JAMYLA BOLDEN (In Memory of) – A Poem (So The World Might Know Your Story)

JAMYLA BOLDEN (In Memory of) – A Poem

So The World Might Know Your Story

I’m a 9 year old young lady                                                                                     Sitting on my bed                                                                                           Should be scared of monsters                                                                              But instead I’m scared of death

Every car that drives by                                                                                    could be the one                                                                                                That shoots the shot heard round the world                                                             Into my room

They told me not to worry                                                                                  That will never happen here                                                                                    But each night I hear                                                                                           the Crack of Guns and                                                                                         screech of tires                                                                                                       I know death is drawing near.

Shouldn’t I be living                                                                                             my childhood in Peace                                                                                         Not thinking that the colors I wear                                                                     Could cause my life to cease.

I don’t want to fear this fear                                                                                      I don’t want to cry these tears                                                                                 I don’t want my worth to be measured                                                                   In pride, power, or selfishness                                                                               I want it’s worth to be shown in years.

But tonight that will be stolen from me.                                                                   A thief I don’t know will steal what he doesn’t own. 

My life. 

I will be adding currency                                                                                     into my life savings account.                                                                             When a car will drive by                                                                                   taking everything out that I had saved.

One will stand in a crowd of thousands                                                               remembering me by name.                                                                                   Days later hundreds will cry in my honor                                                                   But will my story help the world to change?

In memory of Jamyla Bolden.  From the stories told about you by those who knew you, you were going to be a world changer.  I wish I could have met you.

Jamyla

In Honor of Shawn Williams for taking a stand.

Stand Up

DISCLAIMER:   This is an attempt at telling the story of Jamyla Bolden, who was shot while doing homework in a drive-by shooting in Ferguson, MO on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015.  This is my outlet to try and process what has happened.

August Schedule For Joey Charles Music

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Here is the Schedule for the month of August everyone!  Hope to see you at one of the shows!  I will be playing many of my shows in August with the very talented local singer songwriter Dylan Brann.  So make sure to come out and see the new show that he and I will be bringing to the public this week!

More updates will be coming soon.  It has been a crazy summer and will soon be calming down, as I will be heading back to Kauai for the fall.  Looking forward to sharing more Tales Of A Wandering Heart with you in the days to come!

Joey Charles

Le Professeur Music, LLC

Official Invite To: “Tales Of A Wandering Heart” CD Release Party. July 31, 2015.

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It took me some time, but Im coming home.

Local Boy To Celebrate CD Release At Maine Lakes Resource Center July 31.

On Friday, July 31, at 7pm, Joey Charles will be celebrating the release of his long anticipated debut album, “Tales of A Wandering Heart”, at the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes Village. It will be a night of original local music where he will be joined by two seasoned Maine Singer/songwriters, Jenny Van West from Portland and Ed Desjardins from Readfield.  

Tickets to this event will be $10 or $15 for couples.  There will be refreshments served as well as CDs and other merchandise available, including limited edition “Tales Of A Wandering Heart” photo books that document Joey’s travels.

Joey is returning back home after 6 years of traveling around the world, collecting stories to tell and songs to share with those who will listen.  His debut album contains songs written from places such as Germany and Iceland and as far away as Hawaii, Guam and the island of Yap in Micronesia.  You can find him behind the counter at Day’s Store during the day, hosting the “By The Lakeside” Open Mic Series, or traveling the world in search of more stories to tell.

His CD is currently available at Day’s Store in Belgrade Lakes and also on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.com.  Please come and join the celebration as Joey shares his stories with his hometown for the first time.

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Joey Charles “Le Professeur Music” June Schedule

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Full June Schedule for Joey Charles

Wow.  What a few weeks this has been!  The European Tour was amazing with shows in Germany and Iceland.  So many new friends and new venues to go back to on the next tour!  I will be posting stories from the experience, but life has been pretty crazy recently so it may take me a little extra time.

So while you are waiting for those stories I will update you on what is happening in the next few weeks.  Im back home in Maine and Im looking for opportunities to share my brand new CD with my home state.

Ed Joey and Jenny

Acoustic Artisans

w. Jenny Van West and Ed Desjardins 

Portland, ME — June 27th

$15

tickets/ info at: ACOUSTICARTISANS.COM

This is the first of many shows Ed, Jenny, and I will be playing together to share our new music.  You will not want to miss this harmony filled, story driven, musical experience.  Acoustic Artisans is known for bringing in great music and this night will be no exception.  Tickets are $15 and are available online at the website above!  Come on down and check out the new wave of local music coming from the state of Maine.

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Wings Hill Inn

(On The Lawn)

June 28 – 6:30-8:30

Looking for a romantic get away with fine dining and music to create the perfect Belgrade Lakes evening?  Come down and experience the wonders of Wings Hill Inn.  With seatings available at 6pm and 8pm, by reservation only, you will be treated to beautiful views and a wonderful 4 course meal from a menu that has something for everyone.  Check out the website for what is being served that week so you can bring your own wine choices for the perfect food and wine pairing.  I will be playing music for both seatings so either one you choose will have a wonderful live soundtrack to make the night complete.

Dont feel like a full meal?  Then come out and bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the music from the lawn.  It will be a night you won’t forget.

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“By The Lakeside” Open Mic Series

Day’s Store, Belgrade Lakes, Maine

Back By Popular Demand!  Another Summer Of Talent By The Lake!

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Above are the rules and regs for the Open Mic.  Check it out and come prepared!

I am very excited about this month and I hope to see you out and about.  It is going to be a great summer of music and memories.  Hope you can be apart of the “Tales Of A Wandering Heart”.

Aloha,

Joey Charles

http://www.leprofesseurmusic.com

TALES OF A WANDERING HEART: Every Opportunity Could Be A Dream Waiting To Come True.

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TALES OF A WANDERING HEART

LOCATION: Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

It was a Sunday afternoon at Hanalei Bay.  I was visiting the pier like I usually did on Sunday Afternoons after church.  But on this Sunday I went down to the beach to practice some of my music for the TALES OF A WANDERING HEART tour this summer and ended up sitting right by the pier.  I sat there for a little while and started to go through my music and was really getting into it.  To the right there were some young ladies sitting under the pier enjoying the sun and my music.  To the left were families up and down the beach, kids digging in the sand and dancing up a storm.  I would have say that they seemed to enjoy what they were hearing as well.  It was a beautiful moment

Then, walking up the beach from my left,  a group of older ladies made their way up to the pier.  They started looking around for someone to take a picture of them and couldn’t really find anyone.  They were about to ask the sunbathing young ladies, but I jumped up and ran to offer my “professional”  services. 

“Oh thank you!,” they said as I took their camera and lined up the best shots I could with the mountains and the pier.  I made sure I took extra time to make their photos the best memories possible. 

As I handed the camera back over to the owner she shared with me that back home she had a photograph at the bottom of her stairs in the exact same spot that I had just taken their photo.  It was their dream to come to this exact place in the world and stand in the sands that they saw everyday walking down the stairs of their mainland home.  They also mentioned that the photos I took were the perfect way to capture the moment.  One lady slipped a bill in my hand.

“Ma’am, You really didn’t have to do that.  I would have taken the photo regardless.” 

“But you took the time and made the effort to help us make a dream come true.  So thank you.”

“You’re welcome and Thank you!  It will help me on my tour this summer.”  I shared with them a little bit about my music and where I was going and they seemed excited.

I don’t know if I will ever see these ladies ever again, but it was nice to be apart of their dreams and for them to help me towards mine.  I was able to help these ladies fulfill a dream that they’ve had for many years.  What a blessing.  It is in these moments when you aren’t expecting anything to happen that life changing events seem to find you.

Take every opportunity to help another person, because every opportunity could be a dream waiting to come true.

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Photo: Under Hanalei Pier

Thoughts From This Wandering Heart: “I Shouldn’t Even Be Here.”

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It was my 27th birthday.  I was having breakfast at my favorite cafe on the island of Kauai,  Cafe Art Hemingway’s.  I was having a wonderful time eating with a good friend of mine and sharing smiles and laughter about the fact that I was getting old and such.  The waitstaff found out it was my birthday and wished me a happy birthday on several occasions.  It was a wonderful morning. 

After the meal was over I went to pay.  It was then, as i was about to check out,  that the owners found out it was my birthday.  Now Marcus and Jana have been more than kind to me over the 6 months i’ve been on island.  I make it a point to stop in at least once a week and see them, and they make it a point to know my drink and my regular order. 

Marcus said, “Why didn’t you say it was your birthday?  People come in here all the time trying to get free stuff saying its their birthday, but for you, we would have made you something.”

He paused.  “Go sit down.  You can’t leave.”

How could I say no to the owner of my favorite cafe?  I went back to my seat and continued to talk with Ashlin.  All of a sudden I was greeted with my regular drink, an Iced Americano.  The server told me that there was more on its way so I had to stay put.  I did as I was told. 

A few minutes later there came the servers once again this time with a homemade Tiramisu.  They started to sing Happy Birthday at their top of their lungs and it seemed like most of the cafe had joined in as well.  It was such a surreal moment for me.  They placed the dessert on the table in front of me and I thanked them for their wonderful rendition of Happy Birthday.

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As I picked up my spoon and looked at the dessert in front of me I became overwhelmed.  “I shouldn’t be here right now,” I thought to myself. “I should be dead.  I can’t believe all the things I would have missed if I had followed through with my plans when I was a young, depressed, high school kid.” 

A little bit of back story to this emotional moment.  When I was in Jr High School and the first couple years of High school I was very depressed.  I had several things happening in my life, everything from being bullied, to losing 4 people very close to me within 4 months of each other and not being able to attain closure by attending all their funerals, to being very busy with music, theatre and sports.  

I just wanted to be loved, but everywhere and everyone that I focused on getting love from seemed to push me away.  Not to say that there wasn’t love around me, from friends and family alike, but I was so blinded by my own pain that I shut out all the good that was around me and only focused on the things that weren’t going the way I wanted them too.  

I focused on the fact that the girls I wanted to date rejected me.  The cool crowd wouldn’t accept me at their gatherings or at the lunch hang outs.  I just felt so out of place.  

The pressure just got to be to much.  My heart felt like there was a weight so heavy on it that God himself wouldn’t be able to lift it.  I felt the only way people would notice me was if I wasn’t there anymore.  So I tried to take my own life.  

“People would notice me then.  They would feel sorry for me.  They’ll show how much they care only after I’m gone.  I’ll make them pay for not caring.”  

These thoughts would run through my head constantly.  But for some reason I wouldn’t push the blade hard enough.  I would bleed, but not enough.  I never crossed that line for some reason.  I attribute it to God giving me a pansy complex to avoid self inflicted pain at all costs, which I thank Him for to this day.  

This is the background that brought me to this moment. My 27th birthday.  Crying into a homemade tiramisu with my friend by my side.

By now my eyes had Niagara Falls pouring out of them, realizing all the blessings that I’ve been given in these 27 years of life. 

I thought about my friend, who had passed away last year by committing suicide.  I realized that this could have been me.  Having all the lasting impact on my friends and family.  I thought about all the people I wouldn’t have met.  All the smiles I wouldn’t have witnessed.  The songs I wouldn’t have sung or wrote.   How many more lives would have been lost if I hadn’t been there to talk to certain people when they were in their darkest hours.  Or shared my story of depression with groups of young people going through the same thing. 

I wondered if things would have been different with Nora if I shared my story with my own church, my own family.  It’s a question that could haunt me for the rest of my life.  Or it could have the power to jump-start my desire to share my story again about my struggle with depression and suicide. 

Why am I afraid of ridicule when even the dark parts of my life have the power to help save lives?  I have to remember it’s not my problem if people judge me, they have to deal with that in their hearts.  My job is to keep pressing forward.  To live through the darkness and come out on the other side with a story to share about God’s faithfulness and love.

My journey out of depression wasn’t one grand moment when it all went away.  It was a slow journey that took me realizing i couldn’t get out on my own, to realize that there was a way I could get out of it at all.  It was a journey back to God that got me out of depression. A journey that took me places that I never thought I would go.  To see smiles from people of cultures I never thought I would ever see.  To see that indeed there was a place for me here on earth, but just not the place I thought it was when I was a young boy.

I’ve come to realize that my place is wherever I can serve others, help them find their voice and realize their God given potential.  

This is my encouragement to you. 

Your story has its chapters for a reason and if God can take my mistakes and faults and turn them into something beautiful then I know He can do even greater things with your story.  Never willingly surrender the pen.  Don’t stop writing.  There will be plot twists, suspense, Lord willing even romance, but in the end let your story be one worth reading.

CARPE DIEM to you all!

From The Wandering Heart.

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An In Depth Look at Music Goals for 2014 and 2015.

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So in my last post I was very vague about what I actually did in 2014.

“So many things happened”, I said.

“Not enough time in one day,” I said.

Well the truth is I like to write things with pen and paper more than type them out on technology. In 2014 I sat down with pen and paper and I wrote down 5 goals for my budding music career that I thought I would be able to accomplish in the calendar year. I was looking through my 2014 calendar and came across that list and started to assess whether or not I accomplished all I set out to do in 2014. So with that in mind I wanted to share with you what my goals for 2014 were and also which of them I was able to accomplish.
(Please Pardon grammar and spelling mistakes… this is an entry from my personal journal)

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I couldn’t believe how much I really had done in 2014. I immediately started dreaming of what could be done in the current year we are in. So many possibilities and already two months have flown by!

So here we are, March 3, 2015 and I am going to share with you my music goals the coming year.

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As I look at these goals I am already getting sweaty palms and my heart bpm rate has skyrocketed.

But I share these goals with you because it is you who helped me achieve last years goals. Most of you didn’t know you were pushing me on towards success, but you were. For this year its going to be hard to accomplish these 7 things, and I know the only way I’ll be able to do it is with your support. So please help me be accountable to what I have posted here. Message me, email me, call me and make sure I’m focused and on track. I appreciate all the support this far and I hope to make you smile in 2015.

Aloha to you from the islands of Hawaii!

2014… Full of Tales Told… 2015… What will you bring?

20130912-125508.jpgSo many things to share with you since my last post.

I can’t believe a year has passed since I was in Europe sharing stories of my journey with you. Or almost a year since I tried out for The Voice and just over a year since I started my CD, which this website is named after. So much has happened and I want so badly to share it all with you, but there just isn’t enough time in a day.

This year held two really big ongoing stories, my CD and moving to Kauai to work at HA Coffee Bar.

I wanted to update you on the CD. It’s done! TALES OF A WANDERING HEART by JOEY CHARLES is available on CDbaby for digital download as well as In CD form. If you would like a copy of the album directly from me just email me and I’ll try my best to get it to you in a timely manner. It is available on ITunes and Amazon and if you’d like to hear the tracks on the album I just put some of them on SoundCloud for you to check out. I am so excited to share this album with you and the people who have been listening to it already have had positive feedback.

I’m looking to have a CD release party soon here on Kauai, with a stellar group of musicians from the islands. Don’t worry “Mainiacs” I’m hoping to come home this summer and have a release party with the band that helped create this album with me. Stay tuned.

More news to come on that as it unfolds.

As far as my life here on Kauai it has been quite the journey. I still host the Open Mics on Saturday at Ha Coffee Bar and play music around town when I can. I recently played a show with stellar group of musicians for a Mele Kalikimaka performance at Ha Coffee Bar. I was able to share the stage with AOWL, Aldrine Guerrero, Aaron Nakamura, Juno Apalla, and Mark “Baldanado” Baldanado. It was an amazing event that inspired me to get down to business with my music.

It has been a year of learning for me in so many different areas, but most of all what it takes to be a performing artist and a recording artist. There is so much work involved behind the scenes that I never knew existed. Sometimes I wonder what happened to just making music? What happened to using your voice to create positive change? Your music to make people feel? Your lyrics to bandage wounds, instead of making them deeper or creating new ones? I hope for the next year I will be able to make music that inspires others, that heals wounds, but most of all stories that continue to tell the tales of this wandering heart. Some stories will be painful to tell, others will bring smiles filled with Joy. But all of them will be honest, and make you feel.

May 2015 be a wonderful year for you and yours. For me it is the beginning of a journey and I hope you will hang around to hear the…

TALES OF A WANDERING HEART.

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October Newsletter- “The Moment Has Arrived”

Aloha Everyone!

I know it’s been a long while since I’ve put finger to keyboard to transcribe my thoughts, but this moment could not be passed by without taking note.

I’ve just got word that my album is completely mixed and ready to be mastered! This just seems like a dream! I’ve been working on this album since DEC 2013, in Readfield, Maine, with Producer Ed Desjardins and many other talented artists and now the moments is almost here to share all of our hard work with you.

I’ll share with you some exclusive bits about what to expect on the album.

1. There will be 10 songs, 9 original and one traditional, on the album.

2. Unlike my EP these songs are all full band arrangements.

3. My sister is a featured vocalist on one of the tracks.

4. The album will be called “Tales of A Wandering Heart”, just like my EP. It will also have the same album cover art by the wonderful and talented Rachelle Foucachon.

5. This album can best be described as eclectic. From the variety of places these songs were conceived, to the musical variety you will hear along the way, each and every one of you will be able to connect to the album in some manner.

I am so looking forward to getting this album out to you so you can hear some stories from my journeys around this great big world.

Much Aloha From The Island of Kauai to You wherever You may be,

Joey Charles
Le Professeur Music
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Le Professeur Music (Joey Charles) August Newsletter

AUGUST NEWSLETTER
Hello Wandering Hearts,

This past month has been a crazy journey.  So much so that I wasn’t able to sit down and write a July Newsletter to you.  I was playing music all across the country and even attended a Songwritters conference on the island of Kauai, Hawaii called the Kauai Music Festival.

      Speaking of Kauai, I will be moving to the island at the beginning of September for the foreseable future. This month is all about playing shows in the state of Maine, to say goodbye to those of you who have been supporting me since this music journey began last summer.  I would love to see you at one of my shows in the coming weeks.
Below is my brief August Schedule… Hope to see you out and about!
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The Pointe Afta
Winslow, ME

EVERY TUESDAY
6:00-9:00p

You Know Whose Pub
Waterville, ME
Thursday Aug 14
7:00-10:00p

Readfield Emporium
Readfield, ME
Sat Aug 16
7:00-9:00pm
ALL ORIGINALS SHOW (CD PREVIEW)

Day’s Store
Belgrade Lakes, ME
Thur Aug 21
6:00p

Charlamagne’s
Augusta, ME
Fri Aug 22
7:30-10:30pm

Wings Hill Inn
Rome, ME
Sun Aug 24
6:30-8:30pm

CD UPDATE:  
We are almost at a point where I can send the songs off to get mastered.  It is crazy to think that this project, which started in December 2013, is almost done.  I am hoping to have something ready for you by the end of August, but realistically its looking like September will be the month of CD release.  

ALSO… Check out new Youtube videos featuring CLAUDIA SWOPE, and VIOLET ASUNCION.

If you have any questions about the CD or upcoming shows, please feel free to email me at Contactleprofesseur@gmail.com

Aloha to you all!

Joey Charles
Le Professeur Music

Instagram: @leprofesseurjoe
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