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Anything Is Possible : By Emilio S – Grace Community Center

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As a young man radio had always interested me. I would listen at night with my radio under my pillow until I would fall asleep. As I grew up radio became my best friend, and from AM pop to FM culture I listened when I could. Radio soon became records, and then came favorite types of music.

As the years have passed I have heard music from various artists and also have heard of the death of many musicians I have appreciated i.e. the 27’s, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and many others, more recently Whitney Houston, and a year ago Amy Winehouse.

Anyway, I used to sit and listen to bands on the FM on rock radio. One artist I listen to is Robin Trower, a guitar player who plays electric rock blues. His music is ethereal, electric and rhythmic blues style.

I wanted to do radio broadcasting as a job for a while and reintroduce Robin’s music to the modern world as “Robin Trower’s Power Hour” in which I would play for an hour an intentional study of Robin’s music. I would like to start out at San Jose State University as an hourly, once a week DJ. That is my goal and I am starting now.

One of my defeats is…I suffer from Schizophrenia bipolar disorder – known as SchizoAffective.

My disease has hindered much of my life – up until 1982 or when I was 22 years old. At this time I was committed to an institution for criminally insane. As I spent 5 years there, I learned much about drug and alcohol abuse, working, therapy, and social interaction. My first step back from “the brink” as I call it was “recovery.” Once I found I could have a purpose in life, an order, a need to stay clean and sober, I got on the right track. I spent that 5 years clean and sober to move on to another facility of lower [maximisim] a minimum security. I was [on] my way to better mental health.

For many years I wandered the streets of my home town, moving from soup kitchen to soup kitchen, shower to shower, and a brief visit to my family at [unnormal] hours. Drugs, Alcohol, and cigarettes I would bum from the streets. At this point I was arrested and sentenced to do 3 to 5 years in a maximum security hospital.

That was 1982. Today it is March 2012. I am in a program still but I quit smoking, dope, and the booze. Now I am back on track, 29 years clean and sober as well as stable on my medicine. I live in a way that leads me to be just and jocular. I am able to look at myself and laugh. I also have that goal; to become an on air radio personality. So, I will be doing my best to make that dream come true. Thank you for listening to me and I want you to know – if you put your mind to it, anything is possible.

Emilio is a resident at Grace Community Center

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