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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday...

Hope you all enjoy a beautiful Sunday.... and for those that celebrate...enjoy a beautiful Palm Sunday...
Buona Domenica delle Palme a Tutti! :)
I updated this post from the original posted back on 3/24/13...

This week will be a very busy week for me...well, month for that matter...lol....all kinds of happenings....
Besides it being the Easter holiday coming up...one of my favorite holidays of the year...
I also guess I have pretty big "milestone" birthday as they say, coming up on Friday ;) Although personally I don't really take stock in the age thing at all...lol...it's just a number....and never thought about anyone in terms of age as far back as I can remember...in fact since I was a child I always leaned towards hanging out with those older than myself...listening, watching, learning...and especially the elderly....Grandparents....etc....
Whether it be chatting with an old World War II veteran at a coffee shop....or helping a  homeless person on the streets of NYC through the years...sometimes when I was close to being the "starving artist" homeless myself during tough times....lol....or simply someone coming up to me at a grocery store to tell me random stories...lol...it's happened all my life....
I often believe I must have belonged in a different time...or may have lived in the past...which may be why I am so passionate about all things retro and vintage and history...archaeology...etc...etc....but I digress...lol

And....also this week...it's my Uncle's 80th birthday as well...so, lot's of family and friends and functions and festivities!! :)

Today is Palm Sunday ... a holy day that marks the beginning of  "Holy Week" and it commemorates Jesus' entry into the city of Jerusalem...
This special day marks the beginning of the final week of Lent and the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter. 

My Nonno(grandfather)...on my Mom's side, from Calabria, used to do this and make these crosses with the palm and I remember him trying to teach me and my cousins when I was a kid...
I sometimes forget how to make them now and it takes me awhile and I  have a hard time figuring it out! ;) lol
My Aunt is the one in the family that really knows how to make them and continues the tradition now...
She also makes the best Easter Bread or "Cuzzupa" or "Cuzzupala" as we call it,  known to man!
But I will save that for another post :)
Here's a link to my wonderful friend Dottie's blog post with her family recipe! :)
http://familyplusfoodequalslove-dottie.blogspot.com/2015/03/cuzzupa-or-cruzzupe-italian-easter.html

It's times like these that make me really miss my family members that are no longer here, yet at the same time, also make me smile, thinking of wonderful memories and traditions...

In Italy, palm leaves are used along with sometimes small olive branches, which are readily available in the Mediterranean climate. These are placed at the entrance of houses (for instance, hanging above the door) to last until the following year's Palm Sunday. For this reason, usually palm leaves are not used whole, due to their size; instead, leave stripes are braided into smaller shapes. Small olive branches are also often used...
Here in the US, I remember we used to get the Palm at Church growing up and bring it home during the season...and still do to this day...

Here is some more info and also tons of links to make a Palm Cross if you're interested in learning...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday
http://www.palmsundayquotes.com

Photo links to explore...
http://www.google.com/search?q=making+a+cross+with+palm&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=kGVPUfnbPO2u2AWZiYCgDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1884&bih=755

Some excellent "How To" Videos...
http://www.google.com/search?q=making+a+cross+with+palm&hl=en&tbm=vid&source=lnms&sa=X&ei=H2ZPUbPSHajc2QXWsICQDQ&ved=0CA0Q_AUoAA&biw=1884&bih=755



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Thank you all for stopping by and reading....
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Buona Domenica delle Palme a Tutti!!
Have a beautiful Sunday Everyone!
Love,
Joe





Friday, January 2, 2015

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2015! Thanks so much for everything! Buon Anno! Grazie Mille! Love, Joe

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2015! Thanks so much for everything! Buon Anno! Grazie Mille! 
Love, 
Joe




 A lot of new things in the works for the new year...including the cookbook, new music and some
 live performance dates as well....








    

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My wonderful, longtime friend Andrea Baskin released her new book - "Darkness and Revenge - The Puppetmaster's Game"!


Just in time for this past Halloween...My wonderful, longtime friend Andrea Baskin released her new book - "Darkness and Revenge - The Puppetmaster's Game" online...

Andrea hails from Serbia..and is now living in Germany...She has written several books in her native language of Serbian...and this will be her first release in English....
She does PR for the Serbian Rock band Hype! and is such an incredible, warm, caring and gifted, artistic person.
Wearing many hats....she is a writer, lyricist, public relations expert, promoter...to name a few...she also works with many charities..and is the ultimate "giver"...always going out of her way to help everyone...

I had the pleasure...and honor of being involved in this project...proofreading and revising (something maybe some of you may not know that I do)...and I will tell you...it's an awesome read! 
Such a well written story and an "edge of your seat", spooky, thriller!



"A love triangle intercepted by the fight between Good and Evil. A girl with a lost identity. A world where emotions play a big role, but life is not as it seems. A game."


"Like" the Official Facebook page for the book... 
https://www.facebook.com/puppetmastersgame

Visit Andrea Baskin's Facebook page here...
https://www.facebook.com/ndzodiac
Follow Andrea on Twitter...
https://twitter.com/NdZodiac

Please join the Facebook event here...invite your friends and share it on FB and across your social networks...
Darkness and Revenge - The Puppetmaster's Game

Supporting the arts and all artists... of any kind is so very important...especially those that are self financed, and independent....so please pick up a copy of the book....

Here is a list of links where you can find and download the book 
PDF version - https://sellfy.com/p/l8yF/
US - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P17MS52
UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
DE - http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
IT - http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
FR - http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
ES - http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
JP - http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
BR - http://www.amazon.com.br/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
CA - http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
MX - http://www.amazon.com.mx/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
AU - http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00P17MS52?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
IN - http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00P17MS52?

Darkness and Revenge-The Puppetmaster's Game - Cover Art by Verica- Alzheimer

Info:
Cover Art by: Verica Alzheimer - VAlzheimer Studio - http://valzheimer.info
Proofread & Revised by: Joe Gande
Illustrations by: Relja Antonić https://www.facebook.com/ReljaAntonic
Editing & Design: Radoslav Slavnić

Darkness and Revenge-The Puppetmaster's Game-Illustration by Relja Antonić


Thank you all so much for reading and for subscribing to my blog....
Work on my upcoming cookbook is still ongoing and I will keep you all posted as things progress and about  a release date....
And new music is also in the works!....so please stay tuned and keep checking back here for more info....as this has become my Official website for now...until a new dot com will be ready....
Have an awesome week everyone!!
Grazie Mille!!
Love,
Joe


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Joe Gande's "Godsend" on the Soupy Gato Show!


Joe Gande's "Godsend" on The Soupy Gato Show!!
The SoupyGato Show is a crazy, humble weekly music PodCast for All Styles Of Music From All Over the World. New shows each Thursday...
 I first met Daniel J. Harris aka SoupyGato years ago on the old Myspace and he played my music on a few of his podcasts...He recently has moved from the US over to Holland and after a brief hiatus, has gotten his shows back up and running again full steam and we recently reconnected over on Facebook and through email...
Daniel has been a great friend of mine and my music and has done so much for Indie Music and musicians over the years...and well... his podcasts are AWESOME!....so please check it out and support his shows when you can...He always has such a great eclectic mix of artists and music styles and bands in his playlists....
Thank you,
Love,
Joe



450 The SoupyGato 3 Hour Show
Kissin’ Black ~ Heart Over Head
Ashbury Keys ~ Lonely Sunday
The Great Escape ~ Rebel
Todd Snider ~ The Ballad Of The Kingsman
Stud ~ Raise Your Fists
Joy Collins ~ It Ain’t Just Music
Stop Press ~ Somewhere Far
Joe Gande ~ Godsend
Dream Aria ~ Carnival Of Souls
Sleeze ~ Techno
Bureau Bizar ~ Hvorfor
Ron Ireland ~ Crazy Boy
Little Stevie & The FatRatz ~ They Won’t Come Around Here
The Cornlious Crane ~ Soul In The Lightening
The Outskirts ~ Renata Renata
Bright Blue Gorilla ~ Wings Of You
Billy Evens ~ I Can Feel You Close
Le Poissen ~ Waves
The Dead Brothers ~ So Wars, So Ists Und So Wirds Bleiben
Hard Logic ~ Drainfunk
Federico ~ One Taste
Snowy Shaw ~ Thyphon
Babilonci ~ Tri Cicka U Kosi
Origami Arkita ~ Det Syng For Storgut
Sand Timer ~ Ouroborous
Tolerance ~ The Greatest Plan (When Time Stops)


#podcast #radioshow #radio #soupygato

Tune in here to listen...
http://www.soupygato.com/2014/10/30/450-the-soupygato-3-hour-show/

Be sure to check out the SoupyGato Facebook page and give it a "Like" here....
Contact Daniel J Harris...
soupygato(at)gmail(dot)com





Friday, October 17, 2014

Joe Gande music featured on DJ Gord's "Bendin' The Rulez" Radio Show

Joe Gande music featured on DJ Gord's "Bendin' The Rulez" Radio Show on mojoradio.us 
Friday October 17 at 9-11pm EST
A huge thank you to Gordon Wesley Moore & Mel Mysteria!

Please tune in to listen here - http://mojoradio.us/mainsite/


Here are the artists featured on this week's show...

Crawl
Allen Vega
Rick Steed
The Idol Dead
Larry Rust
Cupla
Al Stone
Dont Panic
Throne of Vengeance
Gregory Boyce Halls
Dean Ray
Steven Jackson
Dani-Lynn Trentham
Revival
Joe Gande
Within Reason
Broken Romeo
BREE
Kevin B Klein
Made in Canada Gordon Wesley Moore
Todd Norris
7 Roads South
Sal Piamonte
Chicago Bob Hess
Kevin DeHond  

#radioshow  

                                                Tune in Friday nights from 9-11pm EST




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RE2PECT...

RE2PECT...

Being  a longtime New Yorker and lifelong, diehard New York Yankee fan, this really hit home...so I thought I'd share...hope you all may be able to relate in some way and enjoy...
Love,
Joe

After 20 years, Derek Jeter will be hanging up his hat and retiring from baseball at the end of this season.

I still can't see even watching or going to the Bronx to see a game without him being there...
No one was more hard working, down to earth and a class act...an awesome rode model...so inspiring.... a true sports hero....and legend....
Baseball will not be the same...and will surely miss him...
No matter who you follow in sports...what sport you like...what team is your favorite...Derek Jeter was respected by all...even his baseball enemies loved him...his "haters"....all opposing fans and players...and many people who don't even care for baseball very much....something so hard to do and to find in todays world....and old fashioned baseball great...an old soul who played baseball the way it supposed to be played...and carried himself with class, spoke with eloquence and warmth...showed true strength of character no matter what the situation...and treated all kindly....
He transcended sports really... and truly was inspiring to so many around the world....

The word and meaning of the word "respect" is also often lost and seems so often forgotten sometimes these days in peoples day to day lives and in society.....When I was growing up...it was so very important...and one of the words to live by...a "knights code" so to speak...and the way to handle yourself and others in all things in life.....

Tonight will be Jeter's 14th & last All-Star Game. 
In honor of his incredible career, Nike Air Jordan has released this moving commercial tribute...

#RE2SPECT #DerekJeter #AllStarGame #NewYorkCity #NYC #Yankees #Respect #MLB #baseball

Direct Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03_bNuihLU










Friday, May 23, 2014

Zucchini & Tortellini Soup

A little late dinner...homemade Zucchini & Tortellini soup...zuppa di zucchini e tortellini...and nice crust of Italian bread & a glass of wine....

As many of you may know...I love soups....and zucchini soup is one of my favorites.
I make it in many different versions....some of which will be in my upcoming cookbook...

Hope you all had an awesome Friday & enjoy a very Happy Memorial Day weekend! 
Buon Venerdi a tutti! 
Love, 
Joe


Monday, May 5, 2014

New Joe Gande video edits by the awesome video editor/producer Hagit Kastel!


With all it's madness....the online world can be such a wonderful place....that's for sure....

I recently met a wonderful, kind and very talented professional video editor/producer from Israel...
Hagit Kastel, through an awesome new friend...musician, Pip Reynolds....both of whom I met over on the video contest website  Citizen.tv a short time ago...

                                                                     Hagit Kastel

Hagit has made me a few new video edits of some of my youtube videos that are already out there...and they came out so awesome! Her work is top notch and so very creative!

Please check them all out when you get a chance everyone...and let me know what you think...
And please "Like", comment and share across your social networks if you'd like....

Also, head over to her Youtube channel to subscribe and comment...and to see some of her other awesome creations she has done for other artists as well...they are very cool!!!
You can watch and vote for Hagit's work also here

Hagit will be doing a brand new video of a song from my CD that does not have one yet...
It will hopefully be available soon...
I will post it here in this post as an update as soon as possible...so keep an eye out for it! :)


The vids..... 

The first two videos are of my song "Can't See My Life"......







"Shelter Me"




"Hang Around With You"




Thanks so much for reading....I hope you enjoyed this post :)
Make sure to remember to subscribe to my blog here and to leave your thoughts and comments below :)

Grazie Mille per tutto!!!
Buon Lunedi a tutti!
Love,
JoeI

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The sauce is on...a nice glass of wine & antipasto...Saint Pope John Paul II...it's an awesome day!


The sauce is on...a nice glass of wine & antipasto...it's an awesome day!

I watched the historical and unprecedented, canonization of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City this morning...and was re-watching it now online....

I got to see him back many years ago in NYC...Once as his motorcade passed by my E61st St apt as they were coming off the Queensborough bridge...and also in Central Park as he visited and held Mass....It was an event that was truly awe inspiring....

My Mom has always loved this man as well...and always mentions him and has always prayed to him over the years...His photo is by her bed :)

I bought her a wonderful book about his life as a Christmas Present a few years ago too...which I also read...so I thought I would do this post for those that might enjoy it....

Hope you're all having a beautiful Sunday! Buona Domenica!

Love,

Joe





Read more about it here ....

Watch the live stream here...


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tonight's orecchiette con spinaci e funghi e parmigiano reggiano

Been working on my cookbook
It's coming along...adding a lot of personal stories and anecdotes...
This is tonight's orecchiette con spinaci e funghi e parmigiano reggiano,
Orecchiette pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms and a white sauce with Parmesan cheese....
Buon Giovedi a tutti!
Hope you all had an awesome day!
Love,
Joe

Would you like to see this recipe in my cookbook? Please let me know in the comments or by email and also let me know any other dishes you would like to have featured in the book...

Click photo to enlarge...