On September 11th, 2001, the restaurant I owned across from the World Trade Center in New York City was destroyed as a result of the terrorist attacks. I've tried to write this bio on a number of occasions but that first sentence is as far as I usually get but I will try to finish now and hopefully give a little insight into the reasons for the music. Needless to say, our business was destroyed that terrible morning in September but thankfully, what I experienced was nothing in comparison to the devastating sorrow and loss that others suffered. But it did make me pause to take a good hard look at what I had thought was important in my life up until that time. After 9/11, I became active in various groups that were organized to help people who were affected by the attacks. The people I met during this time moved and inspired me in ways that are hard to explain and which I will never forget. But one of the saddest things for me to hear was that a person, who was a musician and had lost their spouse in the Towers, couldn't play anymore because they said it was just too painful. Certain things are lost forever and can never be replaced, but the desire to make music shouldn't be one of them. My wish is that someday that person's heart will heal enough so that they will be able to play again. I knew then that I needed to reevaluate where my life was going. I had been pursuing the 'American Dream' as a small business owner and all of a sudden, it was gone in an instant. What I realized is that, like so many people, I was letting my job and the pursuit of money and things define who I was as a person. I know, I know, I'm dangerously close to sounding like a cliché but I'm doing some serious soul searching here. The point being that I did indeed have a lot to be thankful for. I had my family and friends and low and behold I could still pick up a guitar and play something approximating music on the darn thing! So I decided to do something to feed my soul rather than my pocket book. I recorded the Eastside Serenade CD because I saw firsthand how life could change in an instant and I didn't want to have any regrets about not having done something I love to do.
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