Rock Notes

October 2017 Notes
Hello from the left coast. Well, it's dark days we live in. The Vegas mass shooting and my hero Tom Petty all in one day. It's Sunday the 8th, and it's taken me this long just to feel good enough to write something about it.
It's hard to wrap your head around all the crazy shit that goes on today in this modern world, where horrible is the new normal. It's at times like this that we most need comfort and connection from the arts which makes the loss of someone like Tom Petty even more crushing. My wife was going through the local paper right after the shooting and she saw someone we knew who was killed there. He was a soccer parent on one of our daughter's travel teams. He was a good guy, a family man, a truck driver, salt of the earth. It's just so fucking sad I can't imagine what his family is going through.
Today and all week long I have been listening to Tom and The Heartbreakers to get through the week, and of course, it reminds me of being young again when the road was wide open and anything was possible. There are not many real rockers left and I'm warmed by the memory of all the times I was able to see Tom live, and wish I would of had a chance to open for him and tell him how important he was to me as a songwriter, singer and bandleader. Tom was my template for all of the above. In the light of all this I am so grateful I'm still here and able to play and write music and watch my grandkids grow up. When The Sorentinos were in the hunt for a record deal and making all the trips to LA for the chance to play in front of record company weasels, one of the reasons they didn't want to sign us was I sounded too much like Tom which always puzzled me cuz the guy sold a shit load of records and I didn't think I sounded that much like him anyway . I have always thought it was the fact that we basically had the same record collection and taste in music, even though he was 5 years older than me. I dug the same things, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Country, Blues and Jazz. What I most dug about Tom was his sense of humor and a unflinching commitment to making his music his way. I have always tried to do the same. So god save Tom Petty!
In that spirit, I am happy to say The Sorentinos will be playing their first gig of the year at The Redwood Cafe in Cotati on December 23rd for our annual Christmas Show. I am pretty sure we will have a Tom Petty song or two to play with the rest of our songs.
Well stay tuned. I will try to update the music notes again before the gig.
Hang in there... dig you later, Danny

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