Looking back, moving forward: new tune...

 

** Looking back, moving forward: new tune, playing a couple of celebratory gigs, mixing and giving THANKS... 

I realized last week that it had been exactly 20 years since I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. After spending most of the 1990s in Colorado, I left the Rocky Mountain State in the rear view mirror of my VW Golf, which was jam-packed with everything I owned, and didn’t look back, bound for... West Marin. I‘d been headed that direction after college, before I veered right, got hitched and hauled off to Boulder. When the relationship flamed out, it seemed like a good idea to start where I’d left off. And that’s exactly what I did, driving back to California, subletting a studio on the mesa in Bolinas, to reboot and start all over again. After a couple months in the coastal community, I moved to Mill Valley, and then to San Francisco…and so on and so on…writing and singing my way forward, and as it turned out, all the way round the actual San Francisco Bay itself. Flash forward to now, November 2017, I’m headed to Bolinas again. I didn’t consciously plan it to coincide with the anniversary of my move; nonetheless, this coming weekend, Sunday, November 5 — I’m playing a show with Bay Station at the venerable Smiley’s Saloon. We’ll feature songs from our getting-closer-to-finished Other Desert Cities CD—and perhaps I'll drop in this new tune commemorating many stations of the Bay as well as those loved and lost. 8pm-11pm. Join us!

** Listen to the "On the Other Side"

I wrote this tune a couple months back after I got word that an old love had passed away. It's as much about my Bay Area peregrinations as it is a song suitable for The Day of the Dead.

** Upcoming shows:

* November 5, 2017 Bay Station in Bolinas Smiley's, 41 Wharf Road Bolinas, CA 8pm

* November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Live Music Class Symmetry Yoga, 1708 Park St. Alameda, CA 9:30am

* December 20, 2017 Songwriters Showcase with Jeffrey Halford, Amie Penwell, Megan McLaughlin & host Deborah Crooks at The Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 7pm

 

Truth and beauty, more please

 

 

Nature, the great equalizer.


It was key to get outside this week amid avoiding smoke, watching friends and families navigate evacuations and home/community losses, and the empowering and re-stimulating groundswell of #MeToo.

Truth AND beauty, more please.

And wouldn't you know it, this week marks a year since the release of Beauty Everywhere.
To celebrate I'm offering a little NoiseTrade sampler of songs from the 2016's record, plus some tracks off earlier CDs — listen, share and download HERE. I also got word that Beauty Everywhere made it onto the first-round GRAMMY® ballot for Record of the Year and Americana Album. Both are incredibly competitive fields; nonetheless, I'm pleased and grateful to keep getting to make original music and have it included in the mix.


Going forward, between the hiking and hawkwatching, writing and ruminating, I'm back in the studio with Bay Station to complete the Other Desert Cities project that we started recording in April. We're looking at a Spring 2018 release. Before that, Bay Station has a few more shows on the calendar, including a return to Smiley's in Bolinas, on November 4. As always, I'd love to see you there.

Be well, take care, much love, Deborah

We happily do a number of performances each year for the nonprofit organization Bread and Roses (including this weekend), playing for audiences in a variety of institutional settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bread & Roses recently released a new documentary short film about their work directed/co-produced by Dan Foldes of Pint of Soul (who did the videos for my songs "Record of a Day" and "Wishing Tree" earlier this year) and co-produced by my friend and fellow songwriter Francesca Lee. It's a great piece — take a look at it HERE to find out more about the great work they do.

 

Howl!

 


Howl! 'Howl', is shorthand in our house for hurt and disappointment. And howl I did after receiving a text from Kwame and another bandmate about the passing of Tom Petty yesterday. Not Petty! Not Petty on an already soul-crushing day. And like so much of Petty's music has done for me throughout my life, the news about his death focused the uneasy grief I'd been feeling since morning, about Las Vegas, about how fast things can change, about how fragile we all are.

Howl!

I grew up with Tom Petty's music. He was touring his fifth album when I attended his show at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. I was 14 years old and had already been singing along to "Refugee" on the radio for a few years, but I'd never been to a rock show before. My older sister drove me and my best friend Sally into town, and we lined up on the sidewalk in the foggy evening air. I was excited, shivering slightly in my favorite striped Esprit shirt. I had no idea I'd soon be ecstatic.

Petty came on stage, a young, prowling, slightly goofy-looking, supremely confident, blue-eyed dervish. He twinkled, and he and the rest of the band rocked in the truest, most unabashed sense of the word. I made my way up to the edge of the stage so I could get a little closer to his bright light, and danced and screamed like the teenybopper I was, leaving the auditorium a believer, in music, in myself, in the strength to speak — and sing — truth to power.

Inspiration. Inspiration is gold. It's an especially good time to play Petty's music. Loud. And howl a bit as needed.

And then go see some live music!

Beauty Everywhere is a year old this month. Tag me on Instagram with your latest #BeautyEverywhere find and I'll send you a download code. In the meantime, I'm heading up to Marin next week for a few unplugged days on the mountain.

Truth! Beauty! Love, Deborah

"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound
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Octopus Songwriter Showcase at The Octopus Literary Salon - September 20

 
 

Tonight at The Lost Church: Another Hot Water Session

 

This weekend: Hot Water Sessions in San Francisco and Martinez

Join me this weekend as I take part in a couple gigs with my Hot Water Session pals, including Yours Truly, Michele and special guests, starting tonight at The Lost Church!

 

Good times and what's next

 

September sees more shows with Michele, ala May's Hot Water Sessions, and a Northwest mini-tour with Bay Station. Check the calendars for more!

 

"Wednesday night race/out on the bay....but we're playing on a Saturday" THIS SATURDAY, August 26

 

Peace, love and music in Oakland at The Open Matt. Join us!

 

Inside Lands: August 26 Postcard from the Crew

 

 

8/26 Inside Lands at The Open Matt Sailing Adventure continued...

 

Our Inside Lands House Concerts adventure continues! Follow along and then join us August 26 at The OPEN MATT. Tickets in advance via Ticketleap: http://bit.ly/826OpenMatt

 

"Wishing Tree" a 2017 Global Peace Song Awards Finalist

 

"Wishing Tree" is a finalist in the 2017 Global Peace Song Awards. Help it win by liking this post on the 2017 Global Peace Song Awards Finalists page HERE: http://bit.ly/2hGwaTl
Many thanks!