In these trying times, Gary was reflecting on his childhood years when things were simple, easy, loving, neighborly, and family oriented; when there were no computers, cell phones, social media, cable TV or video games.
Gary grew up in a loving family of four with his mother, older brother and sister where they shared a one-bedroom apartment in Miami, Florida. There was no air conditioning, just open windows letting in a soft breeze off Biscayne Bay and a rotating rubber-bladed fan. The only sounds outside were the coconut palm trees swaying, birds singing and children playing. He played seasonal ball outside with his friends, practiced on an old spinet piano and a small Hammond organ. A special treat was a 15¢ hamburger and 5¢ Birch Beer at Royal Castle, a bike ride away.
Some weekends, the family would pack up the car and drive 20 miles up US-1 to Hollywood Beach to visit his Italian Grandparents, who had retired on the intercoastal waterway. The family spent the day at the beach, only a few blocks away or fishing off the back patio. Pasta Sunday always followed with a homemade fresh Italian feast, a card game of Canasta and a huge bowl of Neapolitan ice cream. Since then, his Grandparents and parents passed away years ago and his sister recently passed in 2019.
This original music is about those sweet memories and a simple but catchy melody. This is the first single of a full album Gary is planning to release later in the year or early 2021, keeping with the theme of the good old days.
The photo is Gary sitting in the back seat of his Mom's car circa 1960's.