Our friend and fellow music fan, Matt from Addicted to Vinyl brought a great charity project to our attention last week, and we wanted to help spread the word by bringing it to your attention as well. Joey’s Song: Volume One and Joey’s Song for Kids: Volume One are two compilations that father/activist and founder of the Joseph Gomoll Foundation, Michael Gomoll, released last week to raise awareness and money for epilepsy research. Michael lost his son, Joey, last year, just shy of his 5th birthday.
In March 2010, Joey Gomoll was not yet five years old when he died after battling Dravet’s Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, his entire life. Soon after, Joey’s father Michael Gomoll decided to channel his grief into the creation of the Joseph Gomoll Foundation. “I knew we had to make a difference to others afflicted with the various seizure disorders that are out there,” says Mike.
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 friends and family. Most of all, he loved music. “Music was his link to the world,” says Mike. “Joey would listen to music, sing to music and loved to dance.”
Music created a deep bond between father and son, and is the inspiration for Joey’s Song, a CD collection created by the Joseph Gomoll Foundation to raise funds for epilepsy research. Just three days after his loss, Mike was inspired to contact musicians he and Joey enjoyed listening to and ask for their help. The response was overwhelming.
“Within the first 30 minutes I heard from Matthew Ryan, Eileen Rose, Robbie Fulks and Jason Ringenberg – not via their management or record labels, but directly from the artists themselves,” says Mike. “All said ‘yes’ to our request for songs and asked what else they could do. By the end of the first day I knew we had a chance of making this work. They were incredibly generous.”
The Joey’s Song compilations include live, rare and unreleased material from so many great artists including Cowboy Junkies, Michael McDermott, Neko Case, Tracy Bonham, Del Amitri, and The Crash Test Dummies… just to name a few.
Take a look at this video of Matthew Ryan’s contribution to the project, “You Are My Sunshine”:
You can see a full tracklisting here and order your own copy of the Joey’s Song CDs from the Joey’s Song website. Proceeds benefit the Joseph Gomoll Foundation, established in the memory and honor of Joey to “fight epilepsy through music.”