Wed, 31 August 2016
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada.
And if that sounds like a pretty standard introduction then think again.
As this guy is not normal, in any shape or form, and to be honest this was one of the hardest introductions to write as it is hard to pin down the guy.
He is hugely positive. Loves his music. Is up for a laugh. Loves entertaining. But also is a deeply sensitive guy inspiring the world to do their own thing and love their lives in the process.
As we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, the people who really seem to be setting the world alight, always have tapped into the thing that they loved doing from the time they were a small child.
The kind of things that didn't require money as a reward, as they simply loved the task.
And our guest seems to be the very same, as linking him back to starting to speak at a very young age, and living in a very musical house, you can see he wanted to express himself.
His grandmother and mother also were always singing to him… and so at an early age the entertainment bug was starting to show itself.
He learned a bunch of childhood songs like row row row your boat, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmit and old Slavonic songs, and would perform for people when they came to the house and to dinner..
As he says "My family were very proud of me and I think sometimes they loved to show me off; especially if I did imitations of other people. There was a lot of laughter."
So it seems the path to his first album "Special Ed and The Musically Challenged", released in 2000 (which I admit I read twice before I grasped the pun!), was there from the early days.
And with the follow ups "Oracles and Ice Cream", and Letters from High Latitudes, (an homage to his Ontario, Canada home) he has joined up his dots taking him back to his childhood, to live the life that he should.
So can he remember the first time that he stood up on a stage, strummed his guitar and started creating his destiny?
And was it terrifying or like walking into a comfort bubble waiting for him to enter?
And knowing what he knows now what would his biggest advice to his younger self be?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ed Roman