by Eric Hughes
Yes, in 2020, it can be hard to get away. We miss travel, going to the movies, visiting friends—we all need a place that doesn’t threaten and can provide inspiration and escape. So let’s listen to more music… music is therapy for anything that ails you!
Sure, there are too many options nowadays for satisfying musical urges, but try not to let the vast number of choices stop you from finding interesting or new talent, especially with local and regional flavors. Here are some of my favorites on Facebook, Instagram, the Web, YouTube, Pandora, and even Zoom:
Here’s a link to a recently recorded show from our neighbor David Gans, who has performed live on Facebook every day at 4PM since early April! And no, you don’t always need a Facebook login to watch shows or prerecorded music—if the artist marks their post “public,” then anyone can enjoy the show. (See more about David in the April 2020 Splash Pad News.)
Another neighbor, David Sturdevant, is founder and leader of the Medicine Ball Music Band. Occasionally he stages live jazz shows on his Facebook page. This past week’s show featured Grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling. Access to these shows may require a Facebook login.
If you like folk and folk-rock music, you can find recent video recordings of mine on YouTube. No login required.
Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage has been streaming shows and making them available on their YouTube channel without needing a login. Featured artists have included Robbie Fulks, Loudon Wainwright, and the Hot Club of San Francisco. Click on THIS LINK for easy access.
The Oakland Symphony has five Pandora playlists for which you’ll need a free or paid Pandora account.
Monica Pasqual is a fantastic pianist and singer who is a member of a San Francisco band called Blame Sally. You can find her hopeful songs of love, loss, and life on her Facebook page. She also performs every Sunday at noon and no login is required.
Eric & Suzy Thompson are long time East Bay musicians who do frequent folk and bluegrass shows live on their Facebook page. A Facebook login is not required.
International and Just For Fun:
Love electronic music? Then check out Kygo HERE.
If you haven’t already discovered the Internet Archive, click on “Audio” at the top of their home page; use the search field in the middle to find your favorite band; then block off the rest of the afternoon. BTW, this site is famous for having recordings of pretty much every Grateful Dead concert.
Eric Hughes has lived in the Grand Lake with his wife Priscilla since 1986. They have two grown sons who also live in Oakland. He’s a “finger-style” guitarist who has been playing for more than 50 years and is now retired from the computer software industry. In addition to his musical interests, Eric is Co-Chair of the Grand Lake Neighbors Neighborhood Council. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome and should be directed to email@example.com.
Editor’s Note: Eric is also responsible for the Grand Lake Improvement volunteers who periodically help out with clean-ups and landscaping on Grand Avenue between Mandana and Lake Park and, in addition, you’ve almost certainly seen him out in the commercial district scrubbing away graffiti—his #1 pet peeve.