A few years ago I met a man named Donnie Yance after giving a concert at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles. Turns out Donnie is professed as a Secular Fransiscan monk. Brother Donnie is one of the most respected authorities on herbs in the country. His knowledge extends not only to all medicinal plantlife but to mainstream drugs, their uses, both advantages and downside. He and his wife Jen run the Mederi Center, a clinic in Ashland, Oregon.

Donnie helped Tricia and me understand how to prepare best for Tricia’s recent cancer surgery, namely how to boost her immune system so as to enter the seven-hour long surgery with as much strength and stamina possible.

We are grateful to both him and Jen for their tremendous input.

As we all have seen from the daily reports, there are promising drugs and therapies regarding Covid-19, but in the end, none more promising than healthy immunology. That’s where someone like Donnie Yance comes into the picture.

Brother Donnie’s knowledge and advice can help anyone build a stronger immune system—at any stage in life. The Mederi Center home page is worth taking a look at.

Especially in times like this, it’s probably a good move to attend to the first and most elementary gift anyone can possess—a healthy body.

Stay safe and love to all


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  1. cari gino e tricia, spero che tutto vada bene per la vostra salute e felicità. Mi auguro e prego che Tricia superi questa avversità della vita con grande forza. Incrocio le dita e vi abbraccio con affetto. Nadia Di Miceli

  2. Hello Gino! I want to share with you an experience that I had in 1982. I’m an audiophile, and during the 1980s purchased much of my equipment from a local HI-End audio retailer. I loved to make regular visits to this store to hear exotic and expensive loudspeakers. On one very memorable visit, this retailer was demonstrating Martin-Logan Monolith electrostatic-dynamic hybrid speakers. The sound field created by the Martin-Logans was amazing, but even more note worthy was the choice of demo material: The salesperson was playing a copy of Storm At Sun Up! Now, Storm At Sun Up was one of my first album purchases in 1977, and is a great sounding recording! Hearing those exceptional speakers being demonstrated with this great recording just confirmed what I already knew! It will always be a great recording and performance!

  3. Mr. Vannelli !
    I, long time your fan of Georgia. You do not be able to send me your autograph ?
    My address is: Dimitriy Kipiani Street, house 18, flat 49. 1400 Gori, Georgia.
    Kakhaber Saralidze.
    Kakhaber Saralidze .

  4. Dear Gino, we hope your wife is is ok after the surgery and ready for whatever comes next.
    Un abrazo fuerte

  5. Hi Gino! I’m so glad you found someone with expertise in helping to build the immune system. I pray for you and Tricia daily: for the success of her surgery and the fullness of her recovery, and that God will grant you the peace, wisdom and strength to overcome these challenging times.

  6. Greetings from Idaho Gino:) Over the years… I have seen how your life’s journey has continued to evolve your relationship with Brother Donnie is yet another chapter that illustrates a continued working in your life. I have also appreciated the manner in which you have shared this journey of yours in both your (“older and wiser”)voice and your “honest” music. I too believe in a higher power than myself and will continue to pray for Tricia and you to have a peace and a clear vision as the two of you look towards the future of your time together on this earth.

  7. Thank you for sharing the information about Mederi Center including the link – so very kind, much appreciated. Blessings and prayers, and better outcomes.

  8. Très content pour vous,j’écoute toujours ta musique. Ton père était un client de mon père quand ont était jeune a Montréal

    Stay safe you guys !

  9. Dear Gino –

    Finding and pondering your blog, not knowing if the man who gave us the wonderful LP, ‘Powerful People’, was still on this Earth, it’s so good to see you ARE with us and music is still your life.

    I am sorry to hear about your partner’s cancer and your mom’s passing from COVID. That all hit too close to home.

    I’m just a stranger who loved your music …
    stay strong and keep singing … especially, ‘Poor Happy Jimmy’!

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