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Pg 30 • JANUARY 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. UPBEAT's Yearbook 2020 CELEBRATING OUR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTORS


Upbeat Times in Chicago, Illinois!


CD REVIEWS


Featuring: Dirty Red Barn Shekeyna's POSITIVE


by Shekeyna Black ~ shekeyna@gmail.com


Jeff & Sherry Phillips, owners of the Comet Corn Popcorn company, taking a moment with Upbeat at Chicago's Union Station in Illinois! ~ Thanks, from Jeff!


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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch


that never hurts. Charles Dickens


Crossword &


Horoscope note:


This issue was dedicated


to our YEARBOOK & readers who traveled the world in 2019. We will return with the answer to the puzzle for December 2019 and the new horoscopes in our 22 year edition for Februaryy 2020! Thank you for your understanding!


Pg 30 • JANUARY 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. Love is a better teacher than duty. Albert Einstein


Petaluma, CA. ~ Dirty Red Barn, the Petaluma based band’s, latest CD entitled, “Almost Perfect” packs a punch with its contemporary Americana-Coun- try-Blues- Folk-Bluegrass fusion. The band members are Dave Brouillette (Gui- tar/Vocals), Ben Becker (Bass/Elec- tric Guitar), Sean Parnell (Harmon- ica/Vocals) and Malcolm Johnson (Drums, Bass, Vo- cals). “Almost Per- fect” offers nine tracks for the lis- tener. One can en- vision driving the idyllic backroads of Sonoma County singing along to the easygoing lyrics. The Dirty Red Barn song-


writers feature all original tracks on the “Almost Per- fect” album, with each tune telling a unique story. “You Make Me Wait” is reminiscent


of a 1950’s Rock n’ Roll band playing at a sock-hop. “You Don’t Care Anymore” fea- tures layered harmonies and fast paced harmonica-playing


night,” “County Line,” and “Mississippi Night.” The “Almost Perfect” CD


was artfully recorded by the fine team at Prairie Sun Re- cording Studio in Cotati. The album cover by pho- tographer extra- ordinaire, Jason Baldwin and the creative artwork by the incompara- ble Katie Kincade Designs make for a sleek package wor- thy of holiday gift- giving. The last track, “Peace and Truth” with its lyr- ical words of wis- dom, has a catchy chorus that could be a protest anthem


with a driving backbeat. The meandering lyrical tune, “Go- ing to the Sun,” has a Country feel. The title track, “Almost Perfect” laments “She’s al- most perfect, in every single way…” The other songs are “Together,” “Alone Again To-


song, ”If you don’t like what you see, well it’s up to you and me, don’t let other people tell you what to do, speak your mind, speak it loud, don’t get lost in the crowd and most of all to thine own self be true.”


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