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Jeff Healey's new year

The singer-songwriter talks about how he spent 2003 and what’s in store for his year ahead.

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Jeff Healey is kicking back in the green room of his Toronto club, Healey's. Healey performs in his club on Thursday nights, playing guitar in his inimitable style by placing the guitar on his lap and using all fingers. Healey went blind at the age of one and taught himself to play guitar. Now 37 years old, the Grammy Award-nominated musician is a regular live performer with both The Jeff Healey Band and his jazz group, The Jazz Wizards. A few days into 2004, I caught up with Healey to find out what he thinks the New Year has in store for him.

How were your holidays?

Holidays were fine. My daughter Rachel's birthday is on the 22nd of December, so we celebrated with the family. We did our big New Year's Eve party here at the club. Other than traveling around and seeing other sides of the family, that was about it for the holidays. December was lovely. I wish we could have that kind of [atypically warm] weather year-round.

You also got married recently. What's that like?

Well, this is my second time, so it's fine. Are you asking 'cause you're looking to try it out? You should ask me that again in about ten years and we'll see. I'm kidding! It's great and I knew that would be the case, which is why I undertook the act.

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