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It was a windy spring break 2014 at Venice Beach, when we first met up with Ben Rothbard and Johnny Zambetti – key players in the then band Terraplane Sun.
Nothing not to love about this ensemble of good souls and a sound that would make any lover of music cry for more.
Then it seems that life has a way of coming along and shuffling us all into the spots we are meant to shine – hence The Palms.
When the chemistry is right anything is possible. Ben Rothbard has a voice you don’t come by often but once heard, stays with you wherever you go. Johnny lights up the room on guitar and nobody can replace the vibe and vision uniquely his own that makes this collaboration click.
‘I really believe in our body of work and I am behind it 100% – all the way.’
The Palms bring a pineapple express kind of breeze – lending inspiration , freedom and escape to the average heart. Their honest lyrics about standing up for yourself and staying true – delivered with their downtown vibe – makes the essential pains of growing a lot more fun.
A new project – new vibes and lots of new music for all to enjoy. So much ahead for these guys and you don’t want to miss a thing.
I had the chance to catch up with them this week in Los Angeles on their way to the studio to see how they are feeling about where they are at right now.
Be sure to experience The Palms the month of February during their residency at The Satellite – the best place in Los Angeles for live music.
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Danilo Perez with BGJI students – Photo by Dave Green
Where do gifted musicians go to become student leaders of a world community and affect positive social change?
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston, founded by Grammy-award winning jazz pianist, composer, professor and educator Danilo Pérez, through a curriculum that includes world-music exploration from roots up, to arrangements and performances of original composition, to internships and projects in remote under-represented communities around the globe, students develop into ambassadors for humanity. This is not an ethereal concept or group meditation on a “better world” but a hands-on curriculum that directs these young extra-ordinary musicians to park the “self” for a greater good. Pérez speaks to this part and emphasis in the program, “ When somebody has a gift, I believe he/she has a responsibility…you must have the desire to be a role model in society – and step away from your instrument.” BGJI offers a unique alternative approach to a discipline that has often focused more on developing self-achievement and acceptance based primarily on talent. Pérez keeps his mission and integrity close to the selection process, “you have to have the desire to experience the process of human development…fame is a four letter word.”
Danilo Perez at piano – Photo by Kelly Davidson
It was in the season of 2002 that Rob Thomas wrote, recorded and released the Christmas single titled
‘A New York Christmas’
The song intended to help raise funds for the
in Westchester, New York. Rob had been performing here a number of years in a private concert for the children. He says;
“It’s an amazing, sobering thing, you know, to go and you see someone who’s 11, 12 years old who’s going through more than I’ve ever gone through in my entire life. And, you say, ‘How’s your Christmas?'”
Perhaps the true meaning of Christmas can be found inside those words.
May we each find our own way to give back this season, where it be needed most.
Thank you for a beautiful song Rob Thomas. It’s timeless to hearts around the world.