A special joy!
A heartfelt thanks to my Bohemian parents that opened my hyperactive and squirrely little elementary school eyes and introduced me to the incredible sites, sounds and smells of San Francisco and Sausalito circa 1960's. I've got to laugh now thinking how my family must of stood out as we strolled down the streets of the Haight Ashbury District or grabbed a sandwich at Mike's and dined with the Beatniks (1964) in Sausalito. San Francisco and the surrounding bay area is a magical place for a young child to take in but the art, music, funkiness and social vulnerability during this historic time period certainly added to my special memories.
One of my fondness experiences was in 1967, eating at the Trident Restaurant in Sausalito and having a table right next to Bola Sete and his trio. I don't believe that Vince Guaraldi was performing that night but I do remember how "cool" the stand-up bass player was and how Bola and the others blended their rich soulful sounds together. I recall that during some of the songs I wanted to laugh, jump for joy and get up from the table (youthful energy) and try to play that gigantic bass instrument, I'm certain my parents had us all eat quickly and leave. I remember strolling past the creosote soaked pilings of the Trident as we headed toward our parked car and how excited I was about the evening, the music and that the fog that had mysteriously crept into smother the city of Sausalito. So many years latter, I can still return to that moment thru Bola's music.
The Crystal Garden CD is a treat, a gem and a surprise with each next track, I enjoyed seeing the frisky side of Bola on some of the tracks. I loved Serenade, I See Your Face, Dance of the Bambo, Rain Forest, Crystal Garden and Rio Boogie Woogie (wow, what a treat) and the dialogue at the end, so special. How does one accurately describe the genius of this man's sweet....sweet....sweet fluid guitar work, tight, gorgeous, haunting, playful, his music darts about my soul and resparks my inner-spirit, it has for the last 45 years.
Thanks so much for this very special release, it's a terrific addition to my Bola collection.
A cat's purr, gardening, the sound and smells of the ocean, the words "I love you" and Bola Sete music, some of life's special joys.