Lamb’s Ear ~ “Painting Me Red”

7 04 2012

This is husband-wife duo, Lamb’s Ear (Meredith Hobbs Coons & Kevin Coons), performing their hauntingly beautiful original song “Painting Me Red” at The Sanitarium Music Nights in San Luis Obispo, California. 21 March 2012

Lamb’s Ear on ReverbNation: reverbnation.com/lambsear

The Sanitarium Music Nights are organized by Vincent Bernardy of St. Vincent Folk. They are every first & third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Sanitarium Inn & Spa in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s a casual and fun gathering of local musicians, singers and singer-songwriters performing for an intimate audience of music lovers and fellow musicians.

Lamb’s Ear ~ “Painting Me Red” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Music To Make You Smile

28 03 2012

“I woke up this morning, and all I could feel was music
I woke up this morning, and all I could feel was music
Let’s jump on that front porch, and damn well darn abuse it
Let’s wake up every morning, and only feel this music”

So there was this new banjo, and the members of Próxima Parada, one of my favorite local bands, seemed excited to put it to good use. They only had the banjo for about a week, and just the night before this performance Nick & Bryson came up with the idea to do this fun medley. It starts out with the familiar “Dueling Banjos,” but then it segues into an original knee slapping, hand clapping, foot stompin’ song. They had the whole audience going (watch the video; it’s guaranteed to make you smile!). They call the medley “Next Stop; Porch Stompin’ ” (Próxima Parada is Spanish for “Next stop”).

Próxima Parada at Linnaea’s Café, San Luis Obispo, California, March 10, 2012

Bryson Bailey (lyrics, lead vocals, electric guitar)
Nick Larson (vocals, banjo, mandolin)
Myles Wittman (trumpet)
Clayton Cole (bass)
Kevin Middlekauff (sitting in on mandolin & banjo)

Próxima Parada ~ “Next Stop: Porch Stompin’ “ from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Lunch Break at Jack Ranch Café ~ Chalome, California

27 03 2012

Today, my work took me out into the roads of eastern San Luis Obispo county. I had previously stopped a couple of times at the James Dean Memorial in Chalome, which is 24 miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, but I had never stopped to dine in the little cafe next to the memorial. So I decided this was as good a day as ever to try it out. It’s a little diner that is housed in an old building that has served food since the early 20th century. I seated myself at a booth in the really casual, old style roadside diner, and asked the waitress what the best thing on the menu was. She suggested the bacon cheeseburger. For the sake of health I usually avoid such an item, but I figured I was way out there, and wouldn’t be back anytime soon, so I may as well get the best thing! I ordered it, without pickles as per my usual, and I added grilled onions and peppers. I had meant the ortega chiles that I had seen on the menu, but I guess I didn’t say that specifically, and I got jalapeno peppers instead. It was just as well, as it turned out to be one of the most scrumptious burgers I ever had! All the contents of the creation tasted very fresh, and both the burger and the bacon had a nice, slightly crisp texture. Juicy and not too greasy! The only thing I regret is not having paid fifty cents extra for the free range organic Hearst Ranch beef. I didn’t notice that option until my order was almost ready! Served along with my burger were some mighty delicious seasoned fries. The portion of fries was generous, but I could only eat a handful before I was full, and I took the rest home. I highly recommend a stop at the Jack Ranch Café, and especially if you’re a James Dean fan as well. The memorial is of a tasteful and minimalist modern design.





Bandly at The Sanitarium Music Nights Salon in San Luis Obispo

22 03 2012

Everyone at The Sanitarium Music Nights in San Luis Obispo, California, seemed to be enjoying the high energy performance of local band Bandly. They really rocked the house with their three song set. They are a newly formed band; I can’t wait to hear more! Here they are performing their original song, “Couldn’t Stay,” on March 21, 2012.

Bandly is Benly (guitars, vox and keys)
and Danly (drums, bass, keys and vox)

The Sanitarium Music Nights are organized by Vincent Bernardy of St. Vincent Folk. They are every first & third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Sanitarium Inn & Spa in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s a casual and fun gathering of local musicians, singers and singer-songwriters performing for an intimate audience of music lovers and fellow musicians.

Bandly ~ “Couldn’t Stay” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Central Coast Love Song

22 03 2012

I really enjoyed finally meeting Central Coast singer songwriter, Don Lampson, last night at The Sanitarium in San Luis Obispo, California. Here is a song he wrote for his long time love, Peg, called The Heart of the Chaparral. It tells the story of their life together. Don gave a heart felt performance, and I loved how the lyrics referenced the Central Coast!

Don Lampson ~ “The Heart of the Chaparral” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Pinnacles National Monument

14 03 2012

I created a new photo “Super set” for one of my favorite places to hike, comprised of multiple hiking excursions beginning October 9, 2010 (I plan to continue to add photos to this set from subsequent hikes). Pinnacles National Monument is located in the Gabilan mountains east of central California’s Salinas valley. The pinnacles themselves are the breathtaking remains of an ancient volcano. Pinnacles National Monument hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as diverse plant communities. The caves are also very fun and interesting places to explore.
Pinnacles National Monument, a set on Flickr.
Bear GulchGetting Brain ZappedAlien EncounterCave FunBear Gulch ReservoirIMG_0015
IMG_0016Rock TunnelIMG_0033Pinnacles_Panorama1IMG_0049IMG_0051
IMG_0052IMG_0060IMG_0065Where's Kurt?IMG_0076IMG_0082
IMG_0084IMG_0091IMG_0093Pinnacles National MonumentPinnacles National Monument PanoramaIMG_0106




Love in the Circus at The Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, California ~ 29 October 2011

1 11 2011

Love in the Circus performing “Takes the Edge Off” at The Hotel Cafe at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, California on October 29, 2011

There is also a KICK-A SAX SOLO in this song!  That’s the GOOD NEWS. The BAD NEWS is Leanna Rachel’s gorgeous vocals did not come through very well in this video recording. I apologize for the vocal on this video to Leanna and everyone who watches this! I’m learning…I’m learning… I was literally right up front and center and the speaker was above me and shot right over my head. Watching & listening to this on my desktop computer, which has pretty good stereo speakers, it sounds fine, but on my phone and laptop Leanna’s voice is difficult to hear. Lower quality speakers (such as on a cell phone or laptop computer) barely pick up her voice, yet the rest of the instruments came through. This experience just reinforces what I already know: that I really need to start making separate audio tracks that I sync with my videos. Where I need to be standing to shoot my videos is usually a different location from where I need to record the music! Regardless, this video will give you a taste of what was an exciting live performance of an excellent song.

Check out the studio version of this song on:

The Love in The Circus web site: loveinthecircus.com/​

Love in the Circus on ReverbNation: reverbnation.com/​loveinthecircus

Love in the Circus on YouTube: youtu.be/​m_3UvpMIV4k








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