Posts Tagged ‘music’

Tomorrow! It’s Fred Carter in Ocean Park!

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024

If there are two things that definitely belong together, it’s music (especially of the acoustic variety) and books.  So what could be better than an afternoon of “acoustic guitar music with local musician Fred Carter” at the Ocean Park Timberland Library.  I can’t imagine that any of my readers don’t know — but just in case —  “Fred plays a variety of mid-century American and British rock and folk music.”  Well, that’s what the Library’s webpage says. but if you know Fred, that word “variety” doesn’t really cut it.  Fred can play almost ANYthing.  Once he has heard it, he can play it — a remarkable gift indeed.

And as for the acoustic part… well, that’s been a continuing “discussion” between Fred and myself for some time now.  I am not of fan of amplified/electrified/plugged-in music and so I’ve been pretty tight about keeping the House Concerts here acoustic-only venues.  It’s an ongoing (and fairly civil) argument that Fred and I have, and I must say that he has always gracefully adhered to my wishes in his concerts here. I was delighted to read that his gig tomorrow at the O.P. Library will be acoustic (and honestly, Fred, I wasn’t given any opportunity to influence anyone!)

He’ll be playing from 2:00 to 3:30 tomorrow — I imagine in the Meeting Room at the Library, although I went to an Aaron English concert there years ago in the computer room as I remember.  But I don’t think Fred will be hard to find.  Follow the crowd!  Better yet, get there early to get a good seat.  Right next to me!


Laughing Along With Judy Eron!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Judy Eron — Singer, Songwriter, Author, and More!

This afternoon I’m going plum-picking with Judy Eron.  Or maybe I’ll get to compete with her to become a Rodeo Queen. And perhaps, too, I can share in her excitement over her first social security check and help her find her yodel!

You can join in these adventures, too, at the Peninsula Art Center from 4:00 to 6:00 this afternoon.  That’s when Judy will be center stage, playing and singing some of her own songs.  I’m not sure which ones — she’s written over 500 in her long career!   I hope there are some of my favorites, but I’ve found with Judy that each “new” song of hers I hear becomes my new favorite… so no worries!

And, you might think from my use of the word “career” that Judy has been a full-time musician all these years. Well… sort of.  But she is also a clinical social worker (which sounds almost as impressive) and, an author — of What Goes Up. . .Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One (2005).

Judy Eron – From Her FB Page

Perhaps, most impressive of all, to me, is that she lived and worked in Nashville for twenty years!  Nashville!  Rubbing elbows and writing songs for all those country singers we know and love!  She has also recorded two LPs, has written musical theater and has had two musicals produced — in Vermont and Nashville.  Wow!

Judy tells me that she may call on her friends Charlie Watkins and Janet Clark to do a few numbers with her today — the three of them make up three-fourths of Double J and the Boys.  But, mostly, this afternoon will be all Judy.  As she told me, “This is my once-a-year concert of all my own songs.”

I can scarcely wait!  I hope the Peninsula Arts Center tent is full to bursting — have you called to reserve a spot? — and that Long Beach reverberates with Judy’s enthusiasm and rollicking music!

On being passionate…

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
The Willapa Hills Band

        I am passionate about a number of things.  Folk music, for instance.  Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary – I’m crazy about them all.  And have you seen the movie, “Songcatcher?”  Fabulous!
         Another of my passions is local history, especially those aspects that might be considered ‘folklore.’  Nothing pleases me more than to run across a new bit of information about the people who lived here in the early days.  And if I’m lucky enough to find a diary or journal about the day-to-day life of long ago, I feel I have struck it rich indeed.
         Imagine, then, my enthusiasm for the Willapa Hills Band!  Based in Wahkiakum County, their current performances are all about local happenings – stories about the past and present in the Lower Columbia Pacific region performed in the grand folk music tradition.  I do believe I am in love with them!
         They are on the search, collecting stories and memories from old-timers and mining written works for song possibilities.  So far, the results are stunning.  But they have not stopped there.  They are also performing works by other musicians in the area – spreading the word and sharing the music in the manner of folk musicians throughout history. 
         Unfortunately, their performances are few – only three or four each winter which is the off-season for their “day jobs.”  Happily, they will be performing once more this year – Sunday, April 11th at 3:00 at the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach.  I intend to be in the audience which will make their third performance I’ve seen this year.  That might qualify me as a groupie.  I hope so!