The Return to Pebble Beach Story
Early February 2021. Approximately two and a half to three years ago I started thinking about Pebble Beach as inspiration for a song. I’ve been to the Monterey-Pebble- Carmel area three times as an adult and had planned a return last year. We were unable to make that trip, and several others we had booked. COVID-19 concerns.
I think on at least three or four occasions, in the time above, I had worked on ideas concerning the presentation and the tenor (ie mood) of the song. That mood would be a triumphant reverence, sprinkled with tender passion. Listening to the finished product, I’m hoping we convey that ambiance.
I introduced the song to Sandy Tipping my producer and co-songwriter on Return to Pebble Beach during a Skype session in September of 2020. We would have another session in the first week of October. Later in that same week, Sandy and I met at The Studio in Nashville to finish writing the song. Real Music TV would film that writing session and along with footage of our recording session. It may become a featured segment on RMTV.
The original plan was to record Return to Pebble Beach in early December 2020. That plan quickly fell apart as virus concerns in the Nashville area prudently and effectively closed the recording industry for a time. Although that decision again, was prudent, I was disappointed we would not complete the project in 2020.
We were able to convene one week ago today (as I write this) January 28-29 at The Studio in Nashville. Seventeen of Nashville’s finest musicians worked on this project. Several members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra are participants. They can be seen in the accompanying short video.
The arrangement by Sandy Tipping in my obviously biased opinion is simply excellent. Just listen.
The song as it was written, presented, and performed is a humble attempt to convey the aura, ambiance, passion, and love that residents and visitors alike feel for Pebble Beach.
God bless, I hope you enjoy “Return to Pebble Beach.”
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2020
Look Out World! Mike Stone is Hitting the Scene This Year.
The 12-track album “Augusta and Arnie” hits the airwaves with aplomb Fall 2020 and will have you begging for more for the rest of the year.
Mike’s album features tried and true cuts such as title track “Hey Man” and “One Day in April” that both inspire listeners to create a world where we support one another, with the latter also paying homage to one of the greatest games ever played (golf) at one of the most magnificent courses ever created. This album also features new break out hits such as “The One You’re Gonna Love” and “Just Enough Rope” that are sure to leave fans clamoring for more.
Mike’s upcoming album features 12 tunes that you’re not going to want to miss a beat of. The seeds of Mike’s musical career took root at the young age of 13 when he first picked up a guitar. Since that day, Mike has possessed a relentless passion for creating music that calls to the heart of his listeners.
In the late ’60s Mike would form a band with his childhood friend, Dr. Reb Ivey. In 1969 the band would win a regional battle of the bands and later place fifth in a statewide competition in Nashville. The band, in numerous iterations, would go on to play for several decades. Mike’s passion for music never died.
Years later, and with a lot of encouragement and support from family and friends alike, Mike now finds himself standing on the precipice of his latest album’s release date. This album perfectly embodies the hope that Mike has in his fellow man, and also encapsulates beautiful tributes to legends such as Arnold Palmer, who have inspired Mike throughout his life.
Are you ready to experience the phenomenon that is Mike Stone’s music? Then keep your ear out for his new album, available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google or for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.