Monday, October 10, 2016
I'll start with music news first. There's so much to tell you!
We are still in the saloon at the Bisbee Grand Hotel on Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm. Tuesdays are still going strong and for that, I am grateful. Bisbee is filled with great musicians and I'm so lucky to have a strong weekly gig.
I am also playing once a month for Ribs & Rehearsal at the Morning Star Cafe with Brenda Pratt and Scott - who by the way is also singing three part harmony with us! Ribs & Rehearsal is always the 3rd Wednesday of the month but stay tuned because we're planning some other events, too, now that we have this great new stage!
The Morning Star Cafe started out humbly as a family diner 25 years ago in one little corner of a building Brenda and Matthew Pratt bought in beautiful downtown Palominas, AZ near the San Pedro river. They staked their claim there and rented out the other two units in the building. Eventually, the little beauty shop moved out and rather than renting the unit out again, decided to expand the cafe so they busted out the wall and added more tables. Then earlier this year, the little church that rented the other unit moved to a different location in the area. Brenda, being a musician and vocalist decided it was high time they had a stage. For three years we have been doing a monthly Ribs & Rehearsal night, an informal gathering of friends who like our sound and love the behind-the-scenes atmosphere of this event. We have been selling out every month! And lucky for us, now that we have a real stage, we are STILL selling out every month! We've been talking about new, creative projects and expanding the music scene there slowly, giving us time to grow naturally.
What's happening with my art? Oh, so much! I plan on reviving my blog just to keep everyone up on my progress, and maybe inspire those of you who are thinking of getting into or getting back into art. It's a process. With me, it's a process that is both terrifying and thrilling! Terrifying because I haven't explored nearly enough and most of the time I'm blown away and have no idea where my skills came from. Scott often finds me in front of my easel crying like a baby, "...how come I can do this?" Thrilling because during the process of creating a piece, I fall in love, hard with both the subject and the piece. Each pencil, stick or brush stroke is a loving caress. I'm mesmerized. And when I'm done, I cry some more because I just can't believe I can do this, and of course, my gratitude and joy well up inside of me to overflowing.
As you all know, I've created a Patreon account to help raise money for my development as an artist. While people aren't running to my Patreon page to shower cash on me, I have two donors! That's two people who believe in me and my abilities and my drive! Of course, I knew from the start that this ongoing project on Patreon may take years to grow and that suits me. I like slow, steady growth. Please consider becoming a patron. You can visit me at Patreon and see my plans and progress.
If becoming a patron at Patreon is not your thing but you still want to help, perhaps you might want to commission a portrait. Currently I am doing graphite portraits, colored pencil portraits and chalk pastel portraits. I have completed a few commissions and my clients thus far are very happy with my work. I use fine, archival paper for my portraits, as well as what I consider the best materials when creating a portrait - Conte pastels, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, Caran D'Ache colored pencils and good quality graphite pencils. The pencil portraits are delivered in plastic sheaths and the pastels, while they are treated with a good fixative, are usually delivered in an inexpensive frame under mat and glass to keep the pastels from smudging during transport.
I also plan on marketing other merchandise featuring selected art pieces. Stay tuned! There are so many things cresting over my artistic horizon. If anything, just be here to hold my hand through the process. Your kind letters and encouragement keep me in the studio!
That's all for today! I leave you with my latest portrait of a new friend, La Leona Debora. May your autumn days be filled with music and art, family and friends and all the love in the world.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
I have been very busy recently with a new wave of inspiration. We are down to one regular weekly gig and one regular monthly gig but that doesn't mean I'm retiring from music anytime soon. The Morning Star Cafe in Palominas just expanded and built a wonderful stage to feature Sugar Beats (of course because owner, Brenda Pratt is also a Sugar Beat), and some other top-notch singer/songwriters. I'm helping her promote the events there and also helping her with scheduling. Brenda is also opening up a small gift shop on the other end of the cafe so I figure I'll have some of my beadwork and other little treasures to add to her inventory.
The big, Big, BIG news, though, is that I've taken up my easel and I am studying and creating art in earnest. Over the years I've dabbled, and any art that was sold was purely whim on the buyer's part, looking through my sketchbooks. Somewhere along the line, I bought into the notion that you can't make money doing art so I supressed that side of me for decades. It only started emerging, tentatively though as I raised my son, Gilbert. Eighteen years of dabbling.
A few years ago, as Scott and I realized we were coming up on ten years at Tubac Golf Resort, we began to think about retiring that gig. It was a wonderful decade filled with adventure and learning but we knew it was time to do different things. I began encouraging Scott to start pursuing other music gigs with friends. He has so many talented jazz and blues friends and he NEEDS to get out there more! I began thinking about pursuing art, really giving it a go to see if I really have something there or if it's just fancy...
...and so I began to buy art supplies. Everything I could think of that might hold my interest. Every time I had a bit of extra money I bought art supplies. And I tested EVERYTHING as it came in, and became more and more interested in creating art. "For reals", as I used to say when I was a kid. Last year, as we began to plan our exit from the golf resort, I redoubled my efforts to stock my studio. I read about my favorite artists, more about their techniques than their lives, really, and found video channels on YouTube that taught drawing, painting, perspective and all the things I felt I needed to know. I mentally rehearsed every technique I learned, even though I still hadn't even taken a pencil to paper in earnest. I also began to think about what I could do as an artist that could help feed the family and pay the bills, and still allow me to explore and create solely for my soul.
I am now learning that my tiny studio is not able to contain the work surfaces I need and my shelves are overflowing. I am hoping that I can find a studio in town but I need a bit of help. I'm hoping that among you, there may be a few willing to become patrons through a wonderful site, Patreon. I found out about Patreon through a few artists that I follow. Artists I admire and study. And Patreon does it's very best to be equitable. They take only 5% of all money pledged.
Please, if you are one of those people who are interested in seeing where I'm going with my art, stop by my Patreon page and consider pledging a monthly amount. It doesn't have to be much, even a $1 pledge helps! As a patron, you'll have access to content not immediately found anywhere else and there are other perks as well.
Thank you all so much for your kind support and continued interest in my art and music. I like to think I do art and music solely for myself but the truth is, it wouldn't be half as fun if I didn't have you.
Much love to you today! -Becky Reyes
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I know it's been a very long time since my last newsletter. I just didn't have any news to share but here's some GREAT NEWS and my personal invitation: Please come out to Calabasas Station Bar and Grill at Rio Rico Golf Club on Saturday, June 4 from 5 to 8pm and celebrate the evening with us.
I'm looking forward to seeing you!
All my love,
February 5, 2016
Hello Friends and Listeners!
It is the end of an era for us on the patio at Stables Ranch Grille at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. Scott and I are there two more Saturdays. Our last day is Saturday, February 13. It's been an adventure for sure, but we have worked at Stables for 10 years and we think it's the perfect time to take our leave. Dad is getting on in age and he needs us around as much as we need to be around him. Gilbert is graduating from high school this year and he's ready to launch into adulthood. We also have a few new projects coming around the bend that will take up a lot of our time, but we will always remember our Tubac friends and family with great love. Thank you so much for all your love and support.
On the new horizon, I'd like to tell you about where we're headed...
Scott and I will continue singing in Cochise County, mainly in Bisbee. For more information, please see my calendar here.
My fellow Sugar Beats partner Brenda Pratt and I are also continuing to work together. Scott has joined us and we're rehearsing many new songs and a lot of them have Scott doing lead! He's doing it folks. He's singing more! He's even thinking about forming a band! Oh, please, let it be so. He's fantastic!
I have also begun my art studies, on my own, in earnest. As well as reading and learning from fantastic books and videos, and studying the techniques of my favorite artists, I have picked up my charcoal, my pens, my ink, my paints and brushes, canvases and paper and I am spending time creating. It has been many years since I've spent this much time creating images. It's odd trying not to feel guilty spending so much time doing art, as art was not considered a viable career in my family - but then neither was music. I am, however working through the guilt and moving toward gratitude as I paint. It's not just a new career direction, it's also a new direction in life, attitude and creation. I've never felt fulfilled as an artist, but I'm getting there! I'm getting there! I am an artist again in this lifetime.
There are a few more irons in the fire at the moment, but I'll let you know about those irons when they're good and hot.
I hope you are all well and happy. I also hope to see you all very soon. I know a lot of us won't see each other in Tubac again, BUT you can always come to Bisbee! In fact, PLEASE come to Bisbee!
Much, MUCH love to you all! ~Becky
December 26, 2015
I hope this holiday season has been filled with laughter, love and family.
We are finally back in the pink and we're playing again! It has been so long, 3 weeks to be exact, of longing for musical communion! If you're in town, please come see us!
We'll be at Stables Ranch Grill at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Tomorrow, Sunday, we'll be at Ana's Seasonal Kitchen in Bisbee, Arizona from 11am to 1pm. We'll be at the Bisbee Grand Saloon on Tuesday evening from 6pm to 9pm.
We hope to see you again soon!
Much love to you!
Scott and Becky
Friday, December 11, 2015
Hello, my friends,
I'm sorry to report that I won't be at Stables Ranch Grille at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa again this Saturday. Sometimes a husky voice is a sexy thing. This is not that time.
That said, I AM feeling like I'm getting better but my lungs and my voice are going to need a few more days of rest. I can say with some certainty that I will be back next week. Until then, stay cozy and warm wherever you are. Treat yourself with kindness and care.
Much, MUCH love to you!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Hello, gentle people.
I am so sorry to inform you that I am not going to be able to make it to Stables Ranch Grille at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa this evening, nor will I make it to Ana's Seasonal Kitchen tomorrow (Sunday). I am running a fever and a bad cough. My voice is gone! But please, PLEASE don't let that keep you away from enjoying a fabulous meal at either Stables or Ana's!
My goal this week is to stay under the covers and get some much needed rest. Scott is being a trooper and taking good care of me. With any luck, I'll be well enough on Tuesday to make our gig at the Bisbee Grand Saloon.
You KNOW I hate being sick, but more than that, I HATE not being able to play music for you! I'll be better soon, though and I'll keep you posted.
Much love to you and I hope you're all in good health!
Wednesday, October 27, 2015
Just a short note to let you know what's going on the rest of the week.
Tomorrow, Wednesday October 28, Scott and I will be playing at The Grill on the Green at lovely Canoa Ranch Golf Club in Green Valley.
Friday, October 30, we are playing at Turquoise Valley Golf Club in Naco, Arizona from about 4:30 to around 7ish.
Saturday we are NOT at Stables Ranch Grill. There will be a huge event so we asked for the night off and they said yes! We'll be celebrating Halloween in Bisbee this year. Who knows what kind of trouble we'll get into, but we're gonna try our best! We will be back at Stables Ranch Grill on Saturday, November 7 and I believe Brenda Pratt will be joining us that day so that we can sing some of our Sugar Beats music. Classic songs with GREAT harmonies! And the new Patio at Stables Ranch Grille is AWESOME! Comfy chairs that don't screech when you move them (remember those?), expanded patio area and a double-sided fireplace. Lounge furniture in some areas as well make for a fabulous area that is perfect for gathering with friends and watching the Santa Ritas change color as the sun goes down. Bliss. Do, however, make reservations because you'll want to guarantee your table.
Sunday, November 1, we will be in Tubac for the Day of the Dead procession. I'm not on the schedule because (ding) I forgot to confirm but Celeste Wisdom is going to try to fit us in sometime during the day. We are so happy to be doing this and we hope to see you all there!
That's it for today. I'll send another soon to let you know how our holiday season is shaping up. I know many of you are coming back soon so get in touch and let's party!
Love to you all!
Friday, September 18, 2015
I just wanted to send out a little blast to let you all know, especially if you're in the area and looking for something to do, that I'll be playing with Sugar Beats tomorrow, Saturday, 9/19 at 2:30pm at the Santa Cruz County Fair at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Then we head out to play at Stables Ranch Grill at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. My hope is that it will be a beautiful day and that it WON'T RAIN! C'mon, Lord, it's the Santa Cruz County Fair, AND we have a BEAUTIFUL new patio at Stables Ranch Grille!!!
As you may, or may not know, Sugar Beats started out as a vocal quartet but over the last year, has developed into a vocal duo. Brenda Pratt and I have been busy re-working some of the songs we sang as a trio or quartet. Then began the task of looking for new songs that we could learn and present to you. Brenda, it turns out, can write! She'll bring me a song and we arrange it, work on the harmonies and sometimes Scott will join us. And get this, Scott's even singing with us. We've given him the lead on one song and he digs it! Little by little, one way or another, we're going to coax Scott's inner vocalist to emerge.
If you're in Bisbee anytime soon, I play at Ana's Seasonal Kitchen on Sundays for Brunch from 10am to Noon. Owner/Chef Ana Borrajo, from Granada, Spain buys most of her food locally and she starts with fresh ingredients. Her orange juice and lemonade are freshly squeezed, the coffee is roasted locally by Old Bisbee Roasters (my personal favorite coffee, EVER), her eggs are locally sourced and I could write another three paragraphs of her delicious menu but I wanted to make this e-mail blast short (too late, sorry).
On Tuesdays, Scott and I are at the Bisbee Grand Saloon from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The first Tuesday of every month, Brenda Pratt joins me and we perform as Sugar Beats. Marysol's Grand Kitchen stays open late and Chef Marysol Austin cooks up Asian-style food. It's a little different than our usual gigs because it's one of our local watering holes and and the locals DO come out to party. You never know what's going to happen and we play from every genre in our book. It's a lot of fun, especially when the Latina contingent comes to dance. Well, let's just say we do our very best to oblige!
That's it for today, folks! Tomorrow is a big day and I need to get my rest (ahem), that is, after I attend the grand opening of the new Teeny Tiny Toy Store, and then take a short trip to the Bisbee Grand Saloon to see my old friend and music partner, Mike Montoya & Fatigo, and Carlos Arzate & the Kind Souls from Tucson. I won't stay out late, I won't stay out late, I won't stay out late...
Love to you all!
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Well, I got my signals crossed and somehow didn't "get" that I had a gig at the Grill on the Green today (Wednesday, August 5) from 5pm to 8pm at Canoa Ranch Golf Resort! Such is the life of a busy musician. If my friend, Jane Lombardo hadn't asked, I may have missed it entirely (thank you, Jane)!
If you want to know where we are playing, just go to my calendar (here). And THANK YOU for all your support. You winterfolk, just wait until you come back! The Patio at Stables Ranch Grill is going to be PHENOMENAL! And I've learned many new songs this summer. It's been a fantastic year for learning new material.
Well, I have to go now. It's just past midnight and I've got to get my rest for Grill on the Green. I hope to see you at Canoa Ranch Golf Resort. Life is beautiful and I get to provide the soundtrack!
Scott and I have been busier than ever since we decided to downgrade our schedule this summer. I really don't know how that happened but we're just going to go with it.
First, the big news. We walked into Tubac Golf Resort last Saturday and noticed that all the tables and chairs were in the front patio. Curious, we went out to our regular patio to see why and we were surprised, then delighted to see the patio all torn up! I ran to Stefan and asked what was going on and he said that the patio is being given a facelift. We'll have a little more elbow room, a beautiful double-sided fireplace and even some lounge-y areas. The plans look fabulous! So that means the back patio is closed for a few more weeks and we'll be playing up in front of the restaurant. I'll keep you posted on the progress. I am thrilled about this development and can't wait for season to start again. We are still there every Saturday but we'll be stylin' in August!
We have been invited to play at the Grill on the Green Restaurant at Canoa Ranch Golf Resort in Green Valley! We'll be there this Wednesday, July 15 from 5pm to 8pm. We've played there before for a private event but this will be our first time playing there for the restaurant. We hope to see you there!
For those of you planning a trip to Bisbee any time soon, I want you to know that I am playing at Ana's Seasonal Kitchen on Main Street on Sundays from 10am to noon. I play by myself, completely acoustic, though Scott sometimes will bring pop down for breakfast and maybe play a few songs with me. Ana Borrajo, the owner, is from Granada, Spain. She is an inventive and eclectic chef, taking inspiration from the foods she buys locally. She prepares every dish from scratch including her famous Chai, which is divine. Iced or hot, the delicate flavors come through in this refreshing drink. So stop by Ana's, anytime really, and share a meal with a loved one. It's pleasant way to start your day when visiting Bisbee.
On Tuesdays in Bisbee, we play at the Bisbee Grand Saloon at the Historic Bisbee Grand Hotel from 6pm to 9pm. We LOVE this gig! It's different from what we usually do as we have drummer, percussionist, artist and all-around-good-egg Howard K line join us. And on the first Tuesday of the month, Brenda Pratt, my Sugar Beat partner joins us as well. Marysol's Grand Kitchen is open on Tuesday nights and instead of serving her usual fare, Marysol makes Asian food. Delicious Mongolian beef, chicken or beef teriyaki and fantastic egg rolls. It's really a fun night, we draw a lively crowd and we have a blast playing with Howard and Brenda. And if you're coming in from out-of-town, you can stay at the Grand Hotel! Excellent accommodations!
Finally, I wanted to let everyone know that The Bisbee Royale is looking for a new owner. Sloane and Danielle Bouchever have done a marvelous job but are wanting to turn it over to a new steward. The venue is exquisite. They do different events there. Movies, both modern and classic, are featured there. They host certain entertainers and I do believe they also host private events. Please visit their site and look around. If you're a serious investor, you might want to take a look at this beautiful venue. You can also ask me what I think of the Bisbee Royale! I have had dreams of making it mine since the beginning. What I need is the bankroll! It's a fabulous place!
Well, that's it for today! Thank you all so much for coming out and spending time with us at our various venues. It means a lot!
This is just a short note to tell you that Scott and I will be at Stables Ranch Grille (make reservations and say you'd like to be near the music) tonight singing our usual fare, plus some newer songs but I've also invited Sugar Beats to join us! Kathy, Brenda and I have been working on some wonderful music from the Wailin' Jennys, The Everly Brothers and more.
Those of you who know me know that I love to sing harmony but don't often get the chance. With Sugar Beats, we each take turns singing lead and we love to choose songs that are in the public psyche, but maybe haven't been heard for a while. And I LOVE working with Kathy and Brenda. We'll study a song first, deconstruct it to get the harmonies right and then play it several times to really get to know the song. Then, sometimes, we'll hear something else and suggest subtle changes. I've said this before, but it's a little like three sculptors working on one piece with beautiful results. And what's REALLY fun is that we're getting to a point where we don't even have to finish sentences to each other. We've had several conversations that have consisted of half-statements and a bunch of nods, eye contact and genial non-verbal utterances. To an outsider, it may seem silly listening to us building these songs but to us, every eye-look or head-nod speaks volumes. I just love working with these women!
And what a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day. I'm singing my favorite songs on my perch at Stables Ranch Grille at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa with the best staff in the world, delicious food, great spirits, lovely company, my beautiful song-mates and my favorite guy.
As always, THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING LIVE MUSIC!
Much love to you today, and really, every day...
I wish I had more time to sit and write a proper newsletter but we've been busy!
This Saturday, 2/07, we are of course at Stables Ranch Grille at beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa from 5pm to 8pm and we are so happy to be back. Last week's weather was so miserably cold and made the roads treacherous so we opted to stay home. It was nice to have an afternoon off but man, all week I kept feeling that I'd left the iron on. Funny how that happens.
In addition to our regular Stables gig on Saturday, we are playing a special gig at The Unitarian Universalist Auditorium at Amado Territory Ranch (I-19, exit 48) at 2pm for their series of concerts, Sounds of the Desert. What distinguishes this from the rest of the venues I play is that I will be playing mostly original compositions. We are honored to have been asked to participate in this series of concerts. We have so many friends who are associated with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amado! We'd like to invite everyone to come out and join us for this concert. I don't often do my original music as I often feel so exposed, so raw, but every so often, the venue is right, the time is right, and I realize I can't hold my light under a basket forever. So I'm going to be brave and play those songs for you. Oh, and The Pueblo HS Mariachi Band will be following us. Now THAT is true regional music. So come out and join us on Saturday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Amado Territory Ranch. And then come have dinner with us at Stables!
SUGAR BEATS AND VALENTINES DAY NEWS! I got the go-ahead from Stefan to bring Kathy and Brenda with me to Stables Ranch Grille for a sweetheart of a show! Sugar Beats have been working up some wonderful songs about LOVE! Some of them incredibly romantic, others about heartache, heartbreak and sometimes just plain silliness. FAIR WARNING: Valentines Day is next Saturday so you have a week to find something special for your valentine and time enough to make reservations for Saturday night!
Much love to you all! I can't wait to see you. The weather is GORGEOUS and should remain so for a while. Come out and play!!!