When I last posted a blog I really believed we’d be back touring by the middle of May…boy, was I wrong!! As you can see, it’s the end of June, I’m still home and it doesn’t look like we’ll be back touring until the fall…and that’s wishful thinking!! This pandemic has sure changed the world…it was the longest I’d gone without performing live since I was 14 years old and it’s the longest I’ve gone without touring since I was 24 years old. But on the upside, I’m now 20 pounds lighter & in much better shape. As for all of you out there reading this, I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.
During the lockdown I did perform some Facebook Live shows…quite a few with my partner in crime Billy Sullivan, one with Jessica Petrone and on April 18th I performed a solo show in the comfort of my basement that featured songs that I’d written, recorded and released with the bands I’d been in throughout the years along with songs I’d written for other artists (Sonny Geraci, Billy Hufsey, Gary Lewis, etc). You can still watch the show if you go to my Facebook page & scan down my timeline to April. I’ve also been making music every Sunday with the Praise Band at my church…even during the lockdown while the church was closed we live streamed the service online.
On the creative side, I sang and/or played on quite a few recording projects for charity, I mixed a few new songs by Bill March (Beau Coup, Wally Bryson Group) that he’s releasing soon and I finally signed a licensing agreement with a company in Nashville that places songs in TV shows, movies, etc.
But one of the biggest things I accomplished that I never would’ve had the time for had it not been for the lockdown is that I FINALLY went through and digitized over a hundred cassettes that I had packed away over the years because, since they had no information written on them, I wasn’t sure exactly what they contained, I only knew it was my music or music I produced. Wow, was that a trip down memory lane! I found songs that I’d forgotten I’d written, Love Affair demos that I forgot we recorded, other songs of mine that Sonny Geraci recorded, etc. I even found a cassette of me at 15 years old playing guitar & singing the first 6 songs I’d ever written. Plus, I also found live performances of Spina & Sullivan, Stairway, Richard & The Heartbeats, Gary Lewis and Love Affair. In fact, one of the Love Affair shows in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1983 sounded so good it could be released as a live album.
Here in Ohio, our lockdown ended a few weeks ago and though the reopening has been slow, I’ve actually performed live twice with Tommy Amato at the Rock Creek Kitchen & Bar and on July 6, Billy & I will finally resume our weekly Monday night gig at Arnie’s Clubhouse Grill. Other than that, I’m still on vacation. Hope to see you all again on the road soon…until then, stay safe!!