May 22, 2022

The Lady Is A Tramp - A cover of a Frank Sinatra standard performed by Thomas and Michael B.

 My son and I perform our version of the classic standard song made famous by Frank Sinatra and many others,

"The Lady Is a Tramp."



May 19, 2022

You Asked Me To

 Tom and Michael Balistreri perform their version of the classic Waylon Jennings song.



May 15, 2022

It Moves Slowly - (By Tom Balistreri)

Life's trials seem to move slowly.
One grows weary as they pass.
But our lives are but moment,
and not long do they last.

The tests that one goes through,
we endure and not succumb.
But they are not worthy,
compared to the glory that's to come.

May 14, 2022

Why Did No One Tell Me?

 At my age, when I stand in front of a mirror primping or combing my hair, I'm not trying to make myself look attractive or handsome,

I'm just trying to make myself not look disgusting.

This morning I accidentally wore my reading glasses into the bathroom instead of my regular glasses.

To my surprise I saw two hairs growing out of my earlobe that were at least 2 inches long. They were even curling!

Why didn't anybody tell me! Do people enjoy seeing me look like a human insect with antenna coming out of the sides of my head.

And why does hair grow there anyway?

There's plenty of room and empty space on the top of my head where hair could grow. I wish it would feel free to do that.

Anyway if anyone ever sees anything like that happening on me please feel free to tell me about it.

I'd rather be slightly embarrassed and fix the problem than walk around looking like some unkempt freak.

From now on when I appear on video as a public service there will be no close-ups.



You Know Best - (By Thomas Balistreri)

I know You hear my every word.
You know deeds to come,
and what has occurred.

Even when my prayers seem deferred,
You give the best,
not what I preferred.

May 3, 2022

What Profit A Man? - (by Tom Balistreri)

To gain the world,
but to lose one’s soul,
has no profit,
down in Sheol.
To possess earthly kingdoms,
moments in history,
then a life of regret,
for eternity.


April 28, 2022

" Usable Footage" Making Music with Tom and Michael episode #5

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Here is our long delayed episode 5 of "Making Music with Tom and Michael."
It is only a 4 minute 4 second video.  We do present one original song of mine, performed live at Speal's Tavern.
So I hope you enjoy this little diversion from the bad news internet.


#music #acoustic #guitar #original #song

April 25, 2022

I Run The Race - (By Tom Balistreri)

I run the race,
in the faith,
God grants me power,
in His grace.

Not in my haste,
but by His pace,
I will arrive,
at that Holy Place.

April 12, 2022

In Trusted Hands - (by Tom Balistreri)

In uncertainty,
I must believe,
in faith and trust,
what I can not see.

Although I may
not understand,
I am held,
in God’s hand.

April 10, 2022

It's The Middle by The Hannies performed by Tom and Michael Balistreri.

 This is my son and I performing a song by The Hannies

(which I cowrote with George Harris )

called "It's The Middle."

This is from our live stream the other night.

Thanks for watching.



March 25, 2022

A Facebook Livestream March 24 2022

 

Our Facebook Livestream for Thursday March 24 2022. 
Tom and Michael Balistreri play guitars, sing and entertain.


March 24, 2022

I Cling To Thee - (by Tom Balistreri)

With heart and soul,
I cling to thee.
You free the chains,
that burden me.

You open eyes,
so I may see.
You turn defeat,
to victory.

March 22, 2022

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime - on acoustic guitar and vocal

 As an old Italian Crooner I thought it appropriate that I perform a great Dean Martin song, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."

It really is a nice song. And if I don't do it who will? (At least around here.) And to add to the authenticity of being old I recorded this soon after waking up this morning. Thus the early Walter Brennan look. Anyway here is my rendition.



March 16, 2022

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.

 This is from a couple of months ago at Speal's Tavern. 

Also featured in an episode of "Making Music" with Tom and Michael.

This is our version of the classic love ballad, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye."



February 28, 2022

Making Music with Tom and Michael (Episode 4)

 In this episode Tom and Michael perform and Original song and a classic Steve Goodman song.

Thank you for watching.



February 13, 2022

Mystery Train

 This is the song, "Mystery Train" that my son Michael and I performed to open our 4 song set the other night.

Thank you for watching.

Tom and Michael



January 30, 2022

"Saying I Love You In A Song" - Making Music Episode 3

 A shorter video this week. I work mostly alone due to the weather.

But I manage to perform one song.

Thanks for watching.

Tom

The song starts at the 2:44 mark on the video.



January 25, 2022

An Open Stage Performance (Making Music with Tom And Michael Episode 2)

 Our 2nd episode of our Youtube musical reality show is uploaded and ready for your viewing consideration.

We take our act on the road, (at least up the road) for a 4 song performance at an open stage. 

If you want to skip the behind the scenes preparation, you can go to the 5:30 timestamp to see our concert.

Thanks for watching. 

Please "like and subscribe." 

Even if you don't want to.

(just kidding. But it does help.)

Thanks again.

Tom and Michael



January 14, 2022

Making Music with Tom and Michael (Episode 1 "Work In Progress.")

 Join my son and I as we attempt to perfect our musical performance.

It's a reality show. A visual journal of our musical journey.

This weeks' original song is fittingly called, "Work In Progress."

The song starts at 7:21

Thank you for watching.



January 8, 2022

Back Home Again (live version)

 This is a clip from my live stream the other night.

I'm performing a song I wrote called,

"Back Home Again."

Thanks for watching.

Tom Balistreri