Wednesday, January 18, 2023

John Otto Young

"Torn Away" is a tribute to Ukrainian soldiers and their loved ones that they had to leave to bravely fight for their homeland. While it speaks of the horrors of war, it is ultimately a ballad of hope and desire to return to those they love.

John Otto Young is a native Connecticut keyboardist and songwriter who has been playing, writing, and recording in a number of projects over the last 6 decades.  He started his musical journey in second grade when he started taking accordion lessons from Naugatuck Valley legend, Sal Ferla.  Years later he would transition to such unique instruments as the Ace Tone organ, the Hohner Pianet, and a Hammond CV organ, playing with local bands the Cliff Dwellers, Blues and Novelty, the Poem, and Bigfoot.  In the mid-70s, John married the love of his life, Camille, raised two boys, coached little league, ran a marathon, got his Masters degree, worked as a computer programmer and IT director, and in general lived the all-American dream, with music retreating to hobby status. But it always remained his most fervent passion.

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