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?


  • Town Hall Theatre Company (THT) is excited to announce the next show in its 2016-2017 Season, the...


  • In The Mood

    03/24/2017
    08:00PM

    IN THE MOOD celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dor...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • FPHE Green Team Meeting

    03/28/2017
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join us in greening our schools. We support Interdisciplinary education with focus on organic gar...


  • Jump Start Your Memoir

    03/29/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Learn how to make your own life stories engaging to your family and friends. Whether you’re plann...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Town Hall Theatre Company (THT) is excited to announce the next show in its 2016-2017 Season, the...


  • In The Mood

    03/24/2017
    08:00PM

    IN THE MOOD celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dor...


  • Community Paper Shredding Event

    03/25/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Bring your papers. No need to remove staples, paperclips etc. Watch paper being shredded on sit...


  • Grow More Food in Harmony With Nature

    03/25/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Master gardener Marian Woodard presents a very special opportunity to learn the most effective, m...


  • Painting With a Pupose!

    03/25/2017
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    REQUIRED TO BE 21+ FOR THIS CLASS This is a Painting with a Purpose event for ALL IN NEED, FAMIL...


  • Town Hall Theatre Company (THT) is excited to announce the next show in its 2016-2017 Season, the...


  • FPHE Green Team Meeting

    03/28/2017
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join us in greening our schools. We support Interdisciplinary education with focus on organic gar...


  • Jump Start Your Memoir

    03/29/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Learn how to make your own life stories engaging to your family and friends. Whether you’re plann...


  • 4th Annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial

    03/31/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    “Rio Vista”? Have you wondered where the town mentioned in the 2012 AT&T commercial is located? H...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    03/31/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

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


  • 4th Annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial

    04/01/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    “Rio Vista”? Have you wondered where the town mentioned in the 2012 AT&T commercial is located? H...


  • THE JENNA MAMMINA TRIO

    04/01/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Pop & Jazz" Jenna Mammina - vocals Robin Lewis - 7 string guitar Issac Narell - multi instr...


  • 4th Annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial

    04/02/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    “Rio Vista”? Have you wondered where the town mentioned in the 2012 AT&T commercial is located? H...


  • Spring Watercolors in the Garden

    04/05/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Join Wendy Soneson for a 3-part series plein-air watercolor class in a garden that features a spe...


  • BLACKIE FARRELL

    04/06/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Blackie Farrell might not be a household name, but among his peers he’s no unsung hero. His songs...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    04/07/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music with KYLE JESTER & FRIENDS No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • THE HOT LICKS - Music by Dan Hicks

    04/07/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “The King of Folk Swing” Featuring The Lickettes: Roberta Donnay - vocals/ percussion Dar...


  • FELSEN

    04/08/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Indie-Pop” Andrew Griffin - vocals/ guitar Aaron Phillips - guitar/ keys/ vocals Dominic He...


  • Jules Broussard - sax Marlon Green - drums Lorenzo Farrell - bass Rodney Burge - piano Derek ...


  • SOULFUL SECURITY

    04/11/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

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


  • Spring Watercolors in the Garden

    04/12/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Join Wendy Soneson for a 3-part series plein-air watercolor class in a garden that features a spe...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    04/14/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music with DAN DESHARA & FRIENDS No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • THE DMITRI MATHENY GROUP

    04/14/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Jazz Noir" Ken French - piano Ron Belcher - bass Leon Joyce, Jr. - drums A fresh spin on...


 

 

March2017
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