The Flying Salvias are a piano/vocal and sometimes guitar duo, playing their signature Ameri-kind-uh music, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippy, though not usually all in the same song.

August 2018 - MUSINGS FROM THE SAGE 

The Flying Salvias and Keta Bill just got home from playing at a birthday party for a 112 year old woman.  Amazing lady with a great group of family and friends!   

Sunday, Henry and Kathleen celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

The Smart Car has over 100,000 miles on it.  

Numbers mark everything, but it is the time between that is so precious, remembered, savored, wasted, suffered through, and/or forgotten.  Is that not so, my friends?  

We spent 4 days at the Rodney Crowell Adventures in Songwriting Camp.  This could be said to fall in the category of "suffered through", but we didn't come away completely uneducated or uninspired.  As  result, our collaborating skills have improved and we're getting pretty fearless at self-editing. (That means we can talk to each other without wanting to kill the other songwriter or ourself and are now more capable of taking our favorite, most precious couplet, and throwing it in the garbage.)  Also discovered youngster/genius player Joe Robinson, a definite guy to pay attention to. A heck of a player, and his songwriting is not too shabby, either.  He's out of Nashville via Australia.  Practicing what we learned meant that "The Road" has been mercilessly slashed of non essentials and refreshed with additional, more concise lyrics.  You will hear it soon!  It's still depressing as hell, but it's a better class of depression.

There's not a lot going on for us this month, except Henry is getting his wish and playing for a lot of different people. Frequently!  Meanwhile, we'll be at our clubhouse in San Gregorio and also debut at The Fireside Lounge, in Alameda.

See all ya'all soon!

 

 

No Answer So Far 

Well, kiddies, it's been six weeks since I wrote to Sir Paul. So far, no answer. But I will not give up hope.  I'm sure he'll get to it any day now.  And in the meantime, there are songs to be written and gigs to be played. 

Been trying to write happy songs in major keys.  It is SOOOOO much easier to write complainers and wry observations.  It is amazing how long it can take to write a love song.  Like, a line a day.  I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, and use major happy chords.  Still, I cannot stray far from the minor chords.  But what love story doesn't have a minor chord or two or three pop up over the years?

June is half way done and July is knocking at the door. There are lots of interesting things coming up:  San Gregorio Store, Chit Chat Cafe (Pacifica),  our first gigs at Armando's  (Martinez) and Ocean Alehouse (SF). Both Flying Salvias will also be backing up the fantastic Margaret Belton at the Freight & Salvage (Berkeley).

Then there is the Sausalito Presbyterian Church British Invasion Sing-A-Long; we've done a couple of these (The Great Folk Scare, Summer of Love), and it is such a blast to have a whole hall of people uninhibitedly singing to all the songs. The Sing-A-Long is a community event, you don't have to be a member of the church, and words are provided. It's a pot luck, too, in the true sense of community connectedness.

All these gigs, except Margaret Belton at the Freight, are FREE. 

Look for us at Kate Wolf Festival.  Henry will be playing with The Jones Gang. Kathleen will be flitting about.

See you soon!

Letter to Paul McCartney 

Hi everybody - This is the letter I am sending to Paul McCartney. I figure it has as much a chance of Paul seeing it here as it does of making it past his gatekeepers. Will keep you posted!

Dear Sir Paul: 

I’m getting caught up on my correspondence and realized that I never received a response to the letter and handmade poetry/doodle book I sent to The Beatles 51 years ago.   

In an effort to bring you up-to-date, I learned to stop screaming at your shows after the first time I saw The Beatles at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and realized that none of you were going to stop playing, scream my name back at me, stop the concert, invite me backstage, or hug me to death. Also, I couldn’t hear a note through the din of all those other hussies in the audience. 

I next had the sort of pleasure of being in a seat very close to the field when The Beatles played their last show at Candlestick Park.  This time I was not screaming, just breathlessly waiting to be transported by your music. Then, there you all were:  being escorted out to a no man’s land on the field, completely separated from your audience. In retrospect, it was so sad that it had come to that.  None of us knew then that it would be the last Beatles concert for us.

Lots of water under the bridge since then.  Many more concerts where the sound was superb, and Sir Paul McCartney and his music delivered inspiration, provided an education on fine musicianship and showmanship, and was just a ton of fun. Of course, your own closing concert at the Stick definitely showed how far concert production, from every aspect, has come in the intervening years.  Thanks for getting the ball rolling on that so many years ago! 

I guess I could say it is your fault I am still making music myself after all these years.  The Beatles planted the seed.  Of course, back in those days, music wasn’t really the seed I wanted planted, but it has worked out much better this way for all of us, I’m sure!   

Today, my husband Henry and I write and perform as The Flying Salvias and have produced a few CDs over the past 20+ years.  We call it “Ameri-kinda” music. Besides that, we both leave behind a trail strewn with old publicity shots and band recordings from country to heavy metal.  

We’re not sending you our music, a video, or asking you to produce our next record.  (Not that we don’t want you to!)  However, I would be really stupid not to point out the website and contact information provided here just in case you get curious or want to send comps and all access passes to your next show.  

With thanks for your music and for the positive energy you have put into this world, 

Kathleen Salvia

Dear Diary 

I wonder if Paul McCartney will ever answer my letter?  It has been approximately 52 years, 10 months, 2 weeks and 3 days, and still no word. Oh, wait.  It was to George, not Paul.  Just answered my own question.  I think I will write to Paul tomorrow.  I think I have a much better chance of getting an answer now than I did then.  

Well, what happened to April?  Sometimes I get tired of listening to my own self run on, and I guess April was one of those months, so I didn't blog.  Actually, I have a really good excuse, but I'm not going to share it because it's just too darn depressing. But here we are on the cusp of May.  We've been playing a lot in various combinations, and for the next couple gigs our line up will again include David Golia on bass, Jerry Kuhel on guitar, banjo and mandolin, Roger Pease on drums, and of course Henry on keys, with me flapping around and chirping--in a spring mood.  Been writing some new songs.  Our CD got played on way over 100 non-commercial radio stations nationwide, which I bring up (again) because it makes us feel good and inspires us to do another CD.  Which we will do as soon as we finish writing the tunes.

Hey, if you're reading this, do me a favor and leave a comment.  It would be nice to get something besides all these weird robot nonsense comments; I am unclear on what their points are.

Come see the band on Sunday April 29 at Chit Chat or Sunday May 6 at Byrd & Beckett.  We'll be back to duo format for Sunday May 13 at San Gregorio. Will let you know what Paul has to say.

March On... March On... 

We're busy this month!  A little fun planned with a trip to New Orleans and then we'll be playing around the East Bay, North Bay, San Francisco, and Coastside.  We are fortunate to have Jerry Kuhel joining us on guitar and mandolin on a pretty regular basis in March, and we have a fine rhythm section, Dave Golia on bass and Dave Scheff on drums, ready to join us on a couple gigs this month too.  There is also a rumor getting started that David Phillips will be joining us on pedal steel, though I don't think that will happen til later this year.... still, one never knows!  

COMING UP THIS YEAR... 

The past year has been both challenging and rewarding, and we hope it went the same way for you.  Coming up, we're planning on dressing up the duo with special guests as often as possible, and we can promise some very fun engagements for everyone involved, no matter what side of the bandstand you're sitting on.  Our gigs for the first six months of 2018 will have us ranging about  from a night of sharing with our fellow Brisbane artists, to our favorite home base at San Gregorio General Store, our Pacifica HQ at the Chit Chat Cafe, the fantastic Byrd & Beckett Books & Records in SF, the Pacifica Earth Day Celebration at Linda Mar Beach, and even a fundraiser for the Strong Second Chance Ranch in Petaluma, which helps rehab horses and find new homes for them.  We wish you all a year of peace and love, and if you can't find those things, then perhaps a good stiff drink!

NOVEMBER UPDATE 

Guess what?  The Nature of Things is now being played on about 135 non-commercial radio stations across the United States!  If you've got a local station you'd like us to send it to, please let us know and we'll get it right out to them.  Also, remember you can listen or download from SpotifyiTunes, the music page of this website, AmazonCD Baby and many other streaming services of your choice.  If you are a high-res fan, you can get it in DSD from Blue Coast Music

Jean Bartlett recently interviewed us and she also had some very nice things to say about The Nature of Things, including the following: 

"This new record by The Flying Salvias plays like a road trip to toe-tapping music salvation."   

Jean is a remarkable reporter whose interviews and articles you may have seen in the Pacifica Tribune, Oakland Tribune, or San Jose Mercury News.  Her online journal contains all kinds of interesting biographies and profiles. Read the entire interview in Bartlett's Biographies online journal, Portraits & Roots, www.bartlettbiographies.com.

Love is the answer!  Invite us to play at your place, and we'll bring you some!

The Nature of Things 

The Nature of Things is available, and just waiting for you! All original, all acoustic, all great musicians, including Henry on piano and accordion of course, Kathleen on vocals, Travis Jones on rhythm guitar, Joe Craven on mandolin and fiddle, Mike Anderson on upright bass, and Russ Gold on drums and percussion. The gorgeous cover art is by Maurice Tani, who is a fine singer-songwriter in addition to being a wowzer of a graphic artist.

Preview the songs, and download your favorites from our Music page. Hi-res DSD downloads are available at Blue Coast Music.  Add us to your Spotify and iTunes playlists! Get your own copy that you can hold in your hand at CD Baby  or better yet,  come to one of our gigs!    

And you know what?  Now is your opportunity to be a music critic. Please feel free to review the entire album or just one song. You can do this with CD Baby or any of the other websites making our music available. Also, if you email us an honest but kindly review,  we'll publish it on our Music page.

And if you want to kneel the next time you hear the National Anthem, go ahead and do that, too. Kneeling is not just for athletes. People do it in churches all the time.

See ya soon!

 

AUGUST MUSINGS FROM THE SAGE 

The new CD has arrived! It is a feast for the ears thanks to all original songs, a stellar band, and Cookie Marenco's considerable recording skills with acoustic music. It looks gorgeous, too, thanks to Maurice Tani's cover art.  "The Nature of Things" will soon be available for download or you can purchase an actual CD. It was recorded at Cookie Marenco's OTR Studios in Belmont, on 2" tape, and then mixed to digital format.  Cookie will also have a DSD version (Direct Stream Digital is a very high resolution format) available on her Blue Coast Music website.  The band is outstanding, and features Henry on piano and accordion, Travis Jones on rhythm guitar, Joe Craven on mandolin and fiddle, Mike Anderson on bass, and Russ Gold on drums and percussion. Kathleen's vocals float like a lovely biscuit swimming in a bowl of musical gravy.  Can you tell I'm hungry as I write this?

Not much else to say right now, but a ton of work to do getting CD to reviewers, radio stations, and onto streaming platforms.  Soon we will take over the world!  It would be a happy world, and everyone would have health insurance.

Thanks for your patience!  We should be able to make "The Nature of Things"  fully available in a week or so. 

 

June Bugs 

I have never gotten over the image of floating, dead, really big, June bugs, in the swimming pool at girl scout camp, where I went on a "camper ship" back when I was a kid.  It is highly likely they are still dead. Just a little historical perspective...

Moving on!  May was about as busy as we could get, and is staying that way for a little while.

June started off with the Los Angeles Audio Show.  Cookie Marenco invited us to be part of the Blue Coast Music entourage, along with Jenna Mammina, Valerie Joyce, Judi Jaeger & Bob Reid, Derek Jones, and a bunch of other really talented people.  We got to do live recordings in the Blue Coast room, to meet a lot of new people by the bar campfire at night, and to listen to a lot of high end stereo set ups.  

Now we're back, and on June 9, we'll be part of the back up band, along with the Jones Gang, for singer-songwriter Peter Bland's Kyrie Concert, which will also feature members of Kathleen's "choir mater"  Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and be a benefit for the Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. Expect some gospel interplay, as well!

The album is just about finished. We expect to release it mid-July.  Our home base gigs at San Gregorio and Caffe Trieste will take place on June 11 and 23, respectively, and I have to say, that without the longstanding support of George Cattermole at San Gregorio and Terri Nevin at Caffe Trieste, we wouldn't have been able to hone the songs that are going to be on the record. 

James Comey just got done testifying as I wrote this.  Just a little more historical perspective...

Previous events

Feb10

The Beat Cafe-Sing In!

Sausalito Presbyterian Church-Thomson Hall, 112 Bulkley Avenue, Sausalito, CA

It's a sing in! The song books are ready to go. We will be joining leader Don Koc, John McCormick & Bruce Barth, plus David Golia helping out on bass. We’ll be doing Songs from the Great Folk Scare of the 50’s and 60’s. Dylan, Seeger, Guthrie, Mamas & Papas, Donovan, etc. , throw in some Beat Poetry………we got ourselves a Happening. Come in your best beat coffee house garb…………Black! Bring some friends ! It’s Free! Pot luck, too.

Flying Salvias

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The Blue Heron, 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills, CA 95430

After their triumphant debut here in October, the Flying Salvias return with piano, vocalists and Monte Rio's own Steve Trippe on bass. We had a blast last time! Great dinners, fine cocktails, brews, wines, really, really nice people! And us!

Oct1

Flying Salvias

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Chit-Chat Cafe, 5 West Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA

A perfect fall afternoon, for sure! And always the possibility of whales! No cover. All ages. Wonderful sandwiches, fantastic coffee creations, beer, wine, and really, really nice people.

Flying Salvias

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San Gregorio Store, Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio, CA

The show will kick off the release of our new CD, The Nature of Things, and we'll have a great band with us: David Phillips on pedal steel, Dave Golia on bass, Dave Scheff on drums/percussion! Kind of The Flying Salvias and Their Friends Dave, or The Flying Salvias and the 3 Daves.
We will play the new CD in its entirety and of course, other songs we wrote and songs we wish we wrote. Get to rock out a bit with these guys! No cover. All ages.

Jun9

Kyrie Concert

Community United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes St, Half Moon Bay

Henry and Kathleen, along with the Jones Gang, will be backing singer-songwriter Peter Bland at this fundraiser for Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. We'll also do a couple tunes with Oakland Interfaith ensemble. Much gorgeous singing is going to happen! Tickets are $20 adults, $10 senior/students.

Buena Vino Social Club

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The Cannery Cafe, 22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA

Join us for another fun wine and music gathering! Pouring glasses and flights of very interesting California wine and offering a special Cannery buffet and other treats. The Flying Salvias will be performing for your listening pleasure from 6:30-8:30! No Cover charge! Come on down! Hope to see you! All the Cool Cats are doing it.......

A Patsy Cline Tribute featuring Margaret Belton

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA

Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline featuring Margaret Belton

Henry and Kathleen will be part of the stellar band backing up the fabulous Margaret Belton for two shows Mother's Day at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 3 pm and 7 pm

A Magical tribute of honor, story and song to the legend singer.

For more info, visit The Freight & Salvage website, by clicking on the tickets link.

$20/adv $22/door

20th Anniversary Dance Party & Concert

Sanchez Art Center, 1220B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, CA

A once-in-2-decades celebration and benefit for Sanchez Art Center. Galleries open from 6-7 pm, then the party moves into Mildred Owen Concert Hall. Dancing, beverages, art sale. The Flying Salvias will open the show and Wall of Blues will lay us all out with the best of the blues. Kathleen and Henry will join Wall of Blues for a few tunes, too. This will be a blast. Tix $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

Apr28

Flying Salvias

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Caffe Trieste, 4045 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

Spend date night with us! Great spot for dinner and vino, or coffee and dessert. Pretend you're at a supper club. Remember supper clubs? We don't, so we have to make our own stab at it.

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