To the Lord God above, I give thanks for providing me with the gift of song and voice and my love and passion for singing and entertaining.
To my (deceased) Parents, Frank and Pat who so loved Frank Sinatra and played and sang his music all the time, it's one of my fondest memories of my childhood and certainly a “huge” influence in my appreciation for Frank's music and singing….
To my beautiful and loving wife Cindy of 33 years, who puts up with my “hamming” and my constant singing and who has been my biggest fan and supporter (both morally and financially) of this project from the beginning… I love you!
To my life-long best friend whom I've known now for 50 years: Jim “Rit” Groeninger of Huntington, NY who, has an unquenchable passion for music, singing and guitar playing and who has greatly influenced, encouraged (and critiqued) me through the years…. we were singing together in the boy's choir at St. Hugh of Lincoln Catholic School in the early 60's, and in a small rock-and-roll band as pre-teens. I thoroughly enjoy singing and harmonizing with him every time we get together.
To Professor LaDuca, my first choir director at St Hugh's, he was a strict disciplinarian but our choir sounded great, he actually threw a book at me (and it hit me) at choir practice one time because I wasn't paying attention!
To Diane Nestor, choir director at Ascension Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, who convinced me to join the choir 6 years ago now and who has helped develop my voice, and my confidence in singing to large audiences, and who encouraged me to be a cantor.
To my beautiful daughter Christina (age 16) who is my music partner and sound technician at all my gigs now… even though she's not a big fan of Sinatra's music, she is a fan of her Dad, and I love her for it! And yes, she gets a nice cut on my earnings… .quite the business lady…
To Curtis Key, owner of “Ripple Studios” in Virginia Beach for recording my first CD and making the entire process a very enjoyable and memorable one. Curtis, a master musician and technician, is incredibly talented! Ripple Studios was the first recording studio that I went to and I didn't have to look any further.
To my remarkably talented niece Jenn and her husband Alan Loots, of Chicago, Ill. Jenn is the creator and graphic artist behind the overall concept and design of my first CD cover, calling cards and artistic insight on the website. Alan, the webmaster, is a gifted professional of Revin Designs, LLC. Together they did all the work to make it a really impressive, professional looking, “and very cool” web site! Thanks so much for all your hard work.
To all the folks who have hired me or asked me to sing at their parties, weddings, banquets etc… anyone that knows me, knows that I absolutely love to sing, especially Sinatra's songs…
And finally my thanks to the “Voice”, the “Chairman of the Board” himself, whose music and unique singing style influenced me at an early age and for bringing into the music world timeless recordings of some of the most beautiful songs (“standards”) ever recorded.
Long live Frank Sinatra's music, style and songs! …and as for me? “THE BEST IS YET TO COME” !
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