For you Santa Cruzans and even those over in Silicon Valley … look for the 10th production in 2012 of The Nutcracker ballet in Santa Cruz. We attended this year’s production and it was wonderful. Though I’m no ballet critic, the performances seemed to sparkle, and the 55 member orchestra was truly delightful. If you haven’t seen The Nutcracker with a live orchestra, you’ve missed half the show, at least.
Just finished the 1986 book by Steven Gaines. Pretty interesting story about such an “all-American” band. Everyone’s got their demons I suppose. Would have liked to have read a bit more about the music, but I’ve got a copy of “Wouldn’t it be Nice”, which Brian Wilson put his name on, so we’ll see.