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I have an acquaintance who inspires me. He’s battling terminal cancer, and he is making every moment that he can count. In addition to deeply connecting with the people in his life, he is following his passion of music and adventure by traveling when he can to see the concerts that fill him up.

We two stick-in-the-muds, as the Husband and I have become lately, shook things up and took a spontaneous trip to our special honeymoon location because a talented musical artist we admire was performing there. This was inspired partly by following that man’s posts. I said “Let’s do this, why the hell not?” The Husband said it was crazy — it’s a long drive, with LA traffic, we can’t do this — but we did it, and it was one of the best things we did this year.

The artist is a blues singer/guitarist we discovered at the Doheny Blues Festival in May. Samantha Fish, to quote the Husband, is a force of nature. This young girl from Kansas City, MO has the raw talent to succeed, not to mention the work ethic needed to sustain. She put on an amazing show in an intimate, cool little bar venue in Morro Bay on August 8. The Siren is rather new in that small beach town on the Central Coast, and it is definitely a place I’d go to again. Great acoustics, a warm/cool vibe (is that an oxymoron? — no, it’s very warm and welcoming but with a cool vibe that’s not too hipster, but just right).

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The girl put on a show that I will always cherish. Soulful, passionate, great vocals, an accomplished guitarist. My favorite of her songs: “Go Home” from her Wild at Heart album. The Husband’s favorite is a song called “Either Way I Lose.”

Check out Samantha Fish on iTunes or YouTube, or better yet, if she’s performing in a place near you, go! Just do it.

 

 

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Bob Marley

One of the greatest pleasures of life is music. As a kid, I spent most of my allowance on records. And I still buy a lot of music, but it has been a few months since I purchased anything worthwhile.

Two of my favorite artists released new albums in the past week, and I went right to iTunes to purchase them both.

I Love Lucy:

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I discovered Lucy Wainwright Roche when I went to a conference in Boston in 2009. I walked by the Orpheum Theater and noticed one of my favorite bands, The Indigo Girls, would be playing that night. So I stopped by the box office to see if one lone seat was available and they sold me an 8th row center seat. The opening act that night was Lucy, and I was deeply impressed her. Her latest album, “There’s a Last Time for Everything” is really good. Actually, I love all her albums, but this one is superb.

And I Love Amos:

Amos Lee has been at the top of my list of male artists for a few years now. I just love this guy. His new album, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song” is another gem.

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I’m happy when I discover one great album every couple of months.  I found two really good albums in the same week. That’s a sign that it’s going to be a good month.

Have you found any new music that you’d recommend? I’m always open to recommendations.

Enjoy!

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