In the comfortable chair with Christopher Covoni | In the comfortable chair

Noun: Christopher Covoni

age: She was born in 27/6/1976 So I turned forty-six last month.

works: Professional musician (www.cofoni.com) and owner of TriAction Toys LLC (www.triactiontoys.com).

Accommodation: Western since March 2021.

Born, bred and grown up in: I was I was born in Westerly, lived here until I was 5, then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, then to San Diego, California, where I lived until 1990 (when I was 15), moved to Mystic and went to Stonington I got high school after That’s on a full Talent Based Scholarship to attend Hart School of Music, where I was a double major in vocal performance and music business.

Now I’m in the middle: I play with my team, The Mystic Prophets, and grow my game manufacturing business, which will release new items I hope to feature in a live puppet show on a major streaming platform.

My great achievements: Working with Norah Jones on their first two Platinum Grammy-winning albums and dealing with recording details while working at EMI/Blue Note Records – and of course, being the father of three adorable kids.

Top of my bucket list: He opened in front of a major artist with my bands and performed in front of thousands of people simultaneously.

I always carry: Boglin! They’re scary hand puppets from the 80s and I made them (with Tim Clark) in 2021. I carry them everywhere I go to scare and entertain people. We sold 130,000 of them in 2021 alone.

What I wanted when I grew up: a Professional opera singer! I even tried it briefly from 1996-1997 in Germany while studying at the Mannheim Musikhochschule.

My heroes are: Teachers who take the time to mentor children, as Dr. Michelle Holt did for me at Stonington High School. Without her, I would never have discovered my gift.

Favorite authors: Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.

He wrote about my night mode: Musical scores for things I’m working on, usually classical music, which I hope to perform again in 2023.

Top three songs in my playlist: ““Big Hard Sun” by Eddie Vader, “Gasoline” by Audislav and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash.

The last three songs I asked Alexa/Pandora/Spotify to play: “Numb” by Gary Clark Jr., “San Francisco By Blues” by Eric Clapton, and Chris Essack “Wicked Games.”

Three favorite movies of all time: “World History Part 1”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Ice Ventura: Pet Detective”.

Favorite TV Shows: “Ozark”, “Stranger Things” and “Forensic Files”.

Favorite Radio Station / Shows / Broadcasting: Howard Stern, Lithium on Sirius XM.

Best comfort foods: Mexican food all day. I can eat Mexican food for all three meals for the rest of my life.

Social media sites I use mostly: Facebook and Instagram.

The traits I like the most: discipline. No matter what profession, when you find people who have risen to the top, they are disciplined people. It is not easy to stay focused in this world we live in.

pet peEVES: People who do not respect their word.

Favorite quote: “It’s good to be the king.” – Mel Brooks

My favorite thing about our little corner of the world: Amazing ocean and fishing.

Cannot live without: Music! All the music!

A little information about me: I speak decent German, as I lived there for a year.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received:: “Everyone is too busy and worried about themselves to worry about you.” My grandmother, Pearl Tabley

The best advice I can give: Find your passion and nurture it with hard work!

If I ruled the world I would: Add more art and music! History books record who won wars, but who created art and music? There seems to be less support for the arts and more pressure simply to make money and own more things.

If I win the lottery, the first thing I will do is: Plan a year-long trip around the world learning the languages, cultures, and folk music of the areas I’m visiting while trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the money and how best to give back to the community and support the arts.

I drive a: Black Volvo SUV 10 years old and 190,000 miles. Every memory with my kids includes this car so I hope to drive it for at least 15 years. I will miss her when I have to move on because of all those memories.

I wish to be a: likely One of those vintage, two-seater Volvo cars like the Volvo P1800 from the 1960s.

Always in my fridge: Various pickles and beers.

If I could invite someone special to join me for dinner and conversation, I would invite: Mel Brooks, the best comedian to ever walk this earth. It might be hard to convince him but once you do… “You can’t Torquemada anything!”

– Interview organized and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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