Words from a new friend

I have been through a whole lot in my 39 years. I never meant to hurt anyone in the crossfire of my own chaos but it was inevitable. The following words were sent to me in an email by a fellow musician that I highly respect. Needless to say there were tears in my eyes and I did not know how to respond. Not everyone in this world will like you but someone in this world will.  Here is what my new friend wrote about me:

I first met James Vincent Carroll on Facebook. I was preparing to move to North Carolina in the summer of 2014, and I didn’t know anyone. I did Google searches for acoustic performers in the Triad area, and I happened upon James. He had lots of music on his website, and I thought all of it was great. I sent him a Facebook message, like a long-distance stalker, explaining that I was a singer-songwriter looking for gigs in the Tarheel State. It took about ten minutes for me to see the real James Vincent Carroll—congenial, friendly, helpful, eager, and always enthusiastic. He quickly replied to my message with one sentence: “Call me right now.” He offered his phone number, and I called him from my home in Pennsylvania. We started a long conversation that is still going on in many ways, and now that I’m living in North Carolina, I’m proud to say we’re friends.

James Vincent Carroll is, in a very real sense, not a performer. I say that because when he gets on stage with his guitar and that masterful, raspy voice, he doesn’t need to perform, he just needs to be himself—the most enthusiastic, happy-to-be-here cat you’ve ever met, ready to sing songs for you with heart planted firmly on sleeve. What you see is what you get, if I may use a cliché or two. And the songs? They’re pretty great and very honest, just like James. I hope you get to spend some time with James Vincent Carroll and his music, and get to know him in the same way that I have. James Vincent Carroll is going to look you in the eye, and he’s going to tell it like it is. There will be no secrets between you, and you’ll be the better for it. And did I mention that masterful, raspy voice?

Gerry Stanek—March 2015

*Please check out Gerry at his official website:  www.gerrystanekmusic.com