• Dave Monterey

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Thanks, Nat King Cole for this good old tune! Yeah, roll 'em out! Along with the soda and pretzels and beer. Oh, and waiter, could you bring me a renaissance of live music as well?

I 'spose I'll always remember my first fishing trip with summer. How lazy and good it was... Crazy? How's about trying to find close-in parking at the county fair so I might ferry my amp and guitar up to the stage. That's gotta count!

And, hazy? Suffice to say if it's not the self-induced dazed and confused kind then at least we've got to know it's human-caused...right?

Well, I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that one cannot truly appreciate the light without knowing having had some experience of darkness. I mean to say, without some knowledge of bitter, of sorrow, where do you understand life's sweet and joy? Okay, Mr. Philosopher Zorba, you can go and dance now.

My late favorite Beatle, George Harrison, might have simply sang, "Little Darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter. It feels like years since it's been clear. Here comes the sun!"

The dank music practice room was verily lit i[ by soul light when the full Heartwood Crossing reunited after a year of pandemic hiatus. How sweet it was. A bit like newfound kids in a candy store.

Says violinist Jon Berger:

It felt wonderful. I will confess that back in the Before Times, I occasionally had thoughts like, "OK, rehearsal tonight. I wish I could just stay home and go to bed early. But, okay, I'll drag myself out of the house." It's going to be a long time before I have thoughts like that again. It was great to be making live music with people in the same room.

Stay tuned for us to kick out the jams somewhere live this summer! Meanwhile, the trio had gotten a jump start with rehearsing some months earlier. Those wonderfully pesky three part harmonies can be quite demanding of attention. All worth it though.

In fact, the summer bookings coming our way to date include just the kind of venues that make an acoustic trio of singer-songwriters shine - a couple of restaurants, a winery (all with outdoor patio settings), and a very cool show at Occidental Center for the Arts' new outdoor amphitheater on Sunday afternoon July 11. Longtime musical friends Allegra Broughton and Sam Page of Solid Air will precede Heartwood Trio in a great pairing at OCA, with each group performing an exquisite live set for most fine concert listening.

Feels like the best kind of summer may be headed our way. Something to be thankful for.


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