Joey Stuckey Travels To London!
Today I officially released ‘Blind Man Drivin’ at the Ivy House in south London. The Ivy house was a really cool place! In previous decades it was home to such artists such as Elvis Costello and Jeff Beck. The crowd was absolutely phenomenal! Everyone was there to enjoy music and loved my jokes – which, to me, was the best part of all. I feel like people in London understand me – ha ha. We made a lot of new friends and fans and it was really nice. A big thanks to Hugo Simms for his hospitality during our time there.
Check out my ‘Blind Man Drivin’ single: http://www.joeystuckey.com/blind-man-drivin
“The traffic in London is insane! We decided to taxi to the University College of London, since I had my guitar and just a bunch of gear. The taxi driver, in his zest to get us there (it took us an hour and a half!) got stopped by the Metropolitan police. Our poor taxi driver ran a red light as bikes and cars whizzed past him. After asking the driver if he was in a hurry, the police officer looked at me and let the cab driver go.
Once again, there were so many interesting techniques folks were using - both personal and professional – in their music careers. Some use Braille, some don’t. But one of the highlights for me was the pianist, Rachel Starritt. The way she blended classical music with modern jazz was very inventive and she was one of the most creative people I met. The guys from Queen Mary University of London shared innovative, new and open source technology to help the blind in the recording studio which, for me, was exciting.
I got to perform and speak briefly towards the end of the conference, which was well-received by the attendees. I sang “Georgia On My Mind,” “Don’t Trust Myself” (by John Meyer) and added an audience participation bit and then ended with my new single, “Blind Man Drivin.”
“We had a remarkable day at the conference – a lot of great speakers and performers. One of the things that stood out for me were the Chavez Twins (Paula and Fabiana Chavez) from Argentina. They were wonderful, wonderful talented performers and great people. They have a very inventive way of communicating with each other during a performance that I had never thought of before. Because they both play the piano at the same time and sit on the same bench, they’re able to give each other very subtle, tactful cues to signal what’s coming next (like touching each other on the elbow or sniffing loudly). So it was inspirational for me to see how other blind musicians make music. It was new and creative and non-traditional to me.
We ended up going to dinner at Oliveli’s this evening with some members of the conference. The food was amazing and we were able to network with the folks from the conference and visit with Dr. David Baker and Professor Lucy Green and their spouses. We had an awesome time!”
On Sunday night, we flew out of Atlanta around 10:30pm and arrived in London around 10am – U.K. time. Talk about jet lagged and sleep-deprived! We couldn’t quite sleep on the plane. After de-boarding and collecting our gazillion bags, we drove an hour to our flat – a lovely 2 bedroom apartment on the 4th floor somewhere in East London. Around 4pm, we took the tube to the University of London where I was interviewed by a national Korean television crew about the conference, my music career and what music means to me individually. I had a fabulous time meeting with the crew and the organizers of the Visually-Impaired Musicians’ Lives conference. The interview I did will be included in a documentary that focuses on people living with disabilities. The conference officially starts today – March 10 – and I’m eager to meet and hear from fellow musicians from around the world. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking and performing at the conference