David Gizzarelli Videos

Latest YouTube Guitar Riff

                Raunchy Guitar Solo 

Lyrics to She's Flying

                Up high near the moon
There’s a little star that shines
The light dances in my eyes
Then it kisses me goodnight

And in my dreams I see
A ballerina dancing for me
There stand many happy people
Where the sky and ocean meet

But she’s flying
Flying away
Away from my heart
And into my dreams

She’s flying
Away from me
And I’m waving goodbye
But she can’t see

Far across the ocean
There’s an island of dreams
With a mountain of hearts
In the valley of the free

There they are singing
And giving praise to the King
But an angel has fallen
Fallen down on his knees

And she’s flying
Flying away
Away from my heart
And into my dreams

She’s flying
Flying away from me
And I’m blowing her kisses
But she can’t see

Yes, she’s flying
Flying free
Out of my life
High over the sea

She flys.

Umbo Ear Bud Corporate Video

                After working on another small business viral video, I made a connection for another company and helped them make this video.  I worked with them on the script a little and we arrived at this final product.  Hope you enjoy it!

Brazilian Baby Switch

                In 2012, I was cast in a lead role on the Japanese television show “The Worlds’ Astonishing News”.  

A young couple find there has been a mistake at the hospital.

This role gave me a little room to stretch my legs as an actor.  

Gizzarelli, Ian Gillan, Lars Ulrich

                In 2006, I won a guitar contest on 107.7 The Bone.  

They said they liked my guitar clip I sent in and that I would get to play the historic song Smoke on the Water with The Ian Gillan Band.

I had no idea Lars Ulrich from Metallica would be there.  Joe Satriani was also supposed to sit in, but was called back to the studio.

Unfortunately, the live video camera couldn't handle the volume.  It's a shame we can't hear the real sound, it was a lot better than what is presented here.  You can get a little better sound by selecting the highest quality and using headphones.  And of course, they turned me down a little ...

Gizzarelli on stage with Ian Gillan from Deep Purple and Lars Ulrich from Metallica at Slims in San Francisco on September 11th, 2006.

With Gizzarelli-Lead Guitar, Ian Gillan-Vocals, Lars Ulrich-Drums, Michael Lee Jackson-Guitar, Dean Howard-Guitar, Joe Mennonna-Keys and Sax, Rodney Appleby-Bass, and Randy Cooke-Drums

The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on December 4, 1971, Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio - referred to as the "Rolling truck Stones thing" and "the mobile" in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as "the gambling house" in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. During the gig a fire broke out: "In the middle of Don Preston's synthesizer solo on 'King Kong', the place suddenly caught fire. Somebody in the audience had fired a flare gun into the ceiling, at which point the rattan covering started to burn"[1][2], as mentioned in the "some stupid with a flare gun" line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers' equipment. The "smoke on the water" that became the title of the song (credited to bass guitarist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The "Funky Claude" running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.

Claude Nobs (2006), the "Funky Claude" mentioned in the songLeft with an expensive mobile recording unit and no place to record, the band was forced to scout the town for another place to set up. One promising venue (found by Nobs) was a local theatre called The Pavilion, but soon after the band had loaded in and started working/recording, the nearby neighbours took offence at the noise, and the band was only able to lay down backing tracks for one song (based on Blackmore's riff and temporarily named Title nº1), before the local police shut them down.

Finally, after about a week of searching, the band rented out the nearly-empty Montreux Grand Hotel and converted its hallways and stairwells into a makeshift recording studio, where they laid down most of the tracks for what would become their most commercially successful album, Machine Head.

Ironically, the only song from Machine Head not recorded in the Grand Hotel was "Smoke on the Water" itself, which had been recorded during the abortive Pavilion session. The lyrics of "Smoke on the Water" were composed later, and the vocals were recorded in the Grand Hotel.

After 1973, vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitar player Roger Glover quit the band, and were replaced by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, who divided the vocals between each other. For this song, they divided it up so that Coverdale sang the first verse, Hughes sang the second verse, and they both sang the third verse and the choruses in harmony. However, rather than sing the third verse with the as-written lyrics, they chose instead to repeat the first verse every time they sang it.

When Steve Morse joined the band, it became a "Deep Purple" tradition to have him play a solo preceding this song in concert. This solo would consist of a medley of solos, licks, and riffs from many various classic rock songs. Rather than blend them into one another, Morse separates most of the licks by playing some one-handed tapping in between them.

Gizzarelli - Keepers of the Gate

                This is a promotional video I made for my original screenplay Keepers of the Gate. A post apocalyptic ring of gangs gear up for all out war just before they discover the secret to their survival. Jessica Hecker is the actress that let me use her audition submission to make the promotional video. Great work, Jessica!

Troutman and Rambo Parody

                Some Troutman and Rambo humor for you.  

Every now and then, I see scenes from television, film, and commercials that make me laugh.

The ones that stick with me I'll work out in my head for a time until I get inspired to hit record.  

Hope it makes you laugh!

David Gizzarelli Theatrical Reel 2015

                "David is a an American actor, musician, and artist born in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. Gizzarelli has experience in film, television, and commercials since 1997. David Gizzarelli is the son of a WWII Veteran, Grandson to Emiliano Chamorro Vargas the former President of Nicaragua. His mother Pearla Downing is related to John B. Downing (Alligator Jack) who toured Nicaragua with Mark Twain and was Mark Twains Riverboat Captain ...


Son Connects with Dying Father

                This is one of my first short films titled "Wake".  This was part of a film department at a Bay Area Art School.  These students were fun to work with and I was proud to be part of this interesting story.  The local clinic let us use this facility to help bring the story to life.

Latest Music Video

                This is a little project I worked on during 2019 titled "Should Have Been Me".  

More of a preview than a feature, this is a heart felt tale of young love and love lost.

Subject to your interpretation.


Cuff Me If You Can

                Here is a still from a principle role I had on Discovery ID - "Cuff Me If You Can" in the role  of Detective Venetucci.  The detective is on the trail of couple on a crime spree.  2010