The Tucson singer-songwriter calls the pandemic year his best ever | music

Brian Berggoetz released his debut CD, which was made during the pandemic and inspired by a new love.

Phil Kelly

Without the slightest hint of irony in his voice, Tucson musician Brian Berggoetz says 2020 was the best year of his life.

Before you scratch your head in disbelief and turn the page, listen to the man.

Sure, like many Tucsonans and Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has left him unemployed, but not homeless. And since his days had nothing to fill, the Native American who moved to Tucson in the mid-1980s decided to reconsider a year-long medical diagnosis that revealed he might just have prostate cancer.

It turned out that the second opinion showed that the cancer was much worse than the original diagnosis.

“If I had kept working I might have postponed it for a while,” he said.

He underwent an operation last June and is happy to report that he has been cancer-free for a year.

Losing his day job selling coffee to grocery stores led him to help a buddy with property management. It was through this job that Berggoetz met Karen, the owner of the company. And that meeting literally changed his life.

“All of a sudden, I’m just writing all these stupid love songs. These songs come out and they come out much better than they have ever felt before, ”said Berggoetz, and the tone of his voice took on a tone that conveys new love, not entirely dizzy, but on the edge. “It’s the best stuff I’ve ever done.”


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