Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day : 2015

Song for the day: Freedom Jam

Song written and performed by Herman Ebertizsch and myself. It was an impromptu jam in his boogie shack a while back, in the midst of the Occupy movement. So, it's live. 
This is a rough track from what is, at this writing, to be the next album. Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Oh Say, Can You Make a Donation to Bread and Roses for Me?

Hey Everybody!

While we are waiting for our next gig, please help our friends at Bread and Roses during their fundraising drive!

I've entered (though you know how much I deplore competition.)

I remember when Mimi Farina founded Bread and Roses. I was just a young girl. While we had very different backgrounds, we were both affected by the healing power of music.

In fact, I was so moved by her life's work, though we never met, I felt compelled to attend her memorial at Grace Cathedral in 2001. I've only played two Bread and Roses concerts so far - the last one with my friend Sam Andrew. That show prompted me to contact him about trying to write a song together.

Due to his unfortunate and untimely passing, that was not to be, but I was honored to sing a song for him at his memorial last year and am taking steps to go into the studio to record that song.

btw - If you just happened upon this page by accident, maybe you might want to also donate on behalf of one of the other artists, or check out their music.


Other Musings :

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bread and Roses : Oh Say, Can You Sing? Contest

Hi Everybody! 

Sorry I missed yesterday's usual Monday morning musings - I got distracted by the "whooshing" sound of speeding cars on our street and ended up writing a post for that local blog I started during the sidewalk mess. My bad. I'm doing my best to move on and get back to work and life. 

On the good news front. I scored some part time work for a local documentary filmmaker. Really worthwhile project - more on that in a future post. This blog is for music related endeavors - speaking of which, I decided to put myself out there and make another attempt to raise some funding for a good cause by entering the Bread and Roses "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" contest

Please excuse the ancient photo (15 years ?) - I would have used the one that Pat's brother Chris shot at our Guerneville  gig a couple of years ago, but that would have required I sign over all rights to the photo - I wouldn't and couldn't do that. 
This photo that Jaclyn took while I was in Gregg's Eggs will have to do. That was a work for hire.  It's a copyright thing. 

Anyway, please click and donate a couple of bucks to a good cause. You may help me build my fan base in the process. Thanks to Shelley from Local Music Vibe for the video link.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Looking Ahead, Living in the Now : Special Olympics, Maker Faire

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert Einstein
Well, things are getting back to normal, whatever that is!

My honey is on the mend, my mom loved her Mother's Day Brunch. Spring is in the air and I'm feeling grateful for all of life's blessings.

Musical :

I'm singing our National Anthem on Saturday, May 16th at the Marin Special Olympics with friends Willow, Linda, Dave and Bruce. Four part harmony and it sounded sweet in rehearsal!

Music Monday -

A rough cover of an ode to my old hometown :

In non-musical news, it's Maker Faire week!

I know the robots and electronics get most of the press, so I'll be on assignment for that little blog I started for my neighborhood during that sidewalk fiasco - to shed a little light on the softer side of the show.

Big Hug,

Monday, May 4, 2015

West Coast Songwriter's Open Mic at the Fenix : Tuesday, May 5th

"Truth has no path. Truth is living, and therefore, changing." ~ Bruce Lee

Hi Everybody!

Again, hope this email finds you well and happy.

Still buzzing from that gig over a week ago at The Saloon in North Beach. The place is tiny and it smells funky, but is has a "vibe" all its own. Honestly, that was the most packed I have seen it in a while - all night. So grateful. Thanks again for coming out!

Album Update:
Still searching for one or two great songs for the next album, working on finishing up before October (hopefully sooner.) Depends upon how many paying gigs I can wrestle up or things I can sell between now and then. More than a few friends have suggested I consider getting some writing gigs between singing gigs, but if Pulitzer Prize winning journalists have to rely upon PR gigs to make ends meet, what chance do I have in getting a writing gig? That said, I did apply for a part time job at a local paper, so wish me luck.

I have to admit, I'm thinking it will be difficult to match the high fidelity of the first album. Real studios staffed with professional engineers are expensive, but worth it. I'm determined to raise the cash, because you know how it is - whoever has the money makes the rules, and I am getting pretty sick and tired of people comparing me to Pia Zadora (some woman whose rich husband financed her singing career.) Not that I really care what people think, or I wouldn't have risked being called a "crazy lady" by trying to stop that ridiculous million dollar four block sidewalk. Although, I have to admit I now understand that it WAS pretty crazy to spend two years trying to talk some sense into a bunch of BS'ing bureaucrats and a handful of people who really don't care about anything except their own convenience. I'm thinking that not many people really knew the whole story. Lots of misinformation still flying around about that. Whatever. Glad to be back getting back to music.

Speaking of music -
This week, Arne and I have been asked to lend our ears to critique the monthly WCSA songwriters' open mic/ competition at Fenix in San Rafael. 
Hard to believe it has been almost 30 years since I drove out west from NY to make the conference at Foothill in November of 1987. They were still called NCSA (Northern California Songwriters Association) back then.

If you are a songwriter near San Rafael, here are the details :

Not sure about performing on Tuesday, unless Arne can make me a TV mix or I can wrangle an accompanist. Let me see what I can do.

When Lauralee asked me about my recording credits, I sent her this email:

"Believe it or not, I have very few credits, besides "Gregg's Eggs" the album that brought Arne into my life, and my first album "Can't Go Back" -  as far as I can remember - my only recordings before then were a credit as "vocorder" on a Christmas song in the early 80's, backgrounds for a Michael Bolton demo (While he was still known as Michael Bolotin...) and some background vocals on a never released Roy Buchanan album. And some original band demos.

I have had a couple of close calls to "*making it" - the irony is, when I met Arne, I just wanted to settle down and have a baby, because he really is the first "father worthy fella" I found - I gave up trying to have a "music career."  I was pushing forty for goodness' sake. It's only through his constant support and encouragement that I'm giving it one more shot. Plus, my ovaries are echoing like the Grand Canyon.

 That, and well, you know - I can't give up music. It has to come out, or I'll go crazy."

Anyway - that's it for now.


p.s. Arne's discography:

*making it = being able to make a living through music

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Save the Date! July 18th in Alameda w/Livin' Like Kings

Still working on finishing that next album. I may have to try another crowd funding campaign, as I have learned a lot from my first attempt -- mostly, that I tend to be an early adopter and it helps when the bulk of your fan base in online, which wasn't the case a few years ago.
Still ISO of some more paid gigs, because expenses have gone up since Mom moved in.

I am open to cover bands, studio sessions, setting up blogs and doing facebook page maintenance, writing, you name it. Not necessarily in that order, mind you.

I can also cat sit, dog sit, house sit.

Drop me a line and if it's not illegal or immoral, I'll consider it.


  Mari Mack tour dates

Friday, April 24, 2015

SATURDAY APRIL 25th : 9:30 pm at The Saloon in North Beach, SF

Mari Mack will be singing the blues and a few originals.

Special guests Matt Silva on guitar and Tom Buckman on bass.
Rob RJ Franco on drums.
Maybe a surprise or two. If not, that will be the surprise.

A no rehearsal type gig.
Live - without a net!

Please show up and put a couple bucks in the tip jar, because I want to help my husband keep the power on.


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