CHASE COY:

SINGER SONGWRITER'S DEBUT ALBUM
BRINGS DOWN THE MOON

By Terry Roland

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In his 19 years on the planet, Midwestern, singer-songwriter, Chase Coy has accomplished much. While it has become difficult in the music industry for original songwriters to break in, the Internet and home studios have allowed artists like Chase to emerge with a spontaneous creativity. Without hooks or clever arrangements and overly adorned production, Chase has released a debut album, Picturesque, of personal, intimate yet universal love songs. t an early age.

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A CHANTEUSE ON THE LOOSE

JESSICA FICHOT AND THE PATH SHE FOLLOWS

By Joel Okida

JESSICA_FRICHOT.jpgLos Angeles-based singer and songwriter, Jessica Fichot sings passionately about passion. Love in bloom, love in all its achingly twisted turns, love in dreams, love devoted and love plain and simple. If one understands French, one would nod and sway knowingly to the songs: a musette here, a waltz there, and in the cabaret-like atmosphere that her recording, Le Chemin (The Path), creates, you would close your eyes and be there, be in love, and not want to leave. Then again, even without being bilingual, the songs breathe a plea, a promise, a passion, that transcends the lyrics, and the intoxication is a result of the music and the musicians bonding to forge an unmistakable effect. There is no possibility that she's singing about a dropped croissant or missing a taxi along the Champs-Élysées. One non-original song choice is from The Umbrellas  of Cherbourg, the Michel Legrand/Norman Gimbel classic song of undying devotion, I Will Wait for You, which is sung with convincing clarity, not unlike the bright colors that framed the film, but also with a warmer timbre and without the tearful pathos of the film version.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lagoon

Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival

Saturday June 26 - 11:30am - 9:00pm

Sunday June 27, 2010 - 11:30am-8:00pm

Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

By Joel Okida

LONG_BEACH_CAJUN_ZYDECO.jpgOkay, it's that time again. No, not the warmth of another season of Southern California summer weather, but the warmth of Southern California summer weather and the joy of outdoor festivals!

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JACK TEMPCHIN:
IT'S ABOUT THE SONG

'PEACEFUL, EASY FEELING'

By Terry Roland

jack_tempchin.jpgHow many songs from the last 50 years can be recognized with a few remembered lyrics? Surprisingly, I've found, not many. Then, there's Peaceful, Easy Feeling. The mention of the title inevitably brings a look of pleasant recognition to the faces of many people.

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