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SPENCER & VOGEL
LODI WINE CELLARS
LODI, CA
May 17, 2013



Lodi Wine Cellars
Lodi, CA




SPENCER & VOGEL

Spencer & Vogel is an indie-pop Americana group whose four impressive cornerstones of diversity come together to break new ground. Bart Vogel uses music to tell captivating stories. His beautifully written original songs are observant, straightforward, truthful vignettes that are insightfully crafted with emotional depth, perceptive wit, and aching beauty. Tim Spencer, in my opinion, is one of Central Valley’s hottest talents. His flawless guitar leads are deceptively mellow but suprisingly intricate and intoxicating. Don’t be fooled. Listen and you will hear them nonchalantly become uncontainable. Gary Sommerfeld’s overall charm is that he is appealing. I have a special place in my heart for modest drummers who can play without missing a beat while singing lead or singing harmony backup. Gary is flat-out fantastic. Kal Cicero’s power shines through his artful and rhythmic consistency. This vibrant band doesn’t have any hype. They deliver unique music without pretense. The members are seasoned musicians, confident, and skilled. They are four personable, talented musicians who connect with their audience.

Music Review by Donna Pacini-Christensen
Email: pacini.novelist at gmail.com




Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson




TIM SPENCER



BART VOGEL



GARY SOMMERFELD



KAL CICERO



The object of art is to give life a shape.
William Shakespeare




Time is the coin of your life.You spend it.
Do not allow others to spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg




Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Doug Firebaugh




Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.
Orison Swett Marden




Nobody else can be alive for you.
e.e cummings




The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties
and hold them in the right scale of values.
Norman Thomas




The time will come when,
with elation,
you will greet yourself
arriving at your own door,
in your own mirror,
and each will smile
at the other’s welcome.
Derek Walcott




Do not worry about the results,
but be concerned with the process.
Masao Nemoto




Nobody ever figures out
what life is all about,
and it doesn't matter.
Explore the world.
Nearly everything
is really interesting
if you go into it
deeply enough.
Richard P. Feynman




We are each the authors of our own lives.
We live in what we have created.
There is no way to shift the blame
and no one else to accept the accolades.
Barbara Taylor Bradford




And the world cannot
be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.
Wendell Berry




Only that in you which is me
can hear what I'm saying.
Baba Ram Dass




We must remember that nothing
in this world really belongs to us.
At best, we are merely borrowers.
Christopher Isherwood




Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
Ludwig Börne




Sometimes an answer
not yet blowin' in the wind
is stirring in the breeze.
Robert Brault




When you get right down to
the root of the meaning of the word “succeed,”
you find that it simply means to follow through.
F.W. Nichol




We are here to add what we can to life,
not to get what we can from life.
William Osler




The greatest sweetener
of human life is friendship.
To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment,
is a secret which but few discover.
Joseph Addison




When the winds of change blow,
some people build walls and others build windmills.
Chinese Proverb




Act is the blossom of thought,
and joy and suffering are its fruits.
James Allen




Cut not the wings of your dreams,
for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul.
Flavia




You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy




To reach a port, we must sail.
Sail, not tie at anchor.
Sail, not drift.
Franklin D. Roosevelt




Whatever a person's mind dwells on
intensely and with firm resolve,
that is exactly what he becomes.
Shankaracharya




You will never "find" time for anything.
If you want time, you must make it.
Charles Bruxton




Every thought we think is creating our future.
Louise L. Hay




Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw




Men must live and create.
Live to the point of tears.
Albert Camus




Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
Henry David Thoreau




Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
Benjamin E. Mays




Don't live down to expectations.
Go out there and do something remarkable.
Wendy Wasserstein




It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot




There is no telling how many miles
you will have to run while chasing a dream.
Author Unknown




Don’t be discouraged.
It’s often the last key
in the bunch that opens the lock.
Author Unknown




We don’t see things the way they are.
We see them the way we are.
Talmud




Pain is inevitable.
Suffering is optional.
Anony-mouse




How you do one thing,
is how you do everything.
Author Unknown




“It’s impossible,” said pride.
“It’s risky,” said experience.
“It’s pointless,” said reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.
Anonymous




If you are irritated by every rub,
how will you be polished?
Rumi




You’ve got to do your own growing,
no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Irish Proverb




There is only one success,
to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley




If you want
happiness for an hour---take a nap.
If you want
happiness for a day---go fishing.
If you want
happiness for a year---inherit a fortune.
If you want
happiness for a lifetime---help someone else.
Chinese Proverb




Whatever creativity is,
it is in part a solution to a problem.
Brian W. Aldiss




Something about making art
has to do with overcoming things,
giving us a clear opportunity for doing things
in ways we have always known we should do them.
David Bayles




Creativity is not a talent;
it's a way of operating.
John Cleese




Jumping at
several small opportunities
may get us there more quickly
than waiting for one big one to come along.
Hugh Allen




If one wants to get a boat ride,
one must be near the river.
Anchee Min




We all die.
The goal isn't to live forever,
the goal is create something that will.
Chuck Palahniuk




Don't forget that
in the midst of all
your pain and heartache,
you are surrounded by beauty,
the wonder of creation,
art, your music and culture,
the sounds of laughter and love,
of whispered hopes and celebrations,
of new life and transformation,
of reconciliation and forgiveness.
William Paul Young




Never give up on something that you
can't go a day without thinking about.
Author Unknown




Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes courage is
the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher




If you can dream it, you can do it.
Don’t forget. This whole thing started with a mouse.
Walt Disney




One can never consent to creep
when one feels an impulse to soar.
Helen Keller




The greatest oak was once
a little nut who held its ground.
Author Unknown




Guard well
your spare moments.
They are like
uncut diamonds.
Discard them
and their value
will never be known.
Improve them
and they will
become the brightest gems
in a useful life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson




Think big thoughts,
but relish small pleasures.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.




Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises
are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate.
Listen.
Imagine.
Mary Anne Radmacher




Always think of
what you have to do as easy,
and it will become so.
Emile Cove




Enjoy the little things in life,
for one day you may
look back and realize
they were the big things.
Antonio Smith




A creative man
is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand




Come to the edge.
We can't, we are afraid.
Come to the edge.
We can't, we will fall.
They came to the edge
and he pushed them
and they flew.
Appolinaire




We determine our destiny
by the actions we take today.
Catherine Pulsifer




Life is now.
There was never a time
when your life was not now,
nor will there ever be.
Eckhart Tolle




To achieve,
you need thought.
You have to know
what you are doing
and that's real power.
Ayn Rand




What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared
to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson




Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
Don Miguel Ruiz




Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything but happy.
Anonymous




Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie




HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH



People don't care how much you know
until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell




The price of anything is
the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau




When your work
speaks for itself,
don't interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser




Do the thing and you will be given the power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson




The quality
of a person's life
is in direct proportion
to their commitment to excellence,
regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi




When we look with quiet eyes,
we begin to see that at the deepest level,
everything and everyone is interconnected.
Sharon Salzberg




Knowing trees,
I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass,
I can appreciate persistence.
Hal Borland




Let every day
be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be
a new beginning.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie




Life is a long lesson in humility.
James M. Barrie




The truth is you
can acquire any quality you want
by acting as though you already have it.
Joseph Murphy




Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high.
Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
Vincent van Gogh




At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.
Lao Tzu




A good listener is not only popular everywhere,
but after a while he gets to know something.
Wilson Mizner




Once in everyone's life there is
apt to be a period when he is fully awake,
instead of half-asleep.
E.B. White




The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke




Do not dwell in the past;
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind
on the present moment.
Buddha




The first duty of love is to listen.
Paul Tillich




Art is as useful as bread.
Azar Nafisi




It is better, I think, to grab at the stars
than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them.
R.A. Salvatore




Reputation is for time;
character is for eternity.
John B. Gough




You've been
walking in circles, searching.
Don't drink by the water's edge.
Throw yourself in.
Become the water.
Only then will
your thirst end.
Jeanette Berson




Kind words are the music of the world.
F. W. Faber




Look for opportunities to help someone else,
but don’t give expecting something in return.
Give knowing that if we give we receive.
David DeNotaris




Let me tell you
the secret that has led me to my goal.
My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur




There will come a time
when you believe everything is finished.
That will be the beginning.
Louis L'Amour




I cannot even imagine
where I would be today
were it not for that handful of friends
who have given me a heart full of joy.
Let's face it;
friends make life
a lot more fun.
Charles Swindoll




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