Baby Workout

April 7th, 2013

Ta dah!!

Baby Workout has been my closing theme song for over 20 years so it’s fitting I pick it for today’s final song of this yearlong blog! Yes, today is the last cover song of the year for me.

Let’s review.

Claudia and I decided to do this song a day blog and no matter what was happening in each day I would have to perform a song that had relevance to that day in music history. Now I thought that would be fine. Then Claudia thought it would be cool if I wore a different shirt every day. Okay, she found me 365 different shirts. (Anybody need a shirt?) then she thought it would be unique and give each video a slightly different look to have something new on the music stand each day. Okay 365 different chachkes or music or sumpthin on the music stand.

We did a song in every hotel we were in, in the backyard, the bedroom, the Poconos, in the car with the Stingers, with special guests. You got to read my ramblings about my teenage life in Brooklyn, my friends, my family, my gigging career, what I was working on presently, my dates with my wife, what we were eating. I talked about my boys (who are my pride and joy) I talked about my teachers and my favorite singers and musicians.

So, in summation, I’m a pretty happy guy with a great family and I get to play music every day of my life. I’m healthy and everyone right now around me is healthy, and I really feel we were put in this world to be happy and have fun doing what we love with whom we love!

So, thanks for listening!


Come back next Sunday when we start our next project here!  A weekly original song!  Every Sunday!

Not sure if i can do the shirt thing anymore.  In fact, I think i might wear 1 shirt for the entire year 🙂

Baby Workout!

more next week!


Silent Night

December 24, 1818: Germany’s Franz Gruber composes a melody to words written by Austrian priest Josef Mohr, creating the standard Silent Night. The song is debuted tonight at Midnight Mass in Gruber’s hometown of Obendorf. (via

christmas eve 1990

Christmas Eve was a great tradition for us. Our family house on East 19th street in Brooklyn was the xmas hub where all friends and family came. It was a 13 room house so we could fit everyone. All my cousins would sleep over and my friends and I would put on these nightgowns and we would have a puba party.  I’m not sure where that name came from. We would put on an old Ace Cannon record and dance around. Then before the young ones went to sleep we would sing Christmas carols around the piano.

In the morning we all had to get up so damn early and wait on the steps until my Uncle John got the video ready. Then mayhem would erupt as 15 kids ripped through presents. Now this was tradition when I was a kid and stayed true through my kids and my cousins’ kids childhood!

Pretty special memories!

Merry Christmas.

Silent Night.

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) / Silver Bells

December 22, 1958: The Chipmunks’ The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) hits #1!

the kids had a ball

The Chipmunks!  Now that was hell of a singing group – Alvin, Theodore and Simon. I think Alvin had the lead on The Chipmunk Song. These guys could party!

Had a beautiful time at Ann Ruckert‘s Holiday sing-a-long today. Her choir did a great job — i’m always interested to hear and play for her up and coming singers — and I got to see some good friends like George & Lizi and Chris & Janelle.

Chris and Janelle did a couple of songs holding their 2 sons Tony and Roman. That’s kinda cheating singing while showing off 2 adorable kids. It was good to see Frank Beacham there.  Hadn’t seen him in a while. But i missed having Pepper Swinson! Next year, Pepper!

All in all it was a sweet, happy Christmas vibe.  The kids all had a ball, dancing around and the adults had fun, too!  Thanks, Ann.

I was thinking of going to movie tonight- the new Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise but we would have to go out into the cold so that’s not happening.  TV & popcorn it is.

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Here ya go, Chipmunk fans.  A little medley of the Chipmunk Song and Silver Bells.

more tomorrow!


Get Off of My Cloud

November 10, 1965 #1 Billboard Pop Hit The Rolling Stones’ Get Off of My Cloud!


Claudia and I and Luca Tozzi took a drive out to Rockaway Beach to help out with sand removal at our friend Chris Tedesco‘s house. When we got there, other friends like David Ippolito and Elodie Pauwels and Bruce Gordon were all there. Jake Holmes had just left — they’d been shoveling all day.

We weren’t much help but we did bring coffee and donuts and cookies and showed some love and support. Pretty surreal how hard hit the rockaways got. They are still without power and the boardwalk was ripped in half.  Elodie took this picture.  Thanks for that!

So, for today in music I’ve got Get Off of My Cloud – another great Stones tune.

I studied voice with Don Lawrence who also was Mick Jagger’s voice teacher.

I know. Big deal.

But it’s good to pick up some tricks.  For example Mick likes to have a lot of bass and sub bass in his monitors and sure enough when I tried that it was easier to sing higher.  Go figure!

Get Off of My Cloud! (more tomorrow)

Mean to Me

October 7, 1950: CBS debuts The Frank Sinatra Show, a variety program!  (via

john malino

I had fun going out tonight with Claudia, Dylan and my niece Heather.  We went to a little jazz club, The Turning Point, in Piermont NY for my buddy John Malino‘s CD release party and performance.  I had played a song on the record so I played that song tonight with the band, sitting in on Mean to Me, a good old standard that Frank Sinatra sang and recorded. I also like Ella Fitzgerald’s version.

So tonight my video was live, sitting in with the John Malino Band. Lots of fun!

I was a little worried I would miss the playoff game between the Yankees and the Orioles but it was rain delayed so got home just in time for first pitch. GO YANKEES!

Tomorrow we will record Elle Winter and Sam Tsui doing a mashup for a new YouTube video!  So keep a lookout for that.

Here’s Mean to Me!