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Amazing Love EP  

It's been busy around here the last month or so.
I'm prepping for  a House Concert in Ben Lomond in a week, I have a new grand daughter (Hello, Abby!) and my debut EP is coming out on January 20th - too much fun.
I've been writing and performing for a very long time, either as an actor on stage or on film or TV or playing guitar and singing around the world.  On the advice of one Jimmy Webb to go out and perform the songs you write, I've been doing just that.
Now, it's time to see if my efforts can find an audience, in any way I can.
Call this a dream deferred. I've worked all sorts of jobs throughout my life and I'm glad to be in a position now where I can finally do what I love. 
If you're partial to dreamers, you know, those people who make stuff out of nothing, you will find that this EP has that sheen that shows long and careful effort, a desire to rise above and sparkle.
PLease take a listen, you will not be disappointed.

Things that matter to me 

I watch some guitarists and I smile. I smile a lot. Out of all of my talents, my guitar playing is the area I spend a lot of practice in improving, about an hour a day. 
The balancing act between songwriting, arranging and singing, as well as accompanying myself on guitar sometimes suffers a bit as I focus on my guitar. 
Prior to taking the stage, I strive to produce a polished product. I know for some, spontaneity is their touchstone but for myself, that's a lesser consideration. Reproducing what I rehearse, in a manner that makes it sound fresh, is one of my talents. I've failed if I'm merely calling it in. 
Performance is a necessary, critical area - I will not disappoint.

When the dry land appears 

It is inevitable, unavoidable - the seas of wonder crash and thunder against the sands for a time, a magical, ephemeral, brief period of time.  Ideas cascade down like so many cresting waves, pouring into each other, rushing and gushing forth.
And then, slowly, the dry land begins to appear.
You shudder with dread.  The familiar is gone, the strange quietness of a desert begins to chase away the remembered ever changing song of the muse and you are left bereft and alone, parched with the thirst for one more new idea to slake your growing doubts.
I sit and wait for the waters to rise again, I know they will. If I but wait, they will return.  A thousand times more majestic than the last.
If I but wait and not concern myself.

Backing into a song 

Late night, picking through a pattern, a theme emerges, I mine it, digging, digging... a day or two later, after about a hundred repetitions, I have a fleshed out  "piece" but what the hell is it?
Yes, I know, it's music but I'm a songwriter, so I start to hold up the kaleidoscope I just made and start examining it in the light.

And then it dawns on me, I've written the instrumental to a new song.

Good to know! Now I have a framework of chords and transitions that I can shape a song over, oh joy!
Usually the most time consuming part of a song is figuring out the turnarounds, intro's and outro's and an instrumental break - and now that's all done.
Sometimes, if you don't pay attention, some wonderful stuff happens
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When stuff you have no control over changes 

OK, so life is what happens while you're making plans. I've always been a bit stoic about this, at times it's irritated the hell out of me, but not so much lately.  It's all wasted time. Time I could have spent jotting down hooks or first lines, working on progression or a riff, a rewrite, a first draft, rehearsal, etc.  I've got so many better things to do with my time. Even just sitting still and trusting in the process, that's a better choice as well.
Do the next thing and remove the rear view mirror
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Previous events

Marty Dolciamore at the Food Lounge, with friends

Food Lounge, 1001 Center Street Suite One, Santa Cruz, CA

Bob Carter has once again stepped to the fore and carved out a night of four songwriters - I'm privileged to be one of them.
I'll be going on at 7:30 for a thirty minute set and I would love to have a bunch of happy ears gathered around me. Don't leave me lonely, guys -

Marty Dolciamore

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Vito's Famous Pizza , 1155 Reed Avenue, Sunnyvale

Singer/Songwriters C R Burgan and Marty Dolciamore perform their original music in an intimate setting at Vito's Pizza, at the corner of Lawrence Expressway and Reed Avenue. C R Burgan is a bassist, who performs in several Bay area bands. With a rich warm voice and a friendly style, his songs run from southern blues to Americana. His CD, All Shades all Hues, can be heard at crburganmusic.com Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marty Dolciamore has performed with C R Burgan for many years and has recently appeared in Austin, TX at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference and at Threadgills. An Americana songwriter with a poets heart and a back east wit, his songs run from the casual to the quirky - martydolciamore.com Although it's listed as free - there will be CD's for sale and donations will be gratefully accepted.

Massage, Wine, Chocolate & Music

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Ivy's Porch, 5311 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley

Fun event on, Sunday, May 7th, from 1 to 4 p.m. - twenty minute massage for twenty dollars with complimentary wine and chocolate. A different present for that special lady - and a wonderful afternoon. And did I mention live music? Oh, yes, provided by Marty Dolciamore

Chili Cook Off with the B Movie Kings

Aptos

I will be playing with the B Movie Kings a the Great Chili Cook Off in Aptos, California