Archive for February, 2009
Just a quick note to thank all the folks who were able to join us over the past month in Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
We had a great time and met a lot of friends.
Thanks for your support!
There’s a song on my latest Walter Ostanek Band CD, “Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas”, called, “Waltz of the Angels”.
This is a beautiful waltz with Jon Libera on the vocals. I’m getting a lot of nice comments about this particular song and attention from several polka radio stations.
There’s a cute little story behind this song;
Jon Libera, former vocalist with the Walter Ostanek Band, brought this old Lefty Frizzell composition to my attention about 4 years ago and suggested that I record it. I liked the song and asked Jon if he’d like to do it. Well that was 4 years ago!
Last year while at Kravos Recording Studio in Cleveland with Murray McFadgen doing some vocal tracks I played “Waltz of the Angels” for Murray and Bob Kravos. They both loved it so I got Murray to record the harmony vocals to Jon’s original melody vocal. While Murray was doing the recording, Tony Petkovsek, (#1 Polka DJ in Cleveland), dropped in to visit. Tony really liked it as well.
So after sitting on the shelf for 4 years, “Waltz of the Angels” was finally completed and released on our “Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas” cd.
I hope you enjoy Waltz of the Angels. I want to thank Jon Libera, not only for bringing the song to me, but for doing such a great job on the vocals.
You can click here to hear a sample of Waltz of the Angels.
Hey, send me a note, or comment on this post and let me know what you think of “Waltz of the Angels”.
Til next time, Keep Smiling,
Over the years I’ve been blessed with many friends and supporters. As a tribute, and to show my thanks, we’ve added a new section to our website entitled, “Friends”.
One of my dearest friends was “America’s Polka King”, Frankie Yankovic. At an early age I wanted to become just like Frank. He was afterall the superstar of in the Cleveland-Style polka world that I wanted so much to be a part of . As luck would have it, our friendship grew into a very special relationship. Imagine your idol becoming your mentor and friend. Well that’s how it was for me and Frankie.
It’s been 10 years since Frank passed away in 2008. I think about him a lot, especially when I’m in the Cleveland area.
I hope you’ll enjoy my special tribute to my special freind, Frankie Yankovic.