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The Paper Garden -1969-my cousin Santo Napoli's band

Rest In Peace Sandy. He's 20 years older than I, so naturally I thought he was a rock god..I FOUND my cousin Sandy's Album I grew up listening to believing truly they were as special as The Beatles. My family doesn't speak to me anymore because my mom disconnected us. i started listening to this as a child when i found it in my dad's collection.This is a gift from the universe and hope you enjoy. I learned just a few years ago My cousin and another on the same estranged side share the same rare kidney disease I have, and he has just passed.Sandy is the lead singer, played keyboards, piano, citar guitar and any instrument he would be handed. HE ended up using his creativity to make prosthetics in the medical field. I worshiped him as a musician, sitting there with all these adults jamming and just knew i would never survive if i lost my was so important.

I wish my family had not been split apart when my dad died, so I would have experienced first hand so much more that he accomplished. It is only through another cousin that I learned my genetic kidney disease effects two paternal cousins. This has helped 2 of us receive better treatment but Sandy lost his kidneys and then his life. He has a daughter who will surely miss her daddy.

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Comment by BlancheNoE on September 9, 2017 at 9:02am

Holy crap that's AWEsome ! It's like New Orleans Beatles. I'm sorry to hear he's passed but you're right, rock-god for sure and they ARE as special as the Beatles. It is a shame that human nature makes ALL people stupid when it comes to 3 things: Death, money and sex. I finally found my bio-dad 3 weeks ago. I talked to him on the phone and he gave me the classic break-up-with-un-wanted-love-child speech. I was rolling my eyes so hard I pulled a muscle and had a headache on one side for two days afterward. He has 2 daughters that he doesn't know I know about. If I'm still alive when he dies, I'll be reaching out to them. Sometimes you just gotta' go track them down and drag them back into your life. Yeah, I'm a bitch.

Comment by ThatGirl on September 10, 2017 at 3:10pm

...Nope NOT a bitch... but a functional Human Being..that is all we ask, but it amazes me how often that is not even attainable.

Sandy's resemblance to my dad is uncanny...and his daugher looks like myself OR my eldest son at the same age..sometimes just these familial ties in photos resemblance, talents..etc are all we need to recognize there IS a tribe we are a part matter where we go to FIND our TRIBE OF CHOICE... Sandy died earlier this week and his daughter posted this.

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Comment by Chig on September 10, 2017 at 10:03pm

Sorry to hear about Sandy.   Great music.

Comment by ThatGirl on September 11, 2017 at 5:13pm

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Thanks Bruce.... I really hope you Do have time to listen through at some point, it is a very compact album but the collection is very much connected in theme...and kind of brilliantly matchedup...Gypsy Wine was a favorite when i was a kid..didn't even know what it meant! the flow of emotion in an arc from start to finish made this work even more Beatlesesque to my ears.

hope all is well...

Comment by Chig on September 13, 2017 at 9:59pm

If I end up deleting the PSY  vid as it being non member created content... in favor of it going to the blogs we probably should grab these comments and put them in the comment section of the Blog, as this one technically would belong there as well.   :-(

Comment by ThatGirl on November 14, 2018 at 2:35am


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