Monday, March 23, 2020

From the Frontlines

Hey All!

Sending love to you. Please adhere to the no travel guidelines. If you need to go to the grocery store, please cover your nose and mouth, as a precaution. I am currently asymptomatic and am covering my nose and mouth to protect our customers. Sure, I may look a bit silly, but who cares?
Most of us will be asymptomatic and spreading this everywhere, so consider our friends and family who have compromised immune systems.
I am grateful to be working. Am I scared? Sometimes. That is a human emotion. The important thing is to stay calm and do what needs to be done.

I look forward to the day when I can sing for you in public again. Until then, I am here, at the checkout counter.
Grateful to be able to serve.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Salt of the Earth

Hello Again,

"We do what we can do until we can do better."
Fairly certain that I first heard these words of wisdom from Maya Angelou. Forgive me for repeating myself. It is good advice.

Sending love and best wishes to everyone during these challenging times. May we all make the best of it and know that we are all in this together.

Please don't hoard. If no one hoards, there will be plenty for everyone. If you have more than you need, give it away.

Speaking of giving things away, I have uploaded an acoustic cover of my new favorite Rolling Stones tune, "Salt of the Earth" -- which Pat and I learned and recorded recently. It is accompanied by a long winded rant. Feel free to read that or not. If you choose to stay ignorant, that is on you, so don't say I didn't warn you. I understand we are bombarded with bad news these days, but  ignorance is not bliss, and love is not blind.
Love is action.

Here is the link:


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Thoughts

Hey Everybody!

Hope this email finds you well and happy. I am grateful to be feeling useful during this time of a pandemic. As you may already know, the SF Bay Area is in mostly volunteer lockdown and the Saloon is closed for the first St. Patrick's Day in possibly close to 150 years. Myron wanted to close anyway, because it was so slow. A few folks begged him to stay open, so we went back.amd forth on that for a day or so until the Mayor put out a new public health order.  So, not sure if we still have a gig on April 7th or not.

Truth be told, I stopped drinking most alcohol a long time ago. I tend bar on occasion to make ends meet.

I am searching options re: how to complete my degree so I can put my communication skills to better use. Learning some Spanish on the job from my coworkers.

Sending you all some love from afar.

We will be releasing a couple of new recordings on the bandcamp page soon.

If you need a job, check if your local grocery store is hiring. To keep the kids busy, teach them to plant a garden. Start by giving them a seed catalog, as that might keep them busy for a bit. Be sure to plant some milkweed for monarchs!

--- Mari



And I have not yet dropped out of the Democratic primary. We are still a few months away from the convention.

Monday, March 9, 2020

March 9th Musings: Fairfax Fun on the 10th, AB5, POTUS Run

Hey Everybody!

Music related notice: Richard Wood, Jose Simioni and a few of the usual suspects are playimg Peri's in Fairfax tomorrow night, starting at 8:30 pm. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by and say "hello." I'm working the early shift at the Good Earth that day,  so if I am able to drop by and sing a few tunes, it will be early.

Thanks for understanding my erratic blog posting habits as of late. Our sweet dog Lucy has been ill and sadly, we had to send her off to the rainbow bridge. I posted on facebook about it
 Thank you for your kind messages. Arne misses their daily walks. If you know anyone with a high energy pup who needs a good hike, please contact me.

The NY Times did not post my letter to the editor, which is actually a good thing, because it was not my best work, so although I said I would publish it here, it needs a rewrite before I post it anywhere.

Speaking of writing, please allow me to share a short story I read this morning -- it is a less than a five minute read, but it hit me to my core. I hope it inspires you in some way.

Last not least:  I voted for Joe Biden in the CA primary, yet am still a registered candidate in this POTUS primary race. I know that doesn't make sense by conventional standards, but musicians and artists and the poor need a voice in this race, and it is not Bernie. I supported him in the 2016 primary because he spoke to me. In fact, my words were his slogan. I have asked him about where his "Not me, us" slogan came from on more than one occasion, and neither he nor anyone on his staff has given me the decency of a reply. Seriously?

Truth be told, anyone who supports AB5 is lacking the knowledge to properly serve our entire country. It is up to us to educate our elected representatives. Running gives our isssues a platform.

Here is a video with more information:

Thanks again for all your support over the years.

I hope you have a wonderful day, and once again, I wish you peace, love, music and "enough."


Monday, February 17, 2020

More Stones Coming Up!

Hey Everybody!

First things first. Next Rolling Stones show with Mill Valley Allstars is April 25th. Hoping to be able to sing "You Can't Always Get What You Wamt" - we'll see.

As usual, hope this note finds you well and/or happy! Usually the two go hand in hand. I had to take a few days off last week to fight some cryd going around.

Our bay area music community has taken a few hits lately. As I scurry to write this before I get dressed and run off to my current day gig, I want to let you know about this abominable bill that passed last year in the CA Senate and took effect on January 1, 2020. It is AB5, and it is what I would call the stupidest thing I have seen since that ridiculous illegal sidewalk Marin County jammed onto what used to be a quiet, 100% safe street in Homestead Valley, where we used to live.
Anyway, similar bills are headed to NJ and the national level. Please pay attention and do a you can to resist this legislation. It is a small business killer and it is forcing more creative people to lose income. Smh.
In the meantime, contact a temp agency and see if you can do your usual independent contractor work through them. Maybe work out a different commission structure. It's worth a try until we can collectively repeal this. What a nightmare. As if we didn't have enough to worry about with this unbelievably lame "Democratic" presidentail primary fiasco. You know I always do my best to stay positive, but seriously, we have to call a spade a spade sometimes. I wrote a letter to the NY Times, we'll see how that goes. If they don't publish, I'll just post it here next week.

I will refer you to my main website for more information, urge you to research it yourself and start to get loud.

Please pardon typos. I am on my phone.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Just putting this here...

Joaquin Phoenix gets it.

“Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow.” River Phoenix

Monday, February 3, 2020

February 8th : Throckmorton Theatre

Hi All!

Friendly reminder that I am joining my friends this Saturday. February 8th at the Throckmorton in Mill Valley.

For all my friends still supporting Bernie, ask him where he came up with his, "not me, us" slogan.


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