I appreciate this opportunity to
share with you the story behind my newest CD. "Trying
Not To Fade" is a labor of love. At the beginning it wasn't even meant to
be an album, but the more I got involved in recording, the more it came together.
Before I knew it, I had eleven songs that I had laid down. It's a collection that
is very special to me. The songs are very straightforward and personal. They reflect
everyday experiences in which I am sure everyone can relate.
is nothing I enjoy doing more than writing songs. To express myself with new music
is a feeling that is very gratifying and rewarding. It's like painting a picture
I began writing these songs about two years ago. It was a new experience for me
to take someone else's lyrics and put them into a melody. In the past, I always
started with the tune and chords but I soon found out this worked for me. Seeing
the words in front of me first, gave me a feeling of what the music should be.
Having wonderful lyrics to work with was an inspiration. The songs brought me
back to my roots and gave me a chance to play some guitar again.
writing began for me years ago as part of The Buckinghams. I had the opportunity
to co-write some of the cuts on our albums "Portraits" and "In
One Ear And Gone Tomorrow." A few years later my song writing developed as
co-writer with Dennis Tufano as part of the duo known as "Tufano and Giammarese."
We recorded three albums for Ode records. Working with the great and talented
producers Lou Adler and Tom Scott along with some of the finest musicians in the
world gave me the chance to hone my skills in the studio.
back I would have to say "Trying Not To Fade" is a culmination of so
much I have been so fortunate to experience in music.
is life to me. I hope that listening to this CD gives you as much pleasure as
making it has given me.
I have dedicated "Trying Not To Fade" to the memory of my Father, who taught me how to love, respect, and appreciate music.