" Music has the power to loosen the grip of pure emotions. The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself involuntarily in a burst of song... from immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together, has mystified mankind" from the I CHING
RICH ONORATO is an accomplished life-long singer-songwriter known for his eclectic song-writing ability and high energy live performances. Over the years. Rich has written over 100 songs ranging from Pop to Rock to Rhythm and Blues and Jazz. He is influenced by many artists and styles and is unabashed in citing these influences. In addition to playing in a live musical act for the past 40 years, Rich has contributed his music to many other projects including an Off-Broadway production of George Orwell's"1984"; Starline Film's documentary "Anyone's Son" and Primed 's podcast "Frankly Speaking About Family Medicine "with Frank Domino, MD .
"Since learning to play the piano at age five, I have always been writing and creating my own songs. Rather than spending time on refining my technique on classical standards that were part of my lessons, I always found myself drifting into composing my own songs , often using the classical pieces as a baseline.
I have been inspired by many people, places and events in my life and have found comfort in writing music especially in times of great anxiety, stress and hurt. Playing and writing music has always served as my sanctuary and retreat.
Over many years, I have played in numerous live bands based in the New York City Metro area and with many great musicians who have contributed their time, energy and talents performing my original songs in front of live audiences. To them, I am deeply indebted. In addition, I have always taken great pride in playing with musicians in bands that were known for their high energy live performances and where original songs were co-mingled in with standard covers. Many of these songs became known and loved by our audiences throughout the years.
It has also been a great privilege to lend my musical talents in support of raising money for many worthwhile local and national charitable causes and concerns.
I would like to thank all my friends for their continual support and encouragement. There are too many to mention here - from grammar school, high school, college, Park Ridge, work, etc. but I hope you all know that I have really appreciated the time you have taken to come out to many live performances over the years - whether trekking into NYC in the mid 1980s when I was with The Strangers showcasing original material for various record companies; or driving to far-flung gigs all over New York City, Northern NJ and New York’s Hudson Valley . To all of you, I am truly grateful .
I would also like to thank my parents Bruna and Francis Onorato and my Aunt Raye Onorato for their never- ending love and support; my Grandfather, Rudy Lenzovich (who bought me my first piano- (picture below) and my Grandmothers, Amelia Lenzovich and Madeline Onorato. Thanks to my siblings ( Lisa, Suzanne, Caroline and Frank) for enduring my continuous and repetitive pounding on the piano (and singing!) when I was creating many of these songs.
...And most of all , I would like to thank my wife Louise and my sons Brian and Michael who have been patient with my passion for self-expression and my love for music! Like my first nuclear family, they too had to endure the “music creation process”. Without their support, none of this would be possible. They are very precious to me and I love them very much!
I hope you enjoy the Songs of My Life"