Author Archive: Patty Castillo Davis

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SongwriterView: Finale

SongwriterView: Finale

SongwriterView: FINALE By Patty Castillo Davis December signals the end. Celebrates the history made. Mourns the absence. It has been a year of tremendous accomplishment and loss in our community. On the other side, we can look ahead to the new venues finding the formulas that work for them, freshman artists getting polished, veteran entertainers […]

By December 6, 2017 Read More →
Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

2017 November Songwriter View  Music Appreciation By Patty Castillo Davis Every night of the week there is live music offered in and around the valley. Every season there are more concerts and festivals to be attended than you have the time or the funds for. Every Summer when it comes time to consider nominees for […]

By November 12, 2017 Read More →
SongwriterView

SongwriterView

Songwriter View By Patty Castillo Davis Music never goes out of fashion. Never. Not Gregorian Chant, not Kassia (the first female composer of the 9th century), not Scott Joplin, not Count Basie, not Pete Seeger, not Little Richard, not Nina Simone, nor Jimmy Webb. You get it? The resurgence of the collection of vinyl affirms […]

By September 6, 2017 Read More →
SongwriterView: (Purple) Rain or Shine

SongwriterView: (Purple) Rain or Shine

SongwriterView: (Purple) Rain or Shine By Patty Castillo Davis   Located in the Central Valley, we have the best of everything-outlets of culture, foothills and beaches and the friendly weather. After a tumultuous winter we are so ready for a warm reawakening. Feeding our minds, bodies and souls, the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market will be in […]

Voice of the March SongwriterView

Voice of the March SongwriterView

Voice of the March By Patty Castillo Davis There has been a direct and indirect resurgence of fire and a sense of rebellion in music. Does political music still exist? Protest songs in their most traditional form are flourishing. Songs of truth. Songs of Solution. If one good thing came out of the U.S. election-it […]

Music Is  Love In Search of a Lyric

Music Is Love In Search of a Lyric

Music Is  Love In Search of a Lyric By Patty Castillo Davis Everyone loves a love story. Everyone is intrigued by romantic pairings in music. Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, Johnny and June, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, Bruce Springsteen and Patty Scialfa- you get the picture. The local music scene is no different and […]

By February 13, 2017 Read More →
A Love Affair With Music

A Love Affair With Music

By Patty Castillo Davis   My Valentine to you is wrapped in the familiar and that is what makes it tasty. Without going backwards and rehashing what we have lost in the way of venues and fresh modes to portray art, I would like to highlight a gem. Small. Precious. The Queen Bean has again […]

By February 1, 2017 Read More →
SongWriter View, New Years Resolutions

SongWriter View, New Years Resolutions

SONGWRITER VIEW Resolve to Create By Patty Castillo Davis   I only ever fulfilled a handful of the New Year’s Resolutions I have made during my entire life. 1974-I resolved to be the Modesto City Schools Spelling Bee Champion. Check. 1981-I resolved to go to The City and party with DEVO on December 31. Check. […]

By January 3, 2017 Read More →
Songwriter View: December Departure

Songwriter View: December Departure

Songwriter View: December Departure By Patty Castillo Davis It is a highly exciting period of anticipation for the warmth of the holiday season and it is also the hour of reflection. The Modesto Music Scene has had a triumphant year full of new ventures and profound loss. Venues came and went, we saw the emergence […]

By December 1, 2016 Read More →
Songwriter View Thanks for the Giving

Songwriter View Thanks for the Giving

Songwriter View THANKS FOR THE GIVING By Patty Castillo Davis You are going to be asked what you are thankful for this season. No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you will be prompted to answer what makes you grateful this time of year. I am no different than anyone else on […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
SongwriterView FALLing into Music

SongwriterView FALLing into Music

FALLing into Music By Patty Castillo Davis Autumn is the crowning glory of the year and the prelude to all things ghoulish and sacred at the same time. With mostly cooperative weather and limitless choices, you can partake in every type of event where music is the focus. I would be remiss if I did […]

By October 1, 2016 Read More →
MAMA OVERVIEW Singer-Songwriters

MAMA OVERVIEW Singer-Songwriters

Unplugged/Singer Songwriter View By Patty Castillo Davis Unusual unexpected imagery is the calling card of a great Songwriter. Creative replication is the expectation we have for an Acoustic artist. Our local scene is ripe with talented musicians of the Unplugged/Singer-Songwriter genre. Usually a solo act, these Troubadours are chasing leads, booking their own gigs most […]

By September 8, 2016 Read More →
SongwriterView September When It Comes

SongwriterView September When It Comes

SongwriterView September When It Comes By Patty Castillo Davis For an accidental Country Girl like me, Fall is by far my favorite season. From my property I can hear the Central Valley High School Marching Band rehearsing, the fruit is bending the tree limbs and walking down the dirt driveway in the morning is getting […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →
Ryan Crawford Russell: We Will Live Forever

Ryan Crawford Russell: We Will Live Forever

RYAN CRAWFORD RUSSELL 5/6/1972-8/1/2016 WE LIVE FOREVER By Patty Castillo Davis Ryan  Russell  was a man of many virtues. Among them was loyalty, spiritual humbleness, and  freely bestowing friendship. Across the country people are lamenting the loss they feel for a person described as a gentle soul and poet of the common man, whose songs […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →
Songwriter View: Smoke on the River

Songwriter View: Smoke on the River

Songwriter View: Smoke on the River By Patty Castillo Davis When nearly every day greets you with burning copper in the sky, you know you are in the midst of August, the transitional time of the year. Students are returning to school, the weather is surrendering it’s intensity, and it is full blown music festival […]