in March of this year, I had a great time in NYC visiting one of my favorite cities, eating out, going to see plays on Broadway, and visiting my friend GRAMMY-winning artist Ricky Kej at the debut of the film “Wild Karnataka” where Ricky had some of his music included as part of the film soundtrack.
The debut took place at the UN which is an amazing place. After that, things got hard and much of this year has been a real struggle, but I am so happy that I got a chance to have a quiet family Christmas with my wife and parents staying safe and just spending good quality time together.
What single most challenging this that happened this past year?
Well, it has been a year of challenges and they are numerous, but the biggest challenge is not being able to be around people without worrying about getting sick or making someone else sick.
For a social animal like human beings, having to stay socially distant is tough but necessary.
I know many wonderful folks that think that the precautions we are taking for COVID aren’t necessary and that it is also taking away our freedom. My momma taught me to never talk about religion or politics, so all I’ll say to those ideas is, I would rather be overly cautious than be sorry later. As a blind brain tumor survivor, I have had to fight for my health since I was born and I still have many health challenges and have to be constantly at war fighting for quality of life and taking care of myself and I would rather do more than is necessary to stay healthy and to protect others than to do too little.
What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
I would love to give you something profound, but I have to say in truth, it was that a blind guy can put together a toy train set he got for Christmas LOL!
What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do more of that during the next year?
My job of music brings me the most joy besides spending time with dear friends and family!
Whether it is teaching, recording, writing, or performing, I love music and audio!
So I’ll just do what I do, hopefully with fewer hurdles to overcome this year, I would love a bit of a break LOL.
What would you try if you knew you could not fail?
First, let me say that temporary failure is not a bad thing — it can sharpen you into a better tool through which you can be more perfect at your true calling.
However, constant failure means that something isn’t right with what you are doing and you should re-evaluate what is going on. It doesn’t mean that you can’t accomplish your goal, but rather you should look at a new way to accomplish your plan.
However, I digress as that isn’t what you asked me LOL.
I guess I would probably either be a toymaker or a baseball player. In this case, not failing would also mean that I could see, as being a blind toymaker or baseball player sounds like a challenge I might not be able to overcome LOL.
How would you like to spend your free time in 2021?
The same way I do now, reading and listening to music and following my favorite shows — yeah, blind folk do enjoy movies and TV!
What advice would you like to give yourself as you go into the New Year?
To borrow a phrase from the UK, keep calm and carry on!
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