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Local songwriter takes a shot at Nashville

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — One of these days someone I know is really going to hit the big time. I’ve felt it on and off for years, and I just can’t wait until it actually happens. There have been contenders, that’s for sure.
    For example, my friends The Rubinoos from Berkeley came pretty darn close in the late 1970s early 1980s — they just missed the top-40 (No. 45) with a remake of the Tommy James song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” were featured in the teeny-bopper magazines such as “Tiger Beat,” were the claymation figures and the live band in Rolling Stone’s 10th anniversary television special, toured Europe and the states as the opening act for Elvis Costello and wrote the title song and another for the movie, “Revenge of the Nerds.”
    Why Todd Rundgren (“Hello, It’s Me”) even produced one of their albums (he also produced records for Badfinger, The Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, The New York Dolls, Hall and Oates and XTC, don’t you know).

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It’s time for all of us to enjoy the Lassen County Fair

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — It’s fair week, and one of the biggest and most enjoyable annual events in Lassen County is upon us.
    This year, the Lassen County Fair once again provides some wonderful entertainment possibilities.
    The fair kicks off at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 with the always-popular Miss Lassen County Scholarship Competition.

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Bluegrass festival sends me on a journey of discovery

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — I love the crazy things I get to ponder because I have a musician’s sensibilities. A case in point — the recent Susanville Bluegrass Festival relaunched my interest in traditional Irish music — not that bluegrass is especially Irish, but the music of the Emerald Isle can be found at the core of the bluegrass tradition — the fiddle tunes, various varieties of jigs (double jigs, slip jigs, slide jigs, etc.), reels, clog dances, hornpipes and even, I kid you not, polkas. Now take a deep breath — I have no fantasy about becoming a master of those old fiddle tunes on guitar — I have neither the hands nor the necessary inclination, but I still remain fascinated by the music just the same.

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Where does your favorite slow song take you?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Best slow song ever?
    My boss said “Moon River.” A sometimes less-than-appropriate friend of mine went with “Let’s Get it On.” A coworker voted for “Stairway to Heaven.”
    “Even now when I hear it I feel 15 again,” she explained. “I remember the sights and sounds of the school gym, all those teenagers swaying to the music.”
    Funny how songs bring you back.

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Looks like the city council will be the last one in the pool

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — Some have called the construction of a new community swimming pool in Susanville the highest priority in Lassen County, and while that may be overstating the matter a bit, the urge for a pool has gained the attention of citizens, elected officials and especially our children for more than a decade since the old Roosevelt Pool closed for safety reasons.
    Susanville Mayor Brian Wilson and Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman came up with a plan that created a joint powers authority to handle the construction and initial operation of the pool, and the city council and the board of supervisors each agreed to contribute $200,000 per year for 15 years to finance the project.

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