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Sea Level Singer / Songwriter Festival

February 2, 2020


>>WELCOME BACK TO NORFOLK
PERSPECTIVES. I AM SO EXCITED, WE HAVE MUSIC
AND NOBODY NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
MARY ANN TOBOZ, TALK TO ME WHAT’S COMING UP.
>>TIDEWATER ARTS OUTREACH, IN GHENT, APRIL 10th THROUGH
12TH.>>I THINK YOU WERE ABOUT SEVEN
YEARS AGO AT SOFA TALKING ABOUT IT. 2
>>SEAN COLDWIN IS COMING IN, AND SONG WRITING WITH SOLDIERS
WILL BE IN CONCERT WITH NAUTICA ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
MY GOOD FRIENDS CAN FILL YOU IN A LITTLE BIT.
>>IT’S NOT ABOUT BRINGING FOLKS IN FROM OUT OF TOWN.
HOW ARE YOU DOING NATE.>>I’M GOOD.
>>PINK FLOYD FOR –>>FOR $12.
THAT WAS THE DAY. I WAS NOT BORN I WISH I
WASHINGTON WAS.>>DO YOU KNOW WHO PINK FLOYD
WAS?>>YES.
>>OKAY. THEN TINA.
>>HEY HOW ARE YOU?>>YOU’RE GOING TO BE PART OF
THE FESTIVAL.>>YES, I’M INVOLVED IN TAO
PROGRAMS AND DIFFERENT GROUPS SO THIS SINGER SONGWRITER FESTIVAL
IS ALL TO SUPPORT THOSE PROGRAMS.
>>I WAS GOING TO SAY, THE FESTIVAL IS KIND OF THE BIG
EVENT BUT YOU’RE GOING ON YEAR ROUND AND HAVING A REAL IMPACT
IN THE COMMUNITY.>>THE FESTIVAL, YES, IT’S THE
LARGEST FUND RAISER OF TIDEWATER ARTS OUTREACH, TO FUND PEOPLE
WHO CAN’T GET OUT AND EXPERIENCE THE ARTS IN OUR SOCIETY.
TIDEWATER OUTREACH. WE FUND ALL KINDS OF CREATIVE
SELF-EXPRESSION, WE PAY THOSE ARTISTS, SUPPORTING THE LOCAL
ARTS COMMUNITY, BUT ONCE A YEAR WE HAVE OUR LARGEs FUND
RAISER, TTYs BRAIN CHILD OF ONE OF OUR ORIGINATORS, IT’S THE
BEST WAY TO RECOGNIZE LOCAL SINGERS SONGWRITERS.
>>NATE, I’M GOING TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT AGAIN.
I ASKED YOU, WHERE DOES SHE FEEL SHE’S THE MOST INTIMATE WHEN IT
COMES TO MUSIC, SHE PICKED UP HER GUITAR AND STARTED PLAYING.
YOU GOT A GUITAR RIGHT HERE.>>I HAVE A PIECE HERE.
>>BACKGROUND?>>JOHN ABRAMS APPROACHED ME TO
DO FOR THE FESTIVAL LAST YEAR AND IT’S A LITTLE JINGLE FOR ALL
THE SONGWRITERS OUT THERE. NOTE TURN OFF THE TV BABY ¶ TURN
OFF THE TUBE ¶ I GOT A SONG AND I’M SURE YOU DO, TOO ¶
¶ SO MAKE THAT CLIMB ¶ ¶ MAKE THAT CHOICE ¶
¶ YOU’VE GOT THE MELODY ¶ ¶ YOU’VE GOT THE VOICE ¶
¶ YOU’VE GOT THE SONG ¶ ¶ YOU’VE GOT A DREAM ¶
¶ JUST MAKE THAT COME TRUE ¶¶>>SEA LEVEL 2014.
>>WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD THE VOICE AND THE DREAM?
>>WHEN I COULD SING WITH MY FAVORITE ARTISTS IN THE CAR AT A
YOUNG AGE –>>WAS THAT ARTIST IN THE CAR
WITH YOU OR WAS IT COMING FROM THE DASH?
>>MY DAD WOULD TELL ME ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE BEATLES AND
STUFF, THEN I HAD A GUITAR IN MY HANDS, I THINK I CAN DO THIS.
AND I WAS 14 WHEN I COULD SING AND PLAY AT THE SAME TIME.
SO –>>WERE YOU ALWAYS THIS GOOD?
>>YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK SOMEBODY ELSE.
[ Laughter ]>>BUT I’VE ALWAYS BEEN DECENT.
>>NATE WON OUR EMERGING ARTIST CONTEST TWO YEARS AGO.
LAST YEAR, HE WROTE THAT LITTLE JINGLE.
TO HELP ENCOURAGE BUDDING ARTISTS TO COME TO OUR CONTEST.
>>YOU USED THE WORD JINGLE.>>IT’S A SHORT SONG AND IT’S
FOR SOMETHING. IT WASN’T FOR ME, IT WAS FOR THE
FESTIVAL. SO IT’S JUST PROMOTING THAT IN
THE SHORTEST STRONGEST POSSIBLE WAY.
>>THAT’S WHAT A JINGLE IS?>>I BELIEVE THAT, YES.
>>I’M GOING TO MENTION ANOTHER ARTIST, BARRY MANILOW KIND OF
STARTED OFF THAT WAY. WRITING REAL SONGS.
IN GREAT WAY TO START.>>YOU CAN SING.
>>THANK YOU. I’M RECORDING AN ALBUM AT
ELECTRIC STUDIOS AND PLAYING WITH A BAND MAJOR AND THE
MOMBACKS THIS SUMMER. YES.
>>ARE YOU GOING TO REMEMBER BEING ON NORFOLK PERSPECTIVES?
>>YES.>>PUT IT ON YOUTUBE.
SO TINA WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>GREAT, GREAT VOICE, GREAT
SONG, GREAT JINGLE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>YOU’RE GOING TO SHARE THIS GUITAR RIGHT?
>>YES, WE’RE GOING TO SHARE THIS GUITAR AND YOU KNOW SONG
WRITING IS SUCH A WONDERFUL CATHARTIC THING.
ANYONE THAT JOURNALS AND PUTS WORDS TO PAPER, WHEN YOU ADD
MUSIC TO IT, THERE’S A MAGICAL AIR TO IT.
OTHER THAN WRITING SONGS ON MY OWN, IS GROUP SONG WRITING.
I WRITE SONGS WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS AND TAO HAS SENT ME TO
LOCATIONS TO WRITE WITH GROUPS. ONE WAS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SHELTER. WE ENDED UP WRITING SOME SONGS
WITH KIDS. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THE KIDS IN
THIS SITUATION ARE FULL OF FEAR AND MISTRUST AND ALL KINDS OF
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS SO SONG WRITING IS THE WAY TO TAP INTO
THESE NEGATIVE THINGS BUT GOING THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.
SO NOT BRINGING THIS OUT TO THEM, BUT LETTING THEM EXPRESS
THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. SO WE ENDED UP WRITING A SONG
CALLED YOU GOT TO GET UP. SO WE WERE ABLE TO TALK WITH
KIDS ABOUT JUST THE BASIC THINGS, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU
FALL DOWN? AND THE LITTLE ONES WOULD SAY
YOU SKIN YOUR KNEE, YOU BLEED. WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN BIGGER THINGS FALL DOWN, YOUR DREAMS?
SO IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONG WRITING EXPERIENCES REALLY.
>>TAKING A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND SHARING WITH A GROUP AND
REALLY COMING UP WITH A COMMUNITY, THAT’S REALLY WHAT
THIS FESTIVAL IS ABOUT, BRINGING A COMMUNITY TOGETHER.
GOOD IT IS. JUST WHAT TEAM IS DOING WITH THE
COMMUNITY WHO REALLY NEED THE ARTS TO ENGAGE AND FOR THEIR OWN
CREATIVE SELF-EXPRESSION.>>I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THE
SONG. WHEN YOU ARE DONE WE’LL TALK
ABOUT SPRING AT THE MALL. SO TAKE US OUT!
>>SO HERE GOES. ¶¶ ¶¶ ¶¶ ¶ SOMETIMES YOU FALL
DOWN ¶ ¶ BUT YOU GOT TO GET UP ¶
¶ YOU GOT TO GET UP ¶ ¶ SOMETIMES YOU FALL DOWN ¶
¶ BUT YOU GOTTA GET UP ¶ ¶ YOU GOTTA GET UP ¶
¶ DID YOU EVER FALL ¶ 3 ¶ DOWN AND SKIN YOUR KNEE ¶
¶ OH HOW IT HURTS ¶ ¶ SOMETIMES IT BLEEDS ¶
¶ YOU FEEL EMBARRASSED WHEN SOMEBODY LAUGHS ¶
¶ PUT IT BEHIND YOU ¶ ¶ MOVE ON FROM THE PAST ¶ ¶
SHAKE IT OFF, 000 ¶ ¶ — SHAKE IT OFF NOW ¶
¶ SOMETIMES YOU GOT TO FALL DOWN BUT YOU GOT TO GET UP ¶¶
[APPLAUSE]

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4 Comments

  • Reply MaryAnn Toboz April 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    We are so appreciative of the support for our Festival!  Find us on FaceBook:  Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival.

  • Reply jpixx April 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Nate!!!

  • Reply Sean Gieseke August 28, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Music to my ears! 🙂

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