January 29, 2019

Ave Maria (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my first attempt to sing to the music of Franz Schubert.
I wish I would have had a Latin linguist handy, or at least one of the nuns that taught me in grade school.
They would have guided me in the proper pronunciation of the Latin.
Not to mention my timing of the lyric.
(I'll just blame that on my Sinatra influences.  )
I will return to this music at a future date and attempt it again when I'm confident of the lyric.
In the meantime I humbly present to you my attempt to sincerely sing the classic and sacred song,
"Ave maria."
Thank you for listening.
- tom

January 28, 2019

Small Talk - (a rhyme by tom balistreri)

The man that sat beside me
had very much to say.
On the train we sat together.
We were going the same way.

He spoke of many things.
He talked endlessly.
I found it rather boring.
Until I spoke of me.

January 26, 2019

Smooth Road - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Lord makes smooth,
the road that's rough,
and gladly gives,
us more than enough.

He guides us,
and shows us the way,
and restores the soul,
that's gone astray.

January 24, 2019

The Journey - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Men arise,
after their nights rest,
and venture forth,
in their quest.

Some with plans,
others not a clue,
moving towards,
what they will do.

Events unfold,
most unforeseen,
courses altered,
as well as dreams.

At days end,
when men reflect,
it's the journey,
that does perfect.

January 18, 2019

Winter Wonderland - (sung by tom balistreri)

Why am I singing this song now you may ask?
Because this is a seasonal song.
Specifically it's a song about winter.

I always wondered why society in general plays this type of song before Christmas and then stops until the next year.
These songs are about weather and landscapes, not Christmas.

Actually you could play this song anytime of the year.
In the winter, (which by the way doesn't even begin until almost the end of December.)
it talks about the season.
Or even in the summer. (It can cool you down on a hot day.)

As for myself, I was thinking about this song as I was taking my morning walk the other day.
The video is pretty basic.
It's just me walking the woods.
But as I walked I was thinking of this song.
So let's imagine this song is playing in my head. lol

So here is my mental singing of the classic WINTER song,
"Winter Wonderland."
Thank you for listening and watching.
- tom

January 12, 2019

The Prolific Artist - (a rhyme by tom balistreri)

The artist was prolific.
He had new works everyday.
So much he had created.
So much he had to say.

He covered all the topics,
where others may have have shrunk.
Unfortunately for him,
most of his work stunk.