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Ending Summer on a High Note

The last two weekends have seen some great times. On Saturday, I enjoyed watching Stanford’s football team play no. 24 U. of Wash (and win—Go Card!). The game started with Stanford’s Chris Owusu returning the kickoff and running it all the way down the field for a touchdown (for the second week in a row). Combine that with a warm evening and garlic fries…good times!

And while I started this blog with my anticipation of Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful, nothing beats seeing Michael Franti play at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, which he did a week ago. I danced so much I couldn’t walk down my stairs for a week! Great tunes and great energy at a rockin’ venue. I have to say that Santa Cruz is my favorite place for live shows. It draws real musicians for the love of performing and engaging with an appreciative audience. The energy is always great and the venues intimate.

So on this high note, I’ll post a quote from one of Michael Franti’s classic songs:

“Sometimes, I feel like I can do anything and
Sometimes, I’m so alive, so alive
Sometimes, I feel like I can zoom ‘cross the sky and
Sometimes, I wanna cry”

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A quote

“Just living is not enough. … One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
–Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author and poet

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It turns out that if you, like me, are craving a little Michael Franti sooner than September, you’re in luck.  There’s a fundraiser for the Power to the Peaceful this Saturday at the War Memorial in San Francisco.   Yoga at 11am (with acoustic accompaniment by MF) and then a gala with acoustic performance by MF at 4pm.   It’s not outdoors, it’s not free; but it’s a charity event for a great cause, and it includes both yoga and great live music in a great city.

http://www.spearheadvibrations.com/index.php

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Poems and Quotes

I’d like to use this blog to post occasional poems and quotes.  My thinking now (which may change as this evolves) is that I will post them without commentary and without any affirmation of accuracy in my view.  Instead, I’d love to post them as a springboard for discussion or thought…and, on a good day, maybe even for inspiration.

I should also make the disclaimer (I am a lawyer after all!) that I am not going to verify the authenticity of any of these quotes or poems.

That said, I hope you enjoy them.  Here is the “inaugural” quote:

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

–President Barack Obama

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With the start of June, it’s time to start enjoying all the great outdoor concerts that the Bay Area boasts.  One of the things I love about where I live is the chance to ride my bike to any of a number of great (and often free) concerts….Stanford’s Summer Jazz series is a good one that pops to mind.  And given that it’s almost summer, I’m feeling justified in already being excited for Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful in Golden Gate Park.   It’s September 12th (which is technically still summer), in case you want to mark your calendars now.  It’s also free, begins with yoga, and has in the past included–along with the inimitable MF–great acts like Brett Dennen (and I hope you caught at least one of BD’s shows in the Bay Area this past year…I was lucky enough to be at his Fillmore show in March).

So while I have seen Michael live at a number of different venues (Santa Cruz at the Catalyst, SF at the yoga journal conference, and even LA at the Nokia)…I am looking forward to my first time at PTTP…I hope to run into you there because even as September rolls around you can’t ever get too much great outdoor music!

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