Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sundays in my City - Sunny Sony Sounds - June 19, 2011

I've been home from the hospital since Tuesday afternoon, still on two different
oral antibiotics, and I'm feeling better.  My only real problem is that my left
ankle is not healing as fast as I would like.  I'm still having trouble walking on
my left foot and there is still some swelling that remains.  I hope this isn't going
to be permanent since I need to be able to get around!!

It's been a nice weekend and I could not entirely obey doctor's orders to spend
most of it in bed, with my ankle elevated.  The Bay area's former jazz diva,
Sony Holland, and her song writer husband, Jerry Holland, who is also a guitar
virtuoso, were in town to do a series of three shows for their loyal fans.

Thursday, they did an outdoor performance at the Marin Art and Garden center
in Ross, California.  It was a glorious day and people spread out their blankets
on the lawn, brought picnics, and enjoyed the music.  Children of all ages
danced and cavorted, dogs raced about, and birds joined in with their
melodies.  I am sure it must have been a bit distracting for our beloved
entertainers but they were just wonderful, nonetheless.  We also got to see a
bit of the gardens before the performance, with so many beautiful flowers
in bloom.

Saturday night, our glamorous diva performed in Palo Alto, California at the Jewish
Cultural Center.  This time, in addition to Jerry's guitar, she was accompanied by
Benny Watson on the piano, Seward McCain on bass, and Bob Blankenship on
drums.  Dressed in a sparkling black dress and glittering bling, her performance
was beyond description.  You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium as she sang
beautiful numbers from the Great American songbook, several songs writter by
her husband, Jerry Holland, and rocking tunes like "Honky Cat."  The whole
evening was fabulous.  I never tire of hearing her.  And there's more to come.
This evening, she and Jerry return to Cafe Divine in San Francisco where they
used to perform on Sunday nights.  It will be packed full, a reunion of the
"Dynamic Duo" and all their adoring fans! 

I am participating in Unknown Mami's Sundays in My City - check out the site
and join in the fun!!


  1. This post ~ these photos ~ Divine!!

  2. manuela1:02 PM

    wonderful - how beautifully you put the photos together!

  3. Loved your collage of photos. Really great.
    Hope your ankle swelling goes down soon.
    It is difficult if you can't get about. I am in pain with sciatica right now.
    I keep telling myself that I must keep going. I need to.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  4. Beautiful collage of Sony. And you are looking good too.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful weekend and I love your photos.

  6. Hi Carmen, So sorry about your ankle. Keep following doctor's orders and don't over do it.
    Your photos, as always, are wonderful.
    Feel good, xo jj

  7. Wonderful pictures! I love the collage.

  8. I was so sorry to read you were in the hospital and I'm sorry as well your ankle is still giving you problems. On top of that you are packing to move with no known destination? What a lot of stress for you and you are in my prayers. The photos are lovely and a joy to behold.
    P.S. - Wedgewood Wild Strawberry was my wedding china :-)

  9. Helen -
    To hear Sony sing, check out!

    Joanna Jenkins -
    Thanks for the good advice. Sony lives in L. A., you know, and, occasionally sings at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market as well as a wine and art bar in Glendale.

    Shiju Sugunan -
    My friend is lovely and her voice incredible. When I come to India, I will have a CD for you and Manju.

    Mountain Woman -
    Please, please keep up the prayers. Isn't that "Wild Strawberry" china just lovely. It gives me a thrill every time I see it on the table!

  10. Maggie May -
    Sony is so expressive when she sings...her hands and face say so much. She really liked my collage as well! I was suprised the second set of photos turned out so well since I didn't use a flash - but I was in the first row, across from the stage. Last night, I was at her final performance of three, this time at Cafe Divine, a little favorite spot in San Francisco's North Beach.

    Sharkbytes (TM) -
    It was a great weekend for me, in spite of the ankle pain. I love Sony's voice and her husband's guitar is fabulous as are his lyrics. Saturday night, at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, she also had a piano, bass and drums but, the other two nights, just Jerry accompanied her. She sounds great either way.

    A human kind of human -
    What a nice surprise to see you's been a long time. I hope all is well with you!

  11. You got some great pictures of her. I hope your ankle heals soon.

  12. The outdoor concert looks as though it was a wonderful occasion. Your pictures, as ever, are wonderful. I almost feel I was there!

  13. Hello, RNSANE.

    Your heartwarming poetry and works fascinates everyone feeling.

     Thank you for your kindness.
     Have a good weekend.