Skip to main content

What Song Are You?

Apr 01, 2015 12:30PM, Published by Jennifer Neys, Categories: Community



by Paul Cotruvo

A few issues ago, I asked a few local dignitaries, “If you were a song, what song would you be and why?” I do not ask this question lightly, nor am I trying to channel my inner Barbara Walters. I truly believe music can shape our lives and inspire all of us to be better human beings. The answers are always interesting and revealing. And let me tell you, this is an extremely hard question to answer. I was asked this question a few years back when I was interviewed. The song I chose was, “With a Little Help From My Friends.” I still think it’s my first choice, but when I think about it again, I can come up with three or four more that might define who I am. So let’s see what some others answered.

Lafayette Mayor Brandt Andersson had this to say: “Very interesting question. I'll give you a couple of them. ‘Life is But a Dream’ (it's what you make it) by The Harptones. We're all dealt different hands in life, but what matters is what we do with the hand we're dealt. ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ by George and Ira Gershwin. I'm never sure if I identify with the person watching or the one being watched over, but what's important is that we watch over one another. ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ by Monty Python. Unwavering optimism in the face of adversity is a fundamental quality of any public servant.”

Martinez Mayor Rob Schroeder chimed in: “After discussing this with my daughter, we decided I would choose ‘Deacon Blues’ by Steely Dan. When my daughter was very young, she and I would listen to Steely Dan and dance in the living room. Those memories of her childhood days are special to both of us (she is now 24). Although the actual lyrics have references to a musician expressing him/herself, I relate to the song not only because of the memories and melody, but also the message of breaking out of a mold and expanding the view of our purpose and universe. Being an elected official, I am expected to conduct myself in a certain manner, which I do. But there are other facets to my being that the public will never know.”

I thought I would also ask the “Community Focus Ladies,” the wonderful publishers of this magazine, the same question. Jennifer Neys said “This was a TOUGH one, but I came up with ‘You Learn’ by Alanis Morissette because life is one enormous classroom!

Becky Coburn said, “"Dance Me to the End of Love.’ The pop girl in me likes Madeleine Peyroux's version. For me it's a beautiful song about lasting love and how the ‘dance’ keeps love steady, strong, and sweet through years of sharing a life with someone and all that that entails. It's incredibly romantic. My poor husband is bound to feel some pressure when he reads this.” Elena Hutslar said, “I came up with ‘Morning Has Broken” sung by Cat Stevens. I grew up listening to a lot of Cat Stevens and this song has special memories of family vacations, specifically a camping trip when one early morning we heard someone playing his guitar and singing this song. Then and now, this song fills me with peace and gratitude for the simplest of things that life offers.  Every morning is a new day and a blessing.” 

So, what song are you? Not as easy as you think.

A few weeks ago, we lost a very talented photographer and entrepreneur, Doug Trost. I first met Doug many years ago, as he was a bartender at The Refectory and Abernathy’s in Walnut Creek. He then went on a few years later and opened O’Kearney’s, also in Walnut Creek. Doug was a huge supporter of live music. It’s just who he was. Later in life he took up photography and shot thousands of pictures of musicians. He would always, without hesitation, volunteer to shoot such events as Come Together, Blues and Brews, and Summer by the Lake in Pleasant Hill.  Doug was truly a wonderful human being . The world is a little darker with his passing. Godspeed Doug. 

Quote of the Month: “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on...” -- Irving Berlin


Paul’s picks for April:

April 3: Soul Power, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

April 11: Big Jangle, Back 40, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill, 7pm

April 17: The Purple One’s, Dan’s Bar, 1524 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 10pm                     

April 18: Mark Blasquez, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm

April 18: Lumberyard, Dallimonti’s, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm            

April 19: The Sunday Paper, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm

 

 

 



What song are you?


  • JENNY KERR BAND

    07/28/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Country Rock, Blues and Soul” Jenny Kerr - vocals/ guitar/ banjo/ harmonica/ piano Philbilli...


  • Model Train sHOw & Open HOuse @ WCMRS

    07/28/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Join us this coming Friday night for our "Last Friday Night of the Month" train show/open house. ...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    07/30/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • THE SUNDAY PAPER

    07/30/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    "Bay Area Funk" With former and current members of Tower Of Power, Cold Blood, Sly & The Famil...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    07/31/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    08/01/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    08/02/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/02/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Ninth Annual Mascot Day at Jelly Belly

    08/02/2017
    11:00AM — 03:00PM

    Visit your favorite mascots at the ninth Annual Mascot Day at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center. Mr....


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/02/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • Plant Spotlight Classes

    08/02/2017
    12:30PM — 01:00PM

    Bring a sketchbook or notebook to The Gardens at Heather Farm as we spotlight one special plant i...


  • Party Under the Palms

    08/02/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    Unwind under the palm trees at Jack London Square with the coolest craft cocktails as CUESA and t...


  • Habit is the first complete personalized nutrition solution, helping you eat right for your own u...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    08/03/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • JENNY KERR BAND

    07/28/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Country Rock, Blues and Soul” Jenny Kerr - vocals/ guitar/ banjo/ harmonica/ piano Philbilli...


  • Model Train sHOw & Open HOuse @ WCMRS

    07/28/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Join us this coming Friday night for our "Last Friday Night of the Month" train show/open house. ...


  • Muir Orthopaedic Specialists annual event provides pre-participation evaluation and optional base...


  • Artist in Residence Open Studio

    07/29/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Bringing inspiring Bay Area artistic talent to the six acres of lush, natural landscapes at The G...


  • Eat Stay Love Lafayette Food Tour

    07/29/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Green Hills. Great Schools. Good-tasting Eats. Our Eat – Stay – Love Lafayette food tour is a tw...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    07/29/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • You are invited to a Party with a Purpose benefiting Monument Crisis Center and Contra Costa Inte...


  • SHARK ALLEY HOBOS + JACKSON & THE IMMORTALS

    07/29/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    SHARK ALLEY HOBOS Che Prasad (guitar, banjo, uke, sitar, accordion, vocals) John Howard (guit...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    07/30/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • THE SUNDAY PAPER

    07/30/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    "Bay Area Funk" With former and current members of Tower Of Power, Cold Blood, Sly & The Famil...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    07/31/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    08/01/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    08/02/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/02/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Ninth Annual Mascot Day at Jelly Belly

    08/02/2017
    11:00AM — 03:00PM

    Visit your favorite mascots at the ninth Annual Mascot Day at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center. Mr....


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/02/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • Plant Spotlight Classes

    08/02/2017
    12:30PM — 01:00PM

    Bring a sketchbook or notebook to The Gardens at Heather Farm as we spotlight one special plant i...


  • Party Under the Palms

    08/02/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    Unwind under the palm trees at Jack London Square with the coolest craft cocktails as CUESA and t...


  • Habit is the first complete personalized nutrition solution, helping you eat right for your own u...


  • Volleyball at OPCC

    08/03/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Registration is now open for this intensive camp is for 4th-8th grade boys and girls. Taught by ...


  • Ballfield #2, Heather Farm Park 301 N. San Carlos Drive Bring your family and enjoy this FREE...


  • Summer Contra Costa Crystal Fair

    08/05/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    The fantastically marvelous Crystal Fair is coming to Walnut Creek on August 5-6. It will be a sp...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/05/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • Cute Critter Live Draw

    08/05/2017
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join the Bedford Gallery for their Cute Critters Live Draw and art auction from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/05/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • The Electric Band: David Laflamme - violin/ vocals Linda Laflamme - vocals Val Fuentes - dru...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/05/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • Summer Contra Costa Crystal Fair

    08/06/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    The fantastically marvelous Crystal Fair is coming to Walnut Creek on August 5-6. It will be a sp...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/06/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • Free First Tuesdays at Bedford Gallery

    08/08/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    Free admission first Tuesday of the month (when open) Sweet n Low features artwork from over 1...


  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/09/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/09/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • BANJOJAZZ featuring HOWARD ALDEN

    08/09/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Jack Convery - banjo Howard Alden - banjo/ guitar Dave Marty - banjo Gary Newman - piano Bob ...


  • The Danny Green Trio

    08/10/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    A rising force on the jazz scene, Southern California pianist and composer Green has distinguishe...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    08/11/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • DEREK IRVING & HIS COMBO

    08/11/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Retro Rock 'n Roll & Rockabilly” Derek Irving - guitar/ vocals Vance Ehlers - upright bass ...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/12/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/12/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • THE LADY BIANCA SHOW

    08/12/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Blues and Soul” Bianca's Annual Birthday Party at Armando's! 2015 International Blues Chal...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/12/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/13/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • SOULFUL SECURITY

    08/15/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Classic Rhythm & Blues and Soul" Glenn Walters - vocals/ drums Jeff Tamelier - guitar Tony ...


  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/16/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/16/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    08/18/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • THE JESSE BREWSTER BAND

    08/18/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Alt-Country, Folk Rock" Jesse Brewster - guitar/ vocals Dave Sampson - guitar Ryan Low - dr...


 

 

 

 

July 2017

 

Oasis Veterinary Pet Adoption Connection

 

Loading Family Features Content Widget
Loading Family Features Article

 

Interested in advertising or becoming a community sponsor? Contact us at 925-335-6397 or email us at info@ourcommunityfocus.com