Multi-instrumentalist and Navy veteran Mike McGee aka Mike the Music Man arrived at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach about two months ago without instruments or relationships with local musicians. HomeFront Rising is helping him obtain equipment and connections. The first acquisition is a Yamaha 12-string guitar donated by Grace First Presbyterian Church. Mike has been teaching himself how to play it at Long Beach Coffee & Tea, a veteran-owned epicenter in downtown Long Beach. His first love is drums. We're now seeking a donation to make that happen. Please get in touch if you can help.
Musician-chef-caregiver-integrative health coach Carolyne Mas owns a solar-powered ranchette at an elevation of 4365 feet in the beautiful unincorporated Arizona town of Pearce. A 3-bedroom house stands in the center of a very private 38-acre parcel with farm fencing, a chicken coop and an irrigated garden. The property also includes a generator, well and 1000-gallon water storage tank. Carolyne graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU) with a BS in Integrative Health. She is overseeing our emerging veterans retreat dubbed Operation Mas, and is also recruiting other musicians who have a passion for sustainable agriculture, culinary arts and healing, to help establish similar projects nationwide.
Holy Smokes is a band with a rotating cast of players. The group meets every Wednesday in Long Beach, CA. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, recording and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song is written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The weekly sessions – presented by HomeFront Rising, Rock to Recovery and U.S.VETS, and hosted by Century Villages at Cabrillo – are free to attend for anyone who wants to participate. No experience is necessary. This blog documents our works in progress.read more