Entries for October 2020

  • MICHAEL UBALDINI: Acoustic Rumble, 20th Anniversary Edition

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    Michael Ubaldini has been playing original songs and recording in a number of genres. He has earned the tag “rock ‘n’ roll poet” over the course of a couple of decades, has never shied away from strident criticism of the problems of society, and has earned comparisons to Bruce Springsteen’s unplugged side, Bob Dylan, and […]

  • October 2020 Calendar

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  • Regrets

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    Hello Troubadourians! A good friend of mine recently posted a question on Facebook: name two talents you always wished you had but just don’t. Probably 95% of the answers were either play an instrument or sing or both. Think about that for a minute. This column is written for, and mostly read by, those of […]

  • October Stories

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    This month we ask Five Questions of Mod legend Anthony Meynell, check in with singer Laurie Beebe Lewis of new band the Original Starfires, and get new Strange Stage Stories from Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Nathan Hubbard, and Jonny Tarr. FIVE QUESTIONS / ANTHONY MEYNELL OF SQUIRE From their first single, “The Face of Youth Today” […]


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    For those who grew up in this town, listening to, dancing to, and playing rock music while coming of age, Look Out! The San Diego Scene 1958-1973 is here. Music is ruled by evolution as much as genetics, and this labor of love, produced and compiled by Andy Rasmussen, follows the form as it morphed […]

  • The Transformation of John Lennon

    I’m sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics All I want is the truth, just give me some truth I’ve had enough of reading things by neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians All I want is the truth, just give me some truth. — John Lennon, “Gimme Some Truth” October 9th marks the […]

  • How I Got My Start

    It was that big pile of 78 rpm records my folks had that started things off. Both Mom and Dad liked country and western, and I grew up with the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Acuff,  Sons of the Pioneers, Hank Snow, back to Frank Marvin and Haywire Mac and as recent as Hank Williams. […]

  • Bob Magnusson: Love of Music Was Learned in San Diego

    Bob Magnusson grew up in San Diego, attended Point Loma High School, and played bass behind both Buddy Rich and Sarah Vaughan before returning to San Diego. He was in the house band at Elario’s nightclub in La Jolla for much of the late 1980s, backing national jazz luminaries who came to town, and was […]

  • Tippecanoe and Tyler Who? A Brief History of Presidential Campaign Songs

    Come join hand in hand, brave Americans all / And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call / No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim / Or stain with dishonor America’s name. This is perhaps one of the earliest campaign songs written in 1768 by John Dickinson and titled “Liberty Song,” which was […]