Stages of Love: Wanted Found Lost & Forgiven
Here is another collection of songs from Michael Ricciardi. Michael has written over five hundred songs in the last twenty-five years. This then is his silver anniversary in Songwriting. His arranger for the last sixteen years has been the very prolific and multi-talented Tim Doran. Tim has been conducting, transposing and arranging music professionally since 1975. This is Tim's 30th year. Together they are working on a Broadway musical called 'ONCE MORE WITH SPIRIT' now bound for the Broadway stageand premiering in Chicago in late August of 2005. Here is a musical tribute to the world of vaudeville and the glorious past of the'great white way'. It is the classic story of Parker O'Day the 'Ghost Who Saves Broadway' They have also begun work on yet another musical-fantasy entitled 'THE TRAVELING COMPANION' based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 2005 is the two hundreth birthday of the great author. THE TRAVELING COMPANION has romance, adventure, magic, loyality, friendship and a dash of the macarbe! For the subject of their latest album together, Mike and Tim have chosen romance as their subject. They were intriqued with the possibilities. They asked themselves: What are the four stages of this great wonderful word? They had a four part answer: Wanted, Found, Lost and Forgiven. The songs and the singers they have chosen represent a wide spectrum and a unique talent base. Sometimes a singer comes along that can sell any song he sells. That is the case here multiplied by two. GREG LASTRAPES has been singing all of his life and in the public eye since he was ten years old. his style is smooth, warm and incredibly melodic whether he sings alone or in tandem with another singer. GREG has appeared in countless productions throughout the years in such musicals as GOOD NEWS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and of course the one musical in which he won the hearts of so many SKYLARK. He is the proud new father of a beautiful little girl named Scarlet. Here GREG is featured in two incredible songs: Solo he sings a romantic ballad entitled HE'S FLYING TO YOUR WORLD and with Bridget Purdy he sings 'HOW COULD WE FORGET?' ( (The Night We Stayed Together) GREG'S talents can be heard also in another album here on CD BABY entitled FLY ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. MIKE CRISTE is another fabulous and wonderful singer who has sung on Broadway and in musical productions all over the world. He has just finished an international tour of the revival of the grand old musical HAIR. MIKE sings here LIKE LIMBO IN HEAVEN'S ARMS, and with BILLY MURPHY two additionqal songs GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE and I PROMISE YOU A HEARTBREAK TOMORROW. There are many other great artists here as well including recording star Alan Gunno who sings THE CHEMISTRY OF LOVE and SHE IS SO FAR FROM YOU. One of the highlights of this album is the rendition of MILES TO GO by BERNADETTE GEIB. Her soaring lyrical soprano voice brings new life to a song called MILES TO GO from the upcoming BROADWAY production of the same name. Be sure to listen to the sultry bluesy rendition of TILL I FOUND YOU TONIGHT by Joshua Kranz. Here is a talented young singer much in the same style as Harry Connick Jr. BILLY MURPHY sings several tunes including TELL HER WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART, I COULD LOVE YOU FOREVER and with Mike Criste I PROMISE YOU A HEARTBREAK TOMORROW. TONY WESTBROOK is heard once again on this CD. Tony sings WHAT WOULD YOU PROMISE? I CAN'T EVER LEAVE YOUR LOVE and NOW YOU BOTH BLAME LOVE. A real highlight is the lyrical voice of TERRY SNYDER singing the song STILL in two different ways on the same CD.You will cry during this song. Perhaps because it's message touches us all. Michael has three additional albums on CD BABY. They are HIGHWAY TO A DREAM, THE ROADS I LEFT BEHIND and the new Christmas album FLY ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. There's even a delightful Christmas album for children selling on CD BABY as well. That album is MRS. MILLIGAN, THE CHRISTMAS MOUSE All albums were recorded at the amazing SMOOTH SOUNDS studio in Van Nuys, Ca. ROBERT ROTH was the engineer. Mike is a proud member of ASCAP. You can reach him at Songwriter2day@aol.com. Tim Doran can make full orchestrated arrangements and lead sheets of any song from any songwriter who needs to put his creation in fixed form. He can transpose and make published look ready lead sheets as well. You may contact Tim at TimcDoran@aol.com.