** 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.
* 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