Re: Street Team Stories: How has Joe's Music Affected You?
Like Rocket said, there are so many golden posts here about these subjects but I also do enjoy repeating it all.
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I usually sort of ramble on here but its my best way of getting my testimonial out there. if I waited until I did completely correctly I might never get around to it. I don't consider the forum a formal place and all that blahdeblah.
Joe's music has affected me in many positive ways.
Once introduced to his music I was just so overwhelmingly happy. I mainly was a FM station rock and classic rock listener although I was heavily into Pop country among other various genres but still mostly what I heard on the radio or what my older sister and brothers turned me onto.
I had learned that I liked some blues (had the wrong idea bout them for a long time) via Eric Clapton and SRV and how that helped me through some hard times.
Joe's music though was just that something more that I did not even know I was missing out on. I just related to a lot of the lyrical content and found the music so pleasing. it made me feel better in mind and body and I smiled more. I wanted to share the joy and started talking to complete strangers. If I could help someone else experience the good feelings it was worth some folks thinking I was nuts.
I quickly realized how my local rock radio stations were in essence failing me and the whole listenership. It resulted in gathering here to share with others how to help spread this music. The goal being to help Joe be able to get to more shows and release more music but also I truly just wanted to share the joy. I really wanted to drive the daily commute and see other people smiling as opposed to seeing so many sad or angry faces. this was also around the time of may talk radio shows becoming popular and I was witnessing the affect on my fellow citizen's moods.
I had a bit of a revelation while listening to Pain and Sorrow. What seemed like such a sad song became to me the most positive thing I ever heard. It enabled me to see the path to new ways, better ways.
I also then had a new belief. I believed at the time and somewhat to this day, that if we could bring enough Joe music into people's lives and help them realize if they requested enough maybe we could get some radio play and then people would become more aware of their power over other seemingly undefeatable forces.
this strengthened my resolve to spread the word. While the official Street Team activities are somewhat limited I did my best to come up with and learn about other's acceptable strategies to use our specialties to share in our corners of the world that we as fans did not already have in common.
I don't hold Joe to the task of saving the world but a part of me truly believes that the good feeling from this music is a part of the equation.
Joe's music also bought me to this forum through which I have made many friends and found commonality with folks from all sorts of walks of life and other interests. I am generally a skeptic but its hard to not feel much of this is meant to be.
I need to also mention how Joe's music and words have helped me learn more about Blues music and other artists. I just didn't realize all of what is out there.
I have many more thoughts and comments but I hope that gives you an idea.
Joe's music has brought me hope for a better world.
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