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I'm not pleased with how the election turned out. I also feel sad, really getting, that living in California (gratefully), surrounded by progressive, tolerant and hard-working people, I truly was in denial about the result we're now looking at. That said, I know taking action, educating oneself further, and helping others where/when we can, is always possible. Yesterday, my money went to a lanned Parenthood donation & a copy of  ruce Sringsteen's new book "Born in the USA."  Today I got Rebecca Solnit's "Hope In The Dark " FREE via Hay Market Books. 

I was also heartened by a statement made of California Legislative leaders:  

"California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love. 

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility." Read the full statement HERE.

I also found a handy-dandy post "What Can I Do" that's chalk full of useful actions. Check it out here: http://www.whatcanido.io/

Radio Troubadour, Keep Finding Beauty

 

 "all this life keeps going on/despite the strife and the gloom/beauty beauty everywhere/I'm looking all the time/beauty everywhere...." 

This is a hard day for many of us. So grateful that so many of the near and dear people in my life are committed to community, the arts, the environment, peace, transformation and justice. Cognizant there is so much work to do. My heart is heavy but I know I'm lucky to be alive (& to live in California) and that love + inspired action + dialogue with others can help me, us, dig ourselves out. Let us make positive efforts for the good of all.  I'm more committed than ever to finding beauty in this world.
Thanks Radio Troubadour​ for giving "Beauty Everywhere" a spin on The Troubadour Show today of all days: 

"This week's Troubadour Show #183. Listen in on Wednesday 9th November at 2pm Eastern USA / 7pm UK www.bluesandrootsradio.com for two hours of great music. Lots of new album tracks on the show. NP on #Radio @TroubadourShow - @deborahcrooks 'Beauty Everywhere' title track from great new album.Check out more 
https://deborahcrooks.bandcamp.com/track/beauty-everywhere"

"Little Bird" revisited

 

"Little Bird," written during another, now comparatively tame if unappealing election cycle, is yes, still applicable.... .
"Unconsciousness is a bird in the cage 
In the darkest corner of the house 
A small-feathered thing 
No larger than a mouse 
It sometimes gets out 
Flits about the living room 
Grows bigger than the elephant, 
The albatross, shy loon

Fly away little bird 
There’s no room for you here 
Fly away little bird 
It’s time to disappear

At once myopic, tone-deaf and bold 
It calls loudly as it wings about 
Part parrot and part crow 
Every peep becomes a shout 
Off-color and off-key 
Every ism seems to apply 
No clue about being free

Fly away little bird 
There’s no room for you here 
Fly away little bird 
It’s time to disappear

Some listeners stop eating 
Feeling a little sick 
Some just argue 
Think they need bigger stick 
Eventually the bird grows tired 
After so much hitting its head against the wall 
Lays stunned on the carpet 
As everyone waits for the dove’s call

Fly away little bird 
There’s no room for you here 
Fly flyaway little bird 
It’s time to disappear"....
https://deborahcrooks.bandcamp.com/track/little-bird

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"Beauty Everywhere" Live

 

Just starting to get video that Sarah Fisher took of the release show a couple weeks back. Here's "Beauty Everywhere" done live:

Where to Find Beauty

 

 Taking the Beauty Everywhere biz literally, I spent today atop Hawk Hill hawk watching (see GGRO.org if you want to know more on that subject) and contemplating the beauty of the SF Bay. In related news, "Beauty Everywhere," the CD comes out tomorrow Oct 18 on iTunes CD Baby & Bandcamp(where you can preorder it now via bit.ly/BEhereDC). I'm really pleased with how this recording turned out and am happy to be able to release it to the world!

"Beauty Everywhere" by Deborah Crooks. Produced and arranged by Arthur Khu.
Recorded, mixed and engineered by Shawn Alpay at Tiny Telephone Oakland. Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering, Berkeley, CA.

'Beauty Everywhere Record Release'
'Beauty Everywhere by @[51138611676:274:Deborah Crooks] https://deborahcrooks.bandcamp.com'
Deborah Crooks's photo.

The Beauty Solution

 

My antidote to the mudslinging going on in the world is to appreciate all the good and beauty that exists. My New record, 'Beauty Everywhere', comes out on 10/18! And I'm celebrating it with a show at The Back Room on Friday 10/14. https://www.facebook.com/events/1575352236105957/
If you're in the Bay Area this weekend, please join me and my fabulous band, along with my friend and great singer-songwriter Melissa Phillips Music, who is sharing the bill. 8pm show, all ages, cozy venue, shiny new CDs Be there!
And if you can't make it you can pre-order the music now via Bandcamp and get "Beauty Everywhere" & "Record of a Day" immediately. :)
bit.ly/BEhereDC

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Deborah Crooks Beauty Everywhere Record Release at the Back Room with Melissa Phillips and James DeP

 

I'm very excited to write that the release show for Beauty Everywhere is only two weeks away! Please don't miss this show! I'm playing with a superb band — Art Khu on piano, Mike Stevens on drums, Ben Bernstein on bass and Kwame Copeland on acoustic guitar/backing vocals. I'm sharing the bill with a fabulous songwriter and guitarist, Melissa Phillips and James DePrato;  and we're playing new music near and dear to my heart. Plus The Back Room is a cool, cozy all-ages venue (it has a grand piano and couches). Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. If you haven't done so already, please mark your calendars for October 14, and reserve your seat in advance by clicking HERE. I'll look forward to seeing you there. It's going to be a great night.

Love and gratitude, Deborah

 

Hot off the press - Beauty Everywhere CDs

 

Hot off the press! My new recording "Beauty Everywhere" - available everywhere on 10/18 but I'll have these on hand a few days earlier at, Friday, October 14 and the record release show at The Back Room.

Beauty Everywhere on WOSRadio and CSuiteMusic

 

Pleased to be featured on CSuiteMusic http://www.csuitemusic.com/artist-you-should-know--deborah-crooks.html!

...and, you can hear the song "Beauty Everywhere" on the Women of Substance Radio New Music Show all week at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT). Listen at http://www.womenofsubstanceradio.com. 

 

Bay Station's Go Out and Make Some reviewed in No Depression

 

Bay Station's Go Out and Make Some CD got a great review by John Apice in No Depression. Choice words include: 

"Crooks’ is simply too original to be a singer who will be known as someone who sings like…like no one. She changes gears seamlessly and in regards to Lucinda, Deborah may have a wider pallet of styles than even Lucinda."

 and

"This band admirably reflects the wealth of music explored by Hot Tuna, they have that James Gang (Joe Walsh) metabolism, that Grateful Dead / Jerry Garcia Band (with Donna Jean Godchaux) homegrown classicism, and that ability to strike just the right chord with everyone in an appreciative audience."

You can read the full review HERE

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Beauty Everywhere, new 7-song EP out now, find at the shows, or online on CDBaby and BandCamp....

The latest from Bay Station Go Out And Make Some is available everywhere online and at the shows! 

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