Hurricane Sandy devastated my home town
Mayhem like a Godzilla movie. But this was REAL!
For several tense days, the TV weather reports
up to date with the awful damage along
the east coast.
I was safe here on the west coast,
I felt so sad
for everyone caught in the crisis.
My attention focused on poor little East Rockaway.
Homes were damaged or destroyed.
And my old
especially the auditorium,
I'd spent so many happy
hours playing in the band.
Gahhh! Those wonderful memories. I was heartsick.
Living some 3000 miles away, I immediately sent
and my best wishes to help with rebuilding.
they needed most right then.
You'd do the same, right? Who doesn't care about
own home town?
We all care, usually a lot. And that's why I'm writing.
Because everyone cares so much about our own
"Home Sweet Home",
we have a huge opportunity.
Here's how to make it work for you:
Face it -- everyone loves their own special places
Favorite landmark locations that
Maybe yours are where you live now, or grew up
or went to school, or once visited,
or met someone
special, or plan for a honeymoon,
or dream about
exploring some day.
Back in the spring of 2012, my favorite special
was my home town.
These days, I entertain at weddings and parties,
and guests always request their favorite songs.
They're often about
their own home towns.
So we often play "New York, New York", "Georgia
Mind", "I Left My Heart in San Francisco",
"Chicago that Toddling Town",
"April in Paris",
"Do You Know What It Means to Miss
"Pennsylvania Polka", "A Foggy Day in
"Moonlight in Vermont", "The Eyes of
in the Morning", "I'm Alabama Bound",
"Midnight in Moscow", "My Old
"Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Girl
And more, of course. "Where's YOUR home town?"
That's a question I always ask whenever I help
anyone plan the music for their celebration.
It's one way I make sure we'll include at least
a few favorite songs in every party.