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July 2024
Vol. 23, No. 10


Listen Local – July 2024

by Cathryn BeeksJuly 2024

Hi pals! Welcome to July! I’m so excited to introduce Listen Local’s new feature HEAR HERE! created exclusively for YOU Troubadour readers! Each month I select one artist from the submissions to The Listen Local Show podcast and feature that artist in a video interview where we listen to clips of their songs and find out what’s new in their world. This month I’m BEYOND thrilled to introduce you to Mark Torpey, a Ramona resident who I discovered at one of my song circles. Mark plays ALL of your favorite songs from the 60s and 70s and people absolutely swoon to his renditions of classic hits. In a few short months, Mark went from “stay at home guitar player” to one of Ramona’s most sought after performer and now he’s recording some brand new songs that he wrote. I’ll let him tell you more about it in this month’s HEAR HERE! Dig in.

Meanwhile, someone finally told me that they couldn’t access my website, that it gives them error messages and says the site is not secure. ?!!? After investigating I discovered that this website I’ve been putting my time and energy into for almost 20 years has NEVER been SSL certified (whatever THAT means?!) and so after paying for said certification, my site is now safe for you to browse around. GAh! So, PLEASE go forth and visit? Ok, let’s get to the music! Here is July’s playlist, it’s so full of great music I don’t even know where to start. Play from the Soundcloud playlist below, ask your robot to play Listen Local Radio wherever you listen to podcasts OR go to my safe site at and enjoy!

Oh! I released another song from my new record THE AFTER TIMES that I put out in May. The album is not on the streamers, you can ONLY listen to it all if you’re a $5 subscriber at OR you can wait and hear the songs one at a time, once a month as I release new ones via a 1/2 Fast Foto and Film video. This month I’m sharing my cover of ODE TO BILLIE JOEY by Bobbie Gentry. I hope you enjoy!

Ok, that’s it for this month. I’ll leave you with the calendar of what’s what and remind you that you have a standing invitation to join our circles and/or any of the fun stuff happening this month. Stay cool out there, peeps! xo Cathryn


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