Sabbinirica!  Welcome!  So glad you stopped by.  Remember when you were a child how you collected shells as you  wandered along the beach? I still do that...and I do the same with songs...Sicilian songs...

So, c'mon, wander along with me...


Warm thoughts, cold days... 

          Lately, my mornings have involved shoveling snow, throwing sand, spreading salt and commiserating  with the mailman over yet another  dire prediction made by  the tv-weathermen.  I have to wonder: how is it possible that a few short weeks ago, I was  in Sicily, where it was unseasonably warm for mid-November?  While I was visiting, Michele Termine from TeleRadioSciacca interviewed me at the Casa Planeta in Menfi.  Here is the interview which  took place in the midst of the installation, Discorsi… Read more

Music in Nature & Discorsi Dendros 

    If you listen, there is music everywhere. The most beautiful music comes from nature and when I am in Sicily, especially when I am walking among the olive trees  in  the mountains or through the pines along the ragged seacoast, my soul  becomes transfixed, ennobled and ever grateful at the sounds of the melodies and rhythms nature so freely composes.


    The nourishing connection to this natural music has been jeopardized not only by the clamor of modern life, but by the ravages of pollution.  … Read more

When a song wants to be heard, it will find its way to the world. 





    Like the wind or like a spirit, a song can be neither touched nor seen, but it can be heard and its presence felt.   Sometimes people have asked why I sing  the Sicilian songs I do.  I always tell them that it’s because these songs want to be heard.  It is as if they want to make their presence known. 



     In April of 2014, Fabio Turchetti came to visit NYC and brought with him a beautiful song, Navigando col Vento del Sud.  Written in Italian, it is a wish  for happiness for each… Read more


    “Sometimes, you just have to put it out there and let the universe do the rest.”   Those words hung in the air a bit then and while my brain just couldn’t process them, my heart quickly absorbed them. I was listening to the counsel of my friend, film-maker Steven Robert McCurdy.  He had come to the East Coast to screen his film, ‘Postcards From Italy.’  Those of us who ventured out on that cold winter’s night were treated to Steve’s tender and heartfelt film homage to Southern Italy and her people.


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Ancestors, reposted from June 12, 2014 

         Sunday at dusk in a lush and verdant garden aglow with fireflies,  I sat next to the mbira master, Chartwell Dutiro , and experienced a kinship transcending time and cultures. I had come to hear his concert and was fortunate to have a few moments to speak with him. We shared our tradtions and stories about our work with them. He spoke about the mbira as a means of communication with the ancients. In the Shona culture, it is as a telephone to the ancestors.  Chartwell counseled me to speak to my… Read more

New Year, New Website, New Blog..so what else is NEW? 

It's great to see you again! So glad you came to the blog for a visit.  This is a year promises to be a grand musical adventure so if you are coming along for the ride, fasten your seat belts! 

A few weeks ago in November, I was back in Sicily.  This year's first three blogs posted on January 11th are some odds and ends I jotted down while traveling.  So enjoy these random thoughts  and get ready for lots more...


Random Thoughts on the Bus from Castelvetrano to Palermo: 


It's unbelievable how many people are trying to get the driver to deliver a backpack to a relative unknown to said driver ( To his credit, he refuses ).

Holy smokes! Did a bird just hit the windshield?!?

Is that really Bruce blasting over the radio? Singing 'Born in the USA'? I came to Sicily for this? Seriously?

If that 'All About the Bass' song comes on, I swear I'll strangle somebody...

Hasn't this chick's phone battery run out yet? She's been talking non stop since she got on the bus an hour ago.

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Random Thoughts from the Countryside 


Is there a limit to how many fresh prickly pears a person can eat in one sitting? Looks like am about to find out...

Instead if destroying the magic, watching the mechanics of pressing olive oil only renders the entire process even more miraculous.

How long after I take the clothes off the clothes-line will they still smell so fresh?

That's it! If one more Sicilian man tells me that gaining 5 or 10 kilos would actually be GOOD for me, I am packing it up and moving here forever.

Must remember that to a… Read more

Random Thoughts from Catania Fontanarossa Airport: 



Was worried about finding Terminal 1 - then realized: this whole airport IS Terminal 1.

Ahhhh... The Kabuki Theatre that is security check-in...

Continuing a tradition from my youth: enjoying a cappuccino and cornetto in the airport before my morning flight back to NYC. 
(In reality, it's a way to squeeze a few extra moments-in-Italy out of a trip.)

They keep us waiting in front of the Duty Free shops so we piss away our left over euros. Must.resist.urge.to. spend.

Did I really just buy a deluxe set… Read more



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10th Annual All Things Italian Street Festival

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Fairfield , Burlington Avenue, Iowa


10th Annual All Things Italian Street Festival in Fairfield, Iowa - Saturday June 13th, 2015 - FREE ADMISSION This year, I'll be joining Domenico Porco and Charlie Rutan as we celebrate the music of Sicily, Calabria and il Meridione ( The South of Italy) at The All Things Italian Street Festival in Fairfield Iowa, named a "must-see event" by the Iowa Tourism Office, is free to everyone and draws close to 5,000 people each year. Known for it's homemade lasagna and freshly filled cannoli, the festival receives high marks for it's authentic Italian cuisine.

Admission is FREE! Age limit: All ages

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