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When I stepped out of the shower at 60 to begin my so called “singing career”, it wasn’t as if I hadn’t at least, subliminally, been influenced by many singers over the years and had not hummed their songs, internalized their interpretations, tried to emulate their intonations, felt their passion or imitated their style for I had stored all of those sounds and images in my head for decades. I never studied them formally in any particular way but through osmosis their sounds became part of my memory and my personal iPod.

Whether it was Sinatra, Bennett, Fitzgerald, Tormé, Garland or today Bublé, the masters of song, even now, play out in my mind and in my head over and over again. With Sinatra it is the turn of a phrase, the understanding of a lyric, Bennett, a raw emotion, Fitzgerald, the dexterity, Tormé the lyrical quality, and Garland, her passion and her tragedy. With Bublé it’s the versatility and an appreciation of someone so young owning these songs. All of these individuals have created a kaleidoscope of influences and impressions that directly or indirectly have had an impact on me. They made it look so easy yet it is anything but easy. That seeming ease is part of their genius. They couple that with their own unique and distinctive style. That uniqueness is why we remember them.

Today, I am forever carrying a note pad or putting into my Blackberry titles of songs that come into my mind. Songs my mentors sung. They are not songs that I necessarily have ever sung before but melodies and titles that I’ve been aware of, it seems, forever. Once I get a song in my head, I go to my partner in crime, arranger, composer and pianist Brent Hardesty, who works up an arrangement of the song. We sing it though a couple of times outside the sound booth and then I go in the recording booth to do a take. In most instances, I’m singing the song for the first time. We haven’t really practiced it but instinctively I just know the song and how I want to sing it. Sometimes that first take is the charm and sometimes it’s not. With his state of the art equipment we can digitally add brass or strings or Brent will add some live guitar, all to create the feel of the song that is right for me.

There is no question that once I get in the sound booth, I begin traveling to another zone. To say that singing in the booth is therapeutic is an understatement. All worries, anxieties and concerns fade away and I am seduced by the process and the act of singing. The learning process continues as I continue to grow and develop my own style and my own interpretation so in the end it becomes mine. I OWN it.


Gary Rubin's Albums: This One's for You

This One’s For You

Beyond the Sea
The Very Thought of You
All of Me
I’ve Got the World on a String
I Wanna Be Around
Someone to Watch Over Me
You Go to My Head
If I Could Write Book
Come Fly with Me
Fly Me to the Moon
If I Ruled the World

Gary Rubin's Albums: Here and Now

Here and Now

Come Rain or Come Shine
You and I
I Thought About You
Long Last Love
At Last
The Look of Love
The Good Life
That’s Life
Long Live Love

Gary Rubin's Albums: A Holiday Recipe

A Holiday Recipe

A Holiday Recipe
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
White Christmas
Blue Christmas
All My Christmases
Christmas Time is Here

Gary Rubin's Albums: It's My Life

It’s My Life

It’s My Life
A Foggy Day in London Town
Nice and Easy
These Foolish Things
Call Me Irresponsible
I Get a Kick Out of You
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
For Once in My Life
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Always On My Mind
Time After Time
That’s All
The Way You Look Tonight

Gary Rubin's Albums: Without A Song

Without A Song

Without a Song
Haven’t Met You Yet
All The Way
Let There Be Love
New York State of Mind
Fields of Gold
I Gotta Be Me
LA Is My Lady
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Curtain Falls