After I lost my Job as a professional Session singer in Hollywood due to Covid, I also lost my SAG-AFTRA health insurance and was evicted from my home in Westwood all in the space of a few short months.
I had accumulated over $60k in medical bills for a spine fusion surgery ( caused by an on set accident I didn’t report due to fear) leaving me with crippling back pain.
While the surgery was initially successful, pain returned and after a further 3 spine injections, Doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me and believed my pain was “ phantom “
Putting me on a heavy dose of anti depression medication which left me catatonic and unable to sing.
I decided enough was enough.
I was burned out emotionally, financially and spiritually and ready for a new life.
But how could I walk away from a 20 year career in Hollywood?
With tears streaming down my face, I prostrated myself before God and prayed for a miracle.
My faith instructed me to follow my heart to Italy. Apulia to be exact.
Being a man of action, my rescue pup “ Malibu “ Jackie , my beloved fiancé Massimo and my sennheiser microphone and I moved to a wee cottage ( called a trulli) in the Apulian Town of Martina Franca, immersing myself in the baroque music, food and sport culture.
Time to heal.
After two decades in the dark behind a microphone,and thousands of crushing music business rejections, betrayals and many hits, my creative imagination was dead.
Or so I thought,
I started to rebuild my life on a much smaller scale and with zero expectations.
Health comes first.
I flung myself into the storm of silence.
Only Joni Mitchell’s “ turbulent indigo” on repeat filling the air with her unique and perfect artistry.
On A Sunday in December, warm in a long black coat I meandered aimlessly through the baroque Arch of Martina Franca and followed a butterfly up and around massive marble steps of Palazzo Ducale , where I sat in silence for hours reading T.S. Elliot’s translation of “ The Odyssey “
I felt a stirring in my body, am alchemic arousal.
My rock solid songwriting skills honed in the crucible of Hollywood, kicked in and I pressed record on my tape recorder.
And then the music came..
It flew out of me so perfectly ,so fluidly..pure light.
Was I hearing it echoed from the past?
spiraling gloriously through my body into the air, higher and higher, soaring above and around me.. lifting me into the heavens..
like a Angel?
Within 1 hour I had captured from thin air over 20 short Arias ( varying in length from 1-8 minutes)
I marked them in a folder ( GHOSTSINGER WORK TAPES)
Which would become the blueprint for the lengthy and intoxicating process of arranging it as an symphonic event, something to destroy all the pain & anger I had soaked into my body for 49 years.
The mental anguish of surviving abuse, drug addiction, poverty & show business purging itself from my body.
I committed to push myself to the limits of my own imagination, with zero budget I wrote the score, the script, directed and produced a short film which introduces 9 gender fluid Characters for the next generation of SUPER SINGERS to admire.
The score IS the script.
DIRECTORS NOTE :
Please select my film if you wish to join the conversation about the need to address bullying in the music industry. For too long we have silently witnessed bullying on televised talent shows.
I lived it through my own experience as a finalist on the Xfactor UK in 2010.
Can we imagine a day when singing is celebrated for its health benefits and not its monetary value?
Thank you for your consideration.
STORM Di SCOZIA
GHOSTSINGER: GENESIS is the creation story of the worlds newest superhero “Indigo Luna” whose super strength? An extraterrestrial voice!