The Magic of “Chasing Tornadoes: Friendship, Fame, and Fulfillment

by | Jun 18, 2024 | Podcast

In this episode of ‘Between Over & Next’, hosts Holli and Robert converse with the duo behind the musical “Chasing Tornadoes,” Rob Fusari and Robin DiLauri. The episode unearths the compelling backstory of their collaboration, their reflections on friendship, and the deep connection between their personal and professional lives. Rob and Robin share insights drawn from their journeys, highlighting the significant inspirations and life-altering moments that have shaped their musical careers.

Rob and Robin discuss their initial meeting and how their mutual love for music and complementary skills led to “Chasing Tornadoes,” a captivating musical inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.” They delve into themes of success, fame, and fulfillment, enriched with anecdotes from working with industry giants like Destiny’s Child and Whitney Houston, while Robin reflects on balancing motherhood and music. The episode beautifully articulates the essence of home, community, and the transformative power of their creative endeavors.

In This Episode

0:00 Chasing Tornadoes: A Musical Journey Inspired by The Wizard of Oz
6:29 The Significance of Home in Personal and Creative Journeys
9:09 A Musical Journey: From College Accompanist to Vocal Mentor
14:43 Evolving Definitions of Success and Fulfillment in Show Business
18:40 The Highs and Lows of a Songwriter’s Journey
25:05 Rediscovering Passion and Purpose in Music and Life
36:58 Rediscovering Passion and Talent Through Chasing Tornadoes
44:46 Chasing Tornadoes and Future Adventures with Rob and Robin

Key Takeaways

  • Musical Beginnings: Rob and Robin recount their early encounters with music and how it has continuously influenced their lives and careers.
  • Creative Collaboration: The duo reflects on how their friendship and shared history contributed to the production of “Chasing Tornadoes,” inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.”
  • Defining Success: Insights into how their perceptions of success and fulfillment have evolved, emphasizing personal growth over professional acclaim.
  • Industry Experiences: Anecdotes from Rob’s collaborations with music icons, revealing the highs and lows of working behind the scenes.
  • Inspirational Journey: Encouraging listeners to embrace life’s uncertainties and pursue their passions, irrespective of age or stage in life.

Notable Quotes

“But something about where you grew up just always feels like I’m here. You could kind of, like, your shoulders can relax and you could breathe.” – Rob Fusari
“Home is you. It’s got so many layers. Home.” – Rob Fusari
“When you follow your heart and your talents and you know you have a gift to share with others, life becomes meaningful.” – Holli
“I had it all wrong. What I thought success and friendship and all of it were to me in my twenties, I had it wrong.” Robin
“I would have been so much kinder to myself along the way if I had known that at 49, it’s going to happen for you.” Robin


About Rob Fusari

A Grammy-award-winning multi-platinum record producer and songwriter, Rob Fusari has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Will Smith, and Lady Gaga. His discography holds countless Billboard hits, including Destiny’s Child’s “No No No” and “Bootylicious”, Whitney Houston’s “Love That Man”, Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” and Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”, which he also co-wrote, and subsequently lead to being honored with a Grammy and the Ascap POP award. He has recently been featured in Billboard magazine’s Top 10 Songwriters in the world.
Rob Fusari Website: Bio + Discography

About Robin DiLauri

A seasoned singer and performer with a rich background in jazz and pop music, Robin DeLauri has been a prominent figure in the tri-state area’s music scene. She is co-owner of Down Neck Productions and President of LongShore Entertainment. She has dedicated her life to her family and music career, performing with popular groups like The Infernos. Robin is passionate about bringing emotional depth and nuance to her performances.

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Chasing Tornadoes
Rob Fusari Vimeo Page
Rob Fusari’s Facebook Page
Rob Fusari’s Instagram Page
Robin DiLauri Facebook Page

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