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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quick early morning edition to cover just two very special events -- Sunday, December 7 2014

Today brings opportunities to do two very meaningful, very different things.


Sun, Dec 7, in San Pedro:
9 am “PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE" Ceremony, aboard the BATTLESHIP IOWA on the waterfront in San Pedro.
FREE admission for the ceremony, which will correspond to the exact time of the Japanese surprise attack on “Battleship Row” on December 7th, 1941, the "Day of infamy."
There are not too many places where you can walk the decks of a battleship. To do that today, on the anniversary of the attack on US battleships at anchor and at peace, the attack that brought the US into World War II? It's an opportunity to feel something very special.
The ship opens for its regular tour schedule following the event, and staying requires regular admission.
More info at


Have you ever wanted to perform with major music stars? Have you ever wanted to bring joy to folks who are shut-ins? What if I told you you could take part in a single event and do both?

Well, YOU CAN.

The 33rd Annual “LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES” happen this Sunday, December 7, and YOU are invited to lend your voice (and bring your acoustic instrument), and join-in, to bring the healing and inspiring power of music to shut-ins. The “stage shows” feature such music luminaries as CARL VERHEYEN, stellar guitarist from SUPERTRAMP; PRESCOTT NILES, bassist from THE KNACK; FLORENCE LaRUE from THE FIFTH DIMENSION; stars from the L.A. Opera; and let’s take just one from the long list, one who is actually representative of the caliber of musicians who take part – LISA HALEY, Grammy-nominated Cajun-Zydeco fiddle-player / vocalist who played for played with Brian Setzer, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett; and there are MANY, MANY more with global stage and screen and star recording session and gold and platinum records to their credit.

AND, there are plenty of ordinary folks who just want to join their voices in this wonderful event.

Everyone is there, making music, for the same reason: to bring joy to shut-ins for the holidays. There’s a great sound crew and professional photographers who take part, too.

So, how does this work? It is ALL very well produced and planned in advance, and for the past 32 years, it’s been carried-off with happy precision. By 4 pm, small groups are dispatched to go room-to-room and sing and bring cheer to bedridden shut-ins in the first facility visited. There are lots of groups of carolers, some with acoustic instruments, so the residents in each room hear plenty of different groups. Then, right on schedule, we all walk over to the second facility, where we do one or two shows in their dining hall, starting at 5:30 pm sharp. (The production company splits into two troupes, going different places, to spread more joy.) Then we pile-into carpools to drive a mile or two to the third stop, where we do another one or two "stage" shows in the dining hall. We finish with a group photo of the cast, then we all adjourn to a nearby restaurant that stays open late just for us, to mix, mingle, and pig-out.


Some of the info is at:

Vincent J. Leinen is the Founder and National Director of these Caroling Festivities, and as soon as the L.A. show is finished, he’s off to bring similar events to 21 other cities across America.

ALL YOU NEED TO DO TO TAKE PART? Just check-in with Vincent and register by giving him your name and letting him know if you are bringing another acoustic instrument in addition to your voice. Contact Vincent at 818-342-9336 or by email at

To view SPECIAL DOCUMENTARIES on the 2013 Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities by Smile TV, go to video_id=-zDrfY5294g&video_referrer=watch

And the 2012 event documentary is at .

To view PHOTOS of 2013’s 32nd Annual LAHCF, courtesy of SoYou Photography, go to!i=2962088196&k=vnFXxKL

The Acoustic Americana Music Guide is proud to support and participate in this event each year. Come out, raise your voice in song, find us and say hello!

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