Author Archive: Patty Castillo Davis

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StageView: Belchy and Green and Everything in Between

StageView: Belchy and Green and Everything in Between

  Belchy and Green and Everything in Between By Patty Castillo Davis ” What Makes Us Special Makes Us Strong” is the prevailing theme of SHREK-The Musical. Based on the 2001 Dreamworks animated feature film, this fairytale with a contemporary edge is this Spring’s musical theatre offering by Thomas Downey High School. Under the direction […]

By February 28, 2018 Read More →
SongwriterView Proof of Love

SongwriterView Proof of Love

Songwriter View: Proof of Love By Patty Castillo Davis We love music. I love that we are an event forward community with an abundance of choices. This month Deva Cafe continues their support of local entertainment by hosting an important concert showcasing Jordan Waters’ mission of love and stewardship. On Saturday, February 10 at 6:30 […]

By February 3, 2018 Read More →
Cold Weather Hot Music

Cold Weather Hot Music

Songwriter View Cold Weather, Hot Music. By Patty Castillo Davis The Latin word for January means door since January is the door to the new year and opening to new beginnings. Begin 2018 like this-resolve to actively support your favorite local venues. Last year saw the dissolution of places to create art. Put your money […]

By January 3, 2018 Read More →
SongwriterView – Finale

SongwriterView – Finale

Songwriter View 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 21, 2017 Read More →
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 →