Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Oct 2014 ...finally!

Someone visiting recently reminded me that I hadn't "blogged" in awhile - it seems the last blog was Feb - which is about when the idea of doing another project came to mind and I was wisked away into the frenzy of the studio: rehearsals, song selection, production, graphics, printing and of course I was also scheduling the summer at the same time so forgive me if it seems to have been placed on the back burner - during the summer I spent more time on Facebook ...but I back!  

This summer's bookings included the Dream Wedding for the Outer Banks Wedding Association pictured here with Leslie Erickson from Club Violin - when you don't see me at the 5pm mass at Holy Redeemer on Saturday nights, this is what I'm usually doing: a wedding.  This wedding was at the Whalehead Club in Corolla - beautiful day!

and this is another wedding with another violinist, Beth Argiro -  on the beach - I love my job! 

and for those who were a part of the Christian Music Summer Concert Series by way of donating time and talent or by donating their treasure to the love offering which was donated in turn to the Beach Food Pantry and Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO), above is a photo that recently ran in the local Outer Banks paper, the Coastland Times: Jennifer Albanesee, Exec Dir. of ICO, yours truly and Kathy McCullough-Testa, Exec Dir. of the Beach Food Pantry (just named non-profit of the year).
This was the summer we surpassed my goal of $10,000 since inception in 2009 (this was our 6th summer) - $10,732 has been split equally between the 2 charities - doing what we are called to do - give back to the community - I am honored and proud to be a member! thank you participating musicians, sponsors & supporters!!

It's alway great to see everyone when the sun is shining - if you visited the Outer Banks, thanks for brightening my summer!

I have a few out-of-town bookings scheduled - if I'm coming your way or even if I'm not coming your way and you'd like to schedule a LIVING ROOM CONCERT or FUNDRAISER or CHURCH EVENT (or wedding), please contact me via email or phone/text: 252-489-8724 and let's schedule a date!  Heading north, south & west in the next few months so I'm looking forward to singing for you and your family, friends and/or organization.

Copies of HOSEA are still available - order here or via mail (see the web site for more info).

See ya on the road!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

the LOVE month

Yesterday at church I was reminded of Valentine's Day when I  saw the woman's group members wearing their red glittering homemade hearts..."of course I have one, it's in my desk drawer" and now it's on my desk....I'll wear it this week, maybe it will remind someone who forgot...

 I had a great road trip to Southport NC for a living room concert, and a workshop and liturgy @ St Brendan's Church in Shallotte, NC.  Great seeing friends from way back (you know who you are!) and meeting new ones - thanks to all who brought those gatherings together!
Enjoyed family time in Florida w/my folks and both my sisters - even got to watch the Super Bowl!
and another terrific weekend at the First Presbyterian Church in Auburndale - again spending time w/friends from even further back than I can remember and meeting new smiling faces at Saturday's dinner party and Sunday's service.
Next road trip is Valentine's Day Feb 14 to VA Beach for the Lighthouse Center Volunteers of America fundraiser 7pm @ Holy Family Church - see my web site calendar for more info.
Feb 21 Friday Deltaville VA 7pm fundraiser for the Volunteer Fire Dept - again my web site calendar has more info
communities coming together to show their love and support for each other....
you have a few days to remember who to show love and support....
to all who are reading this - thank you for your love and support - consider yourself loved back!
Happy Valentine's

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

twas the week before Christmas...

my neighbors are counting the number of times they see me coming and going out of the "hood"…I thought I was just as busy as everyone else but obviously not! and no I'm not ready for Christmas!

Today I worked w/Scott Franson - producer, musician, engineer and bud on a videomercial for CANINES FOR SERVICE - AWESOME GROUP…check out their web site when you have time
The rest of the month will find me in the Outer Banks at LIVING ROOM CONCERTS, the WHALEHEAD CLUB in Corolla, COTTON GIN in Jarvisburg, HOLY REDEEMER in Kitty Hawk & Nags Head and FIRST NIGHT WILLIAMSBURG in Williamsburg VA for New Years Eve.  January takes me to Wilmington and Sunset Beach areas for LIVING ROOM CONCERTS and a WORKSHOP/RETREAT & LITURGY.  From there I will head to FLORIDA for a week of family, friends and music.  If you are in any of these areas and would like to host a concert LIVING ROOM or CHURCH or FUNDRAISER for a cause near & dear to your heart, please contact me so I can get you on the calendar!

wishing you a beautiful Christmas season…may your stockings be filled w/many blessings and your home filled w/family, friends, food & fun and of course good music :)  hugs coming your way!!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Summer recap I've been posting to Face Book all summer - sorry to be neglecting those who are not FB followers!
The summer was, as usual, BUSY! with weddings, restaurant singing, living room concerts and the Christian Music Summer Concert Series which raised over $2000 to be donated to ICO (Interfaith Community Outreach) and our local Beach Food Pantry.  I am still singing at some local venues (see my web calendar) and will start traveling to places near and far during our off season (now thru May).  If you are interested in booking me for a LIVING ROOM CONCERT and/or CHURCH CONCERT, or SPECIAL EVENT, please contact me asap so we can get your date scheduled.
My new CD, AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS, is getting great revues from those who are listening!
Copies of it, as well as all my CDs, are available via performances, the web and mail.
Feel free to email me your comments or add them to the guest book on my web site.
My buddy Frank Iacono has a blog, THE CREATIVE SPOTLIGHT, where he highlights creative people such as songwriters... so guess who is featured today??  Thank you Frank!
Check it out:  or
I have been trying to send out an email news letter every 4-6 weeks through Constant Contact containing any news and/or scheduled dates.  If I have your email address, you should be receiving it.  You can add your email to my list by filling out the form on my web site.  You can opt out if you wish.
Thank you for your continued support - see you on the road!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wine Festival at the Whalehead Club in Heritage Park in Corolla May 29 2013 - beautiful day!
I'll be back in Sept & Oct - check out the calendar on my web:
photo by John Aylor