According to a recent LA Times article, “the Southern California housing market is red-hot again.” 2015 was the second-busiest year since the 2008 recession, and experts are calling for 2016 to be the year that the peak returns to Orange County. With so much hype in the forecast, it can be difficult for both buyers and sellers to track market trends, sift through all the numbers, and forecast what may or may not happen over years to come. I know I’d rather choose a new paint color or build my dream wraparound porch than pore tediously over CoreLogic statistics. And that’s where Sheri Normandin comes into the picture.
Often, determining the difference between one’s skill set and one’s passion leaves much to be desired: a rift not many of us have the luxury to cross over in our professional lives. For Sheri, seeing her skill set and passion collide in the real estate market has revolutionized hers. With over 25 years of executive level management and marketing in over 26 countries, Sheri’s transition to luxury property management was as smooth as can be. In fact, it doesn’t get much smoother than earning herself a top 4% spot in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Agents nationwide: and an entry in the 2014 and 2015 President’s Club. Yet, unlike a great many OC brokers, Sheri doesn’t hail from Orange County.
“I grew up on a farm,” she notes with a smile. “I’m interested in Orange County in the same way my buyers and sellers are interested: I came here to buy a house for myself, I dealt with the same process, the same negotiations; and I think that makes me uniquely suited to welcome folks to the area.”
With the increased global reach of real estate, understanding and appropriately providing services to meet the various needs out there are constantly added to the equation of buying or selling a home. Sheri services all of South Orange County, not just the city she resides in, and she is willing to go the extra mile to help her clients understand what it is they are really achieving with her at the helm of their housing project.
“The needs of a buyer are vastly different than those of a seller,” she says. “We have seen a strong recovery over the past few years, but with low inventories, it continues to be a sellers market.”
So what questions are you asking as either a buyer or seller in the current market? You may have the perfect paint chip in hand, but what kind of wall would you like to decorate? You may be approaching retirement, and are looking to downsize. Do you have specific square footage in mind? Do you have a budgetary cap? Is there room for the family dog? A yard?
“Floor plans and functionality of a home can vary greatly and rearranging the current use with minor changes can have a much bigger value to a buyer, if they can see it,” says Sheri. “Not all agents can provide that vision. I look for areas I can make the process easier for my clients and actively take things off their plate to reduce stress.”
Because everyone’s motivations are different, a good realtor connects with clients and can manage the expectations on the table, while successfully maximizing results. Finding a broker that will offer more than a minimum level of service however, can be painstaking. With her background in marketing and negotiation, it is no wonder that Sheri has found such success - invaluable when navigating the market and its constant fluctuations.
“When I’m looking for a prospective agent to sell my home, I’m asking if they do this as a full time job - I’m asking for reviews and references - I’m asking what sets them apart from other agents. Professional photography, quality marketing materials and online exposure are base requirements these days to provide great results for the seller. I go beyond what is expected, which changes with each client. I’ve planted flowers, moved couches. Selling or buying a home can be an emotional experience, and making it as positive as possible is my goal.”
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 E. Ocean Boulevard
March 1-5, 2017
The 71 year old Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center is the world’s largest sportfishing show, California’s largest boat show and an international leader in hunting and fishing travel. Virtually all forms of outdoor recreation are represented at this enormous event, featuring: more fishing tackle manufacturer displays than any other show anywhere, California’s largest marine accessories display, hundreds of fishing tackle booths, hundreds of international fishing and hunting travel booths, acres of boats, casting ponds, Hobie Kayak demonstration rides, hunter and angler specific vehicles, free dive and SCUBA diving equipment and instruction, air gun ranges, archery ranges, over 400 seminars and a full day’s worth of family fun activities.
Tickets are available at the box office: Adults $17.00; Children - (15 and younger with paid adult) - Free; Seniors (62-years and older) $15; and Military (with valid I.D.) $12 - Military discount tickets available at ticket window only.
For info, visit www.fredhall.com/long-beach
Show Dates & Times:
Wednesday, March 1
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 2
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, March 3
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 4
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday, March 5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The music and artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s
By Joe D – The Doctor of Doo Wop®
You don’t remember me, but I remember you…
Tears on My Pillow – Little Anthony & The Imperials
One cannot blame or give credit to the artists and songwriters of the Rock & Roll era for the sounds that were created in the 50’s and early 60’s. There was a natural evolution of the music that was started by “baba loo” Bing Crosby, Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong, The Mills Brothers, The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and sooooo many more! While pure Doo Wop must have a group to gather the unique sounds, Rock & Roll single artists and duos were free to pick and choose the vocal styles with the same characteristics, utilizing no name backup groups to add musical flavor.
For the sake of simplicity, analysis of the Doo Wop sounds will be placed into five various elements to appear in two parts (the first is this feature and the second will appear in the March 2017 edition). This article will showcase the music and lyrics, beat instrumentation and nonsense syllables, while Part Two will address group harmony and vocal range. Songs will also be identified along with the artists that typify each element.
The Music and Lyrics
Everyone knows the words to those songs of the past; or do you? The music and lyrics touched our emotional heart strings, but not our intellect. With minor variations, it was the same three or four chord progressions with a melody line that used limited range for each voice. Many times, the words were made up or moved around to ensure they rhymed. They were drenched in emotion with a pitch that was either perfect or just a tone off. It was somewhere between church hymns, gospel and opera.
There was no Cole Porter or Ira Gershwin, but the music and lyrics still wrote of raw emotion, sadness, tenderness and love. They told a brief story about loving you so, kissing, missing or never letting go. No one thought that the times, feelings and emotions would change. They reflected the concerns of people’s everyday lives and permitted a glimpse into our thoughts, feelings and, perhaps even a mood that existed at the time. It was an idealized world filled with crystal globes of romance that was celestial and comforting at the same time. Each song of the 1950’s and early 60’s was soothing but transfixed, intoxicating to the point where it was possible to actually believe in the words. It truly was ‘poetry in motion.’
Singing along with a recording is better than singing the song acappella without benefit of the recording in the background. Listen to the below listed songs to concentrate on the simplicity of the lyrics and message:
Listening to the music and lyrics of the 1950’s, the words could have been sung acappella on a street corner or in an alley. And, it would be enjoyable. Beat instrumentation was utilized by snapping fingers, having the bass singer keep a beat, or in some cases just hitting a pen in a pocket. Eventually, drums, guitars and saxophones, accompanied by a piano, found their way into the lexicon of early 50’s and 60’s music. Emphasis was placed on the second and fourth beat with a simple, heavy bass and drum beat. The instrumentation was not in the forefront of the music but was a quiet accompaniment. The artists would bring in a guitar, or if they could afford, a sax player. The bridge between verses would play out a repetitious melody and provide a vocal re-entry to the chorus. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
Johnny Cymbal said it best: “Who put the Bomp in the Bompa bompa Ba…who was that man? I’d like to shake his hand.” Those sounds can be traced to West African chants but creative juices were flowing on the street corners of New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In four and five member groups or even large ensembles, the bass and harmony in the background reflected a strong masculine mating call that even Bing Crosby used. The music of the 50’s made the sounds more predictable so they could be repeated in our new language. Many times, they replaced instrumentation, or in some cases became the entire song, with just a few words added to give it a title. Sit back and listen to:
Any one of the songs discussed in Making Your Memories is more than a simple pleasure stroll or reflection of a time of innocence. There is a complex structure behind the music that at first glance may appear simplistic and repetitious. Look closely, it is more like an old Victorian home that is being restored. The artist chips away at the many layers of phrases much like the coats of paint or wallpaper. There is a palette of old that is new again, with colors and words unimagined.
Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories With Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” www.making-your-memories.com
In a musical tribute to the United Kingdom’s northern most country, former assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Danzmayr, makes his Pacific Symphony debut leading three different musical perspectives evoking the wild, romantic landscapes of Scotland. Most recognizable are Max Bruch’s fantasy on Scottish folk melodies for violin, played with great virtuosity by Chinese violinist Ning Feng, and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, inspired by a walking tour of the ruins of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace. Less familiar but also highly evocative is Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn’s “Land of the Mountains and the Flood”—a “charming Scotch overture that carries you over the hills and far away,” as George Bernard Shaw once described it.
This concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 2-4, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$125 (Box Circle, $195); for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
About as cool as they come, Andre is a mellow cat with a personality of gold. Happy to be around humans and felines alike, Andre is ready to make new friends wherever he goes! This laid-back kitty would fit in well to just about any home.
This sweet girl is Sookie, an attentive and affectionate kitty looking to find her new family. With beautiful markings and a personality to match, Sookie would make a great cat for someone willing to give her all the love she so deserves!
Sajack is a nine month old pup who ready to live to good life! Once a timid little guy, he has now grown into quite the character. Sajack enjoys playtime in the yard and making new dog friends. He is a gentle soul and would make a great pet for someone with a quiet lifestyle.
Seven month old Senorita is a spunky puppy who’s ready for just about anything. Don’t let her size fool you. Senorita may be small, but her personality is anything but. Once you meet her, she’s sure to wow you with her adorable charms.
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.
Grammy® Award-Winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Return to Segerstrom Center in Fiesta Navidad
Segerstrom Center for the Arts continues its holiday celebrations with the world renowned, Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for a celebratory evening of Mexican and American holiday songs, inspired choreography performed by Folklor Pasión Mexicana as well as audience sing-alongs in Fiesta Navidad on December 23 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This joyful concert also features the Latin Christmas tradition of La Posada, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem.
Grammy® Award-Winning The Klezmatics Make Segerstrom Center Debut in The Klezmatics’ Happy Joyous Hanukah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie
This Hanukkah season, Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes superstars of the klezmer world, the Klezmatics on December 22 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Klezmatics from East Village make their way to Orange County for a special concert featuring the band’s unique 21st century approach to the venerable klezmer tradition. This tour also marks the band’s 30th anniversary. The program includes selections from two albums where the Klezmatics provide the music to Woody Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics, Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah and the Grammy Award-winning world music album, Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie. “A complete joy…Guthrie’s lyrics are transformed from dust-gathers to living, breathing, vital pieces of music…Woody’s Jewish in-laws would certainly have been proud,” states All Music Guide. The evening also features songs from their latest album, Apikorsim-Heretics.
Tickets to both events start at $29 and are available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Dr. Amy Bremner is a breast-dedicated surgical oncologist. She earned her medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and then returned to California for surgical training at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA.
After completing her board certication and a year of practice, Dr. Amy Bremner received a breast oncology fellowship at the University of Southern California, specializing in oncoplastic breast surgery.
She was trained by one of the elds’ pioneers, Dr. Melvin Silverstein, who increased her technical understanding of oncoplastic surgery and introduced her to the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment. After completion of her fellowship, the Society of Surgical Oncology certied her as a breast surgeon. Dr. Bremner is committed to achieving superior oncologic outcomes and excellent cosmetic results for all her patients.
Dr. Lisa Curcio is a board-certied general surgeon and a fellowshiptrained surgical oncologist. She attended George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C., and received a cancer surgery fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center
in Duarte, California. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Curcio joined the military and served as Chief Surgical Oncologist at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. During her military service, she contracted breast cancer. Inspired by her physical and emotional impact of the disease, Dr. Curcio returned to southern California and became a breast-dedicated surgical oncologist, helping women overcome the disease that had aicted her.
Dr. Hang Dang received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stanford, where she stayed to complete a general surgery internship and residency. After her residency, Dr. Dang completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and an aesthetic breast surgery fellowship at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York. Before joining Breastlink, Dr. Dang worked as a breast surgical oncologist the Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of her community, working several volunteer medical clinics andthe Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Dr. Lisa E. Guerra is a board-certied, breast-dedicated surgeon. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed her residency. Afterwards, Dr. Guerra received a fellowship in breast surgery at the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. During her fellowship, she won the Judith and David Buell Fellowship in Breast Surgery and pursued a second year of specialized training. In addition to her work at Breastlink, Dr. Guerra has been a principal investigator in multiple breast cancer clinical trials. She’s presented her ndings to professional medical associations and published her research in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Nimmi S. Kapoor is a fellowship-trained, board-certied oncology surgeon specializing in breast and thyroid cancer. She earned her medical degree at the prestigious Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, before completing a general surgery residency and an endocrine cancer research fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell. She received advanced breast surgical oncology training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and completed a breast and thyroid surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kapoor has participated in multiple research studies and her research has been published in Annals of Surgical Oncology, American Journal of Surgery, and Cancer. Los Angeles Magazine has named her one of their “Top Doctors” every year since she started practicing medicine.
Tedi is a 4 year old German Shepherd looking to find her forever family. Very friendly and quick to learn, Tedi likes to stay active by playing with other dogs in the yard and also learning dog puzzles. She would shine in an energetic household with plenty of activities to keep her stimulated.
Sweet little Micky just loves to run and play. Only 1 ½ years old, he has a great personality and plays well with the other dogs. Micky would love a family who will give him all the love and snuggle time he desires!
Five year old Galacio is a handsome bunny with a truly winning personality! He loves to snuggle and really enjoys pets and treats. With tons of endearing quirks and adorable habits, Gallacio is sure to win your heart!
One year old Elmer has a real zest for life. Whether he’s playing with toys in the yard or simply going out for a quick walk, he never fails to find the fun in it! Elmer would be a great pup for someone ready to make some good memories!
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.
Saturday, October 15, 8PM
Nine-time Grammy Award winners, the Emerson String Quartet grace the Soka Performing Arts Center stage for the first time. Joining them for this program will be cellist Clive Greensmith, best known for the many years that he performed with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Saturday, October 22, 8PM
Tucson-based Tesoro beautifully and adeptly mixes the diverse styles of puro flamenco, rumba, cumbia, Latin pop and rock along with a perfect measure of funk and blues – all the while incorporating its signature powerful rhythms into infectiously heartfelt, unforgettably passionate, romantically catchy tunes.
Tuesday, October 25, 7PM
Time’s The Curious Capitalist
Friday, October 28, 8 PM
The silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc was created without a musical score. However, most silent movies of that period were accompanied by Live music. Come join us as we screen this classic film to live accompaniment by composer George Sarah with his string quartet and vocalists.
Saturday, October 29, 8PM
Join ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with special guests Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Chris Kamaka, Baba Alimoot and dancer Ihilani Kamaka. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss. Aloha!
Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm.
Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Lauded as one of the leading acrobatic companies in the world, the award-winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has been entertaining generations of audiences for five decades, both at home and abroad. For its debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the company will perform a spectacular new show, “Shanghai Nights” on Saturday, October 1 with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
“Shanghai Nights” tells the story of a dreaming boy who enters a world of fantasy where he finds a beautiful fairy phoenix and follows the mesmerizing and graceful creature on an adventure. With more than 100 top aerial acrobats, trampoline artists, jugglers and contortionists performing in “Shanghai Nights,” Orange County audiences will experience a thrilling show that beautifully blends high-flying adventure and China’s rich cultural heritage – including dazzling costumes and stirring music.
Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Orange County premiere from October 4 – 16, 2016.
Jazz greats will be honoring jazz legends during Segerstrom Center’s Jazz Weekend taking place October 7 – 9, 2016. This will be a celebratory weekend featuring music from the last 100 years of this great musical genre in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Jazz Weekend kicks off on October 7 with a special double bill concert featuring the SFJAZZ Collective performing a tribute to Miles Davis along with the band’s own compositions. The evening continues with JAZZ 100 marking the 2017 centennial celebration for four visionary talents all born in the same year: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. On October 8, Los Angeles tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington makes his Segerstrom Center debut with performances from his latest album, The Epic. On October 9, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Center for an unforgettable afternoon of music that will include the opening act of drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross.
Music legend Tony Bennett returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on October 23 in Segerstrom Hall performing songs he made famous during his celebrated six-decade career and that are now part of the Great American Songbook. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches” and a remake of Hank Williams “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature song,” I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” which garnered two Grammy® Awards. Celebrating his 90th birthday this year, the 19-time Grammy Award winner is still regarded as the preeminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries. Bennett continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all generations.
Tickets for Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China start at $19. Tickets to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical start at $29. Tickets to the double bill concert of SFJAZZ Collective and Jazz 100 as well as for Kamasi Washington start at $39. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with opening set featuring Jamison Ross start at $49 and the concert begins at 3 p.m. Single tickets for An Evening with Tony Bennett start at $59.
All tickets are available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.