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LOUD, VOWED, PROUD and WOWED was the CROWD By Patty Castillo Davis Never mind that the weather here is unpredictable and seasons get left out of the year. June insinuates itself in however it arrives, unsettling, unsavory, unabashedly odd but it’s our version of Summertime and we freaking love it. A lot. June in our […]

SongwriterView: Creatives Spring Into Action

SongwriterView: Creatives Spring Into Action

Creatives Spring Into ActionBy Patty Castillo Davis Last month I had the pleasure of seeing Melissa Etheridge live at our Gallo Center for the Arts. It was a frenetic rocking night of music filled with sensual lyrics, tight, rhythmic melodies and ballads almost too personal for public consumption. I was thinking about what kind of […]

Women Are Essential

Women Are Essential

Women Are EssentialBy Patty Castillo Davis The 2022 Women’s History Month theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”, is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout […]

SongwriterView: The Good Listener or Please Tip the Musicians

SongwriterView: The Good Listener or Please Tip the Musicians

SongwriterView: The Good Listener or Please Tip the MusiciansBy Patty Castillo Davis If I had a dollar for every time I was asked about the rules for tipping live musicians, I would have an overflowing tip jar. Tipping in any industry, profession and even country can be a nuanced topic. Music is about as subjective […]

SongwriterView: Hopin’ For A Safe Reopen

SongwriterView: Hopin’ For A Safe Reopen

SongwriterView: Hopin’ For A Safe ReopenBy Patty Castillo Davis 19 is a fool’s errand. Not wearing a mask is a fool’s behavior demonstrated by this country’s previous administration which put us in this predicament of mistrust, misinformation and remaining in the Red Tier indicating that we have a consistent substantial spread of the virus in […]

SongwriterView: Keeping Their Composer

SongwriterView: Keeping Their Composer

SongwriterView: Keeping Their ComposerBy Patty Castillo Davis Some say that Songwriters are a bit like historians, “concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race.” I say we are seeking to catch something universal by crafting melodies and threading prose-developing and advancing the art of the song. […]

SongwritterView: Tears for Tiers

SongwritterView: Tears for Tiers

SongwritterView: Tears for TiersBy Patty Castillo Davis Spring Fever AND Cabin Fever.We haven’t had the opportunity to live life as normal and continue a sense of well-being that comes from a healthy social circle -you, like me, might be ready to run screaming. Health experts say that guessing at a reopening timeline is no easier […]

Equal Voice Equal Rights #sheinspires

Equal Voice Equal Rights #sheinspires

Equal Voice Equal Rights #sheinspiresBy Patty Castillo Davis Kamala Harris becomes the first woman Vice President in history.A descendant of slaves presiding as second in command in a house built by slaves-what a time to be a woman!On the heels of a year that sought to discount and destroy the achievements, freedoms, prosperity and powers […]

SongwriterView: I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

SongwriterView: I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

SongwriterView: I’ll Have to Say l Love You in a SongBy Patty Castillo Davis Ahhhhhh, February.A month which brings to mind African American history, valentines, presidents and groundhogs. We are also nearing the grim anniversary of California’s first cases of the Coronavirus which led to Governor Newsom initiating a statewide order to shelter at home. […]

By February 3, 2021 Read More →
SongwriterView: Hindsight in 2020

SongwriterView: Hindsight in 2020

SongwriterView: Hindsight in 2020By Patty Castillo Davis The past year has been full of paradigm shifting moments, too many to count. January was ushered in with velocity and literally set the tone for 2020 when it found the U.S. creating a substantial initiation of force in the President’s authorized assassination strike against Iraq’s Gen. Qasem […]

By December 4, 2020 Read More →
Songwriting View: Alternative- The 90’s and Living during COVID

Songwriting View: Alternative- The 90’s and Living during COVID

Songwriting View: Alternative- The 90’s and Living during COVIDBy Patty Castillo Davis A pivot in the times has forced us to adapt. By this time we should have a new routine in place for living or coping with this health crisis. I’d like to give you some hope for the future of live in person […]

By September 29, 2020 Read More →
Keeping Composer

Keeping Composer

Songwriting View: Keeping ComposerBy Patty Castillo Davis Creativity can flourish anytime and anywhere. Even when an artist is not focused on bringing art to life- it grows. Inspiration flows from all spaces and time. It does not understand if it is born out of chaos. Now we are finding ourselves adapting a new routine, even […]

By September 3, 2020 Read More →
Songwriting View: The Voice of Summer

Songwriting View: The Voice of Summer

Songwriting View: The Voice of SummerBy Patty Castillo Davis What did the song of Summer sound like? Did we even have one? Who could have predicted that the Summer of 2020 would feel like whiplash? While we made small progress to curtail the spike for a few months, those “bad actors” we were warned about, […]

SongwriterView: And Music Will Spur Us Forward

SongwriterView: And Music Will Spur Us Forward

SongwriterView: And Music Will Spur Us ForwardBy Patty Castillo Davis Songs give protest language words won’t suffice to convey.A compendium of unjust events in succession have created conditions for mass protest and finally change on the front of the fight for racial justice which is alarmingly familiar to the urban unrest of the 1960s. The […]

Music is Good Medicine Part 2

Music is Good Medicine Part 2

Marirose Powell, Hero On The Frontline: Music Is Good Medicine Part 2By Patty Castillo Davis Marirose Powell currently lives in Lodi, a Stockton native, former Modesto resident, whose face is familiar in the Central Valley music community. A former constant in the downtown Modesto festival scene and in most every venue therein, it is a […]