Yesterday, I heard about an Open Mic night that was taking place in Claremont, my favorite town in Cali so far. Me and two of the friends I’m staying with in Pomona decided to check it out. The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and vibrating with the air of so many talented musicians. The Open Mic took place at the Folk Music Center in Claremont, owned by Ben Harper’s family. I got to play one of my original songs and I can only say it was an honor. I was treated with friendly faces and heartwarming applauds. So many wonderful people. My friends and I had the great pleasure to listen to, hang out and jam with the talented french musician Fabien Taverne. He’s in California at the moment recording an album. Do check out his Soundcloud, there’s some awesome music to be found there!
I’ll be disappearing off the grid for about a week now as my friend from Sweden is coming to visit me in LA. Before I check out I wanted to share a song that I wrote yesterday called Maple Trees. Hope you like it!
I continued my exploration by visiting Lover’s Point, a beautiful beach by the bay in Pacific Grove. I sat by the cliffs surrounding it and read for a while. After that I took my bike along the shore and enjoyed the sunshine. I passed the beach with seals that I saw once before, only this time an enormous elephant seal was taking up space next to the smaller harbor seals. I explored the surroundings, a local art gallery and enjoyed reading by the beach as the tide was coming in. The sound of the waves crashing was soothing and I worshiped the sun on my face. What a beautiful day!
This evening I had the great pleasure to perform on Open Jam in Apple Valley. Me and my friend Alex (on drums) improvised a lounge version of Radioactive together with the local pianist and bass player. Have a listen to our chill cover of the famous Imagine Dragons song!