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Notes from Santa Cruz

Posted by on April 13, 2012

Notes from Santa Cruz by Frank Perry

Now available at the MAH…

Notes from Santa Cruz, a new book by Frank Perry on the history of music in Santa Cruz. This book celebrates Santa Cruz County’s musical past through stories of local bands, composers, music venues, songs, instruments, music teachers, and much more. It focuses on the period from the 1870s to 1970s.  Many of the photos—culled from local museums and private collections—have never before been published. The book is available for purchase at the MAH now.

This video accompanies the book. You can download the lyrics to the songs in this video here [PDF].

A few additional items for your listening and learning pleasure:

Capitola Serenade

Originally titled the Capitola March Two-Step, this song was written in 1913 by Frank H. Losey, but had no lyrics.  In 2011 Capitola resident Joe Ortiz added lyrics describing the town where “sky and land meet sea and sand.”  The result is Capitola Serenade, sung here by Ukulele Dick and featuring vintage photos from the Capitola Historical Museum.

Down In Santa Cruz

In this video, ragtime pianist Tom Brier does some improvisation with the tune written in the middle 1900s by Irene and Fred Rode of Santa Cruz.

For those who would like the sheet music and words to Down in Santa Cruz, they are available here [PDF].


A video tour of Boomeria, including the pipe organ.

Velzoe’s Garden

Guitarist Muriel Anderson performs her composition, “Velzoe’s Garden,” on the harp guitar.  The song was inspired by the garden of beloved Santa Cruz musician Velzoe Brown.  The book, Notes from Santa Cruz, is dedicated to Velzoe, who performed at the MAH in 2009 and passed away in 2011 and age 101.