"I've been here a few years, a stone's throw from Manhattan. And that's because of a woman. How life plays," giggles the phone. This lady is called Rebecca Wilson and is a life companion, background singer, assistant and lifeline in personal union. "She was there for me when I had a stroke in 2004 and had to learn to walk and speak again. A terrible experience. It took me two years to get on my feet. Since then I have known what is important in life, namely family, friendship, good music and enjoying every day to the full."