Wednesday, February 9, 2011

King of the Surf Guitar

Last week was a milestone for me. My son turned 40-years-old…gasp! How did this happen? I now have a child who has reached the forth fifth decade of his life and I swear, it happened in the blink of an eye.

When I spoke with him in the afternoon and he told me his plans for that evening, I had just about the same reaction his friend Nikol had on her face that night…

Your doing what? Your seeing who? Your kidding?

That is soooooo cool!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Venue: The Brixton Club in Redondo Beach, California

Dick Dale in Concert

Dick Dale at The Brixton. Photo credit: My son.

Yep, my son, along with friends and cousins went to see Dick Dale. For those who don't know, Dick Dale invented surf music in the early 60s and is the undisputed King of the Surf Guitar. Dale received the Guitar Legend award from Guitar Player Magazine, one of only three awarded in the last forty years. Yea, the man has some killer chops!

For those who weren't on the beach scene in the 60s, you'll probably know Dick Dale's hit Misirlou as the theme song for the movie Pulp Fiction (1994), starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.

My daughter's favorite movie of all time, btw.

Now the last time I saw Dick Dale live was before my son was even born! Here's what the band looked and sounded like back in 1963 in the movie A Swingin' Affair


Dick Dale's iconic album Surfers' Choice. The cover of this album was shot at
the San Clemente Pier by SURFER Founder John Severson.

and now…

Photo of Dick and Jimmy Dale at Fender guitar booth at the 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim.
Credit: Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

In a 2010 interview, Dick was ask: Can you speak more about the connection between music and surfing?

"The rhythm that you get is the same thing. The rhythm in that water – nothing comes close to that. Nothing. The rhythm of a beautiful glassy wave matches the rhythm of playing music on an instrument and not only that, but the ferocity of Mother Nature’s ocean is the same thing when you hear my guitar growl…The ferocity when you just get into a gnarly wave that just wants to chew you up and spit you out – that’s my guitar when it starts getting angry. So I tell people, I’m not a guitar player. I don’t know what an augmented ninth or thirteenth is, and I don’t give a shit. I make my guitar scream with pain or pleasure, and that’s what it does."

One of my favorite answers was to this question: If you could give your fans some advice, what would it be?

"If I could convince everybody to go surf, I would. Your body follows your mind…And I tell you, there’s nothing more exciting than dropping in on a glassy wave and seeing a school of fish or a porpoise following you. You can’t buy that. That’s better than any drug. Any bottle of booze."

You can read the entire interview at

So, as far as I'm concerned, I can handle having my son turn 40, when he celebrates by going to see someone who had such a huge influence on my life as a young beach gal and whose music brings back great memories of my youth.

Photo credit: Royce Degrie

Dick Dale the night he was inducted into
The Musicians Hall of Fame
in Nashville on October 14, 2009.

Dick Dale — King of the Surf Guitar!

22 Thoughtful Comments:

RottenMom said...

First, I would never, not ever believe that you have a forty year old son. Second, youthful looks must run in your family, because he doesn't look anywhere near 40!

And lastly, I heart you and your wealth of information. XO

Ms. Bake-it said...

Happy Birthday to your son! What a cool way to celebrate! Love all the info you included. I read your previous post about all your loot! The saltwater taffy is so colorful and all the sorbet and gelato sounds very yummy! Especially the Dark Chocolate Chunk Gelato, Pistachio Gelato and Mango Sorbetto.


Jane said...

40??? How did that happen? You don't look...or you could have a son that old!!! The good news is that he inherited your love of life...and music...and spirit of fun. Love that he's going (gone) to see Dick Dale...that's something I would love to do, too (and so would Marty!). There is nothing quite like surf music...
(Love the beach movies!!!)

As for surfing, I always wanted to learn...Unfortunately, when I had some sense of coordination (pre-highschool), we rarely had waves worth trying. Then, coordination left me...I trip over the cracks in the sidewalk and bumps in the floor!!!
Jane (ag)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How neat to see him...and the old albums! Two of my sons are in their 40s...soon a third will be! EEEE! How can that be when we're still so young! Love this post! Happy Birthday to your son! ♥

Drawn to The Sea said...

Groovy, man ;-)
That got my blood pumping on this cold afternoon :-)

Kat said...

Happy Birthday to your son! He doesn't look 40 - must take after his Mom :) Dick Dale is an amazing guitarist, I just love surf music and he is definitely the King. I have a friend who went to NAMM this year, I'll have to ask if he saw him. Kat (ps, not to make you feel any older, but your son is actually entering his 5th decade LOL)

Lillian Robinson said...

Isn't it cool when our kids love what we love?

CHERI said...

What a handsome guy! Happy Birthday to him. My son will be 40 in 2 years....I had him when I was 12:)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

My oldest turned 30 last year and it was a crazy feeling! I love early surfer music. I grew up in So Cal and it was the thing for sure. Gosh you son is way cool, just like his Mom!

Kaybe said...

You're a proud momma & you should be. You turned out 2 great human beings. When it comes to his artistic talent the tiki didn't fall too far from the palm tree.

Love ya!

nancygrayce said...

Well, join the club! My son will urn 41 this year and no, I don't know how this could have possibly happened!

rjerdee said...

Nothing like taking a little time travel, eh?

michelle said...

Hello there! Happy birthday to your son and what a great way to spend it!! Dick Dale is amazing! It is so nice to meet you and thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my blog! I recognize your cute little mermaid from other comments on blogs and I have no idea why I have never visited you before! I LOVE it here, so beachy and inspiring! I will taking a look around for sure and I have a feeling I will feel right at home here! :)

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel! My kids are almost older than I am at this point. They need to slow down. It's embarrassing.

Happy birthday to handsome son. He's the carving artist, right? Sorry--I know that's not the right term.

Sue said...

Your son is handsome! This was fun to read...have to admit I've never heard of Dick Dale, but I have heard the song!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Birthday to your son Rhonda!!!
And yes.. wow.. can't believe you have a son that age..
Not a lot younger than myself.. [hahaha that makes me sound young somehow!!]

I'm glad he had such a great birthday .. too bad you didn't get to go along!!

Have a wonderful weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

Completely Coastal said...

Thanks for that bit of insight into the surf music world..., haven't heard of Dick Dale!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Rhonda,
I came right over after I got your note!
What a cool thing for your son to do! Happy Birthday to him and no way are you old enough to have a 40year old son!
You look marvelous darling!
I am going to try to visit at least 10 bloggers every day and hopefully I can keep up that way.
Big Hugs and send me some Florida sunshine please!

Leo said...

I never heard of Dick Dale but I remember the song from Pulp Fiction. I love visiting your blog - I am always learning something new.

Kathy said...

Just found you via SHeila over at Quintessential Magpie. Oh, I'm SO glad I did. I never knew who was responsible for the surfer sound abut I sure do remember it!! I'm going back through and reading your past posts. Love seeing the beach when it's a balmy 24 degrees here in Chicago. Cheers - Kathy

Kathleen said...

My hubby and I love Dick Dale! Wish I had known he was playing so close by! Happy bday to your son!

Janie said...

I totally understand your "confusion". My oldest nephew is 47, and my sister is younger then I am (not by much though) My nephews and nieces think I am the "luckiest person in the world" to have "lived in the "music" when I did...they are always asking for stories.
My oldest is 32 so I get to cheat (by a good 10 years!)! haha!

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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