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Summer GUIDE #2 Musical Notes SONOMA COUNTY’s by Shekeyna Black ~

Sonoma County, CA. ~ A song called Life ex- presses, “what is going on in the world right now, you know?” reflects the author. His lyrics flow and people may reso- nate with these words in particular, “Sometimes Life is hard, so it seems. We all make mistakes, we’re just human be- ings. We’re all different but, we’re all the same.” Genuine Southern gen- tleman, Brian Francis Baudoin works as a per- forming songwriter who plays guitar and sings from the depths of his Soul.

Baudoin has made

Sonoma County his home going on 3 years; and thankfully, his voice still has that authen- tic Louisiana cadence from his childhood. He started playing guitar at the age of eight as an

escape. Later, “When I was in Nashville, I wrote frequently. Because we were songwriters, we were going to take over the


Baudoin reminisces with a heart- felt laugh.


describes his process of song- writing, “It’s been a journey. I also lived in Nashville and I moved there to write songs back in the 2000’s.” He continues, “The process…a lot of times it comes to me in the middle of the night and I’ll run out of the bed and write things down.

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I do that kind of writing and also, I’ll sit down and think about what I’m writing and actually

hook up my P.A. system or stage system in differ- ent ways in the rooms, so I can get different sounds and I work on the sounds, and the words just kind of come.”


has also co-writ ten songs with other people and says, “that’s a dif- ferent writ- ing process all together.” He says of songwriting, “I

started studying the

come up with subjects or storylines. Or, just come up with lines or choruses or melodies. Or,

I’ll sit

down with the guitar and doodle and hum. I’ll

art of it.” He went to Santa Rosa Junior Col- lege to study Sound En- gineering, “So I started another journey on edu- cation, trying to get bet-

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“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for

sleep.” Homer

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” ~ Anthony Burgess

ter.” Creatively, Baudoin produced most of his work from beginning to end, “Without any help from other people so, that kind of made me a little bit of an outcast,” he shares. Be sure to check out his website: Brian- and www.facebook. com/brianfrancis. baudoin and music on- line. “I think it’s going to boost music in the end” Baudoin predicts, re- garding the lack of live shows due to the Shel- ter in Place and Social Distancing mandates. “People are going to be craving that live music.”

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