On a crowded hot summer’s night, she heard a voice cry out…Her father said “No” don’t play that wheel of chance with all those numbers and names…You’ll never win…You’re throwing your money away!!
With a quarter and a dream, Anthony’s sister, Rosemarie, won a guitar at the Seaside Heights boardwalk when Anthony was 7 years old.
Since then, Anthony has made his dream a reality with accomplishments in the music field including countless performances, recording sessions, guest appearances, seminars and workshops, and teaching thousands of private students all over the Greater New York area.
I Love Music!
Like so many other music fans, I grew up listening to music on records. The whole experience from holding an album, singing along with the lyrics, and studying the album images brought the music and bands to life. I’d often picture myself onstage singing and playing to adoring fans. Like any young musician I dreamed of being a rock star but the reality of actually being a professional musician seemed a million miles away. One of my favorite bands, the Beatles, always inspired me and gave me the feeling that I could do anything I put my mind to. Some of my earliest memories were watching bands on the Ed Sullivan show and experiencing the raw excitement that their music brought. This was before cell phones, YouTube, and Facebook as I’m sure many of you can remember.
I was in my share of different bands from long hair and leather jacket rock bands, to ruffled tuxedo shirt wedding bands, to solo gigs and small venues, and everything in between. We’d play our 4 or 5 sets, pack up the station wagon and head off to the 24 hour Diner at 2 or 3:00 in the morning. All the subtle experiences that define what it means to be a musician. The excitement of performing on stage and entertaining crowds of people with the ringing in your ears after the gig. Coming home when everyone else is going to work as the sun comes up, with the smell of the smokey bars and clubs on my clothes, amps and guitars. The familiar weight of my guitar, gig bag, and P.A equipment before and after a show and the many hours of practicing, studying, and memorizing songs to improve my skills. It’s the camaraderie and friendships you make with your fellow musicians and bandmates. “Driving 100 miles with $6000.00 worth of gear to make $50.00”. Also, the look and sound of the recording studio and the feeling I get when I’ve written and recorded an original song-it’s simply “Magic” for me. And it’s a million other little subtle experiences that define what it means to be a musician. At least that’s the way it’s been for me. It’s not the albums sold or the number of downloads or “likes” I receive on my YouTube channel, but rather it’s knowing those things first hand that makes me a musician, a veteran. And it’s knowing that you are one of a small percentage of the population to not only have seen, but to have lived behind the curtain that makes this whole crazy thing worth while.
I look forward to many more always-worthwhile experiences along this musical journey. Here’s to hoping that you are part of that journey.