Vincent B. LoCoco – Author

Archive for July 2017


I must say. Not a bad view this morning while working on my next novel.

Giuseppe di Stefano

On July 24th, Giuseppe di Stefano would have celebrated his 96th birthday.

Giuseppe, or Pippo, as he was affectionately called, was one of the world’s leading tenors in the 1950s.

Born in Sicily, he reached the pinnacle of the opera world, singing at all over the world, including the Met and La Scala, where he was often paired with the great soprano, Maria Callas.

His recordings of operas are both fantastic and famous, with his 1953 Tosca with Callas and Gobbi sometimes labeled the greatest opera recording of all time.

Giuseppe had perfect diction and sang with unbridled emotion. However, where he really stood apart from other tenors was in Neapolitan songs. Here, when he sang those beautiful songs, one could  fill the Mediterranean sun and hear the waves along the shore.

Here is a quick example.

In celebration of his life, find a recording or do a search on You Tube, and just listen to a God given voice.

Chip LoCoco

Italian Historical Fiction Author

Ways to Avoid the word “Very” in your writing

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Happy writing.

Biography of a Musical Genius- Arturo Toscanini

I am so exited about the release of a biography on the life of Arturo Toscanini- released as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. It was written by a great writer- Harvey Sachs.

A true musical giant. He knew Verdi and Puccini. Was the darling of La Scala.

A man of courage in his convictions, I can’t wait to dive into his story.

I will be sure to post a review of this monumental biography once done.

Chip LoCoco

Autbor of Tempesta’s Dream and A Song for Bellafortuna


Independence Day

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the resolution offered by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. It was seconded by John Adams.

Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.


The very next day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail and predicted for all future generations of Americans how important Independence Day would be.

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.—I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Adams would be two days off from his prediction, however.

Adams was on the committee of five members of Congress to draft a document setting forth the reasons for independence. Thomas Jefferson was given the task of writing such a document. This Declaration was debated, edited and then, on July 4, 1776, was voted on and approved, a document that eloquently articulated the reasons why the colonies had separated from the British Empire. The Declaration would not be signed until August, however, going forward, America began celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July.

In a twist of fate, 50 years to the day of passing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both passed away on July 4, 1826.


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