Canarsies Tom Moran is the average Brooklyn boy. That is, if the average Brooklyn boy sinks to the depths of despair and then rises to the glory of the spotlight with a little guitar and a lot of faith. Moran said growing up with a close-knit Brooklyn brood was the easy part. The hard part came later when alcohol took over his life and he gave up nearly everything he loved -- except strumming that guitar. Even if it was, at times, only in the back of his head. My Uncle Charlie (Moran), sister Kathy (Moran) and cousin Oatsie (Sponaro) all played guitar, Moran said, adding he knew he wanted to continue the family tradition. I wanted to make that same music, he said. Not only did he pick up the guitar when he was 18, Moran, who would rather not reveal his age, said that was the same time he wrote his first song. It was a terrible song, he laughed. It was like fishes down by the sea. His lyrics have since matured into heartfelt reality which deal with daily life everywhere, but especially in the Borough of Churches. Brooklyn keeps it real, Moran said. Im a city worker, a teacher, and I always look for the positive things Brooklyn has to offer. Thats a far cry from some of the feelings that erupt on his first album. Running the gamut from feeling chained, hopeless, invisible in a room full of people and drinking because I had to, Morans CD exposes the ugly side of the martini glass. But rather than letting alcohol beat him down into a useless pulp, Moran turned the tables on it and has been sober for 16 years and used his story as musical inspiration. Aptly entitled Starting Over and available at www.cdbaby
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