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In the Mix Finding Your Song for 2018

Jan 03, 2018 02:17PM ● By Paul Cotruvo
By Paul Cotruvo
2018? Really? Where did 2017 go? I guess that means it was a fabulous year. I know that to be true with regard to the music scene. Anyway, the beginning of a new year always inspires me to try and be a better human being. So, I thought I’d find a little inspiration through a song. But what song? I’d thought I’d ask around for some guidance, and what better people to ask than my bocce team, “Boccelism” -- the greatest bocce team in the history of mankind (and my mind). I mean, if you can’t find philopshy in bocce, where are you going to look? So, this is what they gave me:
Seems that the song “Imagine” was the #1 choice for Team Boccelism’s Civic Action Commission Chair Allison Koerber and Dame Debra Margolis. “Imagine - no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.” Legendary soccer coach Larry Hall adds, “At the beginning of 2018, I want to imagine and hope that we can start putting our divided nation back together. I have heard it said that the Vietnam era was like this. I was there for that; it is worse now. Not worried so much about me; but I do worry for my kids and grandkids. They deserve better.”
The fabulous Debbie Shess says,” My song choice for 2018 is one that has always been a favorite of mine: ‘Wake Up Everybody’ by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. It's a call to action that includes all people-making changes, helping our fellow citizens, making the world a better place. Seems appropriate.” Nancy O’Grady (our player of the year) says, “So many, but for today I will say ‘Raise em Up’ by Keith Urban. A song about being thankful for everything we have and celebrating that.”
Pleasant Hill Public Information Officer Martin Nelis: “There are many Irish rebel songs I could suggest, but I think I will go with ‘The Rising’ by Bruce Springsteen. ‘The Rising’ is a beautiful song that speaks to emerging out of the darkness into the light of a new day. It’s a good metaphor for our transition out of 2017, an awful year with an imbecile in the White House, into the dawning of a new year, full of hope and promises of better things to come.”
Pleasant Hill Rec and Park Board member Zac Shess goes deep with this thought: “’The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ by Gil Scott-Heron. If you listen to the lyrics, chock-full of references to the tumultuous Nixon-era ‘70s, you can make many of those same comparisons to today's world. Scott-Heron is saying that if you want to effect real change in your community or for the nation, the revolution will not take place on TV (or today’s social media). It will happen when citizens want to make the effort.” Pleasant Hill bon vivant Jeremy Carlson’s pick: “For an optimistic look, ‘Heal the World’ By Michael Jackson.” Rec and Park’s Sheila Cotruvo (love of my life) says, "’Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson because love from my husband, family, and friends keeps me going even through the worst of times. Choose joy in 2018!”
And finally, Pleasant Hill’s 2018 Mayor Tim Flaherty chooses “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. “Birds flying high, you know how I feel/Sun in the sky, you know how I feel, breeze driftin on by, you know how I feel/It’s a new dawn/It’s a new day/It’s a new life for me, ooooooooh and I’m feeling good.” Tim adds, “The lyrics about the new dawn, the new day, the new life, resonate with me because I always enter the new year with optimism! Feeling good speaks to being on the other side (almost) of a lengthy recovery for that damn Achilles injury.” (Editor’s note: not bocce related!)
So, after hearing these picks, I decided my inspiration song for 2018 is “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. I have always found this song gets me through anything. “You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.” Here’s wishing you find your song in 2018. Cheers!
Quote of the Month: “Celebrate what you want to see more of” ~~ Tom Peters
Paul’s Picks for January:
January 5: The Cheeseballs, Dan’s Bar, 1524 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 10pm
January 11: Ken Cooper, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm
January 13: Sin Silver, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm
January 25: Blackie Farrell, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
January 26: Jeffrey Halford & The Healers, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
January 27: Dan DeShara, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm
January 28: The Hip Spanic All Stars, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm