October 2020

Editor's Note: October 2020

Author: Maggie Washo

I remember listening to my Grandpa Ross sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” at the Ross Madison House (a restaurant he owned with my grandma) in upstate New York when I was just a child. It’s strange that this particular memory is burned into my brain. But then, for me, anytime there’s music, there are memories. All of the men on my father’s side of the family were/are musicians. My uncle, David Ross, can be found tickling the ivories with Sterlin Colvin at Poseidon every week in a dueling piano show. My dad and mom (Ross2) entertained patrons several times a week at Bucci & Murray’s Pub in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina pre-COVID. Music is in my blood.

Perhaps that is why I poured my heart and soul into this issue. We’ve always been very arts and entertainment focused at C2 magazine, and this month we attempted to thrust as many local musicians and artists into the limelight as possible in 156 pages. The issue kicks off with profiles of seven popular musicians answering questions from their colleagues. Reggie Deas tells us the first song he ever memorized all the lyrics to, and we learned that La Bodega’s Fred Capers finds musical inspiration in snoring.

Next up is a profile on three women whom you’ve probably seen gigging in your travels around Hilton Head Island: Candice Rae, Sara Burns & Taylor Kent. Of course, I had to do a little carpool karaoke with these three songbirds while I had them at the studio; be sure to follow us on Facebook and YouTube for that entertaining video.

Our newest contributor, former Bluffton Today editor Tim Wood, knocks it out of the park with a profile piece on Mike Kavanaugh, a.k.a. JoJo Squirrell. This local dynamo has a 750-song catalog and has been playing every Saturday at the Tiki Hut with his “Home Pickles” for almost 20 years now, which is some incredible staying power in a very fickle industry. I mean … all that is great, but what I really love about Mike Kavanaugh is that he sings “I Want it That Way,” by the Backstreet Boys, every Saturday afternoon. If you can’t make it to the Tiki Hut to hear it live, you can always catch it streaming from Jani St. James’ Facebook page. Like every pumpkin-spice latte lovin’ white girl, I really love that song.

We wanted to highlight different aspects of the music biz in this issue as well, so we interviewed music producer Kyle Wareham to get a peek into how a song becomes “prettier” in post-production. Wareham is doing some amazing things in his studio and pretty much every local musician loves working with him. Check out his feature on pg. 52.

Ever since MTV burst onto the scene in 1981, the most popular music has been accompanied by a video to show off the star’s dancing talents and tell a story through sound and visuals. It’s been a very effective way to get the music to hit even harder. So, in honor of our big Arts + Music issue, we decided to try our hand at making a few music videos too. The incredibly talented Trevor Harden and Eddie Tucker produced Jevon Daly’s “Sharks are our Homies” music video just for this issue, and we can’t wait to share the finished product, starring many local faces, sometime in October on all of our social media pages. Follow along in print on page 46.

I honestly could write a love letter about every single article in this issue. Please don’t skip any of them. We had the honor of meeting so many talented people this month, and we’re proud to present our October issue.
As always, be sure to follow us on social media, because all the music we encountered during production is going to be released there daily starting October 1. 

Love & Pixie Dust –

Maggie Washo
Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief

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