By Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
Heavenly Skies & Lullabies
2006 Heavenly Productions Foundation
Created & Sung By
Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon & Frank Pellegrino
Illustrated by Becky Kelly
Foreword by Father Gerard Critch
Sponsored by The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 12, 2006
Exec. Producers: Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon and James J. Fallon
Musicians: Andrew Bauer, Piano and Flute; Thomas Bitondo, Piano;
Robert Cartolano, Wind Controller; Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Vocals; Kenneth A. Farnum, Piano; Keith O’Neill, Violin; Frank Pellegrino, Vocals
Music Arrangements: Andrew Bauer, Thomas Bitondo, James J. Fallon, Kenneth A. Farnum
Dr. Kathy Fallon, a foot surgeon with a social conscience, has created a charitable opportunity to raise funds for the child victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Fallon is a Board Certified foot and ankle specialist in New York City. She has previously published a recording, Heavenly Lullabies, to benefit babies and orphans of September 11, 2001. Proceeds of this CD go to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. Working with Dr. Fallon on Heavenly Skies & Lullabies were actor/restaurateur, Frank Pellegrino, a star of The Sopranos and proprietor of Rao’s Restaurant, the renowned, tiny Harlem restaurant, where Hollywood stars reserve one year in advance. Mr. Pellegrino has appeared in films by Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, and he has published two popular Italian gourmet cookbooks, that coincide with his private line of quality food products. Canadian-born Father Gerard Critch served three years in the West Indies, to assist victims of Hurricane Hugo, and six years in ministry in Antigua. He has also served in numerous Dioceses, including New York and Florida.
This illustrated song book, another philanthropic venture of the Fallons and friends, has some of the most exquisite color drawings, by Becky Kelly, designed to enchant both children and adults alike. With eleven delightful songs and lullabies, some renowned, such as Rock-a-Bye, Baby and Hush Little Baby, and some lesser known, such as Cradle Song and Golden Slumbers, children and guardians can follow along, page by page, verse by verse, and sing, hum, or listen to richly recorded renditions. Dr. Kathy Fallon has a professionally vocal quality, nurturing and comforting, in clear, precise lyrics. Frank Pellegrino, film star of Goodfellas and Manhattan Murder Mystery, restaurateur, and actor in The Sopranos, must be heard in his excellent performance as narrator of Spoken Prayer, in tandem with Dr. Fallon, and as vocalist in Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day. He speaks and sings with strong, soothing sensuality and persuasive persona.
The musicians, on piano, flute, and wind control, sometimes combine with either or both vocalists in ensemble effects. There is true musicianship here, as well as theatrical entertainment. This book/cd would be an excellent addition to every Day Care Center, Nursery School, and even Kindergarten classroom, in addition to children’s libraries. Each illustration is accompanied by a boxed “blessing”, such as “Starry angels, moonlit beams, light the way, to happy dreams”. There is a lot of love in this project, and the proceeds could not be for a better cause. Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon and James J. Fallon once hosted a home event to commemorate September 11, 2001, held on September 11, 2004. Guests included the Fallons’ friends in the New York piano community, as well as artists and doctors. To purchase this book/cd and contribute to Heavenly Productions Foundation’s causes for children, visit: www.cdbaby.com/cd/heavenlylullabies2.
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