Music can change (almost) everything

Below is a picture of the band Annabelle Lee. The picture is from Earth Day 1969 — you can see the poster above the head of the bass player.  The picture was taken on the front steps of The Peninsula School in located in Menlo Park, California. The band members are left to right: Carlos Aguilar, Scott Herrin (the drummer behind Carlos), Kenneth Coale, Mark C. Callaway (drummer) and Larkin Stallings.  This picture was taken by Scott Herrin’s mother.

Music was a large part of my life growing up in the bay area in the ’60s. I played in several bands from grade school through high-school and taught drums at Swain’s House of Music that was located on University Avenue in Palo Alto and later (much later) the home of the Apple Store in Palo Alto — I’m not sure what it is now.

It was a great place to grow up if you loved music. The Grateful Dead started playing at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor on El Camino, in Menlo Park.  They were known as the Warlocks back when they started. Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University was the venue for many concerts with Santana, The Steve Miller Blues Band, Sly and the Family Stone and on and on….

Since music was a big element in my early years and since I got to see and hear so many of the Bay Area bands I thought I would list some of the songs that have a lasting place with me. Some of the songs are part of videos or movies that had some memorable musical moments, like the Blue Brothers with John Lee Hooker playing.  This page is a work in progress — I hope you enjoy some of my musical memories. Check back for more.