Tony Monaco: If You Were God

Tony Monaco: If You Were God
Title: If You Were God
Label: CD Baby

"If You Were God" Tony Monaco (2001) came about from hearing so many people complain about everything from the weather to what was happening in their life, as well as Tony Monaco's own questions. Recorded in October of 2001 just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, the project took on new meaning as the musicians assembled with heavy hearts to present what had been inspired. "A World of Peace, A World of Love," written years earlier by Tony's arranger, Keith Droste, cried out for this time. Dear Listener: All these songs were written prior to 9/11. "If You Were God," "In A Moment," and "Forgive Them, Father," all seemed to take on a different meaning afterwards. But our recording session had been arranged in October, and with a heavy heart we assembled to present what had been inspired. "A World of Peace, A World of Love" was written by our arranger Keith Droste many years ago for Pat Boone, but somehow never got recorded. It cried out for this time. My son, Chris Monaco had painted the cover photo several years ago for a friend who was struggling with an illness and thankfully has recovered. It, too, seemed to symbolize the tragic time this world has experienced. I'm extremely proud to share his talent, and thankful his mother encouraged his study when he was a child. My longtime collaborator Bob Corwin has sacrificed countless hours to transcribe the songs I sing to him, writing them down on paper. I'm forever indebted to him. DEDICATION This album is dedicated to all those unsung heroes like yourself who with broken hearts pick up the rubble of your lives and like St. Paul "press on towards the goal" of the heavenly prize that awaits you. In Hymn, Tony Monaco BIOGRAPHY Tony Monaco is a Broadway song and dance man of Jewish, Irish, Italian decent whose amazing born-again Christian experience makes some of the major motion picture characters he's played pale in comparison. Born and raised on Manhattan's mean streets, Tony would ride the subway to the Paramount Theatre on Broadway to soak up Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey band. After the show he slipped his shoeshine box out from under his seat and beat it to 42nd Street to dance on the corner for nickels and dimes like his hero Gene Kelly. Early on, Monaco and eight-time Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Fosse rented a New York City dance rehearsal studio together - because neither had the money to pay for it on their own - hoping to land a Broadway show. Bob eventually started a trio, and Tony at age 16 achieved a childhood desire of being on stage when he became part of the hoofing chorus of "Are You With It?," followed by "High Button Shoes" (with Phil Silvers), "Make Mine Manhattan" (with Sid Caesar), "Angel in the Wings" (with Elaine Stritch), "Lend An Ear" (with Carol Channing), "The Littlest Revue" (with Joel Grey), and toured the country as Joey in the Richard Rodgers national production of "Pal Joey." This resulted in his first film for 20th Century Fox co-starring opposite David Wayne in George "Jessell's Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie." His outstanding reviews in that film led to a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures and a co-starring role with Rosemary Clooney, Anna Maria Alberghetti and opera star Lauritz Melchior in Paramount's "The Stars Are Singing." A screen test for MGM gave him the coveted dramatic lead opposite Tallulah Bankhead and Helen Hayes in "Main Street To Broadway," garnering a "Time" magazine review calling Tony 'a junior Marlon Brando.' He later went on to tour in Barbra Streisand's first Broadway show, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale," co-starring Lillian Roth and Larry Kert, and produced by David Merrick. Tony guest starred in scores of top TV shows like "Dr. Kildare" with Richard Chamberlain, a fellow classmate in Hollywood where they studied acting with Jeff Corey, to an Emmy-nominated performance with Dean Jones in "Target: Corruptors" and on to Michael Landon's "Highway to Heaven" TV series. An opportunity in production gave Tony the honor of being the Associate Producer on Dalton Trumbo's Cannes Festival award-winning film "Johnny Got His Gun," which launched the acting career of Timothy Bottoms whom Tony chose. Further production interests brought him into a six-year association with Quinn Martin Productions as Buddy Ebsen's Dialogue Director and Script Supervisor on the '70s hit TV detective drama "Barnaby Jones." But it was really in his two amazing original musical theatre productions, "Come Follow Me" and "The Road to Damascus," that Tony was able to begin sharing his love for the Lord. The Jazz Sounds of Salvation started in the late '70s with friend and legendary Jazz bassist Arnold Fishkind (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Barnet, Dean Martin, Bob Hope), who introduced Tony to pianist and arranger Bobby Corwin at The Vineyard Christian Fellowship where Corwin was working with Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Keith Green. Corwin has been musical accompanist for some of the most well known singers, among them Peggy Lee and Anita O'Day, and served as guest conductor for the George Burns show at the McCullum Theatre in Palm Springs, as well as joining the late Henry Mancini in performances. His relationship with his famous song writing father-in-law, Johnny Mercer, where he notated the music that Johnny composed, prepared him for his twenty-plus-year association with Tony. Tony founded the Jazz for Jesus record label as an outlet to make available the flood of songs that were coming into his mind. To date he has released 10 albums on the label. TONY MONACO'S TESTIMONY When the Lord touched my life with visions and physical healings, I had no words to explain them. Like the Rabbi Saul of Tarsus (who was struck by a blinding light and became St. Paul), all I knew was Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I didn't do anything to become "born again." I didn't even know I was. The Lord said, "You have not chosen Me, I have chosen you." I couldn't believe it. At 49 years of age, after a merry-go-round soul search for peace, God showed me the meaning of Shalom! And why not? I had a Jewish mother, Sadie Beekman (from New Yaak, no less), and her father, Noah. My father, Tom Morton (a Dixieland drummer and singer), had changed his name of Monaco for show business reasons. But a childhood promise to my Italian grandfather, Nicholas Monaco, caused me to change Morton to Monaco while I was under contract to Paramount Pictures in the middle of a thriving movie career. But the words Jesus spoke in The Bible came alive in my spirit, "What profits a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?" Years on the Broadway stage emulating stars like Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly brought me to Hollywood, where films at 20th Century Fox, Paramount and MGM gave me a promising future. But a drinking problem always sabotaged my goals. On September 1, 1975, at 12:30 a.m., God had mercy on me when Michael, a twenty-one year-old crewmember on the set of '70s hit TV detective drama "Barnaby Jones" - where I'd been working for years as Buddy Ebsen's Dialogue Director and Script Supervisor - led me in a prayer to ask God to reveal Himself to me. At that moment the Spirit of God fell upon me and knocked me to the ground. What followed was 17 days of visions, an indescribable awareness of the living God, and a series of miraculous experiences. Buddy began carrying around his own script that he was to learn because I was weeping so much, and ultimately saved me from being fired from the show. I'd been stopped five times for drunk driving, not once getting a ticket. And at the end of the season the crew dragged me into our cast party, put me into a neck lock and poured beer down my throat. I had to spit it out. It turned to vinegar while I was drinking it. They got me another beer, but it, too, turned to vinegar. The cameraman sitting with a can of Coors offered it to me saying, "It's your brand!" I tasted it and spit it out. Vinegar! I t

1.1 Thank God for Jazz Music
1.2 Easy Does It
1.3 Down and Dirty
1.4 I Love You Just the Way You Are
1.5 I Know I'm a Sinner
1.6 In a Moment
1.7 A World of Peace a World of Love
1.8 With God on My Side
1.9 The Sacrifices of God
1.10 Forgive Them, Father!
1.11 It's Nice to Be Nice
1.12 Sheep Among Wolves
1.13 No Problem!
1.14 Would You Consider?
1.15 There Are No Time Clocks in Heaven
1.16 If He's Not the Messiah
1.17 If You Were God

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