Jerry Velona

Ragtime Rabbit

OK, so I'm a sucker for a fuzzy little bunny. I've had a few in my life and and the most recent was given the name Mozart by my daughter Nina.  To be honest, at first I wasn't crazy about the name but, like all names, it eventually becomes the person, or band, or rabbit as the case may be.
 
As you can see by the photo, Mozart was pretty damn cute (and quite an athlete). He would actually lick your face with that wonderful sand-papery tongue of his. He lived outside in a split level rabbit condo with a fenced-in yard that I paid way too much for. We would let him run around the house and sit with us on the couch while we watched TV despite his tendency to, well..., spray occasionally. (Note to guests: we have had the couch cleaned).
 
Sadly, Mozart died a year and a half or so after we welcomed him into our yard and home. He's buried out back like King Tut along with some of his favorite things.  I expect that centuries from now, there will be an excavation and exhibit at a museum near you.
 
In the meantime, he will be (hopefully) immortalized in song which you can listen to here  http://jerryvelona.com/publicfiles/Mozart.mp3  It's my first foray into old time jazz and I was helped along by Billy Novick who played clarinet and came up with some of the nice harmonic lines along with Tim Ray on piano, Jesse Williams on bass, Kevin Belz on guitar and Marty Richards on the drums. Brad Hatfield also helped with the chart. The vocalist's name is Debbie Pierre who is a Berklee student and someone you may well hear from in the future.
 
The song will likely be released later in the year along with some other stuff I'm currently working on. I'll keep you posted.
 
So grab a snack: perhaps a carrot for the occasion, and take a listen.  I hope you like it!