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In the Mix Asks What Song Would You Be?

Oct 06, 2016 12:39PM ● By Paul Cotruvo

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 as 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. This time around, I thought I would ask the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park Board of Directors. The board establishes policy for the Pleasant Hill Rec & Park District, which, in my humble opinion, has developed some of the best programs and community facilities in the state. More to my heart, they are huge supporters of music events such as Come Together and Blues and Brews. Let’s see what they had to say:


Chair Zac Shess: “This question is tough for me because it's not really supposed to be your favorite song but the song that personifies you. So here goes... ‘Headstart for Happiness’ by The Style Council. Most people who know me know I'm an ‘80s music aficionado, so I figured my song needs to come out of that era, when I came of age musically. The head of this band, Paul Weller, is one of my favorite musicians because he adroitly blends different genres, which is something I've always appreciated in music. The song itself speaks to the optimistic way I try to live my life. It's fun, kinda loud...maybe that’s me, too.”


Sandra Bonato says: “A song that resonates with me is ‘Pure Imagination’ from the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” There is a sense of wonder, creation, and joy in the lyrics and melody that makes me smile. Just close your eyes and imagine....”


Longtime board member Sherry Sterrett says: “The song that I would be is ‘Sherry, Sherry Baby.’

Why? ...... I go all the way back to 1962. ‘Sherry, Sherry Baby’ was the Four Seasons #1 hit. My mom's name is also Sherry.  Whenever the song was playing on the radio, my dad would join in and sing ‘Sherry, Sherry Baby’ to her. ‘Sherry, Sherry Baby’ is filled with great memories for me.”


Another longtime board member, Dennis Donaghu, states: “After giving it some thought, I think I would be the country and western song ‘You're My Best Friend’ by Don Williams, and I would sing it myself to Faye, my wife and best friend for more than 50 years. Don Williams is a wonderful story teller in songs, and there are probably many who would be described by him and relate to his lyrics.”


Loveable Bobby Glover says: “This is really a tough one. People that know me know that I speak in movie quotes and song lyrics. I have songs that speak to different parts of my life. Clearly, from the choices below, I am a huge country music fan. I had already been a fan of Tim McGraw's ‘My Little Girl,’ but becoming a father to two beautiful girls these past couple years has made me appreciate it so much more. The line ‘wrapped in pink, so soft and warm. You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born’ is so very true and gets me choked up every time I listen to it. I grew up in the house that my dad and grandpa built, and every time I hear Miranda Lambert's ‘House that Built Me,’ I think about just how lucky I was. ‘Plans were drawn, concrete poured, nail by nail, and board by board. Daddy gave life to Mama's dream’ is exactly what happened, and my parents still live there today. I love that house and cherish the memories that have been made and the ones that have yet to happen.”


Next year we’ll see two new board members after Sherry and Dennis retire, so, of course, I had to ask them as well.


Newcomer Jennifer Ortega says: “If I were a song, I would be ‘The Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston because it's truly remarkable what you can achieve when you believe in yourself.

I love the message about teaching kids to love themselves and have pride in who they are, and this is my ultimate goal as a parent. Developing self-confidence as an adolescent can be so challenging, especially for girls, but the sooner we learn to love and accept ourselves and share our gifts with the world, the better off we are. Knowing who you are and what you stand for is transformative, and I live by the simple motto ‘You do You.’”


And newcomer Andrew Pierce says: “I think my song would be, ‘Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before’ by The Smiths because I have a penchant for repeating stories.”


And, finally, the district has a new general manager, Michelle Lacy. So why not welcome her to all this madness as well. Michelle says: “Thanks for asking. That's an interesting and difficult question, but I would have to say if I were a song I would be ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. I am the type of person who lives life saying, ‘What If…’ and I like to not only dream about a better world, but I chose my profession in Parks and Recreation so I could make a difference and change the world.”


Thank you guys for participating. I love all these answers. And thank you, Pleasant Hill Rec and Park, for making all of our lives better here in our little neck of the woods.


And now for a little plug, which happens to be brought to you by the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park District. On November 4 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, the local band Cover2Cover reunites for one night only. All original members will be there for a night of dancing. This is an event you do not want to miss. Go to the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park website for more information:


Paul’s Picks for October:

October 7: Midnight Flyer, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9:30pm

October 8: Kymber Starmack, Roxx on Main, 627 Main St., Martinez, 7pm

October 8: Push w/ Dan Ashley, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9:30pm

October 11: Soulful Security, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

October 22: Tender Mercies, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

October 22: Sin Silver, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, 8:30pm

October 29: The Big Jangle, Back 40, 100 Coggins Dr., Pleasant Hill, 7pm

October 29: Lumberyard, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9:30pm


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