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Milani !

by Bill Milani

Rock/pop/blues/country-influenced singer/songwriter with very good voice, doing original words and melodies you'll wanta hear again and again.
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1. Sure Feels Good
3:45 album only
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2. It Just Doesn't Wanta Stay Put
3:02 album only
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3. The San Juans, the Sangre de Cristos
4:45 album only
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4. Such Different Ways
3:54 album only
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5. I Could Never Be Your Mister Right
4:12 album only
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6. Griffith Park
4:39 album only
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7. Thousand Sequins Queen
4:01 album only
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8. Busy People
4:38 album only
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9. I Don't Call It Worship
3:40 album only
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10. Have Yourself A Great Ol' Christmas
5:52 album only
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11. Sensitive, Gentle Pony-tail Boy
3:26 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I was born and raised in Centerville, Iowa, a small town in farm country. I graduated from high school there in 1955.

MILANI! is my first CD, and all but one of the songs on it were written by me in the last couple of years. I've also written six songs for the next CD, with another song in
progress.

"What took you so long?" one might ask. There are two main reasons. The bigger of the two is that I am a queer sort of person, and do not easily fit the stages and the phases of the social paradigms. The other reason is alcohol.

(Hang on. I'm not going to do a harangue about alcohol. I know many people who use alcohol wisely and well to relax, and we all know now how important relaxing is for making music - for everything, really; and there are alternative relaxing agents to take, for someone who has negative consequences from alcohol, and there are relaxing activities like Yoga, hiking, etc. I do some of those things, and I have never gone to AA, and I haven't used alcohol for over a quarter of a century.)

And the alcoholic detour wasn't all bad. Certainly not, though there was plenty of what I call the two big I's: inappropriate and irresponsible. I probably should add another one, irrational, since I do think alcohol impaired my judgment in ways it does not affect most people.

But I managed to get a couple of college degrees, and as a supreme example of irrationality (it not being an appropriate milieu for a queer sort of person), I went to Naval Officer Candidate School in 1961 and was sent to the staff of the Sixth Fleet Commander in the Mediterranean, where I was on the flagship, which basically went around to various Mediterranean ports, taking the Admiral on his calls. I did this for all of my three years of active service.

After the Navy I went to live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, to become a great writer, and was swept up in the currents of change of the Sixties, the psychedelic revolution, the pop-culture revolution, the anti-war movement, other liberation movements. And I did do some writing, and at times worked hard on the craft, and got some things published in evanescent places. But mostly I just talked about writing, rather than doing it. I did do some good reading, and got to know a few interesting, stimulating people.

And like so many folks around that time, I became very interested in music. I did have a little background. I had taken piano lessons as a kid, and could play fairly well from the music. I also played French horn in the high school band, quite well, actually.

During the same time I was being strongly attracted back to making music, I fell in love, and went off to the mountains for a while. That love affair ended, but during the same time I began a love affair with the wilderness which continues to this day.

However, the alcohol was continuing its erosion of my judgment, and in another paroxysm of irrationality I went to Washington, D.C. to live, with almost no money. I did have some friends there from Navy days, and I probably knew, without telling myself so, that I could mooch off them, which I did. I also worked menial jobs, managed to get by.

In those days I thought of myself as a poet who was moving into music. I got an old piano, and did make some progress, and then I decided one night, sitting at the piano, that I really wanted sing, and accompany myself with keyobard, maybe play in piano bars, and I began to work on combining my singing and keyboard playing, which proved very difficult for me, but I was struggling with it.

However, my enemy alcohol was also advancing, and in 1975 I landed in the hospital in acute congestive heart failure. I really felt and looked awful. Lying in the hospital bed, though, I got a strong feeling I was going to walk out of that hospital and away from alcohol forever.

Then followed about ten years of recovery, without any replapses, just getting well again. (Like I said, I haven't been in AA, but I've had some acquaintances who were devoted participants, and they told me the average is about 20 years to crash, and 10 years to recover, and that's about how it went for me.)

After a few years of living alone in a farmhouse in Iowa, taking care of cattle, burning wood for heat, and reading many good books I checked out of the Centerville library, I went back to New York City, in 1983, and loved it. I lived in Tribeca, worked in midtown as a word processor operator, second shift. I had a piano, and even studied, all too briefly, with an excellent jazz pianist.

I wrote my first song while I was living in Tribeca, and I love it to this day. It's on the CD, in a more polished form: "Have Yourself A Great Ol' Christmas."

Eventually I moved to L.A. I was still thinking I might play in a piano bar, mainly the songs of other people, e.g., "Mr. Piano Man." (A last vestige of irrationality? Piano bars have been passe for forty years, though I'm told a few good ones linger in a few cities.)

I still wasn't satisfied with my singing voice, so I found a voice coach, in West Hollywood. I wanted him to help me get better at singing and accompanying myself on keyboard, which he certainly has done.

Alex is a good all around musician as well as an excellent voice coach. After I'd been working with him a while I began to write songs, and I continue to do so, and he's been most helpful. I feel I'm ready to perform live and on TV, and am looking for gigs and an agent. (Actually I've already played live some, and the audiences have been warm.)

Live, I perform my own songs and also a few I like a lot by other artists, e.g., Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time," and "How Deep Is Your Love?" by the Brothers Gibb, etc., but mostly my own songs, and of course this CD is made up entirely of songs I wrote, and they're my best bio.

I hope you'll buy my first CD, and that you enjoy it immensely. I do love words, as well as loving music, and I work hard on my lyrics, so they'll be worth listening to many, many times. Same for the music.

Thanks for your attention. Email me if you want, at gmilani@earthlink.net.

Un abrazo, Bill, a/k/a MILANI

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