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Pleasant Melodies

Concerts by the Bay started its umpteenth summer season this past Sunday under ideal conditions. A steady breeze from the Bay tempered the heat and made the music lovers in their beach chairs relaxed and comfortable. The view was magnificent. The Bay waters were dotted with small boats darting to and fro. Occasionally an ocean going cargo ship, probably an oil tanker, would be escorted by tugboats through the channels.

The Garden State Band led by the inimitable and naturally witty Chris Pedersen stared the program with a rousing Star Spangled Banner. Patriotic numbers dominated the program. The lusty baritone voice of Rick Bossman in booming George M. Cohan’s Yankee Doodle Dandy hand this elderly ex GI Volunteering to re-enlist in the armed forces. Forgetting that the armed services no longer use bow and arrows. No hoses either! Plainly this old timer is an anachronism to the modern army. (Note – I often toss in a big word like this to show I graduated the 8th grade) But his spirit is never out of time. Meanwhile the effervescent Penny Rocker kept things lively, in tune and inspiring us music lovers!

These Sunday afternoon concerts are truly remarkable and convenient beginning of the Jersey Shore all the way from here to Cape May. Truly the equal or better than fabled resorts of Monaco, Brighton Beach Liverpool and other overrated seashore resorts. And we do not have to buck congested vehicular traffic.

Thank you for your courtesies.

Very truly yours,

Peter Book a.k.a. Pedro Libro


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