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Martino
09-29-2016
07:50 PM ET (US)
A few years ago Jeff Rense hosted Lindsay Perigo in a series of wonderful discussions about Mario Lanza. Perhaps my favorite of these interviews involved their discussion of Mario's incredible diction, specifically in forming and singing vowels. But there was another discussion that went somewhat unnoticed yet it went to the heart of Lanza's singing - his recordings of religious and songs of faith.

This particular discussion showed both Jeff and Lindsay at their very best. Here is a clip of my review and it should serve as a spring board for everyone to revisit this interview (I addressed this review to Perigo):

"I just finished listening to your (Perigo) discussion with Jeff. Like your other interviews, this was simply great! You continued on with "I'll Walk With God", one of the greatest non-secular songs to God ever written and sung by anyone. The two of you described Lanza's singing here as "staggering". I could not agree more.

(BTW, I never heard before that cute home vocalizing session with Colleen; that was a nice treat and I'm so glad you and Jeff included this wonderful tidbit. His true personality certainly comes through).

If there is something that sets Lanza's sacred music apart from most others is the sincerity with which he sings. As Rense said, "this is not a normal singer - this is something out of this world". What makes this so? If I had to use one word, that word would be "sincerity". Although not sacred songs as such, your examples with "My Buddy" and "I'll Walk Alone" shows this sincerity as well as anything Mario ever sang. Most singers sing notes and words and leave it at that, Lanza not only sang the music but did so with true sincerity and feeling. No one could ever accuse Mario Lanza of mailing in a song. I think what you guys said about Oreste's observation hits the nail on the head. Why Lanza always sounds so good when he sings to God goes to the heart of what Oreste said. Your example of the "Lord's Prayer" shows better than any other song Lanza ever recorded that he understood that he was indeed the custodian of a great gift from God. You can almost hear the thanks as he sings. Non-believers may have other explanations.

What I like about the discussion format you and Jeff used, is that both of you understand the necessity to not just "state" your case, but to "make" your case with examples and evidence. Too many people say they like this and that or don't like this or that, and go no further - they give no explanation and no examples to support their opinion. I consider that empty words and virtually worthless, at least as a point for discussion. When you and Jeff talk about a certain quality, you don't leave it hanging. You bring out excellent recordings or facts that demonstrate and exemplify what your are saying. Everyone can now see your points and understand what you are driving at. This is crucial and I'm so glad you seem to understand that completely.

I think you (or maybe it was Jeff) said that the words to "Guardian Angels" had already been written by someone before Harpo wrote the song. For some reason I always thought Marx wrote the words. Who did write them? Speaking of "Guardian Angels", the famous Canadian Pop Vocalist, Kim Kuzma, owes much of her great success and passionate style of singing to Mario Lanza and this song specifically. Although far from being a classical singer, Kuzma said this about "Guardian Angels": "This is a song that was introduced to me at a very young age… Mom would play it on our stereo annually, a tradition that was no doubt passed onto her by her own Mother. It would mark the fact that the holiday season was upon us, as I’d hear Mario Lanza’s voice fill the house. I have loved ‘Guardian Angels’ since childhood… Mario Lanza’s rich voice, soaked with passion as he sang the words… It made me realize even then, with only my school choir experience, what it was to truly feel the words of a song, the power that words and emotion have, to move a listener. I looked forward to hearing that album placed on the record player every single year. We could faintly hear the scratches on the album, after being played so many times. In fact, I think Mom still has that album. It’s a part of our own history".

Such is the power of Mario Lanza's voice and its influence, not only in Sacred Song, but in virtually everything he sang and, as I stated earlier, it can be described with one word - sincerity. Kuzma understood this fully and you can hear it in her own singing, and so does virtually every singer, classical or not, who has ever heard Lanza sing.

And thanks too for closing with "O Holy Night". No better way than that to close your excellent holiday program. You and Jeff have made my Christmas today just is a little brighter - thanks for that".
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Ed to Suzanne
09-29-2016
06:10 PM ET (US)
Yes fascinating, I wish I knew of this story before I'd have visited all these places sooner. I realize after research I worked about five blocks from the boarding house. I passed Lispenard St each day not knowing it was a field then. I too saw the photo you did and was amazed, I called the store yesterday and was told the well was on display, I plan to take pics will send you a,few. I've always been interested in Hamilton, I visited where his law office was at 57 Wall and stood at his grave, this story has opened up a new.
Still nothing on our friend.
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Suzanne
09-29-2016
01:57 PM ET (US)
Bill, how I wish I could be there. Ed, fascinating's the right word. If you can see the boarding house and the well, (found a photo online) that would be great. For everyone here, we're talking about the book, Duel With The Devil, chronicling the story of NYC at the beginning of the 19th century, and a crime occurring there. Apparently subject was covered by several authors, but this version has the greatest amount of kudos.
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Bill Ronayne
09-29-2016
01:13 PM ET (US)
For those planning on attending the Mario Lanza Ball weekend, the block of rooms for the hotel expires shortly so reserve your room by October 2nd.

Here's the link to our site. Just scroll down for the PDF's of the invitation. The letter has the hotel's number. There is also still time to place an ad in the program book for the Ball. The PDF for that is on the right side of the home page near the top. Best, Bill

http://www.mariolanzainstitute.org/
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Ed
09-28-2016
02:56 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, Sorry for the email I'll check my contacts, I re-added you to my contacts hope it helped. Glad you liked the book I thought it fascinating, I plan to visit the boarding house at Greenwich St and the well still is intact but behind a clothing store it was hidden for 150 years,.
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Suzanne
09-28-2016
10:19 AM ET (US)
Ed. just to let you know , still having problem with email. Trying to sort it out. Book was great. Thanks.
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Bill Ronayne
09-26-2016
04:51 PM ET (US)

The October issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and mailed out. It includes a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the release of the "Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Songs" album, coverage of the recent MLSNY luncheon, a remembrance of Marni Nixon, some CD reviews and the usual features including many photos. Anyone interested in subscribing please contact me at wjronayne@optonline.net. Best, Bill
Edited 09-26-2016 04:52 PM
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Jim Thompson
09-26-2016
01:03 PM ET (US)
Hello all! I came across a site yesterday and enjoyed it. I also posted a dedication to Mario. The site is: Operatoonity.com
There seems to be interesting stuff there and some nice people answered me already. Check the right side when you get on and you'll see my name. Enjoy!
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Jim Thompson
09-24-2016
07:24 AM ET (US)
I'll pass that along Fred. When I've mentioned you they always remember our times at home singing and playing for hours. Ah, The stamina we had then! They are married and I have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Wow! I think my wife and I need a little "Cielo e mar" time in southern Florida...
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Fred Day
09-23-2016
08:33 PM ET (US)
Jim: PS: Give my regards to Colleen, Jimmy junior, and Lenny. When last I saw them, they were still children. Many years ago!! Ciao.
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Fred Day
09-23-2016
07:05 PM ET (US)
Jim: I hope your "Arthur Itis" is not too severe. So far, I have not yet met that man, but I suppose that day will come in due time. In 12 days (Oct 5th) I will turn 74. Time gallops on!! Ciao.
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Fred Day
09-23-2016
06:58 PM ET (US)
Gail: I presume you mean Cielo e Mar from La Gioconda. What was the title of that old movie?? Curious. Ciao.
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Ed
09-23-2016
11:55 AM ET (US)
I've been listening to tenors for about the last fifty years and boy there have been greats. The one thing that puts Mario Lanza out front to me anyway it's the richness in full voice there is no comparison. From that deep voice all the way up there is true beauty that is why I made this point.
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Jim Thompson
09-23-2016
08:00 AM ET (US)
Hi Fred..always nice to read your informed posts. I'm doing well overall though arthritis has lowered any high notes. That's my excuse!! I'm so glad I got Damon's total CD package years ago. Love the practice session portion with the new tape recorder and the chat with Colleen.."How much do you love me?" My older daughter Colleen is named after Mario and Betty's. Can you imagine all of us on this post being able to get together? Lottery time and we will. May I..Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
09-23-2016
07:07 AM ET (US)
Ed, I like to listen to Mario when he and Betty were learning how to use the new recording system...we can hear him talking and hear him chuckling and hear the fantastic range of his voice. I like to hear him speaking without the affectedness that you hear on some of the other interviews. I think that he was a fun person to be around and drew people to him with his chrisma. I watched an old movie yesterday that had an actor singing Ceilo DeLmar as his character was Italian...his comment-Italians were born to sing. The tune just kept running through my mind for the rest of the day, of course it was Mario's voice that I imagined singing it...even to the high note he finishes it.
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Ed
09-23-2016
06:35 AM ET (US)
Fred, I have most of DLP CDs, one in particular I call yourv attention too,the CD One Alone. One track is "Lanza vocalizing" on one of the new CDs offered by Sepia Greatest Operatic volume 2 it is repeated as "warming up his voice".
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