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TUSK: New Hope Winery, New Hope, PA

Published December 29, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_3306New Hope Winery

A long awaited show, as this night was supposed to happen 14 days ago but we had a storm and it was postponed (even though my husband Dennis and I were more than willing to make the effort!) It was our first night ever at New Hope Winery (http://www.newhopewinery.com/) and I fell in love with the place, a rustic 18th century barn with an event room. We sampled a semi-sweet Solebury Red wine, which was absolutely delicious!

We were seated in the front next to another couple who knew a lot about music, so it was awesome. This was my sixth time seeing Tusk (my husband’s fifth). After the last show over the summer (see blog: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/tusk-the-ultimate-fleetwood-mac-tribute-linden-new-jersey/) Tusk guitarist Scott McDonald wrote to me on Face Book thanking me for the blog and we became good friends on the internet. Then I did phone interviews with all the Tusk members, so stay tuned for a future blog which will coincide with their Stockton Bridge CD release party. (Stockton Bridge is Tusk’s original band with all the same members).

Thanks to Scott for comping us this show! It was fantastic, as usual, and there were some extra special surprises like the cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” Tom Petty’s “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” and Christmas songs including “River” by Joni Mitchell (which Kathy Philips sang beautifully) and “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” sung by bassist Randy Artiglere. It was also cool seeing Kathy Philips as Stevie Nicks dressed in white instead of black for a change during the second set. I absolutely love white, especially in winter (See photo below, such a pretty outfit!)

Unfortunately the Winery had a “no flash photography” policy, so we couldn’t take photos of the performance. (We tried without the flash, but no luck). But it was super cool meeting the band after the show for a photo op. As a journalist, it’s always surreal meeting people in real life after you meet them on the phone. And it was doubly surreal meeting Scott after conversing and joking around on Face Book for four months! You gotta love the modern world we live in. *smiles*

SAM_3304From left: Tom Nelson (drums), Randy Artiglere (bass), Kim Williams (keyboard/vocal), Kathy Philips (vocal), Me (applause in audience) and Scott McDonald (guitar/vocal)

After the show Dennis and I took a nice drive through New Hope and then Lambertville to look at all the Christmas decorations. We had so much fun!

SAM_3309“Loves Saves the Day” store front

Love Saves the Day was once one of my favorite stores in NYC, right around the corner from St. Mark’s Place. I was devastated when it closed down a few years ago. Thank God the one in New Hope still exists! It has lots of fun vintage toys, clothes, comics, etc.

SAM_3310My fur is faux, I’m an animal lover!

SAM_3311Pretty nativity scene in front of church

SAM_3319Reminded us of Queen’s “Innuendo” cover!

SAM_3324Stunning antique clock

SAM_3326Beatles lamp

Merry Christmas From Maryanne’s Jukebox!

Published December 23, 2012 by Maryanne

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (photo by Darlene Foster)

At WDVR-FM radio (Photo by Darlene Foster)

I HOPE EVERYONE GETS ALL THE MUSIC THEY WISHED FOR!

Here’s a few more of my Christmas favorites:

Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Jingle Bell Rock by Billy Idol

Mele Kalikimaka (By Bing Crosby)

Do You Hear What I Hear by Bing Crosby

Little Drummer Boy by Joan Jett

Feliz Navidad

Mamacita, Where is Santa Claus?

Father Christmas by The Kinks

Oi to The World – By No Doubt

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney & Wings

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Marshmallow World – by Dean Martin

“Frosty the Snowman” The Ronettes

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) – The Ramones

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

Mr. Grinch – Whirling Dervishes

Come on Christmas! (Songs from Tom Corea’s Studio!)

Published November 29, 2012 by Maryanne

(Left to right – Ric Pink, Dennis and Me, 2011)

Every year our good friend Tom Corea puts out an amazing Christmas project via his Babyfishmouth Studio.

My husband, Dennis, often plays bass (and some guitar) on many of the tunes, along with Tom DiPaolo on guitar.

Sometimes I’ll join them in the studio and once in awhile participate.

“Come on Christmas” was a really fun song that was recorded over the summer. (Vocals: Ric Pink, guitar: Tom DiPaolo, bass: Dennis Mistretta, Drums: Tom Corea). And I got to help by singing the back-up vocals! What an honor to be working amongst such great talents!

If you click on the following “Come On Christmas” you will see there are some great shots of all of us having fun in the studio. The album cover photo of Tom DiPaolo and Tom Corea was beautifully done by my very good friend, Darlene Foster (www.darlenefoster.com). It’s worth it to check out the song just to see her fabulous work!

Check out the song and photos by clicking here:

Come On Christmas!

And here’s another one from a few years back, 2006, it’s a surf song featuring Dennis on bass guitar and rhythm, Tom DiPaolo on guitar, Tom Corea on drums, and I’m the opening spoken word vocal, “Hey, Santa, Surf’s Up!”

SURFER’S CHRISTMAS

And finally, a surf take on this Nutcracker classic. Tom DiPaolo on guitars, Dennis Mistretta on bass and Tom Corea on drums: Dance of the Sugar Plum Scary

I always love going to the studio with Dennis. I adore music and watching a tune be put together step-by-step. Or sometimes I’ll go upstairs and hang out with Tom Corea’s wife, Carol, and have a fantastic time drinking wine and having great conversation. They also have two beautiful kids, Jessie and T.J.

We are so blessed to have such great friends and so many wonderful memories!

Tom Corea, of Babyfishmouth Studio and his son, Jessie

Me, Carol Corea and Darlene Foster (Ric Pink in background)