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The Book is Done (Finally)

When I retired from Microsoft I said I wanted to do a few things. One was travel, and since my retirement Suzie and I have been to 15 countries. I also said I wanted to release a CD. I released three, wrote seven songs, and got to perform live many times. And I said I wanted to write a book. Sadly that one took a lot longer than I thought it would. But after four years it is finally done and I want to thank Mary Jane Beaufrand for all her help. Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

A Busy Year So Far

Well we’ve done a lot so far this year. After welcoming in the New Year with family and friends Suzie and I were off on another adventure. This time we took a cruise to the South Pacific. We went to Tahiti, Fiji, Bora Bora, New Caledonia and Australia. As if there weren’t enough when the first cruise ended in Australia we hopped on another cruise that went to New Zealand where we explored the Northern and Southern islands for two weeks. All in all we were gone for five weeks. The weather was fantastic and the scenery was some of [...]

By | June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Happy New Year 2015!

Last year was another fun and full year. Over the past year Erich Benedict and I got to do a number of great shows including a couple of holiday shows in December.  We even got to perform at a Microsoft holiday party. That one was a lot of fun because I got to hang around after the show and catch up with so many old friends. It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since I retired from Microsoft. The music part of my retirement continues to go well. In January Erich and I released our latest single called [...]

By | January 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Still trying to balance retirement with my new career.

The last few months have been very busy with leisure and work. Trying to remember I’m supposed to be retired Suzie and I took a few trips this year. The last one was a three week cruise to western and northern Europe. We flew to London and then took a cruise ship that went to Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Denmark. We even cruised north for two days in the Arctic Circle. We went as far north as we could go until we got to the polar ice shelve and had to turn back because a fog came in and [...]

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

A Busy Summer

It’s been a fun and busy summer. We spent most of June on a road trip through Oregon and Northern California. We visited some very cool spots like Crater Lake, Oregon Caves National Monument, National Volcanic Monument, and spent a couple of weeks visiting the wineries of Napa Valley. While I was doing that my producer Erich Benedict was mixing and mastering my third CD Get Back Up. And Anessa was doing her magic on all the pictures she took for a very cool cover for the CD. This CD not only has six great cover songs it also has [...]

By | July 11th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

It’s Been Too Long

I’ve been so busy, I’ve forgotten to blog in a while. It hasn’t been all work however as I just got back from a month in sunny Florida. The weather was great! The day after we got back to Seattle it snowed. I miss Florida already. It wasn’t all fun and games in Florida, though it was mostly fun and games. While I was there I released another new song. This one is called A Want or a Need. I wrote the lyrics and my producer and good friend Erich Benedict wrote the music. I got the idea for the [...]

By | March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Another busy couple of months

Well it’s been a fun and busy couple of months. During that time I released my new song When You Walked Through The Door. Buy "When You Walked Through The Door" on Amazon.com It got to number 2 on the Amazon Easy Listening chart. The music for that song was written by my vocal coach Larry Bridges of www.anyonecansing.com At the same time my friend and producer Erich Benedict of http://www.withanh.net/ and I started working on a few things. First we put together an act and we’ve put on a few shows at Marianna Ristorante and Pizzeria Guido  That has [...]

By | August 16th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

The New Song Is Out

Well the new song, When You Walked Through The Door, has been released. I mentioned in previous blogs and on my Facebook page that I was writing a song about the first time I saw my wife. Well with the help of my good friend and vocal coach Larry Bridges I think we put together a very good song. And when we added the talent of Ben St John on drums and Erich Benedict who not only produced, mixed, and mastered the song but also played all the other instruments including a great sax solo, I think we ended up [...]

By | June 24th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

Busy, Busy, Busy.

  It’s been a couple of months since I’ve written and it’s been a busy couple of months. During this time I’ve written couple of songs. One is called When You Walked Through the Door and the music for it was written by my vocal coach Larry Bridges of Bridges Voice Instruction at http://www.anyonecansing.com/ The other song is called As The One That Got Away and the music for that was written by my producer Erich Benedict of with an H media at http://www.withanh.net/ At the same time Erich and I have decided to put together a show and hit [...]

By | May 6th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

The year is off to a nice start

I actually thought things would slow down after the holidays. My Christmas CD sold well and my music video for The Magic of Christmas got over 123,000 views!  But I was done with making CDs and videos and I was going to get back to writing my book. I didn't want to leave You Tube completely behind since they removed my video of Come Fly With Me, because I didn't have a sync license, so I asked Erich Benedict to make a compilation video of my Seattle Center performance. This is the link: http://youtu.be/DEX_QTufsgU I certainly didn't expect to get as many views as the Christmas [...]

By | February 14th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since I retired form Microsoft but when you think about everything I’ve done it actually seems longer. Since leaving Microsoft I recorded my first CD, Come Fly With Me, which was a selection of my favorite crooner tunes. I released That’s Life as a single first and it was number one on the Amazon hot new releases list for two weeks. I then released the entire CD and the title song Come Fly With me went to number 1. I was amazed as you were. We then shot the music [...]

By | January 9th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

The Magic of Christmas

Well my Christmas CD is finally done and available for sale on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. All of which you can access on my buy page at www.georgeasantino.com/buy This CD was a tremendous amount of fun to make and while I’d like to take some of the credit I must admit that I had a lot of talented help. Starting with Erich Benedict of with an H media who directed, produced, mixed and mastered as well as played the piano, guitar, bass, sax, and clarinet. He is truly an amazing talent. Besides my singing you’ll also hear my daughter [...]

By | November 15th, 2012|Categories: Blog|