Surrender To Your Arms


Surrender to Your Arms              singer Maia Kuze with Rick Maltese on piano 
                                                          cover art by Karl Schantz

My lonely spirit 
Needs you to guide me 
To stand beside me 
But I still fear you. 
Will I surrender to your arms? 
My heart has weakened 
My heart has wandered 
My constant longing 
Please come and save me. 
I will surrender to your arms. 

When I let down my guard will you be there? 
These are the thoughts I’m saying in a prayer. 
Will my faith completely save my soul? 
Is there room for you inside my world? 
You are eternal. 
I’m only mortal. 
Will I learn all your ways? 

The gifts you’ve shown me 
There’s so much beauty 
It might just heal me 
To surrender to your arms.

released 01 August 2012 
Words and Music by Rick Maltese © 2011
Sung by Maia Kuze 
Piano by Rick Maltese

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned         words and music by Rick Maltese © 2011

There's so much more to life than living lives apart.
We all are blessed with what it takes. How do we start?
To find the path to make it work, open your heart.

Open your heart and once again,
Open your heart these are the Lessons Learned.

When justice will not show it's face, open the door.
The waves don't stop when they have found their way to shore.
Just pray once more and once again, just pray once more.

Just pray once more, and pray again.
Just pray once more. These are the lessons learned

What seems like just an ember fading in the dark.
In time the light will shine so bright, a fixed mark.
If over time the light should fade, just save a spark

Just save a spark, and once again,
Just save a spark these are the lessons learned.

Andy DeCampos at Alleycatz July 17/2012 8pm

Have you had enough hot dogs this Summer yet?




Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar -hip catz roll through this alley.

Mostly music lovers and food enthusiasts
but they have other kinds too, which has made this
one of Toronto’s top popular dining and party destination!


Jazz Singer Andy De Campos

will be performing at Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar,
accompanied by pianist Rick Maltese and bassist Ken MacDonald on:

Tuesday July 17 at 8pm  
2409 Yonge Street,  Toronto,  ON M4P 2H5
For reservations call  416-481-6865 or click here.
Andy’s Favourites on the Alleycatz Menu:

Sorry, I’m a sucker for seafood!  I say the alligator also counts because, well, they do have SALT WATER alligators in Australia (or is that crocodiles?!)


Pan fried tiger shrimp brushed with Spanish garlic butter


Toasted bread, roma tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh basil, balsamic drizzle and shaved parmesan (add goat cheese $2)


Grilled alligator tenderloin skewers with bell peppers and red onion served in a Creole tomato sauce
Sweet potato, Ontario corn, lobster, breaded, served with jalapeno lime mayo


Marinated grilled calamari brushed with a bagna calda olive oil, cured tomatoes, kalamata olives


* not endangered species but definitely an endangered dish at Alleycatz. It goes like hot (lobster) cakes!

Andy DeCampos and Trio at Rocco’s July 6th, 2012

A Warm Summer’s Evening. June & July, 2012
Restaurant Grand Opening Header Image
Andy at Rocco's

Rocco’s Plum Tomato
is having me, Andy De Campos, and my trio of piano, bass and drums perform outside on their newly licensed patio.

As we have found out that the patio is indeed licensed to sell alcohol (!!!) we had to change the name of the trio. So it is no longer called the “SpeekEZ!” (Frankly, I don’t know what to call it – but you can surely drop off your suggestion.)
Saturday, June 23,
Saturday, June 30  and
Friday, July 6th,
at 6:30 pm.
…is well known for it’s fine dining but I gotta say it has the best veal sandwich anywhere within a 100 km radius!


  • Roasted Garlic Salad
  • Marguerita Pizza
    (yes the pizza is that good you’ll still think this simple one is the best – ask for the thin crust slightly toasted)
  • Lamb Chops
    (when available)
  • Stuffed Chicken
    (my piano player likes it!)
  • Veal Sandwich

    I am the pianist in case you were wondering.

    Heart and Soul by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser

    *     C         Am   F           G
    1.    Heart and soul,  I fell in love with you,
    2.    Heart and soul, I begged to be adored,
    3.    But now I see,   what one embrace can do,
    *     C         Am   F            G
    1.    Heart and soul,   the way a fool would do,
    2.    Lost con-trol, and tumbled overboard,
    3.    Look at me, it's got me loving you,
    *  C   Am    F             G       C      Am
    1. Madly...    Because you held me tight,
    2. Gladly...   That magic night we kissed,
    3. Madly...    That little kiss you stole,
    *  C     Am           Dm7         G7
    1.        And stole a kiss in the night...
        C                    C7                                
    2.     There in the moon mist.       TO BRIDGE
    3.     Held all my heart and soul.  END
    F            E          A7  D7      G7    C7  A7    E7
    Oh! but your lips were thrilling, much too thrilling,
    F          E       A7  D7    G7  C7   B7 G7                      G
    Never before were mine so strangely   wil- ling.

    Cocaine by Eric Clapton

    (remember to sing all 1s first then 2s
    Each verse is followed by a CHORUS in this case)

    *         Em  Em D   Em            Em  D  -  -  -
    1. If you wanna hang out. You've gotta take her out
    2. If you got bad news. You wanna kick them blues
    3. If your thing is gone. And you wanna ride on
    *        Em  Em D Em     Em D - - -
    1.  Co - caine
    2.  Co - caine
    3.  Co - caine
    *         Em  Em D  Em   Em D
    1. If you wanna get down.   Down on the ground
    2. When your day is done.  And you wanna run
    3. Don't forget this fact.     You can't get it back
    *           Em  Em D Em    Em D - - -
    1.  Co - caine
    2.  Co - caine
    3.  Co - caine
    *             Em        D             C       B
    She don't lie She don't lie She don't lie
    *    Em  Em D  Em     Em D - - -
    CO - CAINE