Posts Tagged ‘Avila Beach’


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.


The more old friend/musicians I reconnect with on Facebook, the more I try to remember and find. This past weekend after looking to no avail for the first guitar player I ever worked with, I let it go. Today I received an email from MySpace with a message from him! Now this is a guy I haven’t seen or communicated with in over 30 years. Our very first gig in 1972 was at the Old Port Inn in Avila Beach, California with Doug on electric guitar and me singing through his amp. Ah, the good ol’ days.


Although you can only see pieces of his guitar & a bit of his beautifully long & blond hair behind me, the picture is from a 1973 gig with him (& my bro on drums) at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, the birthplace of my musical career. He painted as well and the fabulous JBL speaker cabinets (de rigueur for the day) reflected his artistry.

Once again the powers of the internet, synchronicity and Godincidences abound. Seek and let it go and enjoy the magic, not always 2 days later but it will come.