Listening Lyrics Feb 21st, 2014 Guest Joaquin Feliciano

Singer songwriter Joaquin Feliciano's performances burst with energy, humor, emotion, and wisdom. As a child, Joaquin studied piano, voice, music theory, and composition. However, the only strong feeling he remembers from that time was: “Please, do NOT let me screw this up!” It took over four decades of living for him to appreciate fully the gift his parents gave him and come to an understanding of music, and especially live performance, as conduits for healing, transformation, and personal growth. Drawing inspiration from local artists like Jackie Carroll and Mike Justis, he bought a guitar, learned some chords, started singing, and pretty much hasn't stopped since. Augmented by his engaging storytelling and his spare acoustic guitar style, Joaquin's original and cover songs include early and contemporary folk and cowboy music, love songs, and leaving songs that speak about the sorrow, joy, pain, absurdity, and learning that accompany life's major and minor transitions. As he describes it: “perfect music for a contemplative Saturday afternoon…at your psychotherapist’s office.” Along with local guitarist and piano tuner Michael Musial, Joaquin recently took over co-hosting the monthly open mic night at RootStock in Winters, CA - They are both enjoying giving back to the community by providing a venue for musicians and performers of all types to meet and share their art with each other.

So listen in for the whole hour - now on KDRT

A short clip of Joaquin in the studio on youtube here