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December is almost here…

My last show in November was a celebration. Saturday night, my good friend Val Peters returned to the stage after a five year absence. His “Sinatra, An American Icon” concert is as informative and memorable as it ever was. We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout. Ya know… most of those “bobby soxers” are gone now. Oh, we had a few fans in the house who do remember Francis Albert Sinatra with fond personal memories. But, for most of the crowd it was all about the songs. His songs will last forever. And so too, the stories about the Sinatra legend. I gotta admit, playing piano on these classic tunes is one part challenge and lots of parts just plain pure joy.

Watch this space for announcements about future dinner theater performances of “Sinatra, An American Icon.”


On a very personal note… please forgive me. I am WAY behind in my correspondence.

Joann and I took yesterday to unwind a little – and unfortunately – to discuss my burgeoning schedule. I’m gonna have to start slowing down. I can’t keep up this pace forever. We didn’t come to any conclusions yet, but I did notice that we REALLY enjoyed the day in Central New York! So many wonderful things to see and do: breakfast at our favorite little country cafe, shopping in Armory Square, the Skaneateles Dickens Christmas, an amazing dinner at Lock 24 in B’ville! Oh, yes… and for those of us who spend significant time away from the area… a trip to Wegmans!!

There is a lot to love about CNY.


The next few weeks are going to be brutal. The semester at Le Moyne College is coming to a close, and with it the impending doom of finals and papers, and a host of wonderful concerts with my students. BUT one concert is coming up that you will hear a lot more about VERY SOON. On Saturday, December 16th the Todd Hobin Band will host a Christmas concert featuring many CNY recording artists and musicians at Sharkey’s of Liverpool.

You may have heard that one of CNY’s greatest producers and supporters of local music has retired. Big Mike will be our featured guest! All of us in this music community love this guy and would like to wish him well as he starts his retirement. The Morning Mayor of Syracuse won’t be getting up at 3:30 AM anymore. Good for him.

We have so much to celebrate. Including a big birthday for Jesus.

Let’s all have a Joyous and Happy Christmas.

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