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What Song Are You?

Apr 01, 2015 12:30PM ● By Jennifer Neys

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





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