"That beard! That beard, man! It is awesome"
How did she react?
He nodded, chewing his currywurst, then said: "Uh-huh, thank you!"
How did I feel?
The minute I looked into Joe's eyes I knew he was special. It was his presence. Though I had noticed him because of his outstanding facial hair initially it was his vibe I was fascinated by on second glance. Calmly he explained to me that he had just gotten off work and was on his way home: To Spandau.
"So what is it that you work as?"
"I am a care worker. And a musician."
"Oh, a care worker! Who do you take care of?"
"Anyone who needs me to. Young people, old people, handicapped ones... I have been doing that for a long time."
"And music, what do you play?"
"The blues! It's been the blues for me ever since I turned seventeen. Back then I had a friend who was into blues music. He got me hooked on it on the spot. Actually that same guy happens to play in my band now!"
"That's awesome! What's the band's name?"
"Blues Project 2010. We play the blues, we started in 2010. A simple, pragmatic name. Guess what, we are local stars in Spandau! It's amazing. We have been making a name for ourselves. And, know what, since you mentioned it earlier: My beard is, too! People recognize me on the street because of that."
"Ha, that is awesome, all of it!"
"So what is it that you do that project for?"
I explained to Joe that I love complimenting and writing. He told me he is one for the literature, too, and that he wants to write a book about Blues in Spandau. Then he said,
"And I love, love reading! I have the hugest library at home."
"What do you read?"
"History books. I love history. And the Russian novelists, oh, they are wonderful! And some of the French. Actually ours, too. Guess what: I have been making friends with Goethe lately! He never got to me back at school, but now that I know more about his context from the history books I have read..- I dig his books! I really do! It's funny how life points out the good things to you over and over again, until one day you are ready to receive them."
Joe's passion for blues and books uplifted me. I was glad I had gone up to him and got to experience all that liveliness, mixed with his general calm, grounded radiance. When he wrote down the blog's address he showed me his partner's business card. That's when I complimented him a second time: I told him that I loved how he kept referring to her as his "propitious one": I had never heard that before. So Joe, all the best to you and your propitious one, keep enjoying those tunes and notes!