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Carolyn Soyars

About Carolyn Soyars

Carolyn Soyars is a freelance writter/blogger and musician, who performs under the name Carolyn Edwards. She has played with such critically acclaimed bands as 3D Picnic and The Negro Problem, and performs traditional folk music with her husband, Dave Soyars. For more info., see for writing, and for music.

Love & Mercy, or, Escape from Landy: Brian Wilson’s Story

It is almost impossible for a diehard Beach Boys fan to watch Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy” (released by Lionsgate 9/15/15 on DVD and DVD Blu-ray) with any sort of objective detachment. The Beach Boys’ world was (and still is, … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey / Hollywood Bowl, 8/18/15

Sitting under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl was the ideal setting for experiencing Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by conductor Brad Lubman, gave a stellar performance of the … Continue reading

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Levitated Mass / A Documentary

When my husband Dave and I lived in Los Angeles, we lived within walking distance of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Although I wasn’t one of the hundreds of people who stayed awake until the wee hours … Continue reading

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The Zombies / Santa Monica Pier, 8/21/14

The Twilight summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier is one of the many reasons I love summer in southern California. It offers the chance to hear great music for free while witnessing the sights, sounds and smells of … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney @Dodger Stadium, 8/10/14

Paul McCartney: consummate showman. Last night he performed for about three hours. His voice was in great form, the band was stellar, he looked fit and handsome in an appropriately Dodger-blue suit, and played mostly songs I loved. He was … Continue reading

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Windy – A Ruthann Friedman Songbook

It’s a Friday night at the 321 Lounge at Taix, the classic French restaurant on Sunset and Alvarado in Echo Park. The cozy, dark atmosphere, with its brick walls and comfy brown leather armchairs, is reminiscent of a 70’s lounge; it  provides … Continue reading

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Nilsson: The RCA Albums Collection

“Nilsson’s my favorite group,” the ever-witty John Lennon once famously quipped about his friend, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson. Lennon would have been delighted to receive this gorgeous box set of seventeen CD’s, spanning Nilsson’s RCA recording career from 1967 to 1977. The … Continue reading

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Julian Lennon “Everything Changes” Launch Party/Photo Exhibit, 6/14/13 Morrison Hotel Gallery

On June 14, a launch party for Julian Lennon‘s new album “Everything Changes,” along with an exhibit of his photography, was held at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The gallery is located in a small room adjoining the lobby of the … Continue reading

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The Damned / El Rey Theater, 5/26/13

Legendary 70’s punk band The Damned performed May 26 at the El Rey Theater, and it was a good opportunity for people-watching. The elegant art deco theater, with its red velvet walls and chandeliers, provided an appropriate backdrop for the … Continue reading

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`Lance Out Loud’: A Mother’s Tribute

The PBS documentary series “An American Family,” broadcast in 1973, was groundbreaking as well as controversial. Widely considered the first reality show, it documented the Louds, an upper middle-class family living in Santa Barbara, California; their daily activities, from mundane … Continue reading

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