Wednesday, February 21, 2024

My Brother's Smile

Hello
My brother would have celebrated his 67th trip around the sun today, so I'm sharing "My Brother's Smile" here.  Chances are, you have already heard the tune and know the story. 

I also would like to share some life lessons I have learned in the years since 1979: 

Be kind, use your powers for good, rest when you need to rest. 
Life is not easy, but it's worth the extra effort! 
Resist fascism in all its forms, even when it is "well intended." 
Forgive often and move on, because holding onto hurt hurts you, too. 

Understand that some people will not care for you in the same way that you care for them, and some will only care about what you can do for them, so be sure to take care of yourself. 

Remember to laugh, play music, and dance. 

I wish you all the best day possible, because days add up to weeks, months and years, and now is all we have.
Be love, be peace. 
Be you. You are enough. 

Ox,
Mari 





 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Music

Hey Everybody! 
Here to let you know that we are back at The Saloon in San Francisco in March, second Saturday. 4-8 pm
Pretty sure it's the 9th, but feel free to check a calendar. We will have Jim Talley of "Talley Up!" joining us on keys.
Btw, in case you are curious, I sing every day, even when we don't have a show. Got to keep the chops up, you never know what the universe will present to you.
Speaking of presenting, we will be dropping a single soon, a tune that Arne started to write a long time ago. It was a fun project!
Stay dry and be peace and love.

Ox, 
Mari 

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Shown - random pic of my juicer. more on that here.



Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Love

Sending some love out to all, today and every day! If you are able, please support someone making live music. I plan to do that tonight, and hopefully, Arne will support my desire. 

Btw, I may be writing more blog posts than in recent years, because I like to write, 
And, I am my "most authentic self" when connecting with purpose, and lately, my purpose is to connect! 

It's been a rough couple of years for so many of us, and I  refuse to be silent about things that matter, even if that means losing some "friends." 

Music is love.
Truth is love. 
Just be you. Be love. 

Ox, 
Mari 

Monday, February 12, 2024

Games People Play

Happy Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, all! 
Well, happy for KC fans and not so happy for the Niners fans. 
It was pretty boring first quarter that turned out to be quite a game, wasn't it? Oh well, baseball season is just around the bend.
Anyway, my favorite moments of the day were catching up with old friends at sweet Honey Green's memorial and holding the baby while the kids were grabbing a taco or two.
Pigging out on the pickle dip whipped up by the son-in-law was pretty awesome. I'm paying the price now because I overindulged a bit. Guess I'll be drinking a lot of water for the next few days.
Least favorite moments - you can probably guess. I'm so not into the whole macho thing, and Elvis and Adam must be rolling in their graves. But music is for everyone, right? That's what I love about it. Just because you can't hold a tune, doesn't mean you shouldn't belt one out once in a while, especially if your team just won the Super Bowl, But seriously, that fit like a "stay in your lane" moment to me! LOL

The Super Bowl seems bigger than it used to, probably because since so many of us do not watch traditional television these days, it is one of the few televised events that has still has a large collective audience - I thought the commercials were sub par, compared to previous years -- maybe that's due to the high cost of the ads? Insert shrug emoji here. 

Anyway, I'm back on the case, seeking gigs between gigs, because, well, it's a long story. 
I'm not coasting - I've been treading water. They make look the same from a distance, but they are not. 
Sending love and best wishes to all. 

Best,
Mari 




Friday, February 9, 2024

It's Red and Gold Weekend! North Beach Nawlins Vibe, Lunar New Year, Super Bowl

Hello Everyone! 

Happy Red and Gold Weekend! We will be at our San Francisco haunt, The Saloon - playing tunes. I'll be searching for something red to wear, as the color is appropriate for both Chinese/Lunar New Year celebrations and this year's Super Bowl, regardless of which team you are rooting for, if you are participating in that yearly ritual. 

If you are nearby, stop by and say "hi!" 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Saturday, February 10th show, Grammys Recap?

Hello Everyone!

First, thanks for reading. I had planned to share my latest gig between gigs adventure, then planned to give you a Grammys recap, except we were actually livin' the new Billy Joel song, as our power was out yesterday. 
You may have heard about the atmospheric river we've been experiencing. 
Plans got changed and we enjoyed some screenless family time. The spouse was very happy about that!
We filled the time well:
 I indulged in some paper crafts with our grandson, until he and his grandpa donned some boxing gloves, then the uncle showed up after picking up dinner to save his sister a trip down the hill, so we ate. After dinner, conversations, baby cooing, a delayed gift exchange and then we played the board game of Life - where paydays are irregular and whoever has the most money wins. Hmm.

In the music department,
we got together with the band on Saturday and they worked up some addtional instrumentals in order to allow me to pace myself a bit better during those three one hour sets over a four hour period. 
I'm really pleased with how the band is coming together, so we hired an agent to see about getting us some more gigs, while I spend some time working on getting our social media organized and putting together artwork for the single and album.
Speaking of three one hour sets, we have a gig coming up on Saturday, February 10th - you can guess where - at my dear friend Myron's place. 
The Saloon
1233 Grant Avenue
San Francisco
4-8 pm

Wishing you all a wonderful Year of the Dragon. 

Hope to see some of you soon. 
Ox,
Mari 

p.s. Please pardon typos. I wrote this on my phone. 





Thursday, January 11, 2024

Saturday in SF

Hey Kids and All You Kidders - 

A friendly reminder that myself and Livin' Like Kings are hittin' the 101 Southbound, taking that trip to the old Saloon in North Beach on Saturday to drench ourselves in the tunes for a bit - from 4-8 pm, in fact! 
It feels like it's been forever, but I feel like shakin' off these blues, as they have been holding me down for too long! 

I guess I have to create some time to gather credits and scribble a cartoon or two for the next album. Arne has been mixing away, and those of you who have been traveling with us on this journey will recognize some of it, but given how rare and special you folks are, that leaves a whole lot of ears who will find the notes for the first time! 
I just celebrated another trip around this big gas ball, so I'm ready to rock and roll! 

Come by and say "hi!" if you are willing and able. Sending love to all. 

Ox, 
Mari 

The gig: 

1232 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA
4 - 8 pm 
Saturday, January 13th, 2024

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Singing the Blues in San Francisco January 13th, 2024

Hey There, Everybody! 

Wishing you all the best year you can possibly have. 
I have to admit, world events are making it more challenging to find joy these days - at least for me, but I keep giving it my best effort. Hope you are, too. 
You'd think that humans would have figured out by now that love and kindness are better than cruelty and violence. I think most of us have, it's just that a small percentage of people are so miserable that they feel the need to make problems for everyone else in their vicinity. 
This is not a complaint, but an observation. 
That said, I'll be belting out the blues to the best of my ability on Saturday, January 13th, accompanied by Livin' Like Kings at my friend Myron's place, The Saloon, from 4-8 pm. I feel fortunate to be able to do this whenever I can.

Until then, I wish everyone love and peace in your heart. 

Ox, 
Mari 



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