Thursday, April 18, 2019

Reminder: 4/20/2019 Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings in SF, POTUS Campaign Kickoff

Hey Everybody!

Mari here again!  Just like the sun, I rise every day. I hope you do, too. More than anything, I want you to understand that you are here for a purpose, even if you don't quite know what that is right now. So, take heart, and in the meantime, be kind to yourself and others. It will make the world a better place.

That said, thank you for everything, especially those of you who have already donated to my POTUS campaign.  We are just getting started, and I am hopeful and encouraged by all the people who are running. My friend Matthew rold me that there are more than 600 people running for President! We have only heard about a eighteen of them in the mainstream media. Why?

As you may have already heard, this Saturday, 4/20/2019 is the first official campaign kickoff at The Saloon in San Francisco. Downbeat is 9:30 pm. Address is 1232 Grant Avenue, corner of Fresno Alley.

This date has special significance to my platform, as two of the issues I will be addressing are the decriminalization of marijuana at the federal level and safety of our school children. One of my greatest concerns is the growing economic disparity in this country. All of this is connected, as are we.

If you cannot be there, I will do my best to live stream from the Mari Tamburo facebook page, so please join me there if you are on facebook.
The wifi signal leaves a bit to be desired over there, so if you can make it in person, please do. If not, no big deal. As the campaign donations allow, I will be able to come to you.

I know there is a lot of creativity in this country. We will be able to figure this out together.


p.s. Check out this music artist, Luisa Lopez.
 (thanks to a recommendation from my friend David Wish)


Monday, April 15, 2019

Saturday, 4/20/2019, Music and Campaign Kickoff in San Francisco

Hey Everybody,

This Saturday, 4/20/2019, will be our first official campaign announcement in front of more than one or two actual living, breathing, humans, the announcement being that I have thrown my hat into the ring, seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

As you may or may not know, I recently started mentioning my campaign on this blog and  a few other places on social media.

Well, I received the first donation check from Act Blue this past week, and it is starting to get real.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new territory together.

Everyone else just mentions that it will take money. This, I know. As for me or anyone else being a viable candidate at this point, that is the purpose of a primary: to select a candidate. So, thank you to everyone who has donated thus far, even if you are still undecided.

Our current campaigm goal is to get to the debates. That will take 65,000 individual donors, and/or a significant show in the polls. As we know, the polls are not always a good indicator, so please send at least $1.

Here is the link:

As previously stated, one person cannot fix all the challenges we are currently facing, but "one person can make a difference, and everyone should try." The important thing is to realize that we need a strong turnout in 2020. That is the only way we can give the reins of this runaway hirse back to the people.

On the musical side of things, in addition to my singing on the 20th, the lineup will be:

Mari Mack on vocals and campaign announcement
Pat Duffey on guitar
Arne Frager on bass
Doug Rowan on saxophone
Roy Blumenfeld on drums
Craig Caffall on guitar and vocals

Richard Wood is currently unavailable to do the gig, but we do have a couple of calls out to our favorite B3 players, so I may update the lineup on Thursday.

Hope to see you!
The sun rises every day. So shall we.


p.s. Do you remember when, after we released "Mari Mack : Can't Go Back" in July of 2010, after I had been working on the songs over the span of, say, thirty years, then got pulled into that aforementioned bureaucratic sidewalk mess for the better part of two years?

Well, this popped into my newsfeed, and it just about made my week:

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Pull to Serve and Solve Problems

Hello Again,

It the Monday Morning wake up call!
Yes, I am doing this running for President thing.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Goal is 65,000 individual donors in order to get to the debates. We have a long way to go, but at least we have taken the first step! Here is the link to donate. $1 is enough.
Please feel free to share:

This is not a joke campaign, as in "Pat Paulsen for President" or an attempt to get publicity to sell more music, and I understand I am getting a bit of a late start, but sometimes we feel ourselves being pulled in a certain direction, compelled to do something, and we have to just go for it. 

I have felt this way a few times before. Once was that ridiculous corrupt sidewalk fiasco, and another was when I felt I had to resurrect the school paper at Foothill College. This was back in the mid 90's, and if memory serves, the San Jose Mercury News did a story about it, as that was about the same time Hillary made her legendary  "women's rights are human rights" quote, and I guess it was relevant, because I was a bit older than most students, already in my 30's, and a woman. I was invited to speak on a panel at Stanford, which was interesting. I can still feel the excitement in that room.

I wasn't planning a journalism career, I was aggravated that there was no student newspaper to advertise our music recitals, and was sick of seeing paper flyers littering the campus, as they looked messy and it was bad for the environment. Anyway, as I got into it, I started to realize that no journalism option in a community college meant that women and minority voices were being silenced.

That's all I have time for, as I have to get on the road to my day gig. I want to work. I think most people feel this way.


I wish you the best day.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Save the Date : 4/20/19

Hey Everybody!

Happy Monday and April Fools' Day! Some fun jokes on social media today. We all need to laugh once in a while.

I start a new day gig today. Not a joke, and I am stoked, to say the least. Like almost everything, it is temporary. Love is forever. If it is not forever, it isn't/wasn't love.

Next Show:

Save the date: 4/20/19 as that will be another fun show at The Saloon.
So far, the lineup is Pat Duffey on guitar, Arne Frager on bass, Doug Rowan on sax, Roy Blumenfeld on drums. Special guests TBA.

This will probably serve as the first official "campaign rally" as I seek the Democratic nomination for President. It is fitting, as I  advocate for decriminalization of marijuana at the federal level. It makes sense.

What does not make sense: kids in cages, private prisons, school lockdown drills instead of study hall, PTSD induced suicides, the murder of young men who are doing tbeir best to use their powers for good, wars that do not end, drilling in our National Parks, whales dying because their bellies are filled with plastic. Kids should not have to skip school for #climatestrike.

One person cannot fix all these messes, but we deserve someone in the White House who will utilize the platform for better things than spewing hate and lies.

I wish you joy, peace, love and purpose.
And courage to fight for your principles, even if some people think you have lost your mind.


p.s. Here's a photo of Lucy "Love Eyes" - if you look closely, you will see heart shaped markings around her eyes.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Hello Again,

As crazy as this may sound, I have decided to enter the Presidential primary. More on this later.

In the meantime, while my Act Blue account gets set up, and while I figure out how to best communicate my message and figure out where we will be setting up camp, I will be using this blog to highlight music I consider to be of some value.

Just my opinion, of course.

Check out Zoe Keating while she is on tour:

That is it for now.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Clearing the Way, Moving Forward, Possible Potus Run

Hello, Everybody!

I write this as I view overcast skies. Reminding myself that everything is temporary, good or bad. Enjoy the good, ride out the awful.

Gaining inspiration from knowing that Lawrence Ferlinghetti turned 100 yesterday. I missed the North Beach festivities, as I was working through a storage locker this weekend; remnants of past lives and some of my mom's things. Sort, consolidate, donate, etc.

You may or may or may not know who Lawrence Ferlinghetti is -- if not, he is a well loved Beat poet. Here is one of his most famous works, "Pity the Nation" :

Thanks to Goodreads for the image. 
Slight modification by me. 

Seriously considering a run for President. What I offer: communication skills,  a desire to serve, a circle of brilliant and compassionate people from which to choose a cabinet. No big money.

Hope you have a wonderful week. 



Monday, March 18, 2019

On the Move

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

I love Mondays. I love every day. Why? Because the sun rises every day to greet us. Because every day is another opportunity to bring love and beauty into the world, or at least appreciate the love and beauty in the world.

Always remember: "Shadows mean light."

No new songs today, but I do have some old songs. We are moving again, as our landlady wants to sell her house.

Hopefully, we can eventually find our way back to Homestead. I may be back in North Beach soon! Or on a tour bus.


p.s. Stay hopeful. We are all in this together. Some of us just are not aware of it yet.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday Morning Red, White and Blues

Happy Monday, Everybody!

Hope this note finds you enjoying whatever moment you are experiencing.
Happy to report that the ringing in my ears is subsiding. I'm very grateful. I am often amazed at the healing power of the human body. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," as the old adage says. I will do my best to prevent falling in the shower from now on. The slip strips look to be a bit worn, so they will be replaced asap.
We will be back to doing some shows as soon as we have budget, or the fan base demands. It has always been a bit of a "Catch 22" in that regard, for all bands. Some of the old music industry ways were actually beneficial, but that discussion can wait for another blog post.

In the meantime, I am focusing on social media gigs. I might as well do what I love most: communicating and helping people. Music is my favorite form of communucation, but at the moment, not very practical.



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