FAMILY MUSIC

Previously I’ve mentioned that sons Alex and Wes played with a

band called “Purified.” One of my favorite songs from their

album “Speaking is Easy” is “Speaking is Easy.”

 

 

 

Wes and Alex are still active musically. Alex leads worship

occasionally at their church and Wed did until recently. Wes

also played with “Gospel Machine” based out of Minneapolis.

Wes has also recorded with Small Cities and has a couple of

solo CD’s. Unicorn Rock is his children’s album and I particularly

like “Wake UP!".

I’ve also previously mentioned brother-in-law David Defore,

drummer with the InRhodes. Until his recent relocation to

Colorado, David occasionally played with various jazz trios and

quartets around the LA area. Long before the InRhodes, Dave’s

band, originally called the LaMonts,  but renamed the Fugitives,

was a well-known surf band – first band to play at the famous

Palisades High School Sports Nights mentioned elsewhere. Click on the link to the

right to listen to the Fugitive’s version of “The Wedge.” The

100+ BPM drum roll that starts the song is AMAZING.  Thanks Dave, for sharing. 

 

My other brother-in-law Ron DeFore was well known in the surf

band days in LA for his lead guitar work. When I was putting this

together Ron reminded me that he’d done some recording a

few years later with Donny Most (Ralph Malph on Happy Days)

“trying to sing” as Ron put it. Also Michael Botts (Bread

drummer), Ron Brown (Motown bass studio musician), and the Happy Days Assistant Director, John Lenox on keyboard. It’s called “Nashville Sneakers.” A little in-family promotion - Ron's semi-autobiography "Growing up in DIsneyland" is available from Waldorf Publishing.  Full of good stuff!  

My nephew Elliott Peltzman (sister Linda’s second son) is the only full-time musician in the family (that I can think of.) Elliott plays keys (of course) with the Stone Foxes. Dawn and I had the chance to see them live last year in the Woodlands. Great band, excellent musicians and performers. Go see them if you have the chance, they’re touring most of the time.

Dawn's last significant birthday was also celebrated musically. Pictured on this page are youngest son Wes, David (getting lessons from my granddaughter Larkin), eldest son Justin (Larkin's dad) and brother-in-law Ron DeFore, #3 son Alexander on the Fender Rhodes, and Autumn Moore (Dawn's youngest sister).

Autumn also has a great voice and while the only recording I have of her isn't the greatest quality, I'm including it to round out the family.  

03 Speaking Is Easy
00:00 / 03:50
10 Wake Up
00:00 / 03:52
FUGITIVES, aka LAMONTS, Dave DeFore, Dru
00:00 / 01:58
Nashville Sneakers - D Most & RD4 guitar
00:00 / 02:51
05 Old Woman
00:00 / 03:43

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