As kids, we dream that the world is like what we read in fairy tales and see in Disney movies. As we grow older, we realize that the world we imagine may never exist. For Raymond Castronovo, growing up in Brooklyn in the 60’s didn’t snuff out his idealism. In his new single, “A Better Place” – which Vents Magazine is happy to premiere – Castronovo sings about a world where people are “free of all the fears that they just can’t see.”
“A Better Place” has an upbeat, retro rock ‘n’ roll sound with a touch of Motown sax and a fiery rock guitar solo. The musical blend of eras and genres appears to be a musical metaphor for people of different backgrounds all coming together in harmony.
Castronovo says, “Growing up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, we were always taught to help and protect those most vulnerable in society. ‘A Better Place’ is based on a vision of society where people that are more fortunate or stronger use their abilities to help those in need, regardless of one’s race, belief, gender, creed or color. The more we stick together, the stronger we all will be.”
As a young artist, Castronovo turned down a record label deal and put raising his family first. Several years later, he has raised a beautiful family and built a successful business, but he never gave up on his dream of fronting his own band and touring the world. Today, the Brooklyn-born artist is well on his way to fulfilling that dream. He is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock ‘n roll band, Streetwise. The artist also built his own recording studio and owns his own record label.
He also recruited top notch musicians for his band, including Joe Martinez (Chubby Checker, Irene Cara) on bass, Paul Glazer on lead guitar, and Carl Obrig on saxophone.
“A Better Place,” the new single by Streetwise (led by Raymond Castronovo) is out today on all music platforms. The song appears on the new Streetwise debut album Crossing Bridges, out April 23, 2021 on DayQuest Records.