This album is for "la mia famiglia," who kept the Italian culture alive in my home and heart through Sunday pasta, seven fish on Christmas Eve, noisy dinner tables and lots of love. It's especially for my grandfather, Frank, who I grew up living with. He was my babysitter, frittata chef and partner in crime. Through him I discovered the Italian-American Songbook, hearing Connie Francis, Al Martino, Louis Prima and the lot blasting from his car windows and basement apartment. Later in life, after a stroke, I'd sing these songs to him and watch his face light up with joy.
While he has recently passed, my goal is to keep this music alive for new jenerations of Italian-Americans with re-inspired rhythms and lyrics that represent the modern female perspective, while staying true to the original Italizan meaning. But, no matter one's age, gender or ethnicity, my hope is that this album ignites the Italian passion inside all of us.