40 years ago tonight my bro, Charlie, & I had our first band club gig together.  He was already a young veteran, having drummed in 1 (or 2?) other bands in Newport, RI.  I flew to Newport after recruiting him and we drove back to California ready to rock.  This was after Doug Duncan & I had started to work as a duo at the Old Port Inn in Avila Beach (following my first California job there filleting fish in the fish market and then bartending when the bar was built, thank you Barry Cohen).  Our PA was Doug’s guitar amp and, of course, the “I can’t hear your voice” saga began. It almost didn’t matter then.  I was in heaven.

Doug & I had tried to rehearse in his place but because the presence of others in the house was too intimidating for me, we hiked into a canyon in San Luis Obispo to the geodesic dome and learned our first song, “Stairway to Heaven.” And so my journey/ascent began.

But I digress. The BAND was always my heart & soul.  The energy, the synergy, the chemistry of guitar, bass, keys, drums, horns, vocals, whatever combination, some better than others but always bringing the power of more than 1.

Since releasing my CD, Peace of My Heart, last year, my goal has been to bring that dynamic to life again.  But as most of my musician network is in Los Angeles, what’s a gal to do in Florida? Well, it seems the time has come to go it alone for the first time and for the moment.  This anniversary week brought some big suggestions & powerful encouragement from friends & strangers. So I’m shopping for a PA system right now, deciding on the tracks, working up the set lists… getting ready for the Me, Myself & I band.  The new adventure begins!

Happy 40th!!!

Peace out.

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Comments
  1. Bobby Pickett says:

    Hi Caryn! Let’s go for 40 More!

  2. I love this memory so much. If you ever need a back up singer you know who to call 😉

  3. Doug C. Duncan says:

    Thanks. I can’t forget that was my 21st birthday! March 7th, today Iam 61 and still rockin’. I think the club was the EyE. I still dream about living at the top of See Canyon Dr. someday between Avila, and Morro Bay. Good luck with your new pursuits. I for one need a full band with horn section. Looks like I will be working for a sound company all summer, “The Soundman” with Mark Carpenter, a great vocalist T worked with for 6 years in the band “Restless Nights”…happy…happy!

  4. You go Girl, you got it, now share it…..!

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