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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Supervisors pass medical marijuana ordinance
  • Junior Fishing Derby results
  • High school play celebrates the Bard
  • Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District responds to state
  • College baseball team wins final home game

Imagine our children without the joy of music

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — Most regular readers of this column already know I’m a great supporter of music programs in our schools and in the community.

I can’t begin to tell you the role music plays in my life. At times it’s totally consumed me. When I quit doing gigs and went to college in 1980 — more than half a lifetime ago — I thought I’d left that behind me for good, and for a while I didn’t play very much at all. I even lamely announced I’d retired from the music business at the ripe old age of 30 when people asked me why I wasn’t playing in the bars anymore.

But then one of my daughters wondered what the band I played in before she was born sounded like. So I tried to recreate that noise as best I could for her on a four-track cassette recorder, and I gave the tape to her as a birthday present. Strangely some friends of mine count those demos among the best of my recorded work. I don’t know, maybe the love showed through.

Then a friend of mine needed a guitar player for some demos she wanted to send to a record company. We booked a studio and got to work. Once she got past that first hurdle, the record company asked her to send in some recordings of original material. Then she recruited me to write songs for her. Hey, I even put a band together to record my stuff.

For the full Opinion and others, read the Tuesday, June 17, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.

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