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.

Ox,
Mari

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.

Ox,
Mari

Monday, January 13, 2020

Music and "Stuff"

Hello All,

So much to share, so little time. It is not easy to swim long distances when you are doing the dog paddle, just trying to keep your head above water. Whatever you are working through at this moment, think on that one for a minute, and give yourself a hug and a breather. 
Music happenings:

Sunday, January 18th is a tribute to Lisa Kindred at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley. It's a benefit for RDSHP and Center for Domestic Peace, two of Lisa's favorite orgs. I guess we had more in common than the blues and The Saloon. I am not officially on the bill, but have been invited to sit in, and am going to do my best to make it after my work shift.  Lisa Kindred Tribute facebook event

Speaking of The Saloon, I regret to inform you that we have to cancel our February 7th Livin' Like Kings show. Arne cannot play bass at the moment, and, as you may or may not already know, the main reason we formed that band was to play music together. So, please accept our apologies. If you want any more details, talk to him about it. I guess we will be concentrating on more recording in the near future, as we can only adapt to change the best way we know how.  I am still running for POTUS, despite the fact that my husband is not too thrilled with the idea, but he does keep saying "Show me the money!" That is because he understands the current reality of our political system. 

That said, coming up, another show with my Mill Valley Music All Star friends on February 8th at The Throckmorton Theatre. It will be another fun night of Rolling Stones tunes, and I get to stretch my chops in tribute to Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer.  Come on by and sing along. Expecting this one to sell out, so don't wait to get your tix!

Be kind to yourself and it will spill out into the world.

Ox,
Mari




Monday, January 6, 2020

Epiphany

I am grateful.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to wish me a "Happy Birthday" and/or a "Happy New Year," and a special thank you to everyone who has donated to my facebook birthday fundraiser for Center for Domestic Peace. While $200 may seem like a small amount of money to many of my friends, in this crowded world of non-profits, every dollar counts.

Just as importantly, thank you to everyone who spends time helping someone or at least not hurting someone or something, unless it was in self defense. How you interpret the term "self defense" will likely depend upon your life experiences.

After all, our life experiences color or clear our perspective.

My favorite birthday gifts:
- a handwritten love letter from my husband
- a video of our daughter trying to coax my grandson to wish me a happy birthday and to say "I love you"
- a casual (and yummy) dinner with friends who support my candidacy for POTUS, even if they seem a bit perplexed by it.

One asked "What do you think your chances are?"
My answer:
"Pretty slim, but better than if I didn't give it a go."
Or something like that.

We need systemic change. Systemic change is only possible with robust civic engagement. When we have a third of the population sitting out an election, that tells me that a third of us are unable to get to the polls, we feel there is no point, or it is a "combination of the two." Or, could it be that a third of the people do not see themselves reflected in the people currently in power?

I know I certainly don't.

And, I don't see myself or most of the people I know reflected in the current Democratic candidate pool. I appreciate them all for standing up, even the old white guy billionaires with the "white knight" complex(es?)

The people with money always see themselves reflected, because it takes a lot of money to run for office. Why does it take so much money to run for office? Because the people in power, with the money, make the rules, because our society equates money with success.

What I am here to tell you is, there is a point and this is that time.

When voices are being silenced, when citizens are being prevented from voting because of skin color, this is when people who still have a voice need to speak on their behalf.

This is that time.

When people cannot get to the polls because they have no transportation, this is when we need to carpool, or "get on the bus." When one party is actively suppressing votes of the other party, that is a time when the good people who have to abandon that party and register for the other party.

This is that time.

The change we need and want is only possible with fresh perspective and participation of a larger portion of our population. We cannot sit idly by while American citizens are being denied the right to vote. It is un-American and a danger to our democracy.

When we speak truth to power and power turns a deaf ear, it is time for the people to become the power.

We, the people cannot become the power whem some of our people are being denied the right to vote.

We cannot sit this one out.

This time, I have more to offer than my vote. I know what it feels like to feel alone, abused and abandoned. I know what it feels like to be betrayed. I know what it feels like to speak and not be heard.

I also know what it feels like to get up to try again when you are tired and I know what it feels like to open your heart to love again after a betrayal. I know what forgiveness feels like.

There comes a time when we need to stand up, fight back, and win. We fight the best way we know how: with love and kindness and the arts.

This is that time.

Ox,
Mari

P.s. I originally posted most of this on facebook.

To donate to my POTUS campaign, please go to Act Blue and search for "Mari Tamburo." I am listed just under Marianne Williamson.
All I ask for is $1, because the DNC rules for the debate require more than 150,000 individual donations.





Sunday, January 5, 2020

Super Soul Sunday

I'm writing this song, thought I would share a verse/chorus with you:

"God is good" is a phrase
that's been misunderstood.
God is not a "he"
God is not a "she"
God is the good inside
of you and me.

Always remember, the sun rises every day.
The cream always rises to the top.
Everything is temporary.
We are all connected.

Ox,
Mari

Friday, January 3, 2020

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