Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Morning Musings : April 6th, 2015

Not much to muse about today, except that I am feeling a bit stuck in limbo. Haven't managed to rustle up enough cash to finish recording the new album yet, as those pesky rent payments and PG&E Bills keep getting in the way.
But you can stream the rough cuts and keep sharing the first record if you like.

Not complaining, mind you, because I feel very grateful for all of life's blessings.

When I'm not doing music, I will continue to blog - here's what I've been blogging about lately:

A recipe for cute deviled eggs, distracted driving (check out the cool Junior Brown tune below as well as on the A Vehicle for Change blog) - and a really awesome April Fools' Day post of a bunch of beautiful people in their "Birthday Suits" on the Livin' Like Kings blog.  )
Related :

#Music Monday : Hang Up and Drive : Junior Brown

Hey Everybody!
Hope this email finds you well and happy.

Hang Up and Drive!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wise Words for Wednesday

From birth to age 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35 she needs good looks. From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.

Hear Ye!! Hear Ye!!

A new princess has arrived!
Congratulations to the Franco and Shemmer families!

On a more musical note, save the date : April 25th

MM&LLK will be back at the oldest watering hole in North Beach, SF.

Matt Silva of the North Bay All Stars will be the Royal Guitarist on this evening.

9:30 downbeat.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wise Words for Wednesday : Happy Birthday Aretha!

"Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well."  Aretha Franklin

Happy Birthday to the Queen of SOUL!

New Additions to the Library of Congress

Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings showcasing the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness. The diversity of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation's audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.

This year, among them, one of my favorite albums - 

"Stand!" (album)—Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
This 1969 album had twin objectives—to urge people to get along despite cultural differences and to encourage people to get out of their chairs and move. The album was propelled by an impossibly smooth horn section, a funky organ and dangerous maneuverings of the guitar and bass. Its key selections—"Sing a Simple Song," "I Want to Take You Higher," "Stand!" and "Everyday People"—are all instantly recognizable and serve as foundational statements in the music of the late 1960s and as precursors of the 1970s’ soul and funk. Prior to forming the group in 1967, leader and vocalist Sly Stone had been a fixture of the San Francisco music scene, playing in several bands, deejaying for radio stations KSOL and KDIA, and successfully producing Bobby Freeman, The Beau Brummels and The Mojo Men. Having produced the multiracial band’s previous three albums, Stone was amply qualified for this, the group’s fourth studio effort. The resulting record remains one of the most heavily sampled records of all time and was the undisputed high point of this band’s recording legacy.

Check it out and let me know your favorites! 

 -- MMT 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Thanks and a few links...

Sam and me in 2014
at the Sweetwater.
We were planning to
write some songs together. 
Hey Everybody!

Just want to send a quick shout out to all who came to Celebration of Sam's life last night.

If you would like to help to defray the cost  of medical expenses incurred by Sam's family, please continue to donate at this link :

There is also an Ebay auction if you are into that sort of thing.

I was honored to be asked by Sam's dear wife Elise to sing a song written by Sam to close the first set. It was wonderful to reconnect with some old friends and make some new ones.

I promise to get back to my songwriting and Arne and I will finish the recording as soon as we are able.

If you would like to help fund the next album, just buy the last one or preorder it so you can stream some rough tracks. 

Thanks again for your friendship and love.
Hope to see you soon.