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Hounds of Winter on Reverb

Hounds of WinterHounds of Winter cover by Darlene Foster (l-r: Tom Corea, Tom DiPaolo)

Yesterday I posted some songs from Hounds of Winter (which features my husband Dennis Mistretta on several bass tracks).

Here is the official link to all the songs and videos and a free download on Reverb Nation: HOUNDS OF WINTER

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

(Left to right – Ric Pink, Dennis and Me, 2011)

Every year our good friend Tom Corea puts out an amazing Christmas project via his Babyfishmouth Studio.

My husband, Dennis, often plays bass (and some guitar) on many of the tunes, along with Tom DiPaolo on guitar.

Sometimes I’ll join them in the studio and once in awhile participate.

“Come on Christmas” was a really fun song that was recorded over the summer. (Vocals: Ric Pink, guitar: Tom DiPaolo, bass: Dennis Mistretta, Drums: Tom Corea). And I got to help by singing the back-up vocals! What an honor to be working amongst such great talents!

If you click on the following “Come On Christmas” you will see there are some great shots of all of us having fun in the studio. The album cover photo of Tom DiPaolo and Tom Corea was beautifully done by my very good friend, Darlene…

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The Winter Song

Photo by Dennis Mistretta

It’s like a winter wonderland here in Union County, New Jersey! The above photo was taken by my husband. I love this chubby squirrel! It was nice having the afternoon alone together with the kitties, watching the snow fall. It’s wonderful how the snow slows everything down and makes it so peaceful and snuggly.

So, I am inspired to post a beautiful winter song by Angel that I loved since it came out in the 1970s.


And if that wasn’t pretty enough for you, here’s the Christmas version of the same song.  My sister, Kim, loves this song. My great grandmother used to love this song too. It has to be one of the BEST Christmas songs ever recorded!


Christmas Bride

Last year I got married a little over a month before Christmas, to the love of my life! And I just heard this song, “Christmas Bride” by Ray Conniff,  for the very first time, this Christmas season.

It’s the most beautiful song and even though sometimes Christmas spirits wear off way too soon (not to mention those that won’t even say “Merry Christmas” because it’s not their holiday!)  I can listen to this song and know, in my heart, that someone special loves me and adores me, and always has Christmas in his heart ❤


Our Wedding Photo, we married, 11/9/11 (Photo by Darlene Foster)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

On this day, in 1949, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, sung by Gene Autry, hit the charts!

Here is his version:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Another ultra cool musician from NEW JERSEY!

One time in the early 1990s I was on my way to a show in NYC via Path station. My friend recognized Clem Burke and wanted to go talk to him.

I said, “No, don’t bother him.”

I don’t like to bother famous musicians in their spare time. If they are at an event where it’s all about them, or if I am interviewing them, that’s a different story. But from what I’ve read he’s very humble.

Clem, to me, was always an exceptional drummer. Definitely one of my favorites.

Here’s why:

Clem Burke Drumming Project

Clem is probably best known for his work in Blondie, but he has performed with so many other famous musicians and bands including Iggy Pop, Pete Townsend, Chequered Past, The Fleshtones and Joan Jett — to name a few!

Here’s a great live performance showing off his amazing drum techniques:

Dreaming by Blondie featuring Clem Burke on drums

Thankful for Ville Valo!


How cool is it that Ville Valo’s birthday is on Thanksgiving Day this year? I am definitely thankful for the music of HIM. How can I not be? The music is so gorgeously romantic, hence the name Love Metal. They are definitely UP there in my choice of top 5 favorite bands. Your Sweet 666

Here are a few goodies by HIM:


Lose You Tonite

Behind the Crimson Door

Your Sweet 666

And here is something super cute from Ville Valo and the Agents, in Finnish

I Only Want to Be With You

Happy Birthday Joe Walsh, and a Shout Out to His Brother Mark Walsh

Joe Walsh

Happy Birthday to Joe Walsh, musician/songwriter known for his work in James Gang, Eagles and solo efforts and noted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

I’m proud to note that in his early years Joe Walsh lived in my former hometown of Montclair, New Jersey for awhile and attended Montclair High School.

Here’s Joe Walsh performing with James Gang in 1970:

Walk Away

And while we’re on the topic of Joe Walsh, I want to give a shout out to his brother, Mark Walsh who is also a super talented musician, living in New Jersey:

Mark Walsh

Which brings me to one of my favorite musical memories …

Several years ago, I believe it was New Year’s Eve 2007 or 2008, Mark Walsh had performed at First Night in Montclair. Prior to the show I interviewed Mark Walsh for The Montclair Times.

So on New Year’s Eve, I had the opportunity to cover the Fab Faux show at a church called Outpost in the Burbs. I was hanging out with my husband (then boyfriend) Dennis and our friend Vinnie. We had front row for all three shows and then got to hang out backstage.

After the show it was very late, after midnight. Fireworks were going off, friends were calling me on my cell and it was just a happy, magical night.

We all went into a  restaurant on Church Street for a bite to eat and Mark Walsh was there playing piano, upstairs in a more intimate setting, away from the crowd. He remembered me from the interview. When he took a break and had a bite to eat, he left his band mates to sit and dine with me, Dennis and Vinnie.

Truly a night to remember! Mark Walsh is a super cool guy and plays piano beautifully. An act not to be missed!

I’ll Stand by You

(Photo by Kevin Norris, found via Goggle Search)

Today I was thinking of all the pets that were lost and displaced because of Hurricane Sandy.

Today I thought about all those poor babies who don’t have homes and are waiting to be adopted.

What comes to mind is a song by The Pretenders. When I saw them in later years, animal rights activist Chrissie Hynde dedicated this beautiful song “to the animals” … and anyone who has a hurt will surely shed a tear thinking of the Hurricane Sandy animals.

I’ll Stand By You

Happy Birthday Gordon Lightfoot!

Gordon Lightfoot

I had the honor and pleasure to see Gordon Lightfoot perform earlier this year. His show was fantastic.

My favorite song by him =

Carefree Highway

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