12/11/17: It’s A Beautiful Day “White Bird”
The music in my head today is a little unusual, a little lesser-known. It’s by a psychedelic outfit from San Francisco called “It’s a Beautiful Day!”
Back in 1967 – close to the height of peace, love, flowers and all that – the band “It’s a Beautiful Day” formed in San Francisco. Lead vocals were provided by Pattie Santos, but it was the husband-and-wife team of David LaFlamme (born Gary Posie) and Linda LaFlamme that really helped the band shine. David was an accomplished violinist (he played as a soloist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra in his youth, took the stage with both Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin, and played in “Electric Chamber Orkustra,” a band that attempted to marry orchestral music and psychedelia) and Linda played a mean keyboard.
The band experimented with all kinds of musical instruments and styles and, given the time period, they probably experimented with some other stuff, too. They were one of the earliest San Francisco bands to emerge during the Summer of Love, but they never really quite hit the heights reached by The Grateful dead or Jefferson Airplane… potentially because of their early management by the infamous Matthew Katz. In fact, “It’s a Beautiful Day” was under consideration to perform at Woodstock, but their slot on the lineup ended up going to another important newcomer to the music scene: Santana.
The band’s signature song was “White Bird,” a tune inspired by their experience while living in Seattle under the thumb of Katz as he attempted to shelter them from news that Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape were cutting ties with him. They lived in the attic of an old house owned by Katz and played at clubs he controlled, and those times living in the attic and enduring Seattle’s rainy winter weather inspired them to write “White Bird.” It’s a slow-paced, relaxing, beautiful song… and after this last weekend full of snow and rain, I can’t get it out of my head!
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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November, the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.
At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!
The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!
Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!
Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!
You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!
Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!
AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!
Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.
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