May 1, 2013
Fans, and Family,
The last newsletter I sent was
in December. I once saw the phrase
“Before trying harder, stop completely” sprayed in red on the side
of a wall in Cambridge, MA. That seemed
to have been the right advice, since I now have news that I am excited to share
Since December here’s what’s happened in LV land:
1) I have
met someone awesome and gotten engaged.
voice and music teaching studio at 315 East 91st Street, NYC continues
to grow (Skype Lessons are also available). West
Coast, I will be available to teach lessons in Los Angeles mid-June to early July.
Teaching link is here.
I am working with a music director/collaborator
in Brooklyn, the wonderful and badass, Nick Moran.
4) Nick has put together
a fabulous band for me and we are working towards
an EP of newer, unrecorded songs. We
would love your crowd-funding support to make it a reality.
5) We will showcase
some of these songs along with some old favorites at The Living Room on Sunday,
June 16th at 7pm for a brief 45minute set.
Do I feel lucky! My new band for June
16th will consist of the seasoned “cats,” (as Nick calls
Nick Moran, guitar
Adam Armstrong, bass
Brad Whitely, keys
Diego Voglino, drums
continue to be inspired by my friends in music, Jen Kearney and Dwight and Nicole along with many others. These are independent artists who find
ways to keep plugging along to create new music. I
find that the most interesting and
meaningful music that is being produced is coming from smaller, independent artists. And we cannot create without YOU and your
support. Coming out to live shows,
sharing our music with friends, posting on your social network pages, and contributing
to our Kickstarter, Pledge Music,
and Indigogo campaigns is what gives this music the chance at life. You guys all get to be “executive producers,”
when you support us.
On another front, my dear friend,
Rafel, a rock star at life, has been there for me from the beginning. (He was the
Catalonian wearing a cowboy hat in support of my playing – and winning- the
Colgate Country Showdown Boston!). He
holds a PhD from MIT Sloan Business School. His life work along with his wife, Marguerite’s
has been towards healing and making the world a better, more just, equal, and prosperous place. He is a marathoner, an Iron Man
triathalete, amazing husband, father, and friend.
Rafel is currently
training for the race of his life.
A few months back, Rafel was diagnosed with a virulent malignant brain tumor. He has just completed his first round of
treatment and THIS WEEKEND, MAY 5th, he, his wife and two kids in strollers,
will run the RACE FOR HOPE DC to raise money for brain tumor research. I will be running alongside them (if I
can keep up!). Every dollar spent
on new trials and research helps families like Rafel’s have more time together,
and renewed hope! Please consider making a tax deductable donation in any amount
for my run with TEAM LUCEA at this link.
my dear friend, Jim Ricciuti, who encouraged me to write my first songs, is in need
of healing thoughts and energy. Jim
stood in the woods of the Catskills at Summersongs telling me that “Fool’s
Gold,” was not a “cheesy Meatloaf anthem” as I was afraid of,
and that it rocked. Thankfully he
is healing from a successful heart surgery in Boston – making me realize more
and more that doctors, and people in the healing arts and sciences are the truest
rock stars. Sending Jim a shout out
and some love.
Finally, I just got to visit
with my AMAZING Nashville producer, Mark Prentice, in NYC while he plays bass and
is the Music Director for Once Upon a Dream - The Rascals on Broadway!! Life
Thank you for reading this!
It’s good to be back. I
HOPE TO SEE YOU ON JUNE 16th at the LIVING ROOM and beyond.
love and gratitude,