As many personal friends and family are aware, my mother Irene Barta passed away this summer. While my life and activities have gone on, it has certainly been an emotionally charged and difficult time over these past 4+ months. I will always be grateful for the support and advice which she gave me in her life. Along with my father – who truly became a lifetime best friend – I could not have possibly wished for better parents or a family to be born into. I miss them both; sad that they are not here to enjoy the joys that I hope are yet to come but ever grateful for all the gifts and love that they brought to me, my family and their friends in their lives.
Mom’s passing (along with other personal and work events) reduced my usual level of music activities dramatically and consumed much of my available time to update this site or promote appearances. There have been several of note: a series of performances at Whitepoint Shopping Center in Queens, the Cape Cod road rally, the Blues, Brews & BBQ benefit for the Masury estate in Center Moriches, the annual Riverhead Country Fair and – most recently – a great gig in York, PA with a star-studded band led by the talented and beautiful Barbara Rosene.
As the situation settles in at a “new” normal level, I look forward to resuming a more regular schedule of performances and web updates – I’ll keep you posted here & thanks to all for your kind thoughts & support!
Peace & Justice –