Friday, June 14, 2024

We Need Small Farmers

Farm Aid follows the Farm Bill as it makes it way through the legislature: 


Thanks for caring. 

 - M

Monday, May 27, 2024

In Memoriam : Bill Walton

 I had a brief moment where I was connected to the Grateful Dead family. 

In my heart, I still am. RIP Bill Walton. 

Monday, May 20, 2024

In Defense of CEQA

 If you have been following the YIMBY efforts to build apartment buildings in single family neighborhoods, you may have heard that CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, is to blame for  California's current "housing crisis." 

I am sharing this article from CNPS (California Native Plant Society) to counter those claims:



Friday, May 10, 2024

May Madness!

Hey Everybody! 

Sending another note of gratitude out into the world, this time on a Friday. 

Go see live music! 

Seems that there are many things to do this weekend, here are but a couple in my 'hood: 

Saturday, May 11th : May Madness! My favorite hot rod show because it's local! Downtown San Rafael, event begins at 12:00 noon and the car parade is at 5 pm. Needless to say, Fourth Street will be closed for the event! 

Concurrently, Marin Open Studios is happening - I will be flitting about between my "studio" which is more like a storage unit at the moment, which I am working on clearing out. It would be a lot easier to just drop this stuff off at the dump, but in case you have missed the last few posts, I am calling it the "Landfill Diversion Arts Project" because my goal is to repurpose a lot of these things. 

If you need something, visit Studio #18 at the MSA Gallery and Studios 1515 3rd Street, write me a note with your desired item, along with your contact info and budget (if you have one) and we'll hook up for the exchange! 

That's it for now. 

Be kind to yourself and everyone else. 



Source: Mari Mack Music


Friday, May 3, 2024


Hello All! 

I have been letting go of things that are holding me back from moving forward on my life's path. As most of you know, this is a lifelong process! 

One of those things: opinions of people whose purpose seems to sometimes want to discourage you from being who you are, whether it is what you want to wear, what you want to do, where you want to be. We released a new song that Arne started writing a long time ago and we finished writing it together and recording it with the help of friends! 

So, if you would like to give it a listen, go to this portion of my Mari Mack Bandcamp page. It is also available via all major digital distribution outlets. 

If you enjoy the tune, please tell a friend or two! I think it has a message that's much needed for this day and age. It works for me.

May Happenings: 

This weekend, I am participating in Marin Open Studios. I don't have much in the way of my own art to share at this time, so I will have some information on the door of studio #18, which is downstairs in the Marin Society of Artists Gallery, at 1515 3rd Street. 

May 18h - We are at The Saloon from 4 - 8 pm  - this is a departure from our usual second Saturday, because that conflicted with the open studios and Tony Perez couldn't do his usual third Saturday, so we switched! 

Have a great weekend. 



Thursday, March 28, 2024

April Happenings!

Hey There! 

I'll add more events as I find them, but so far, here is what has shown up on my radar: 

April 1st : I suggest you stay off social media if you can't take a joke. Otherwise, remind yourself not to believe most of what you see online on this day (come to think of it, any day...) 

April 6th : Clothing Swap and Mending Bar at Grand Central, Petaluma 9:00 am-12:30 pm

April 12th: 2nd Friday ArtWalk - downtown San Rafael! (See Map at bottom of the page)

April 13th: I'm singing in the City at The Saloon - 4 - 8 pm  this may be my last Saturday afternoon gig, because I am planning to expand my vocal coaching hours. Then again, we will see. Lineup: Arne Frager on bass, Dave Powell on guitar, Richard Wood on keys, Roy Blumenfeld on drums. 

April 14th : Bay Area Indies Film Festival : 1:00 - 6:00 pm ticket LINK

April 20th: Restring Your Thing FUNdraiser at Loud and Clear in Cotati, 1 - 4 pm. I love these people! They love music, know how to pivot, and do nice things for the community! I may actually make it to this one! See photo for more details...

2nd Friday ArtWalk - downtown San Rafael

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Enjoy Walking on the Beach in California? Sign This Petition

What started out as a bill to carve out a small portion of San Francisco's Ocean Beach to development, has been changed to include all of California's coast  - it strips away protections that have been developed over 50 years. 

Please sign. Enough is enough. 

 - M

more info: 

Erin for Kentucky

Erin Marshall is running for Congress in Kentucky. 

Erin is pro-choice for women, and is challenging James Comer, who has received an A+ rating from an anti-abortion group. 

Let's give her some support! Freedom of choice for all people! 

 - M

Source Links: 

Article on James Comer:

Article on Erin Marshall:

Monday, February 5, 2024

Prop 28 Money Is Available for Schools

Remember Proposition 28? Well, in 2022, California voters made a strong statement that we want more funding for arts in the schools. 

This makes me happy, because I know the benefits of arts in the schools -- I went to school when we had some funding for things like art, choir, band, etc. I gained the confidence to embark on a singing career - it's a long story. 

I'm researching a few platforms that aim to connect artists with schools, so stay tuned...



p.s. Please pardon typos. I wrote this on my phone. 

Thursday, January 11, 2024


Hey Everybody! 
Come on out into the light! If you are near San Francisco, please join us Saturday, January 13th, from 4-8 pm! 
The Saloon
1232 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA

We may or may not have special guests, but our most special guests are you! 
It's when we can't find joy, that is when we are called to create it! 
And music brings the joy.