Jácome Flamenco presents “Tres Guitarras” at Chandler Center for the Arts

The set list is ready, blues guitarist – Bob Fahey is en route from South Dakota and we’re getting really excited to bring “Tres Guitarras” to Chandler Center for the Arts this Friday, August 21st, 2015!

Thank you to the East Valley Tribune for this great event article:

This concert will feature the unequaled artistry of legendary jazz guitarist, Stan Sorenson as well as the blues guitar stylings of Bob Fahey. I’m honored to be playing some flamenco guitar next to these two super-stars!

Get to Chandler, Arizona this Friday night…DO IT!!! You’ll witness history in the making!

I’ll be posting an After Action Report next week…when I’ve had time to decompress from all this crazy guitar-playing!!!

Chris B. Jácome
Artistic Director, Flamenco Guitarist & Composer

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Brianna’s Story: How Pimps Find their Victims

This industry thrives because it is uncomfortable to talk about and so it remains in the dark. Please, I implore all parents to educate yourselves and discuss this information with your children. A little bit of education now could save their lives later.

To your family’s safety.
Chris B. Jácome

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Song Lyrics

Are you a music person or a lyric person? Do you listen to the musical melody, rhythm and “Feel” of a song or are you focusing on the lyrical content?

I have been making a concerted effort to listen to lyrical content a bit more.

I’ve always listened to music more for the MUSIC, not for the words. Not that I don’t EVER listen to the lyrical content, it’s just not generally my focus. Well, I’m growing up now (yeah, RIGHT!) and I figure I better give this whole LYRIC thing a try…hey, it seems to work well for others!

Wish me luck.

Chris B. Jácome
Flamenco Guitarist, Composer & Artistic Director

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Emotional Alchemy with Guitar

I was 13 years old when I was gifted my first guitar. To my recollection, guitar-playing didn’t come that easily to me. Still doesn’t. I learned to play “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and the Van Halen cover version of “You Really Got Me” plus some other random tunes, riffs & licks (that’s what “guitar-music” segments are called in guitar speak).

I was pretty happy with my guitar journey but I didn’t know how important the guitar was going to be in my life until after my freshman year of high school, my dad got a new job in San Jose, CA, and after much family discussion my dad accepted the position and we left Tucson and moved up to Gilroy, CA.

I wanted to leave Tucson. Truthfully, my freshman year had been a VERY challenging year for me. I had no desire to return to what I presumed would be another challenging year ahead. So, I put all 85 pounds of my weight (yes, I weighed only 85 pounds after my freshman year of high school) into my vote for the move because I wanted a fresh start. Lacking the foresight to know that I was asking for another “Freshman”-esque year at my new high school.

But, I had my guitar…my guitar was my refuge. I was able to come back home every day from my new school, in a new state with a new start and pour my feelings, frustrations, confusions and confessions into my guitar playing. I was able to get through that difficult transition in my life with the guitar as my consistent companion.

That experience was a whisper of what the guitar would provide for me in my life…

The move to Gilroy, CA would prove to be a game-changer in my life in many ways. Little did I know that the move itself was a life training opportunity and gave me the opportunity to see that the guitar was not only about playing and making music, for me, the guitar provided an anchor to something constant in my ever changing world.

The guitar was (and still is) my journal, my diary, my outlet for all my questions and gave me the opportunity to transform my troubles into something constructive, something that made sense, something that was sometimes very beautiful even if it came from a place of sadness.

Playing the guitar is my emotional alchemy!

Chris B. Jácome
Flamenco Guitarist, Composer & Artistic Director

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Music Matters

Peter Greene recently published a poignant and wonderful article on why music defenders frequently miss the point while defending music by making music education important to help with other skills. Yes, this is a bonus but I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Greene in that Music, unto itself, is completely worthy of study for its own sake.

Read his fantastic article HERE on Huffington Post.

Music is worth your time, effort, dedication, commitment and energy. You will be rewarded in so many other areas of your life because of your choice to study and play music but its the music itself that makes it abundantly worth it!

Chris B. Jácome
Flamenco Guitarist, Composer & Artistic Director

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Tier One Hugger

I confess. I’m a HUGGER!

I LOVE to give hugs! That might not be the “manliest” thing for a guy to admit but admitting it might just be that much more manly (hey, I can be an optimist!). And I’m going to brag a bit here…

I’m an AMAZING hugger. I EXCEL at hugging! I don’t know of any hugging competition, per se, but I feel confident I would be on the podium at any officially sanctioned hugging event.

Where am I going with this? Well, with it being the Holiday Season and all I’m going to make a small request OF you…FOR you.

Find someone to hug. Someone that you know is really in the need of one and OF COURSE, someone that gives you permission to hug them!!! I’m not asking you to commit a hugging assault here, people.

There are so many people out there right now that just need a tether to some hope in humanity. This person might be someone closer than you would ever think. If you’re not much for physical hugs, then feel free to make it a metaphorical hug: embrace someone with your kind words and thoughtfulness. Make a connection with someone else that breaks through the white-noise and fog of “busy-ness“.

Look someone in the eye and let them know how much they mean to you, that you see them as the miraculous bundle of energy and potential that they are and that you honor and hope for their well-being.

So, right now, from me to you, from my heart to yours, I want to let you know that I am thankful for our connection. I believe that if you’re reading these words right now then it is for a purpose. You and I are meant to share this moment. We’re meant to share this connection and I am sending you a virtual hug right now to thank you for being in my life.

I look forward to being able to give you a real hug someday soon.

Chris B. Jácome

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Tired of ANTI

How about this?

I propose that starting today, we all assume that we’re all ANTI-everything that’s bad.

Aren’t you getting tired of having to wear a badge or post a photo or dump water over your head to prove that you are aware of some horrible disease and anti some terrible act of humanity!?!

Keep doing the good things you’re doing every day. The stuff that works to bring positivity and happiness in your life and the lives of others…keep doing that stuff! Attempt to shed the bad stuff you do every day. Little by little your life will get better and better.

You are the captain of your ship. Take you where you want to go. Help others get where they want to go as often as you can.

I have found that what I focus on is what I focus on. That might sound silly, but it’s true! If you focus on what you’re against you’re taking your focus away from what you can be pro-actively doing to help, to act!

Is anyone NOT aware of the devastation of cancer…the pain of arthritis…the humiliation of Bullying? I don’t know anyone who has not been affected in some way by any of these.

So, I’m stating here and now that from this day forward:If I know you, or get the chance to meet you, I am going to assume you are ANTI-everything that’s bad in this world. There. It’s done. You can relax. You don’t have to prove anything for my sake.

Now go be a pro-active force of good, light, peace and harmony!

Your amigo,

Chris B. Jácome

PS>The self-defense side of me realizes that I am assuming something about someone’s character that might cause me harm. Disclaimer…I will not assume this from the guy walking directly towards me in a dark parking lot with his hands in his pockets.

PSS>Yes, I realize I’m saying I’m, Anti-“Anti”

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