CREDIT: Joe Armijo

(Warren, MI – CBS Detroit) Joe Armijo is a local musician who grew up in Detroit.  He created this video as a tribute to veterans this Memorial Day.  Joe is also a photographer and most of the photos in the video are ones he has shot himself.

Joe Armijo has been a full time musician for about 36 years.  He grew up in Detroit on Webb street between 12th and 14th from 1954 to 1968 when he moved to the east side near St. John Hospital.  He graduated from Detroit Finney High and continued to live on the east side until he moved to the north part of Warren with his wife Cheryl with whom he will be celebrating 25 years of marriage this summer.

Joe describes himself as a “one man band”, because he plays acoustic piano while adding live synth and drum machine (no pre-recorded sequencing).  He also sings, composes and records and has produced three CD’s since 1994.  Normally, you could go see him at a restaurant called Boodles at 11 mile and I-75 every Wednesday and Thursday for more than 32 years until March 12 when he says, “EVERYTHING STOPPED.”

Joe says that “Music has been my gift that God gave me (I play 90% by ear) and I have been, and will always be making music as long as my hands continue to work!”  Photography is another one of Joe’s passions.  He describes himself as a “serious amateur photographer” with about half the images in “Keep Your Distance” shot by himself.  You can see more of his work displayed on his youtube page here and his Facebook page here.

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