Thursday, July 2, 2015

JULY 2015 Show Dates - and Fwd: Your Pandora Submission is Approved...!!

Hey Everybody!

Here's what's happening this month!
July 15th - Wednesday I'm sitting in with the Fenix House Band as we all continue the Grateful Dead 50 year anniversary celebration with a special Garcia/Saunders tribute night, A & R curated by Merl Saunders Jr. !
July 18th - Saturday night! Livin' Like Kings at the High Street Station in Alameda - 7:30 pm
this is an early gig, so come on down!
Kings lineup (so far) : Pat Duffey on guitar, Arne Frager on bass, Rob RJ Franco on drums and Richard Wood on keys.
July 24th - Friday Night! Livin Like Kings at the Saloon in North Beach, SF!
Same lineup!

Plus, thought I'd send you a quick message to share some good news -
Finally, approximately five years after release, "Can't Go Back" is approved for Pandora!
It's kind of a funny story as to why it has taken so long for this to happen...more on that at a later date...sooooo....when they let ME know that it's actually playing on Pandora, I'll let YOU know.  

It'll be fun to see what the Music Genome has to say...

That's it for now.
ox,
Mari 

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Subject: Your Pandora Submission is Approved
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Gay Marriage In 50 States!



Wedding planners are jumping up and down all across America right now!

I love it when love wins.
Never give up.

ox,
Mari

Monday, June 22, 2015

Musings : 6/22/2015

http://www.youcaring.com/sunny-caudill-358742
"Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. For yesterday is but a dream And tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day!"
Ancient Sanskrit Poem 

Hey Everybody!

If you are reading this, you are very lucky. Why?
1) because you woke up today with another opportunity to create beauty in this world
2) you have internet access - which means you have many opportunities to learn something, share a story or your music or art or any number of many things.
3) Taylor Swift used her powers for good and helped change Apple's mind about deciding NOT to pay streaming royalties during their new streaming service trial period!

As for me,  personally, I'm most excited about moving forward with my dreams and goals of using my musical abilities for good. Every little bit helps.

By the way, I forgot to mention in my last two "Sunny" posts - this is a limited time campaign to raise funding to help Sunny while she recovers from brain surgery  -
and it ends June 30th.
The way it works is - if you want the download, all you need to do is make a donation to Sunny's You Caring campaign, then send me an email at marimack (at) gmail (dot) com - and I'll send you a download code.

Please be patient, as my bandcamp account shows I have a bunch of download codes available in one spot - but it says I have none left in another spot. Should have that figured out soon. In the meantime, stream it as much as you like.

And even though I haven't mentioned this in a bit, we are still in the midst of the Bread and Roses "Oh Say Can You Sing?" campaign - where some lucky internet savvy singer with lots of generous friends will win either the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at an Oakland A's game in August or five hours of studio time at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.
I've never been to Fantasy, but they've recorded some really great music there.
If you can't afford to vote with your dollars (each $5 donation = 5 votes) but have a couple of seconds to spare, please scroll down to the bottom left of my campaign page and make a comment to share on facebook (you have to be logged into facebook at the time - this is of course assuming you have a facebook page...)
That campaign ends July 18th which is also our next gig!

Related :
http://www.marimackmusic.com/2015/05/oh-say-can-you-make-donation-to-bread.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/business/media/taylor-swift-criticizes-apples-terms-for-streaming-music-service.html

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/21/apple-will-pay-artists-free-trial/

Ok, that's it for today. See you soon.

ox,
Mari

 p.s. Still doing the "Can't Go Back" again : this week's tune is "Sometime" - I'll probably have to post a bit more about it sometime later this week :



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Another Sunny Sunday : Just in case you missed it the first time.

Repeat of last week. Thanks in advance for sharing. I recorded this cover of one of my favorite tunes recently with my friend Dave from Fighting Smokey Joe.



BACKSTORY: The inspiration to record this particular song came to me in one of those full circle flash epiphany type moments.
When I was a little girl, my dad used to sing along with these Music Minus One records. One of them was "Sunny." Well, one day he recorded me singing along and I improvised some notes, which appeared to catch him by surprise. So, he started playing it for anyone and everyone - which subjected me to a bunch of teasing by my siblings.
 If memory serves me correctly, I threw a hissy fit and insisted he erase it so that we wouldn't have to hear it anymore and the sibling torment would end. Well, I think he erased it - well, at least he pretended to erase it. Anyway, as I think back, it would be nice to hear that recording now, but I guess it's lost forever. But I digress.
So, anyway, my facebook friend Kelly Ann,  posted on facebook in fall of last year that her sister lost everything in a fire in her apartment. This was just about the time my Mom moved in with us, trying to fit the contents of a two bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhouse into a 9x12 room and half our garage.
Not gonna happen.
So, I said to my mom, "Hey Mom, would you mind if we gave some of your stuff to my friend's sister who lost everything in a fire?" and she said "OK" - so we managed to pack some of it into the back of Kelly's little wagon when she trucked on down from Guerneville, while chatting away about life and our mutual love of music and art and peace and love and all that. We had a wonderful visit and realized we had some mutual friends (Shannon Cinnamon and the Artista folks) and decided we would have to hang out again soon. A couple of months later, she and her husband Mountain Dawg (also a musician) came to see a show and I was shocked and surprised and we had a great time.

Cut to a few weeks ago - that very same sister now has a brain tumor and just had brain surgery. Turns out that sister's nickname is - are you ready? "Sunny" - so.... really, I don't have much money. All I have to give is my time and my music, so I recorded this song in the hopes that I could help her raise money for her medical bills. Every little bit helps.

Love and hugs to you all and thanks in advance for your kind consideration.

ox,
Mari


Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Morning Musings : 6/15/2015

Hey There : It's me again, writing down more musings for a Monday morning with another track from "Can't Go Back" as we countdown to our next Livin' Like Kings show in Alameda on July 18th.
If you were thinking I veered off course by posting Sunny yesterday, you are very much mistaken, my dear friends.
Those of you who know me best and longest already know the very long process it took to record my first album over the course of many years, stops and starts, self doubts, a failed but not really failed crowdfunding campaign, and many shouting matches with my husband Arne who was determined to get me singing again after I had "quit the music business" for what I thought was the last time.

So, here goes :
Song #3 : Georgie
Wrote this one when George Bush was president and wanted to release it as a single, but I forget why we didn't. I think Arne wanted me to write more tunes and release a full album at the time, but I kept telling him it was a singles world and we kept arguing about the production. For example, I didn't want background vocals, because I wanted to be able to reproduce whatever we recorded live. Whatever.
It's really challenging to be a broke artist and to have someone you love doing whatever they can to help you get your music out and what they hear in their head conflicts with what you hear in your head and you don't have credibility because you are a nobody and they have all these credits and you start feeling all insecure about your art.
Even more confusing when all these childhood memories come flooding back that tell you "you're not worthy" and those old tapes from past abusive experiences keep playing in your head - so you're thinking you should just be grateful that anyone is taking any interest in you because you are way past the age when anyone in the mainstream "music business" will even notice you at all and it seems to mean so much to him to do it his way...
So, you shrug your shoulders and say "just do whatever."
Add to that the fact that we didn't have any money for promotion or a video and were knee deep in that mess of the last days of the studio business in Sausalito... So that's why we didn't release it until 2010. I'm not trying to make any excuses, mind you, just trying to tell you the backstory. I love the track. It sounds great and I'm very grateful.

At the risk of repeating myself, I have to say the whole experience has made me a better songwriter. It has at least taught me not to mention any politicians by name in a song. They are all pretty much the same anyway - just trying to get re-elected - most have forgotten they are the "public servant" part and think the public is the servant. If not for the great work being accomplished by growing number of creative citizens and activist artist friends...well, enough of that rant.

So, I may re-record this someday, substituting "Mister" for "Georgie" - but maybe not. It's a moment in time, a snapshot of the past. Sometimes I do change the lyrics during a live performance. And when we play it live, it's usually a bit slower.

Musicians are top notch. The Garaj Mahal rhythm section: Kai Eckhardt, Eric Levy and Alan Hertz plus Vernon Black on guitar and backing vocals and the Monophonics horns.

 
Lyrics:
Been more than a bit distracted
At the news going on round the world
try my best not to get too over reacted
When the red white and blues get unfurled

Why keep looking across for the answers
Side to side, to when it’s time to move on?
Do you choose not to know what direction the dance is
When we’re telling you the Right is wrong?

Chorus:

Aw Georgie – why’d you have to go and be so mean?
Don’t you know, that the sun has the power
To wash the purpose for this madness clean?

Verse:

See no reason for reason, when killing is in season
Just because you’re too headstrong
While we plant the seeds that will fill the needs
Cause it’s been going on for much too long

Green is more than the money in your wallet
It’s a crude crude way of life
Don’t you think when you point that rocket
Your hittin' a mother a sister a wife?

Chorus:
Aw Georgie – why’d you have to go and be so mean?
Don’t you know, don’t you know,
That what shines from above has the power
To wash the purpose for your madness clean?

credits

from Can't Go Back, released 08 July 2010
Georgie ( Tamburo, Levy ) :

Drums: Alan Hertz
Bass: Kai Eckhart
Keyboards: Eric Levy
Guitar: Vernon “Ice” Black
Vocal: Mari Mack
Additional Vocals: Vernon Black

Monophonics Horns:
Trumpet: Ryan Scott
Tenor Sax: Alex Baky

Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on May 1st, 2007
Engineer/Producer: Arne Frager
Assistant Engineer: Chris Cheney

Recent Posts :
http://www.marimackmusic.com/2015/06/sunny-sunday.html
http://www.marimackmusic.com/2015/05/oh-say-can-you-make-donation-to-bread.html

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunny Sunday

I recorded this cover of one of my favorite tunes this past Thursday night with my friend Dave from Fighting Smokey Joe.



BACKSTORY: The inspiration to record this particular song came to me in one of those full circle flash epiphany type moments.
When I was a little girl, my dad used to sing along with these Music Minus One records. One of them was "Sunny." Well, one day he recorded me singing along and I improvised some notes, which appeared to catch him by surprise. So, he started playing it for anyone and everyone - which subjected me to a bunch of teasing by my siblings.
 If memory serves me correctly, I threw a hissy fit and insisted he erase it so that we wouldn't have to hear it anymore and the sibling torment would end. Well, I think he erased it - well, at least he pretended to erase it. Anyway, as I think back, it would be nice to hear that recording now, but I guess it's lost forever. But I digress.
So, anyway, my facebook friend Kelly Ann,  posted on facebook in fall of last year that her sister lost everything in a fire in her apartment. This was just about the time my Mom moved in with us, trying to fit the contents of a two bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhouse into a 9x12 room and half our garage.
Not gonna happen.
So, I said to my mom, "Hey Mom, would you mind if we gave some of your stuff to my friend's sister who lost everything in a fire?" and she said "OK" - so we managed to pack some of it into the back of Kelly's little wagon when she trucked on down from Guerneville, while chatting away about life and our mutual love of music and art and peace and love and all that. We had a wonderful visit and realized we had some mutual friends (Shannon Cinnamon and the Artista folks) and decided we would have to hang out again soon. A couple of months later, she and her husband Mountain Dawg (also a musician) came to see a show and I was shocked and surprised and we had a great time.

Cut to a few weeks ago - that very same sister now has a brain tumor and just had brain surgery. Turns out that sister's nickname is - are you ready? "Sunny" - so.... really, I don't have much money. All I have to give is my time and my music, so I recorded this song in the hopes that I could help her raise money for her medical bills. Every little bit helps.

Love and hugs to you all and thanks in advance for your kind consideration.

ox,
Mari
 p.s. : Just go to her You Caring page and donate directly. Instructions are on the bandcamp page. Just click the song for details.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Morning Musings : 6/8/2015

Next show: July 18th at High Street Station

Hey Everybody!

Hope this note finds you well and happy.

Hard to believe that last week marked a year since the BBHC KSAN reunion gig. Time is flying. Sam Andrew is greatly missed. Doing my best not to get bogged down in "what ifs"  - concentrating on being grateful for what is.

So, I continue to slowly sift through the cobwebs (literally and figuratively) and make progress while trying not to get too distracted. I'm not interested in shortcuts to fame (obviously, LOL.) The joy in being able to sing and/or play music is in the doing. Of course, it is a wonderful thing when someone is willing to pay for what we create, because then we can eat and keep a roof over our heads and create more music for you. It's really that simple.

So here goes with my next installment of revisiting the "Can't Go Back" album. This is "Birthday Suit" :


aboutI decided to record this song the first day I heard it. It cracked me up - Hope it brings a smile to your face, too.

lyrics

Lyrics:
i wanna see you in your birthday suit
all your friends say it's so damn cute
i bet that we could start an institute
come on and show us your birthday suit

i bet you've got some pretty private parts
i wanna see exactly where they start
i bet that we could make a whole lotta loot
come on and show us your birthday suit

you're always ironing the wrinkles out
but everybody knows without a doubt
there really isn't any substitute
out of the closet with your birthday suit

you can't get to heaven with your clothes on
even though many people try
you can't get to heaven with your clothes on
now everybody knows why

i wanna see you in your birthday suit.......

credits

from Can't Go Back, released 08 July 2010
Birthday Suit (Clarke)

Livin' Like Kings:
Drums: Rob “RJ” Franco
Bass: Arne Frager
Keys: Eric Levy
Guitar: Pat Duffey
Saxes: Doug Rowan
Trumpet: Cecil Kirkpatrick
Trombone: Mike Rinta
Vocal: Mari Mack

Acoustic Guitar: Freddy Clarke

Horns Arranged by Doug Rowan
Arranged by Eric Levy & Arne Frager
Recorded at “Hertz So Good” Studios, San Rafael, CA on November 19, 2009
Engineered by Alan Hertz
Produced by Arne Frager
Mastered by John Cuniberti
Last but not least, it's great to see so many of my friends gathering courage to put it all out there with their chosen choice of expression. I wish you great success while we walk our individual and collective paths of discovery  - during this amazing journey of life.
ox,  
Mari