Lee Hazelwood, Nancy Sinatra, Lou Reed, and Salvador Calvano

Born on a Thursday Number 6

This song has been stuck in my head all week.

and this:

I am slow getting to know new places, and Phoenix is no exception. I’ve made friends with my neighbor, and last weekend we went out to see an Irish band, The Brazen Heads. They were high energy and fun – all incredible musicians.  Of course, after the show, we talked with the band, and Liam, the lead singer, has asked me to sing Lou Reed’s Perfect Day with them next time I come out! Hell yeah! Their keyboardist/sax/harmonica/flute/penny whistle/accordion player Mark emailed me the transcription (they are serious)!

Another cool thing was the discovery of Salvador Calvano Hair.

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massive amounts of hair – 2012

Six months ago I called Salvador Calvano for a massive hair style change – after looking up several salons in Phoenix, I got a good feeling from Salvador’s and Patty’s website. I managed to book Salvador right before he left to New York to style hair during Fashion Week (which was another clue that he was awesome, not to mention having a look at his portfolio).

At the time, I had a lot of hair, and pretty much the same hair style for the last twenty years. And, after spending several years in the desert – it was getting dry and crunchy! It weighed a lot, too, which, wasn’t really that great for my neck.

It was this video of Salvador cutting his own hair off, and his partner Patty* finishing the style that won me over – because I was close to doing the same thing to myself (and I knew my outcome would not be as pretty if I did it alone).

It was Patty’s and Salvador’s messages, “Consult a Professional” along with, “Come on Down” with their no-frills style that got me. Oh yeah, and, “Change is good,” and, “It’ll grow back.”

drums, bass, guitar and mics!
drums, bass, guitar and mics!

Of course, when I walked into Salvador Calvano Hair, I knew I was in the right place when I saw the full stage set up for creative bursts of musical energy and jam sessions with friends. I said to him,Cut it all off!!” and he said, “Really?” and I said, “YES, let’s do it!”

I was thinking, “Hello? What dimension did I just enter? This is amazing!” The energy feels really good at the salon because Salvador and Patty are super cool, they do excellent work, and they have made space for what they love.

After six freakin’ months, my hair still looked good, but it was time for a new cut. I am really happy – my head feels great – I’ve got lightweight springy curls – and I spent an afternoon among two lovely people and their golden retriever.

* The day I got my first haircut by Salvador was the day he proposed to Patty! Now they are married.