Hey hey... this is Braille. I've held off on sending any updates this month because I've felt a little overwhelmed. There is a lot I want to share but I haven't had the energy to type it. Even as I type this, I feel a little slow. haha. It's 2 AM and I need to catch a flight in a couple hours. I don't want to start off the newsletter sounding sour, I actually have a lot of good news. I've just been growing in my personal life - it's been exciting and exhausting all at the same time. I genuinely feel like I've been doing the best I know how... but I'm seeing areas in my life that I could do better in. I've been taking the appropriate steps to learn, study and grow.
The first measure of good news - we just printed another 10,000 copies of the "CloudNineteen" CD to give away. This was made possible by contributions from many people, as well as a a great manufacturing price from BOC Marketing (firstname.lastname@example.org). We've already given away over 5,000 CDs this year - so with this new batch of 10,000 we are half way towards our goal of giving out 30,000 total. Over the next week I will have plenty of opportunities to give away more CDs. I have shows lined up in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Dodge City, Van Nuys (Cali), Chicago, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. I will be taking 4 flights and driving 32 hours over the next 10 days so please keep me in your prayers. I will be doing most of the traveling alone but I look forward to seeing many friends along the way. You can check out event listings for all my shows at www.braillehiphop.com
Last week I drove from Portland, OR to Anaheim, CA with my wife and daughter. My girls are troopers!!! We drove a strait shot... like 17 hours, then woke up the next morning and went to Disney!!!! I got a little emotional watching my daughter walk around the park. She was so excited. We actually went to the "California Adventures" side because they have the "Playhouse Disney Live on Stage". My daughter got some new favorite songs during the car ride including "Yellow Submarine" by the Beattles and "Halo" by Beyonce. She can sing the chorus to "Yellow Submarine" and she will repeat it over and over again. After Disney I rocked some shows in Oxnard and Lancaster and then we drove back home (a strait shot again).
Last month I was able to visit Nashville, TN for the GMAs. The highlights of the trip were - driving from Dallas to Nashville with my friend Luke Huch, spending time with the Syntax Records family, performing at the Peanut Butter and Jelly Party, catching up with many friends and making new ones.
On another note... has anyone heard of the official Braille coin? Check out www.braille.org and buy a coin. The literacy rate among blind people is extremely low. The money made from the sales of the coins is going towards education. You can read more about it at that link. I was actually contacted by the National Federation of the Blind and asked to be a "Braille ambassador". I will share more details about that later, but first... go get that coin.
That's all for now. I will be back in a couple weeks with some updates about my label "Hiphop IS Music" and the next release on the label by Sojourn titled "Sojournalism: The Summer Articles".
peace and GOD bless
Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team.
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