Tonight was an appreciation show for one of San Diego’s finest supporters of local music. (Thanks for coordinating, Lenny!) Cathryn Beeks finds the best bands before Citybeat, The Reader, The Union Tribune, the North County Times, and all of the other local papers because she is out almost every night of the week, giving brand new bands their first chance to perform. I first saw my favorite band, Little Hurricane at a Cathryn Beeks’ show. I met many of the friends I still play with at a Cathryn Beeks’ shows. Using her website listenlocalsd.com, Cathryn has influenced and given a voice to the local scene including one of my favorite artists… me. (That’s a funny joke… if you don’t think it’s a funny joke, just forget that sentence. It wasn’t really necessary to complete that paragraph.)
I was a senior in college, and had been playing around at local open mics when someone told me about Cathryn Beeks’ show called, “The Acoustic Alliance.” I didn’t have any money. (Still don’t…) so I sent her an e-mail, letting her know that I really wanted to go to the show, but I couldn’t afford it. I explained that I was a new local artist, and would love to volunteer for the show so I could watch. She e-mailed me back (Almost immediately) and told me to show up early to the gig and she’d see what she could get me to do. I showed up to the show at Brick by Brick and got me to work setting up chairs. I remember being so nervous and excited to see the acts that night. (Isaac Cheong was the one I had gone to see… 😛 What’s up “Pete’s Penile Postal Delivery Service”.)
I’d play the next Acoustic Alliance, and a few after, because she and I had become bff’s. 🙂 I started playing her events regularly, and booking gigs on her calendar like a fat kid with keys to a candy store. I’ve been a guest host, a surprise addition, a featured artist, a “favorite songwriter” on her show on KPRI and I’ve even successfully stolen the microphone from her. (I DARE someone to try doing that…) She also runs an exercise/event called, “THE GAME” which she gives a title of a song, and everyone writes their version of it. (Have you heard my song, “Slow Going?” Yup… Thank Cathryn!!!) We’ve cracked jokes about artists who were ridiculously Beyond Loving dUE to how absoutely batshit crazy they are, we’ve debated who was good and who was garbage, but there’s one thing we’ve never done- gotten in a fight. I honestly can’t remember a single time where there was nothing but love given and received between me and her. (She’s even set me up on dates with her hot relatives… :-P)
Cathryn, thank you so much for all you do. You mean so much to me, and I was so honored to play at your show. (Even when I was running on .03 hours of sleep.) 😀 I can always hear you singing harmonies to my songs and you are one of the biggest reasons that San Diego Singer/Songwriters are as good as they are. You are absolutely loved, and I will gladly remind you anytime you need it. All of my heart bleeds San Diego, and you are one of the biggest reasons I’m this way. Thank you so much for everything.
(That ending seemed abrupt… if I was more awake it might have been better… but if you’re being a meanie and critiquing my blog, you need to find a hobby… sheesh.)