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May 17, 2013

Lodi Wine Cellars
Lodi, CA


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
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Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson





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.
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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.

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.

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.

Pain is inevitable.
Suffering is optional.

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.

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

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.
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.

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.

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


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.

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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