Thursday, July 11, 2013


Well, I have pushed the button to officially release the book, LOOKING THROUGH THE NAKED WINDOW: THE RESTORATION CHRONICLES (again, simultaneously in both Paperback and Kindle editions) and they should be available on Amazon within the next week.  FINALLY, through the new publisher, the first book of my memoir series will reach a much wider audience.  I thank you for your patience with me in my tweaking, as I did a bit of a re-write in some places and I am readying myself to write the next installment.  I cannot begin to tell you how GREAT IT FEELS to release it all to you, my friends, fans and family.  You have no idea how much I appreciate your support of my books this year and I look forward to reading “the one with the dirt!”  Of course, I will post when it is fully available, and you can always visit my Author page at Amazon for this and all of my other titles.  Thank you, AGAIN, for all your love, encouragement and support.  NOW, I can’t wait till you all can get your paws on THIS one.  Oh my!!!!

In his eighth published work, ANTONIO CASSONE invites you to revisit ‘the first season’ of his personal memoir series, where each book is a season and each chapter is an episode. “What if your life were a weekly drama series on television—or in my case made for cable?” This is the question he asks his beloved readers and how he tells his dramatic memoir.  In this re-production of the first installment of the series he covers, in plain English, how he grew up faced with peer pressure, sexual frustration, and a lifelong identity crisis. He tells of a life lived with much regret and exposes his deepest, innermost feeling becoming “naked” to the world. “The Restoration Chronicles” edition of this volume of LOOKING THROUGH THE NAKED WINDOW is a tighter edit of the original work with a few new details.  Just like the other books of the series, there is no turning back. Once you enter this gritty tale, it promises to hook you no matter what background you come from or what path your life has taken you. All lives lead to a desire for fulfillment, a chronicling for telling, and an understanding desire for acceptance. He dares to take a look deep within and promises to go further than his own expectations.

Friday, February 8, 2013

If I Voted for the Grammy Awards - 2013 Edition

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, February 10th, 2013.  Normally, I try to predict, but this year I am going to share my absolute favorites for this post.  So, here - or HEAR - they are, for better or worse, are my picks for this years best in recorded music (and otherwise).  Some, of which, I will absolutely jump up and down for, *Drum roll* here are my prediction/picks in each category.

for full list of nominees CLICK HERE


Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited


Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
André 3000, John Mayer, Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator, featured artists; Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Pharrell & Shea Taylor, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Ken Oriole, Philip Scott, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Label: Def Jam

Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
Label: RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music

Set Fire To The Rain [Live] - Adele
Track from: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Label: XL/Columbia

Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic
Best Pop Instrumental Album

Live At The Blue Note Tokyo - Dave Koz
Label: Just Koz Entertainment
Best Pop Vocal Album

The Truth About Love - Pink
Label: RCA Records
Best Dance Recording

Let's Go - Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer
Label: Ultra Music
Best Dance/Electronica Album

Bangarang - Skrillex
Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Kisses On The Bottom - Paul McCartney
Label: Hear Music
Best Rock Performance 

I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
Track from: Babel
Label: Glassnote
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

No Reflection - Marilyn Manson
Track from: Born Villain
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Best Rock Song

We Take Care Of Our Own
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Track from: Wrecking Ball
Label: Columbia Records; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Album

El Camino - The Black Keys
Label: Nonesuch
Best Alternative Music Album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple
Label: Epic/Clean Slate
Best R&B Performance

Adorn - Miguel 

Label: RCA Records / Bystorm Entertainment

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Lately - Anita Baker
Label: Blue Note
Best R&B Song

Adorn -Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic
Best Urban Contemporary Album 

Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
Label: Def Jam
Best R&B Album

Write Me Back - R. Kelly
Label: RCA Records
Best Rap Performance

N****s In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West
Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Wild Ones - Flo Rida Featuring Sia
Track from: Wild Ones
Label: Poe Boy/Atlantic
Best Rap Song

Daughters - Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas)
Track from: Life Is Good
Label: Def Jam; Publishers: Rich Daily Since '71, Universal Music Publishing, Unichappell Music
Best Rap Album

Undun - The Roots
Label: Island Def Jam
Best Country Solo Performance

Blown Away - Carrie Underwood
Track from: Blown Away
Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
Label: Big Machine Records/Universal Republic

Best Country Song

Blown Away - Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
Track from: Blown Away
Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Global Dog Music/Lunalight Music, Big Loud Songs/Angel River Songs
Best Country Album

Four The Record - Miranda Lambert
Label: The RCA Records Label Nashville
Best New Age Album

Troubadours On The Rhine - Loreena McKennitt
Label: Verve
Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Alice In Wonderland - Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Further Explorations (Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian)
Label: Concord Jazz
Best Jazz Vocal Album

Radio Music Society - Esperanza Spalding
Label: Heads Up International
Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Unity Band - Pat Metheny Unity Band
Label: Nonesuch
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) - Arturo Sandoval
Label: Concord Jazz
Best Latin Jazz Album

Flamenco Sketches - Chano Domínguez
Label: Blue Note
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Take Me To The King - Tamela Mann
Label: Tillymann Music Group
Best Gospel Song

My Testimony - Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp, songwriters (Marvin Sapp)
Track from: I Win
Label: Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs/Marvin L. Sapp Music/Ardent Media
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners - Mark Hall & Matthew West, songwriters (Casting Crowns)
Track from: Come To The Well
Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records
Best Gospel Album

I Win - Marvin Sapp
Label: Verity Gospel Music Group
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Come To The Well - Casting Crowns
Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records
Best Latin Pop Album

MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition - Juanes
Label: Universal Music Latino
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Imaginaries - Quetzal
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Pecados Y Milagros - Lila Downs
Label: Sony Music
Best Tropical Latin Album

Formula Vol. 1 - Romeo Santos
Label: Sony Music
Best Americana Album

Babel - Mumford & Sons
Label: Glassnote
Best Bluegrass Album

Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail - Noam Pikelny
Label: Compass Records
Best Blues Album

Bring It On Home - Joan Osborne
Label: Saguaro Road
Best Folk Album

The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
Label: Sony Classical
Best Regional Roots Music Album

Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) - Keola Beamer
Label: 'Ohe Records
Best Reggae Album

Tomahawk Technique - Sean Paul
Label: VP/Atlantic
Best World Music Album

The Living Room Sessions Part 1 - Ravi Shankar
Label: East Meets West Music
Best Children's Album

Little Seed: Songs For Children By Woody Guthrie - Elizabeth Mitchell
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Best Spoken Word Album

Society's Child: My Autobiography - Janis Ian
Label: Audible, Inc.
Best Comedy Album

Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) - Margaret Cho
Label: Clownery Productions, Rocket Science
Best Musical Theater Album

The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess - David Alan Grier, Norm Lewis & Audra McDonald, principal soloists; Tommy Krasker, producer (George Gershwin, composer; Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward & DuBose Heyward, lyricists)
(New Broadway Cast With Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Others)
Label: PS Classics
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Marley (Bob Marley & The Wailers) - Chris Blackwell & Barry Cole, producers
Label: UMe/Island/Tuff Gong
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
Label: Null/Madison Gate
Best Song Written For Visual Media

Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games) - T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters (Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)
Label: Big Machine Records/Universal Republic; Publishers: Sony ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music, Sensibility Songs, Absurd Music, Shiny Happy Music, Baffle Music, Henry Burnett Music
Best Instrumental Composition

Mozart Goes Dancing - Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
Track from: Hot House
Label: Concord Jazz
Best Instrumental Arrangement

Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington - Michael Philip Mossman, arranger (Bobby Sanabria Big Band)
Track from: Multiverse
Label: Jazzheads
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

City Of Roses - Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)
Track from: Radio Music Society
Label: Heads Up International
Best Recording Package

Boys & Girls - Brett Kilroe, art director (Alabama Shakes)
Label: ATO Records
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition - Stephen Kennedy & Jimmy Tilley, art directors (The Rolling Stones)
Label: UMe/Universal Republic
Best Album Notes

Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles - Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)
Label: Concord
Best Historical Album

Ram - Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) - Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Simon Gibson, Guy Massey & Steve Rooke,
mastering engineers (Paul & Linda McCartney)
Label: MPL/Hear Music/Concord
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)
Label: Sony Classical
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Salaam Remi
  • Back To Love (Anthony Hamilton) (T)
  • Between The Cheats (Amy Winehouse) (T)
  • Girl On Fire (Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj) (S)
  • How Many Drinks? (Miguel) (T)
  • Life Is Good (Nas) (A)
  • Like Smoke (Amy Winehouse Featuring Nas) (T)
  • Running (Melanie Fiona Featuring Nas) (T)
  • Sins Of My Father (Usher) (T)
  • A Song For You (Amy Winehouse) (T)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) - Skrillex, remixer (Nero)
Joseph Ray, Skrillex & Daniel Stephens, remixers
Label: Cherry Tree/Interscope
Best Surround Sound Album

Rupa-Khandha - Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin, surround producers (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
Label: Sono Luminus
Best Engineered Album, Classical

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 & 131 - Bruce Egre, engineer (Brentano String Quartet)
Label: Aeon
Producer Of The Year, Classical

Marina Ledin, Victor Ledin
  • Americana (Modern Mandolin Quartet)
  • Brubeck & American Poets (Lynne Morrow & Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
  • Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
  • Mind Meld (ZOFO Duet)
  • Rupa-Khandha (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
  • Weigl: Isle Of The Dead; Six Fantasies; Pictures & Tales; Night Fantasies (Joseph Banowetz)

Best Orchestral Performance

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Valery Gergiev, conductor (London Symphony Orchestra)
Label: LSO Live
Best Opera Recording

Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Best Choral Performance

Handel: Israel In Egypt - Julian Wachner, conductor (Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Trinity Choir Wall Street)
Label: Musica Omnia
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Rupa-Khandha - Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Label: Sono Luminus
Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola - Kim Kashkashian
Label: ECM New Series
Best Classical Vocal Solo

Poèmes - Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)
Label: Decca Records
Best Classical Compendium

Une Fête Baroque - Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor; Daniel Zalay, producer
Label: Virgin Classics
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Stucky, Steven: August 4, 1964 - Steven Stucky, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Chorus & Orchestra)
Label: DSO Live
Best Short Form Music Video

We Found Love - Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
Melina Matsoukas, video director; Juliette Larthe, Ben Sullivan, Candice Ouaknine & Inga Veronique video producers
Label: Def Jam
Best Long Form Music Video
Bring Me Home - Live 2011

Sade; Sophie Muller, video director; Roger Davies, Grant Jue & Sophie Muller, video producers
Label: Epic