Blog post 2 – December 23, 2015 by Marley Giunta
My grandfather Dominic Giunta was a talented opera singer, a tenor. He sang most of his life in choirs, churches and shows in his spare time, but never “pursued” a career in the arts, choosing instead blue collar, basic pay jobs. I know life was tough and he did what he felt he had to do to put food on the table for my father and his five siblings, but I always wonder what would have happened if he had the support and freedom to explore a career in opera. My sister and I were fortunate to grow up in a musical family and supported in all our musical passions, so I want to do what I can in my lifetime to support the musical passions of others.
I am lucky to have been able to sing with my grandfather growing up, he had a powerful and emotional voice which aged beautifully. As a tribute to this, my father had the idea to record a CD of my grandfather singing at the age of 70 years old. I loved this project and I cherish this CD to this day. I believe it is never too late to be honoured for your talents and creative projects. I love that I have this CD of my grandfather singing, and it was a huge inspiration for my Art Place project. I know if my Grandpa were still alive today, he would be here singing along with us.
Marley is a passionate musician and performing artist, as well as an award-winning songwriter. She continues to compose for guitar and voice, as well as explore other art forms that inspire her and enrich her musical world.