Hard to believe it’s already been a year…

…but indeed it was exactly a year ago today that I launched VocalStandards.com with a “Let’s Get This Party Started” post.

Re-reading that post is tough … it reminds me how difficult it was to launch this place; to get VS into motion with no wind in the sails.

Seems quite a bit different today after pushing out 123 articles and news/update posts (somewhere north of 100,000 words) over the last year.

More important than the stats…

I’ve learned a ton about the artists and music, met some great people — both in the music business and fans thereof — and seen a slew of great acts … far too much to recount here, but if you’ve been with me for awhile you know what I mean and if you’re somewhat new to VocalStandards, wander around a bit, take in some of the sights and let me know what you think.

Too much to do…

With all those words and stories in the archive, I look at my content plan and am dumbfounded to see literally 100s of story ideas — many/most of which have been in the hopper from day one! With the gush of emerging talent and the massively deep history associated with the Great American Songbook, there is literally too much to do.

Most days, I feel like a dog waking up from a nap to find 1,000 squirrels all running in different directions — my biggest problem is, which one do I chase first!

To celebrate VS’s anniversary…

Well, the next squirrel I’m chasing is a trip west this week to see Luca Ellis at his regular Beverley Hills Hotel gig in LA, and then take a short road trip into the desert to catch Robert Davi at the Soboba Casino Saturday night.

These guys represent all that’s good and right about this music genre … I knew neither of them as singer/performers when I started VS a year ago (certainly was familiar with RD as an actor) they are emerging stars — both of which have a respectful fascination with Frank Sinatra, the music he brought us and the way he lived his life.

Davi and Ellis display their respect and affection for Mr. S with the talent and dedication they bring when they perform Frank’s classic material. Seeing both of these guys this weekend is going to be a treat … What a great way to put the wraps on the first of hopefully many years of VocalStandards!

Take care all … come back soon.