Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Wandering Madman

He's out there somewhere on the road in Florida at any given moment, waiting to strike again and perform for you - The Wandering Madman lives in a repurposed food truck that he sits inside, performing songs on his keyboard for anyone who happens to walk by.

He's not only a first-class nut in the greatest American individualist tradition (and I mean that as a compliment), he's also a fantastic singer and pianist; I mean like mega-professional quality. And, like your humble chronicler here, he seems to have an encyclopedic appetite for songs of all styles and eras. I think he just might be my new personal piano hero.

And he's also a profoundly nice guy: he regularly donates his proceeds to local non-profit no-kill animal shelters. According to his website, he recently raised $768 for them, despite having his truck burglarized and his bike stolen. He's a class act.

His bio, according to his website:

He is simply a man who can no longer ignore how precious life is and how important it is to set your sights on something extraordinary. He traded in a life of comforts for the confines of a box truck that he now calls home.

He travels the country, spending his days creating music and the nights learning from the people, places and sounds of this magnificent planet. There is no physical destination in mind but rather a state of awareness that he hopes to one day achieve.

His site is also loaded with goodies, like a Google Map that shows you his exact location at any given time, a live webcam, and an offer to put on personal concerts for you via webcam. He also has his own YouTube channel, wherein he covers everything from Todd Rundgren to Trent Reznor.

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