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hile we strolled East Cabrillo Boulevard for Sunday’s arts and crafts show, Brent Green’s art made us stop and say, “What?!” The image seen here is just one fragment of a larger piece, showing Brent’s incredible skill for creating worlds within worlds. Inspired by public interest in his art, faith, and a one-year tour of Quang Tri, Vietnam, during 1968 and 1969, the complexity of Brent’s art unfolds into changing scenes, colors, shapes, and sizes that will leave you staring, mouth open, in wonderment.

Brent Green (805) 617-5387 • Find Brent at the cross streets of Garden and Cabrillo at the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts show every Sunday




he evening unfolded to new heights, and we happily rode along. A habanero margarita and fresh grapefruit club soda with a twist to refresh, followed by oysters with spicy pickled chili and apple mignonette; ceviche with fried plantains (like my Puerto Rican grandma makes); the Burrata. The freakin’ light, buttery, and creamy Burrata with roasted beets, toasted sesame seeds, nori, miso-honey vinaigrette; the Kimchi fries with lime-curry aioli and a couple of mushroom Bao-Buns that brought my love of dough to a whole other level. And the desserts. Please and thank you. If you decide to post up, it will be money well spent.

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e all know the words, and when the song plays everyone in earshot gets wide-eyed and belts the chorus at the top of their lungs. Musician and songwriter Jonathan Cain is behind the ballad “Don’t Stop Believin’”, an American classic that universally brings people together with fist pumps and high-fives. Soon, we’ll be able to hear it in real life when Jonathan and his band, Journey, come to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday, September 1. Cain was gracious enough to take a moment to explain some of his Journey journey. Even Prince makes an appearance.


Q. I read you took accordion lessons as a child. A. I sure did! What made you choose that particular instrument? Well, my hands were too small to play the guitar back then. I was eight years old. We couldn’t afford a piano, and I wanted to play music really bad. At the time, it was the rage. Everyone was playing it. I lived in an Italian neighborhood and learned all those Italian songs. It drove all the guys wild, so I was pretty popular. With the old guys, especially. They loved me. Was that the moment you decided music would be a lifelong companion? Yeah, it really was. I’m writing a memoir actually right now. It’s called Don’t Stop Believing, of course. I lived right above an Italian deli. The boss of the store heard me play and said, “When you have ten songs, we’re going to close the store and do a concert.” I thought, “That sounds like fun, I’m going to do that.” Sure enough, I ended up playing and it was terrific. I told my father that’s what I wanted to do and he said, “Well if that’s your vision, son, I’ll share it with you. Something great is going to come out of it.” People used to tease him and say, “What’s your son going to do with all those accordion lessons, anyway?” My father would look at them and say, “He’s going to be a famous songwriter and play in front of ten thousand people a night!” That’s the way it was. That’s amazing to have such family support! Yeah, he covered me. I call him my “vision keeper.” I wanted to touch on the conversation you had with Prince… I was down in L.A. working on an album. I think it was Michael Bolton or something. I got a call from the record company that I needed to listen to something right away. I dropped what I was doing and went. They played me this track and said Prince is concerned that (“Purple Rain”) sounds too much like (Journey song) “Faithfully” and that he would change something if you’re not okay with it. I listened to it and I get the similarity, but they’re two different songs. So they put him on the phone, and I told him it was a great track and I loved the song. He said, “Thank you, sir. Can I get you tickets when I come to San Francisco?” He put me in the front row and threw a tambourine that had “Purple Rain” on it. I still have the darned thing. He didn’t have to call. But I’m the writer of “Faithfully”, so he wanted to check in. It just shows what a classy guy he was. My favorite question: what advice would you give your younger self? My younger self? Don’t stop believin’! My dad was actually the one who told me that. When I was struggling in L.A., I wasn’t sure if I should stay and tough it out. And he said, “Son, I’ve always had a vision for you. Don’t stop believin’”. So I wrote it down in my spiral notebook, and that was it. Did you start writing the song right after that conversation? No, it wasn’t until Journey needed another tune on the Escape album. I looked in my notebook and saw it sitting there, and I thought, “Steve Perry should sing this.” How old were you when your dad said, “Don’t stop believin’?” I was probably 25. Back in the ‘70s, you know? I lived in Laurel Canyon and was trying to make it in the big show. I slugged it out. Joined the band The Babys with John Waite. Then we opened up for Journey, and I was in the band a year later.

KTYD presents Journey at the Santa Barbara Bowl Thursday, September 1, at 7 pm 1122 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara

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