September 16 – Happy Birthday Matthew Cinquanti

pianoToday is the birthday of my all-time favorite Amsterdam musician. Hands down, it’s my older brother, Matthew Cinquanti. When we were kids, we moved to a house that had an old, pretty banged up, out-of-tune piano. For my brother Jerry and me, that thing was just a pretty neat toy and we’d pound on it until our parents started screaming at us to stop. But to my brother Matt, that old upright was his passion. He’d sit at it for hours and teach himself how to make it work the way it was supposed to. Within months, he was playing complete songs. Finally, when he got to fifth grade in the old East Main Street School, a music teacher by the name of Mrs. Wilcox recognized his talent and began nurturing it. God Bless her soul.

I will never forget watching a TV show one night with just Matt and hearing a pianist play Rhapsody in Blue. I turned to him and said …

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam musician in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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