Here’s this year’s offering. First off, I’ve had another great year and can once again echo the sentiment of George Bailey’s brother in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” when he says, “Here’s to my brother, George, the richest man in town.” More times than not this year I’ve have felt just that blessed. There’s been trips galore including an extraordinary time in the Northeast in October working with the youth at Wilton BC and Greater Restoration BC – in Connecticut and Brooklyn, NY, respectively. Then in November I made a trip to Charlotte, NC, to do a benefit and visit with my pals, Jim and Debbie Rivers. Several new songs, a Jimmy Webb workshop in September, playing with the Mark McKenzie jazz quartet, premiere of my first attempt at writing a piece for concert band (Ye Olde Swingin’ Carols medley) and on and on it goes. I continue to enjoy working with the gals in AChord and also doing my duo work in schools with Mel Hartman Couture through Young Audiences. Also I’m still playing piano with the Shriner Big band, Nobles of Note. (Whew!) So you can see my being ancient (you can say old fart if you like – HA!) hasn’t kept me from getting out there doing what I love to do and living it up, literally, as much as I can. I truly hope all of you can say the same and I wish you the very best this season.
George Gagliardi, December 2008