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Tune-In Tuesdays #33: 18 & 81 with Brooke Falls and Frank Nardone

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By: burgundy bug

Brooke Falls holding up a sign that says “18” and flipping it over to read “81” as she passes it to Nardone.

Last year, the Philly-based singer Brooke Falls and her grandfather, Frank Nardone, released a cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that will truly warm your heart.

Please Note

This installment of Tune-In Tuesdays was originally scheduled for release on Aug 27, 2019.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances outlined in this announcement, we had to delay our routine installment of Tune-In Tuesdays in order to focus on releasing The Burgundy Zine #8: Reflections by Aug 28.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A Bit of Context…

Brooke Falls is a professional singer and entertainer based out of Philadelphia, Pa, according to her website.

The young artist has played at over 45 venues in the tri-state area and amassed an online following of thousands across YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

Last year, Falls and her grandfather released a cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” together on Facebook that has touched nearly 400,000 viewers.

18 & 81 by Brooke Falls and Frank Nardone

18 and 81 – Granddaughter and grandfather sing together

81-year-old Frank Nardone and his 18-year-old granddaughter Brooke Falls shared this beautiful rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with us and we thought we'd share it with you! Leave your thanks to Brooke and Frank on sharing this great moment!

Posted by The Villages-News.com on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Falls voice flows beautifully and harmoniously with Nardone’s ukulele. Their combined talents and song choice make for an absolutely heartwarming cover.

The ukulele adds a particularly sweet and gentle tone to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which is further complemented by Falls graceful, powerful, and heavenly voice. Her range, control, and overall abilities as a vocalist are truly awespiring.

As a whole, their cover is wonderful and the video is incredibly sentimental. It’s a delightful reflection of family values and how it only takes one shared interest to connect with your loved ones on such a beautiful level.

More On 18 & 81 With Frank Nardone

After being touched by their cover, we spoke with Nardone via email to learn more about how music has connected him and his granddaughter.

Was music always an outlet for you two to bond? When did you start playing together?

I always loved music and just recently inspired my granddaughter Brooke to play the ukulele. We only have two videos of us playing together.

What is your favorite genre? Who are your biggest inspirations?

I like country and oldies music. My biggest inspirations are Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Willie Nelson.

How have you helped each other learn and grow, as individuals and also as musicians?

Brooke has always inspired me with her musical talent and singing.

What would you say are the biggest generational gaps between the two of you?


What is your favorite memory together?

There are a lot of memories, but the best are the times when we made our videos! We had a lot of fun making them!

What is your favorite way to spend time together?

We only see each other a few times a year since we live in different states and we cherish the times we have together when playing our ukuleles.

What piece of advice would you give to one another?

I would tell my granddaughter to always be herself and to never have anyone tell her to do things she doesn’t want to.

What are your some of your personal goals, dreams, and aspirations?

“As long as my health allows me to play music that will make me satisfied.”

Frank Nardone

I would also like the opportunity to do some more videos with Brooke that is also my newest bucket list.

What would you say to all our readers out there looking for a way to bond and connect with their relatives?

Keep in touch and find something in common. Love each other and make memories.

Do you have any additional comments or final thoughts to share?

I am so proud to have a talented and lovable granddaughter and she is adored by all my ukulele friends here in The Villages, Fla.

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