Monday, May 30, 2011

Joey's Song

While sitting here wondering what to talk about for my next post, the news was on in the background and the very touching story of "Joey’s Song" came on, making the decision what to write about much easier.

Just shy of his 5th birthday, Joseph Gomoll, who was afflicted with Dravet’s Syndrome (a rare form of Epilepsy), passed away unexpectedly in March 2010. Shorty after, a foundation was set up by his family in his honor to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. Their goal, is to raise money that can be used for research, treatment and support of those affected by this terrible disease.

According to the website (, because music was the centerpiece of Joey’s world, there is no better way to raise money in his name than through music. The Foundation is releasing a series of CDs called “Joey’s Song”. The CDs feature rare and unreleased songs by major recording acts from around the world. In addition, Joey’s Song for Kids features children’s music, most recorded specifically for Joey’s Song.

Click to Enjoy Robbie Fulks covering Dylan's "I Believe In You"

Click to Enjoy A.A. Bondy's "Still I Dream"

With the exception of production costs, every penny raised by Joey’s Song will go directly to find a cure and help those affected by epilepsy. With 85% of the music not available anywhere else, this is your chance to hear some great, heartfelt songs for the mere cost of 2 gallons of gas. So reach into your pockets, bike to work a day and please spread the word. CDs in a physical or digital format as well as Joey’s Song T-Shirts are available for you to purchase online. Some of my faves from the CD... “Still I Dream” by A.A. Bondy, “14th Street and Mars” by Michelle Malone and of course, Robbie Fulks cover of Dylan’s “I Believe In You”.

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." The power of music never ceases to amaze me!! On this Memorial Day, remember your loved ones who have passed and hold the ones that are still here, a little tighter.

1 comment:

Bill Heibl said...

This is such a moving story and you have written about it with a passion that can only come from the love of music and a belief in its powers. I've been moved to purchase this music to help the Epilepsy Foundaton in a small way and I hope others will be too. From what I've heard of it so far, I'll be on the receiving end of some great music. Thank you Film Bird!!!