Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today : 12/13/14 in SF : 2:00 pm Millions March

Hello All,

Just found out about the Millions March taking place today, so I will not be wearing red white and/or green at our Saloon gig tonight, I will be wearing my usual black again.

Frankly, I honestly don't think that anyone really cares what I'm wearing, but I figure that if I didn't mention it, someone would invariably come up to me and complain that they decided to wear red/white/green because I mentioned it in my previous blog post. To which I would have to say, "get a life."

And life is definitely more precious than anything else, which is why I feel compelled to share the following information about the Millions March taking place today all over the country.

If I don't see you at the Ferry Building, perhaps I will see you in North Beach at 9:30 pm.
Hope and pray for peace. Be the change. The future starts now.
What kind of world would you like to create?

Love,
Mari


If you would like to know more about the march, here is the facebook event :
https://www.facebook.com/events/675598982556580/

"We must come together in unity to show the world that black lives matter. There is power in numbers. Everyone is encouraged to come support this peaceful demonstration Saturday December 13th @ 2pm. Meet at Ferry Building.

#blacklivesmatter.

We must not only show our power, but show that there is still hope for humanity, we must show the world these deaths are not in vain.
This must happen in every major city, so spread the word. From East to West. Copy this text, and make this happen in your city. Invite as many people as possible. This is happening in New York, DC, and Oakland .

This is not too ambitious. This is possible.

We march.
Together.
As one.

Because #wecantbreathe

San Francisco is Ferguson. Ferguson is San Francisco.

#MILLIONSMARCH

Agenda:

2:00 PM- Gather at the Ferry Building

2:30 PM-March to City Hall

3:00 PM- Arrive at City Hall

Featured Speaker(s) at City Hall
Refugio Nieto (Alex Nieto's father)

3:30 PM Closing remarks, depart

**This is a safe space for the Black Community to come together in solidarity. Can anyone deny that we need to come together? So thank you allies and friends, we appreciate all your support that holds us up and encircles us in peace as we come to hold each other up

Healing Stations available from 3-4pm
Legal Aide Stations available from 3-4pm

**NOTICE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

If you would like to march in a group together and meet up before the demonstration starts, please comment on this post so that you can all coordinate plans. I suggest meeting at the SE corner of Market and Drumm before meeting the rest of the crowd at the Ferry Building. Peace and Solidarity

Thank you all for your continued support and being apart of this collective effort. Tomorrow we will show the world that we will no longer being bystanders to injustice.#BLACKLIVESMATTER #THEWORLDISWATCHING #MILLIONSMARCHSF

PLEASE WEAR ALL BLACK TOMORROW IF POSSIBLE and BRING YOUR SIGNS WITH MESSAGES OF SOLIDARITY

BELOW ARE LYRICS TO SONGS THAT WE WILL BE SINGING DURING THE MARCH:

We shall not be moved:

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We're fighting for our freedom,
We shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We're fighting for our children,
We shall not be moved(x2)

This Little Light of Mine:

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
Oh,This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.(x2)
Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine.
Everywhere I go I'm gonna let it shine.
Everywhere I go I'm gonna let it shine.
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
Oh,This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.(x2)

Requiem for Mike Brown:

Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all."




Monday, December 8, 2014

REMINDER : 12/13/14 in SF's North Beach!

Hi Everybody - 
Feels good to be getting back into a routine. 

Just a reminder that we have a show at the end of this week, in SF, so take a nap and stay up late with us on 12/13/14 -
If you can't be there in physical form, be there in holiday spirit - we will be there with jingle bells on...

Is there more turmoil in the world, or are we becoming more aware of it? While it seems that all we ever hear about is bad news, it's encouraging to see so many people come together for the common good. Check out the Master Shift Global Mediation happening on Friday, led by Julian Lennon :
http://www.themastershift.com/meditations/

Also on Friday, a special show called "Blues for Blindness" to benefit Seva, a wonderful organization that has been helping to restore blindness for more than thirty years.
I am not on the bill for this one, but am working diligently so that someday, enough people will know me for my music so that I may help to fill some seats for Seva :  Blues Against Blindness

On the recorded front, we are still working on that next album and you can get in in preorder from bandcamp, as well as that fun little Christmas song we recorded last year a couple of days before Christmas.  I managed to put a couple more tunes up on Soundcloud, so I hope that will help you share the music. 

I'm excited for everyone who has been nominated for a Grammy and I'm looking forward to getting the ballot so I can cast my votes. 

That's it for now.
Hope to see you Saturday at The Saloon!

-- MMT


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Change Begins Within

For everyone, individually, there is an event that opens your eyes and changes your perspective. Sometimes it won't go away, you can't seem to let it go, because it is there, everyday, in your face. You want to let it go, but you can't let it go.
Stop trying to look away.
It is there to teach you something.
Whatever that something is, it is inside you.
Look within.

- MMT 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saloon : Saturday December 13th 9:30 pm

Realized my last email had a typo. Oops.
The Saloon gig is Saturday, December 13th.
9:30 pm

Lineup :
Me on vocals
Arne on bass
RJ Franco on drums
Dave Powell on guitar

Perhaps some special surprises.

Wear red and white - we'll be bringing on the blues...! 

Love, 
Mari

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." Theodore Isaac Rubin

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Random Musings

Hey All !
Thanks again to everyone who came out to support the "Made in Mill Valley" CD project on Sunday, November 23rd at The Sweetwater. It turned out to be a really fun night.
If you didn't get there early, you missed me, as I was given the honor of immediately following Rita Abrams, who started off the show with her legendary hit "Mill Valley." It was great to sing along with the audience on the chorus, because every day when I wake up,  I pinch myself and give thanks for the privilege to call this place my home.

The next day, Gary and Neal from Mill Valley Music All Stars met me at The Sweetwater, so we ended up sitting in with Austin DeLone for a couple of tunes during Sweetwater Monday  Open Mic.
Btw, there is no open mic during the next couple of weeks, but if you happen to be in the area on  December 15th, check it out. It's a bit like a musical potluck - you never know who's going to show or what you're going to get.

If you want to buy the "Made in Mill Valley"  album, which is a fundraiser for the Richard DeLone Special Housing Project, contact Gary at Mill Valley Music for info on how to buy the CD.

When it seems as if the entire world is in turmoil, it is comforting to be a part of something so positive.

Santa Got Stuck Again....
Last year, we jammed on a little holiday tune in our living room, a couple of days before Christmas. If you would like to add it to your holiday listening, you can stream or download it here.

Album Update :
Still writing and searching for songs to finish the "Livin' Like Kings" album. We are also in search of a studio to record the remainder of the tunes. In the meantime, you can get the rough tracks by pre-ordering the album on bandcamp by clicking this link...  Every pre-order helps get us to the next album. We may end up doing a crowdfunding campaign. Not sure yet, so I'll keep you posted.

Save the Date : December 13th at The Saloon in SF. Still finalizing the lineup. So, far a couple of the usual Kings are in, hope to see you there. It will be a party! 

Celebrate life. Bring some peace and kindness into the world.

Every little bit helps.

Love,
Mari

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sunday, November 23rd at Sweetwater : "Made in Mill Valley" CD Release

Hi All :

Taking a break from my break to do a couple of tunes with the Mill Valley Music Allstars, to celebrate Gary's seventh anniversary and the release of Floating Records and Mill Valley Music's first collaborative production, a CD compilation called "Made in Mill Valley."

It's a double CD, packed with 22 tracks of music by local artists. Of course, the project wouldn't be complete without Rita Abrams' "Mill Valley."

The goal is simple: to expose local music to new audiences while raising funds for a local nonprofit. In this case, it's the Richard De lone Special Housing Project, or RDSHP, which exists to educate the public about Prader Willi Syndrome.

Here is the ticket link : http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/event/712729-made-in-mill-valley-album-mill-valley/

Hope to see you there.