Kind Words and Reviews about Cali’s Teaching, Music and Blog

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Smile Smile Smile CD

Are You Having Any Fun CD

Cali’s Teaching and Workshops

General/Performances

 

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“…the consistency I’ve heard in the songs are in the ‘spirit’ you successfully impart to your music.  Music is rightfully comprised of several facets much beyond notes, chords and arrangements and I especially enjoy how I feel when I listen to your music.” [Kimo Hussey]

— Ukulele master Kimo Hussey

I want to thank you again for including my class in your holiday show and all the great pictures you have sent me. Each time we perform with you, I see my dancers relax more and begin to enjoy themselves. And you are the reason. Your joy in connecting with people is irresistible and inspiring. You encourage people to come out of their shells and share with others. You are blessed with a true Aloha spirit!

— Karen W. 1/2018

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LYRICAL PHILOSOPHY (The “Cali Rose Gets Goofy” CD)

  1. Thirteen songs about personal love, real emotions, and true life experiences.
  2. Clever, down-to-earth uniquely original lyrics combined with perfect common sense feelings and sentiments.
  3. Exceptionally worded and sung with pleasing rhythms and tempo – quality music performed by great musicians and a gifted singer.
  4. But it’s the authentic, clear and entertaining voice that pulls everything together to bring empathy and understanding to so many common experiences that so many can relate to.
  5. A truly great uplifting and fun experience for the listener.
  6. Light hearted but packed with true and meaningful everyday thoughts and expressions.
  7. The whole CD is very well arranged and composed with especially enjoyable and authentic lyrics which exhibit extraordinary insights into ordinary life.
  8. Such a talented singer, song writer and philosophical humorist that brings a smile to the face and warms the heart.

 

—Richard Havens

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Your album is terrific!  Indeed, it IS AMAZING what 4 strings will do !  Especially in your hands! Your energy and talent just blasts out of the speakers. Yes, you INDEED “got rhythm.”  The album very definitely celebrates the simple things-  like Smiling- like grabbing a little sunshine- like JUST WAKING UP !!!  How important is the message in THAT tune?  I listened to the whole thing with a smile on my face. Your performances as musician, singer and songwriter were captured expertly in this “live-sounding” CD.  You should be very proud of this album and I wish you the best –  it’s great !

— Alan A.

“It was an honor to have joined the CCSC Strummers. You have made everything fabulous. Without you it cannot be done…Indeed, my honor and my joy to be working with you. Cannot wait for the next performance……Love your enthusiasm and expertise in entertainment. You are an asset….an inspiration and a great teacher in our Culver City Senior Center. Aloha and Mahalo…”

—Aleli N.

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You make your students happy they’re in your classes. You are an inspirational teacher. I often describe you as challenging us and balancing the challenges with praise for strums well done. A good formula!

— Wena 1/2018

“You are an inspiration to all of us–you are a “bringer of joy. Thank you.”

—Lucy I.

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“Very funny and on the money! This whole album is a gem.” — KAOS Radio

—KAOS Radio

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“It’s delightful and very much a reflection of who you are.”

— Jim Beloff

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…I really enjoyed the Beginning Ukulele class. You are such an amazing teacher! I so appreciated your talent, teaching style and patience. I also really liked the information filled notebooks and summary emails you sent after every class. You have inspired me to pick up my ukulele every day and play.

Thank you for all you do Cali. Your authenticity and ability to connect with so many is heartwarming and wonderful.

—Marlou 12/16

Thank you so much Cali for bringing the uke into my life – much better than Prozac. I wanted you to know I bought a Toys R Us uke for my 3 year old granddaughter. I’m hooked and practice every day. If Congress could take ukulele lessons from you, we could all get along! Thanks Cali, for your music and sharing the uke with us.

— Anita J.

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“Your new CD is awesome! I’ve been listening to it all evening!”

— Deach

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“I have officially worn out your new CD! I have played it at home, in the car, in other people’s cars, on the computer….you name it. I love it! Every song has its own personality and unique vibe. What truly makes it special is the fact that it puts one in a good mood immediately and makes even the worst of days seem not so blue. I don’t have a favorite because they are ALL my favorites! Thank you!”

— Noelle T.

I have come to greatly appreciate the time and effort you take to select songs, transpose to an easy voice range, chart for easy uke playing. and print out for the class. great fun!

—Val 11/13

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My dearest Cali,

I cannot tell you how much I enjoy what you write in the hopes that we learn what you are trying to instill in us. Your dedication is amazing, and your love for your teaching, and for us is to be greatly admired. You will never know what it meant to us to have found you on our road of life, and how much you touched us, not just with your teaching, but how we drove home happy for having been with you.

Frankly, you are cheaper than a psychiatrist, and so much more fun. Thanks for the memories, and thank you for all that you are. When I get to heaven, and they try to give me a harp, I will ask if I could not have a ukulele instead, and are any of my ukulele friends there so we can form a group, and teach the harp players how to play the ukulele. We will then have to wait a long, long time, for you to show up.

A grateful student,

—Victoria R. M. 3/2017

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