Rock Notes

July Notes 2014
Well here it is the first day of summer and I am listening to my favorite Saxophone player in the whole wide world Paul Desmond.... such tone ....such phrasing wish I was that good! Anyway, here's some interesting facts about the solstice.
The summer solstice marks the longest day of the calendar year, and the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. But what does the word solstice mean, and what does it have to do with Shakespeare? The term solstice is derived from the Latin scientific term solstitium. Containing the Latin sol- meaning "the sun" and sistere meaning "to make stand". Today the term solstice is used to describe the exact moment when the sun reaches its northernmost point (around June 21) or southernmost point"(around December 22) from the earth's equator.
Summer lasts from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, one of two times a year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day approximately equal length. Days continue to lengthen from autumnal equinox to the summer solstice, after which they begin to shorten.
William Shakespeare clearly had astronomy on his mind when he chose the title A Midsummer Night's Dream, a tale of enchantment that takes place on midsummer's eve, or, as we commonly refer to it, the summer solstice. Shakespeare is also credited with the first-known citation of the phrase "midsummer madness", a line uttered by Olivia in Twelfth Night after encountering a cross-gartered Malvolio. This seasonal transition was thought to be a time when witches and other supernatural beings caused widespread mischief. Additionally, some plants were thought to possess magical healing powers and bonfires were thought to ward off malicious spirits. Midsummer's Eve is a national holiday in Sweden and Finland.
Wasn’t that interesting ?..... Now for the really important news. The new Sorentinos album 'San Francisco Sound' has been released and man was it rarin' to get out! The album has 20 songs, the first ten on the Electric side, then another ten on the Acoustic side and it's the 20th album that we have put out! I am very proud of the record, and as this will be the last Sorentinos studio album. I think it was a worthy farewell card! I might put out a live Sorentinos record one day, but that will be at least a few years away. If I do anymore records, they will be Danny Sorentino records where I will just play everything myself except for drums and just keep it simple ......
I would like to thank all the fans that have kept us going the last 30 years or so.... most of which aren’t really fans as much as they are friends at this point.
Hey and how bout that USA world cup win ! ooops sorry random thought alert !
So I would like to give a special shout out to Harry Gale who mixed the record with me and cut the drum tracks, Harry went above and beyond on this project , he was a joy to work with everyday and had the best energy getting all the tracks to sound the way they should sound , which after 20 albums I can tell you is harder than it looks folks !
So anyway the record is available at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa and on and should be up on itunes and Amazon real soon and as always you can e-mail me if you would like a copy sent to your crib ( that’s beatnik for house)
So if you get a chance come on out and see us this summer... oh and this year we have added my good buddy Russ Kerger on keyboards for the summer tour. It's gonna sound awesome!
Well that's it for now from the west coast dig you later , Danny Sorentino

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