Friday, June 24, 2016

Musings : 6/24/2016 : Save the Date, July 16th in SF!

Hey Everybody!

Hope this email finds you well and happy, or at least a reasonable facsimile. If you are worrying about something, just stop. It doesn't help!

Please save the date : July 16th, Saturday night at the ol' Saloon in SF. No particular causes to promote this time around (at least not yet,) nothing but several hours of music of my choosing to pass the time and celebrate life. Working on the lineup and will let you know who's playing when we figure it out.

Hope you can make it, because we will be there to bust out the blues and the grooves, so you can get your bacon shakin' out on the dance floor...

Speaking of which, there is a whole lotta shakin' going on in the world, what with the #NoBillNoBreak and the people of England deciding to #Brexit and all. I used to freak out about these sort of things, but it gets less scary when you learn to recognize the patterns. We all just seem so divided and there is so much needless violence and destruction in our world. It would be a beautiful thing to see peace in our lifetime, wouldn't it? I guess it is possible, but only if each and every one of us wants it and works at it - from the inside. It all starts with peace of mind and an open heart. What we accept is what will continue.
Think about that one for a while, or don't. The choice is yours.

Thank goodness for music! I just came across this tune by one of my favorite artists, Keb 'Mo. I followed a link that said it was a new release,  but it was from 2014. Where have I been that I missed this? It's funny from a man's perspective, but I bet a bunch of women can relate as well - it's what happens when we find ourselves changing who we are and how we live to please someone we love until we don't recognize ourselves - sometimes to the point that we just can't function. Anyway, I'm rambling. It's a fun tune called "I Liked the Old Me Better" - check it out :

See you on the 16th if not sooner! In the meantime, I am seeking several ways to create income and am open for suggestions on projects and paid work.


"There is no such thing as failure. Failure is a negative interpretation of experience."

Monday, June 20, 2016


Hi All! I hope you have a beautiful day. Happy Summer Solstice! ox, Mari Mari Mack at the Sunday Summertime Salon from Gary Yost on Vimeo.
Mari "Mari Mack" Tamburo sings "Summertime" @ O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley California
June 12, 2016

Produced by Erma Murphy & Daniel Patrick

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

Sharing a song written by Diane Scanlon as a tribute to her father, sung beautifully by Eva Cassidy.

Grateful for all the attentive fathers out there. Keep your children close. If you can't be near them, be sure to let them know you love them. Your love will carry them through difficult times.

Honestly - Father's Day was a rough one for me for many years.

If you are having a rough time today, I hope you can find the best part of yourself and credit your father for at least part of that. When we hold onto anger or sadness for what we think "could have been" or "should have been" - we miss what is happening now.

Thank you to everyone who is sharing love with the world.
We will light our way out of darkness.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reminder : Tonight at the Fenix!

For more information and to make your reservations, please go HERE :

If you can't make it and want to watch us on the live stream, go here :

Love conquers hate. Music is love.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Return of the KINGS : w/ Tomas D and Company : Fenix, San Rafael 6/16/2016 : 8:00 pm

Return of Livin' Like Kings on Thursday June 16th - mostly original set at 9ish

Tomas D and Company open the show at 8ish - also a mostly original set.

I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to sing for you again.

For more information and to make your reservations, please go HERE :

If you can't make it and want to watch us on the live stream, go here :

Love conquers hate. Music is love.


p.s. Thanks to everyone who took the time and a leap of faith to cast a vote in my direction. It looks as if Dennis Rodoni and Dominic Grossi are going to be in the runoff in November. (Who knew so many Italians live in Marin? ) Honestly, we did better than expected, considering all the stiff competition. 
Time to get back to Plan A! Arts!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Get Out the Vote!

If you are in California, please remember to vote - especially if you are in Marin District 4, where I am running for Supervisor. ;)

I feel the need to respond to Dick Spotswood's statement in his recent recap of the District 4 candidates. I will spare an analysis of his bias and just respond to this statement : 
"Singer/songwriter Mari Tamburo of Homestead Valley is certainly no status-quo proponent but her quixotic campaign is mostly about opposing the county’s construction of sidewalks in her bucolic community."

My campaign is not "mostly about opposing the county's construction of sidewalks..." 

True, opposing the County's illegal and environmentally irresponsible concrete slab is how I entered local politics. My campaign is an effort to continue to clean up the mess that County has made of Homestead Valley. I see a community in pain and I have the desire and knowledge to help bring our community together. Plus, I have the desire and skill set needed to prevent the same bad process from dividing another community.
I can no longer afford to volunteer my time. It's that simple. 

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Get Out the Vote!

Hey Everybody!

I know it's getting a bit crazy out there. Just want to remind you to get out and vote.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Orange for Gun Violence Awareness

Dear Friends :

I changed my blog header to the orange graphic that our neighbor Kristen made back in April for our campaign. I'm going to keep it there for a while. Orange for gun violence awareness.

Gun violence is something that hits home for me, because when I was eighteen years old, I watched my family be torn apart by a single gunshot. I will never forget the look on my mother's face when she told me. It was early on a Thursday morning, my cousin Karen and I had just returned from one of our all night adventures, where we had been terribly lost on Long Island and were giggling all the way home. The giggling stopped the moment I opened the door to see a look of horror on my mother's face. She looked as if she hadn't slept all night.
"There's been an accident," she said. Silence. I pleaded for more information "What kind of accident? A car accident? Who?" The seconds felt like hours. "Not a car accident, no. A gun accident."
A gun? I knew then it had to be my brother, Petey. He was the only one in our family who had a gun. "Where was he shot?" I searched my mind for what I thought could be the least lethal place someone could be hit by a bullet. "Was it in the leg?" My mother looked back, shook her head and said, "No, his head. The bullet is in his head."

He hung on in a coma for twenty four hours and then his light went back to the universe. Our family was never the same. We made attempts to come together, but every time we gathered seemed to only amplify the loss.

I started writing a song to express my grief, but couldn't finish it for a long time. Here it is:

No parent should ever bury a child. It upsets the natural order. My heart and prayers go out to anyone who has ever lost a loved one.
Today, I also dedicate this song to my friend Vince Welnick. It is hard to believe it has been ten years since he left this earth. I miss him.



p.s. My friends are playing at Vines in San Anselmo on Friday. Hope to see you there.

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