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1620-2020 Plymouth Musical

On December 22, 1620 everything changed for an ordinary rock when what started out as “A Speck In The Distance” became the Mayflower. How much do you know about Plymouth Rock? “1620-2020 is a long period of time. A lot can happen to a rock. There are indeed some “Secrets To Tell“.

In 1920 there was the “Voice Of Plymouth Rock” at the 300th celebration in Plymouth. 100 years later and the rock’s voice is heard once again. Only this time it sounds like 28 Plymouth elementary school students singing their hearts out. The album is coming this Summer. We may even have a CD release party at the Mayflower Society House in the early Fall. Stay tuned!

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28 Students, 6 Schools, 2 Days, 1 Rock

The Funk Lab

On Saturday May 4 and Saturday May 11, 2019 some Plymouth elementary school students got an opportunity to see what it was like to sing in a professional recording studio. 28 students from Cold Spring, Nathaniel Morton, West, South, Federal Furnace and Hedge elementary schools took part in a recording project of Candido Bretto’s called “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock.” Candido composed 12 songs based on a storybook of the same name written by Diane Finn and illustrated by Erin Finn Zell. The students were recorded singing at Johnny Drama Alves’ Funk Lab recording studio located here in Plymouth. EdTV was there also capturing video for future airing.

“From the time I began writing the songs I knew they needed children to be complete. It’s like a dream come true to hear all of their sweet, precious voices.” -Candido Bretto

A big “thank you” goes out to all of the music teachers. You saw the importance of this project and took time out of your personal lives to make this recording project happen. A special “thank you” goes to Taylor Nardone of Federal Furnace elementary school for enthusiastically presenting the project to the schools. Taylor was there for each school’s performance and assisted in many ways so “Thank you Taylor!”

A great big “thank you” goes out to the parents who willingly gave up a couple of hours on a Saturday to bring their child to the studio. Last but not least, thank you to all of the students who sang their hearts out. You are the new voice of Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims. From what I’ve heard thus far folks will be enjoying these recordings for a long time to come.

The recordings are in the process of being reviewed. Meanwhile you can hear snippets of the students as they are added to our Songs page.

The CD will be accompanying the book in local stores and gift shops. It will also be available for download here and other online stores.

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Children’s Music

Cybersound Boston
Yuki Kodama
Yuki Kodama

Plymouth Rock News you can use. Friday, April 22, 2019 I blocked 6 hours at Cybersound Recording Studios in Boston to record children’s music, 12 songs. I came prepared with Finale sheet music and a clear vision of what I was looking for. At the suggestion of Perry Geyer Cybersound’s owner I hired Yuki Kodama to play acoustic bass. An electric bass player myself the bass was an deeply important role. No surprise though. Perry’s recommendation was right on! Yuki read my sheet music accurately and played with lots of emotion. What more could I ask for? Mr. Kodama is a senior at my alma mater, Berklee College of Music Boston. I wish him all the best in his music career!


Yuki Kanesaka
Yuki Kanesaka

Also at the suggestion of Perry I entrusted Yuki Kanesaka to play drums. The Secrets of Plymouth Rock encompasses numerous styles of music from waltzes to rock to marches to rhythm and blues. This can be challenging to some drummers but not to Yuki Kanesaka. Yuki was solid as a Rock. Bass and drums need to lock and Mr. Kanesaka laid down a groove with a nice big pocket! Yuki understood my requirements and offered me choices that were very useful. Mr. Kanesaka possesses the winning combination of knowledge, skill and a love of playing his instrument. He followed my piano intuitively. Yuki Kanesaka is a professor and also an alumnus of Berklee College of Music Boston.

Yohei Kambe demonstrates his drumming talents on my nod to “The Sound of Music”. It’s a classic waltz called “Sights and Sounds of the Sea”. Yohei style of playing was exactly what I was looking for. “That tune was fun to play for me.” Yohei said. I can tell. It came through on the recording. The imagery I’m trying to create with this song is children playing on the beach. Perfect.

Speaking of The Sounds of Music, I’d like to introduce you to the orchestrator behind some of the songs. His name is Steven Hwang and he also is a senior at Berklee College of Music. Steven took my compositions to another level. It was like he was inside of my head. Steven followed the psychology behind the music and lyrics flawlessly on 4 songs: Secrets To Tell, A Speck in the Distance, Sights and Sounds of the Sea, and New and Wonderful Home.

This is children’s music and I can’t wait to add the angelic voices of 6 Plymouth elementary schools to these well deserving tracks! To listen to some rough mixes with my sister Concetta singing the children’s guide tracks click here.

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ArtWeek Music Drives Us Grant


Introducing, “Rocking The Secrets of Plymouth Rock”

Plymouth Rock News you can use. It gives me great pleasure to announce that I’ve been selected as a 2019 ArtWeek grant recipient for a $250.00 Music Drives Us performance grant. On April 9 I will be presented with a check at the Boch Wang Center in Boston. I am so excited. It’s always nice to be recognized for your hardwork even if it is a labor of love. The grant is in support of a performance coming up on Saturday April 27, 2019.

As part of ArtWeek author Diane Finn & I will be presenting the story and music on April 27 at the Mayflower Society House located at 4 Winslow St., Plymouth MA from 1 PM to 3:30 PM. The event is called, “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” Meet author Diane Finn and myself as we share the story and music for The Secrets of Plymouth Rock.

At this program you will be able to:
1. Hear the story of the rock read by the author.
2. Purchase an autographed book from the author.
3. Listen and sing along with the songs composed by Candido Bretto.
4. Take a quick stroll to Plymouth rock with the author and composer as Diane gives you more historic details about the rock’s journey. (Sponsored by Plymouth Night Tours)
5. Return to the Mayflower Society House for a brief activity.

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