September 18, 2019

The Train Song - (Sung Live by Tom Balistreri)

I sing here live, a song I wrote and arranged.
This is called,
"The Train Song."
Sooner or later songwriters write a train song.
As you can see I came up with a very original title. 😃
Thanks for watching and listening.
- Tom




He Is More - (By Tom Balistreri)

God has saved my soul,
from disaster.
He is so much more,
than Lord and master.

He desires all to have,
a blessed end,
and makes Himself known,
as a friend.

September 17, 2019

Conquering The Giant - (By Tom Balistreri)

One's problem may seem giant,
when seen through fears eyes.
But Faith in God reduces,
the giant into a small size.

Call to Him for help,
against the giants in your life,
and He will help you conquer,
and put an end to strife.

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September 15, 2019

All Your Trust - (By Tom Balistreri)

Give the Lord,
all of your trust,
with all your heart,
this you must.

For when you do,
just watch and wait,
and He will set
your paths straight.

September 14, 2019

In The Footsteps - (By Tom Balistreri)

Follow in the footsteps,
of the Lord who leads the path,
He shows the life of love,
in which one finds no wrath.
Behind the world is foolish,
ahead a life of peace,
shedding empty burdens,
and having joy increase.
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September 13, 2019

Truly Successful - (By Tom Balistreri)

Many strive to be successful,
but this world will pass.

Seek first the things of God,
to have success that lasts.

September 12, 2019

The Place Of Grace - (By Tom Balistreri)

Because of shame
I hid my face.
But God's grace
took my disgrace.

Now former things
have been erased.
And I'm lifted
to a Holy place.

September 11, 2019

Fear Not - (By Tom Balistreri)

Be strong,
and courageous,
God has told us,
through the ages.

For there 's no reason,
for one to fear,
when you know,
the Lord is near.

September 10, 2019

Not Pensive - (By Tom Balistreri)

I shall not fear,
or act pensive.
When I know God's grace,
is quite extensive.
His hand guides and guards,
He cares for me,
My faith in him,
makes doubt flee.

September 9, 2019

Still Small Voice - (By Tom Balistreri)

Not in the wind,
or in the thunder,
will you hear the voice,
above all wonder.
Not in the sound,
of a raging river,
God's still small voice,
appears as a whisper.

September 8, 2019

Through The Shadow - (By Tom Balistreri)

If I walk,
through the shadow of death,
I am at peace,
the Lord gives me rest.
I don't need to fear,
nor need to see,
God protects,
and comforts me.



September 7, 2019

Faithful Vision - (By Tom Balistreri)

The view is clouded,
the path is hidden,
yet in the Lord,
I have a vision.

I trust in Him,
to guide me,
to greater ways,
I not yet see.

September 6, 2019

The Right Fight - (By Tom Balistreri)

Life can seem
and endless fight,
between desires
of dark and light.

God keeps His children
in His sight.
To gaurd and lead,
in all that's right.

September 5, 2019

Blank Heart - (By Tom Balistreri)

Like an unwritten page,
that's left blank.
So is a life,
lived without thanks.

There's an empty space,
that fills in part,
but never grows,
into a full heart.

September 4, 2019

No Retreat - (By Tom Balistreri)

I shall not quit,
nor retreat,
until my work
is complete.

Until I accomplish,
everything,
assigned to me,
by my God and King.



September 3, 2019

Never Routine - (By Tom Balistreri)

Lord it's so easy to thank You,
when things are going well,
or to humbly call upon You,
when I pass the gates of Hell.

May I never forget,
to send thanks and praise Your way,
as I live in the common,
average day to day.

September 1, 2019

It's Not Supposed To Be That Way

This is my singing of a Willie Nelson song called,
"It's Not Supposed To Be That Way."
Thank you for listening..
- Tom


I’ll Immerse Myself - (By Tom Balistreri)

To understand
what has occurred,
I shall immerse myself
in Your Word.

You direct and share
great light,
and give to all,
the Word of life.

August 31, 2019

Tom Balistreri Sings And Talks About Classic Standard Songs - (Episode 3)

 Classic standard songs  introduced and sung by Tom Balistreri.

Songs sung in this episode:

1.  I’ve Got You Under My Skin

2.  Embraceable You.

3.  Just One Of Those Things

4.  I’ve grown accustomed to her face

5.  Come Dance With Me/Come Fly With Me  (Medley)

What I Commit - (By Tom Balistreri)

Despite transgressions I commit,
The Lord is quick to forgive it.

God does not give our sin assent,
but pardons if we do repent.


August 30, 2019

Precious Price - (By Tom Balistreri)

The precious blood,
that was shed,
was to redeem,
in our stead.

A price so great,
we could not pay,
but Christ's sacrifice,
opened the way.

August 29, 2019

Illuminated Pathway - (Rhymed by Tom Balistreri)

You illuminate my path,
until my journey is complete.
“For Your Word,
is a lamp unto my feet.”
-
Psalm 119:105


August 28, 2019

Effective Living - (By Tom Balistreri)

With much enthusiasm 
on display,
many loudly 
speak of the way.

But more effective
than speaking boldly,
is to live a life 
that is holy.

August 27, 2019

Never Sated - (By Tom Balistreri)

Never full,
never sated,
desire for You
is unabated.

Love for thee
never undone,
I call to You,
Holy Spirit come.

August 26, 2019

I Shall Stand - (By Tom Balistreri)

I shall stand,
though all alone,
with friends not near,
nor sight of home.

Yet I shall not fear,
and yet survive,
because my God,
stands by my side.

August 25, 2019

The Great Feast - (By Tom Balistreri)


Counted among
the very least,
God invited me
to His feast.

For few rich and great,
shall cross His door,
He's reserved His best,
for the weak and poor.


August 24, 2019

Clothed As The Flowers - (By Tom Balistreri)

Why worry about your clothes?

See how the flowers grow.

They labor not or spin,

yet dress finer than a king.

If God clothes the grass of the field,

will His blessings stay concealed?

To those who have faith,

He will provide a glorious swathe.



August 21, 2019

Tom Balistreri Sings And Talks About Classic Standard Songs - (Episode 2)

Classic standard songs introduced and sung by Tom Balistreri.

Songs sung in this episode:

1. Young At Heart
2. Easy To Remember
3. In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning
4. Someone To Watch Over Me
5. Everybody Loves Somebody




Not Envious - (By Tom Balistreri)

Envy not the wicked man,
who seems to have success.
For his life will end in folly,
his death will bring no rest.

August 20, 2019

Wind And Rain


Written and performed by
Tom Balistreri.





It’s a long long road that we must travel,
With toil and danger on the way.
Full of mysteries we must unravel
if we’re not to go astray.

We chart our course,
assuming fair weather,
Yet we find many storms arise.
Still we venture on,
despite the pressure,
waiting to see clearer skies.

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Through the wind and the rain
we’ll keep on pressing.
Maybe slow but steady on.
Through the dark of night,
we keep progressing,
toward the light of the dawn.

If we fall,
we arise and we shall recover,
Shake off the dust and move along.
We’ve only this time,
there won’t be another,
so we all must be strong.

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You can seek advice,
you can walk with another,
as you journey toward your home.
But ultimately even with a brother,
you must walk alone.

Through day and night,
drawing ever closer,
forward bravely surpressing fear.
Always remembering,
as your progressing,
the end is drawing near.

August 19, 2019

My Uneven Ways - (By Tom Balistreri)

My ways are uneven.
I desire right but do wrong.
But Your mercy and forgiveness,
restores me and makes strong.


August 18, 2019

Overwhelming Peace

The trials of life
can seem overwhelming.
More than one can stand.

Yet there is peace
if one trusts
their life in God’s hand.

August 17, 2019

Windows To The Soul


Eyes are the windows
that open to the soul.
They give insight into brokenness,
or display if one is whole.

It is best to dwell one’s eyes,
upon that which is right.
Then darkness will be lessened,
and the eyes will show forth light.



At Long Last Love


This is my singing of the classic standard jazz song, "At Long Last Love." Thank you for listening. - Tom

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August 16, 2019

Don't Think Twice It's Alright - (Sung by Tom Balistreri)

This is my singing of the classic Bob Dylan song,
"Don't Think Twice It's Alright."
Thank you for listening.
- Tom


August 15, 2019

Tom Balistreri Sings And Talks About Classic Standard Songs (Episode 1) podcast

Classic standard songs from films, Broadway and jazz are introduced and sung by Tom Balistreri.

A relaxing 24 minutes of music.


                         

Once Upon A Dream

From the classic Disney version of Sleeping Beauty,
I sing here the song,
"Once Upon A Dream."
Thank you for listening.

Tom


August 14, 2019

Moonlight Serenade

This is my performance of the classic standard song from long ago, "Moonlight Serenade." Thank you for listening. - Tom


August 13, 2019

Work In Progress


This is a song I wrote, sing and play all the instruments on. It is called , "Work In Progress." Thank you for listening. - Tom

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August 12, 2019

Nice and Easy

This is a video of my performance of the classic jazz and swing standard song,
"Nice and Easy."
Thank you for watching and listening.
- Tom

August 11, 2019

Ave Maria

This is my singing of the classic song,
"Ave Maria."
Thank you for listening.
- Tom


August 10, 2019

Sway

Tom Balistreri sings the classic standard song,
"Sway."
With some assistance from Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire
Thank you for watching and listening.
- Tom


August 9, 2019

My Old Friend


My Old Friend
Written and performed 
by 
Tom Balistreri.



Good to see you my old friend
What a surprise how have you been.
I’ve been well, I hope that you’ve been fine.
I agree
It’s been a long long time.

How's it going in your life.
How's the family?  How's your wife?
How things change, now we understand.
It's alright 
to change our plans.

We're not the same as we used to be.
So much that we, could not foresee.

It's Time to go my old friend.
Let's try to do this once again.
So many memories, in the mind.
We must not wait, such a long long time.

August 8, 2019

At Last

I sing here to a nice jazz piano version of the classic song,
"At Last."
A drone also flys over Pittsburgh and its South Side at night as I sing.
Thank you for listening.
- Tom


August 7, 2019

August 6, 2019

Land Of The Free

This is a song I wrote and sing as well as play all the guitars on.
It is called,
"Land Of The Free."
Thank you for listening and watching.
- Tom


August 5, 2019

Northern Star


This is a song I wrote and sing, as well as play all the instruments on. It is called, "Northern Star." Thank you for listening. - Tom

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August 3, 2019

What I Need

This is is a song I wrote.
The audio is not great because I'm driving over sixty miles and hour on the highway.
That tends to be a bit noisy for my camera microphone on my dashboard.
But here is my version of a crazy driver as I sing my song,
"What I Need."
Thank you for watching and listening.
- Tom


August 2, 2019

He Told You

Written and performed
by
tom balistreri.


He told you he’s giving new life.
He told you he came to set things right.
He told you.  Yes He told you.

He told you He came from above.
He told you about His Fathers love.
He told you. Yes he told you.

Open up your heart. Let His word come in.
It’s a fresh new start when you join with Him.

He told you to leave the past behind.
He told you He’d renew your mind.
He told you. Yes he told you.

He told you He’d supply your needs.
He told you He’d set you free.
He told you. Yes he told you.

Yes He told you.

August 1, 2019

Narrow Road


This is an original song that I wrote and perform called, "Narrow Road." Thank you fo listening. - Tom

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July 31, 2019

You Make Me Feel So Young

I sing here the classic standard song,
"You Make Me Feel So Young."
Thank you for listening.
- Tom


July 30, 2019

I Do - (by Tom Balistreri)

Written and performed by Tom Balistreri.



 Do I believe everything will turn out right?
I do.
Do I believe darkness will be conquered by Light?
I do.

I’m no Pollyanna with his head in the sand.
But I believe that there is a greater plan.
Do I think God will prevail?
I do.

This world is a constant struggle
designed to strengthen the weak.
Yet there is peace
promised by the Lord
for those who really want it
All they have to do is seek.

Do I think the world is out of control?
I do.
But do I think evil will fail at its goals?
I do.

July 27, 2019

Fly Me To The Moon

This is just me singing the classic Sinatra song, "Fly Me To The Moon." Thanks for listening.


July 26, 2019

July 25, 2019

I've Got The World On A String

This is my singing of the classic standard song,
"I've Got The World on A String."
Thank you for listening.
- Tom


July 24, 2019

Let It Be Me


This is my singing of the classic old standard song, "Let It Be Me." Thank you for listening. - Tom

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July 23, 2019

How Deep Is The Ocean?

I sing here the pretty classic standard song, "How Deep Is The Ocean?" Thank you for listening. -Tom


July 22, 2019

Back Home Again


This is an original song that I wrote and sing called, "Back Home Again." Thank you for listening. - Tom

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July 21, 2019

Holes


I write, sing and play the instruments on this recordings.
This song is called “Holes”.

Lyrics:
There’s a hole in the window.
There’s a hole in the floor.
There’s a whole lot of folks who aren’t whole anymore.
There’s a hole in their soul where the pain gets in,
that only the Holy One can fill in.
He’s wholly God. He’s wholly man.
He’s the Holy One know as the great I Am.
He’s got a hole in His side.
He’s got holes in His hands.
He allowed them there to make us whole again.
There’s a whole wide world going into a hole.
There are holes in mans plans of taking more than the whole.
There’s a hole in the space were they are trying to take hold.
But there’s only one who can make them feel whole.

July 20, 2019

At Last - (sung by tom Balistreri)

I sing here to a nice jazz piano version of the classic song,
"At Last."
We also fly over Pittsburgh and its South Side at night as I sing.
Thank you for listening.
- tom



July 19, 2019

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime - (Sung by Thomas Balistreri)

This is my singing of the classic  Dean Martin song,
"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."
This is more mellow and jazzy arrangement to the music.
Thank you for listening.
- tom