You don't choose Carmel," says Lauren Monroe, "Carmel chooses you." Monroe, a healer and musician, moved to the area in 2017 with her husband, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen. The couple previously called Malibu home. "We started coming to Big Sur around 2002, a couple of times a year," Allen recalls. "We were so sad every time we left." It would be a mistake, however, to assume … [Read more...] about Def Leppard Drummer’s Philanthropic Journey
Following a year in which the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) was sadly compelled to break its 63-year run as the world's longest continuously running jazz festival, this most cherished Monterey Peninsula event is making a triumphant return. On the weekend of September 24th-26th, the oak-studded grounds of the Monterey County Fair and Event Center will once again come alive with … [Read more...] about Jazz is Back!
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shelter-in-place orders have had a huge impact across all sectors of the economy. Some of the hardest hit workers have been those in the hospitality industry, and that includes professional musicians. I am grateful to be included as a member of that tight-knit community, having played bass in several well-known Monterey Bay … [Read more...] about Keeping the Music Alive
Songwriting is a multidisciplinary calling. A songsmith is equal parts composer, poet, musician, philosopher and entrepreneur. Many times, it's an unsung profession: the performer who interprets the song gets the credit and adulation, the songwriter gets a credit set in microscopic type on a CD cover or record label. Sure, there are exceptions. Individuals such as Cole Porter, … [Read more...] about A Way with Words
While taking in the landscape paintings of Joaquin Turner, the observer can be forgiven for thinking the artist was a member of the group of early 20th-century painters who worked in a style now known as "Early California." But Turner is very much of this time, a very contemporary man, but also very much in touch with the ethos of those Carmel-area artists who worked their … [Read more...] about In the Tonalist Tradition