Once upon a time, Kevin Brooks only had one story to tell – his favorite story – about his freshman year of engineering school when he shared a dorm room with two different guys, both bigots. It’s a funny story - a touching and meaningful story. It's story that underlines the insanity of some people and the ultimate balance of the universe. A decent story. But it was his ONLY story. After years of recounting it to friends here and there, he finally sat down and wrote it out. Then years later he shyly stood up and told it late one night in front of 20 storytellers at a storytelling conference in Boston. At the end of the night the tall beautiful woman hosting the event said, “I just have to give you a hug for telling that story!” At that moment it dawned on Kevin that if strange women hugged him for telling stories, then he was on to something. There is a deep penetrating power to this art that he has been drawn to forever after.
Kevin Brooks specializes in telling personal tales from his urban childhood of the 60´s, his 70´s adolescence, 80´s adulthood, through to his present day parenthood of adolescence. His stories for adults and family audiences resonate with humor and poignancy, and he has been a featured performer and story teacher at many storytelling festivals, conferences and other venues worldwide. Kevin also performs as part of the Tongue-In-Cheek Storytellers – a group of three awesome performers who don't talk about diversity, but embody it in their presence and their stories. http://www.media.mit.edu/~brooks/tic.html
This, Kevin's first CD, is a collection of some of his earlier work. Kiss of Summer takes the listener through the warm sands and sunshine of summer, in all its forms; including the passion of the moment, the heat of beach, the exhilaration of a coaster, and the deep pounding rhythm of a train.
(PS.: The story about his freshmen year of college is not on this CD, but ask him to tell it to you sometime.)