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In 1997, big things were set in motion for a very little guy when his parents couldn’t find him a babysitter and had to bring him along to music class, which his mother, Winnie, taught at Hope School. Then just three years old, Harrison Swalley sat in each week and listened to the band, in which his older brother played the euphonium. Eventually Swalley developed a hankering to play.
Despite the religious convictions of the United States’ founders, the separation of church and state is one of the most fundamental-and unique-concepts on which the nation is based. Given the resurgence of American religious fervor of late, the relevance of debating religion’s place in the political landscape is clear.
Next Thursday, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will host a CD release party and performance by Kimberly Ford, a jazz singer with a connection to the ocean. It’s a beautiful CD and the making of it is a great story-a classic Santa Barbara tale of persistence, community, and creative integrity. The format for the event includes continuous screenings of a film collaboration Ford has done with Emmy-winning underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy and a live performance by Ford with her band.