Michael Gomoll is the father, activist, and founder of Joseph Gomoll Foundation. Michael will be honoring his late son by raising awareness and funds to support the Epilepsy Foundation through a series of music compilations titled Joey’s Song. Joey Song’s Volume One will be available January 25th, 2011 and will feature rare and unreleased songs from Grammy Artists Neko Case, Tracy Bonham, and The Crash Test Dummies along with critically acclaimed singer-songwriters Slaid Cleaves, Tim Easton, and Ed Harcourt amongst many others.
There is also another CD titled Joey’s Songs For Kids Volume 1. It’s a collection of children songs including new recordings such as “You Are My Sunshine” performed by Matthew Ryan, “Working on the Railroad” by Howie Gelb. One of my favorite songs on this CD was “Monkeys” by Steven Wynn and “Hippopotamus” by John Dee, and “Mr TeeTot” by Ellis Paul. All three are all original songs and they were my absolute favorites.
I would like to share Michael Gomoll’s Story with you as Epilepsy is very near and dear to my heart just as much as autism is. As you know Dakota has Epilepsy and my best friend does too as well as some other kids and adults I know.
Michael Gomoll’s son was named Joey and in March of 2010 he was not yet 5 years old when he died after battling Dravet’s Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, his whole life. Soon after Joey’s death Michael channeled his grief into the creation of the Joesph Gomoll Foundation. He did this to make a difference to others who are fighting different seizure disorders.
Despite the limitations Joey faced, he was an energetic and happy little boy who loved to play catch. look at books, and spend time with family and friends. Most of all Joey loved music. Joey listened to music, sang to music and danced to it. It was his link to the world.
Because of the deep bond shared by both Father and Son this was the inspiration for Joey’s song CD Collection created by the Jospeh Gomoll Foundation to raise funds for epilepsy research.
I think that Michael Gomoll is amazing for taking the love his son had for music and turning into something that will benefit someone else later on down the road due to raising funds for epilepsy research.
I had a chance to listen to both of the CD’s and really the songs are both wonderful and touching. You have to listen to the words in the songs to really appreciate them.
My favorite songs on Joey’s Song Vol 1 CD are as follows:
If Your Tears Didn’t Make A Sound – Del Amitri
Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm – Crash Test Dummies
I Believe In You – Robbie Fulks
My Favorite songs on Joeys Song for Kids Vol 1 CD are as follows:
Besides the originals listed above in the beginning of this post I really enjoyed:
Say, Say, Oh Playmate – April Smith and the Great Picture Show
Pickle Me Juice – Ralph Covert
I was really glad I had the chance to listen to these songs. Most of the songs I have never heard before today and they are absolutely beautiful. I had to share this with all of you as this is for a wonderful cause. I believe in awareness as you can never promote to much awareness.
Whether looking for a new way to support epilepsy research or a favorite artist, fans can find further information as well as pre-order Joey’s Song: Volume One at http://www.joeyssong.org