When I was growing up (so many centuries ago), I didn’t really realize I was living in a musical world.  Of course, I sometimes heard music.  Sometimes I even heard it being played in a store, but not most stores. The retailer usually had to have two or three stories and an elevator for music to qualify.  Probably for that reason department store music was then also called “elevator music,” but that Muzak had not yet reached into boutiques or restaurants.

Today, that has all changed.  The music is now in our boutiques and our restaurants. We are starting to live in a purely musical world.  And today the music has gone far beyond our multi-floor department stores their elevators.  Truly there are there are not many cities that have as much evidence of our society becoming a musical eco-system as is Santa Clarita and its non-stop concerts in the park series.

I came to Santa Clarita in 1988 from New York City, where I had been a rather casual fan of the city’s concerts in the park – of course, Central Park.  Curiously, even Central Park in what New Yorkers call their most musical city in the world – because of all the Broadway musicals that feast on box office money there – is not as musical as Santa Clarita’s once-a-week musical concert series in the months of July and August.

Moreover,  my own personal experience with the Santa Clarita Concerts series is that there are so many people crowding this Californian little version of Central Park and that if the series were to be extended even beyond its present wide seasonal boundaries, Santa Clarita’s own Central Park would continue to be cluttered with wall-to-wall people.

What then?  Or what is the purpose of writing about this when things are going so well with the way music is filling up Santa Clarita that well?  What is there for me to criticize?

Only that we should be preparing for our lives to become more musical than ever.

For some time, the world’s top physicists have been expending the evidence of what has been referred to as “The String Theory” of the universe, where the universe is being viewed not as the Big Bang but as the ultimate Big Band, creating action and life with the vibrating musical strings inside every atom, sort of like recreating the Czar’s War against Napoleon in the 1812 Overture.

But even in our public schools – where I dwell on my working days – music is creeping in where it never was before.  Today, students in public schools can be found listening to music on earphones or with earplugs as they are completing daily assignments in the classroom.

At first sight of this, teachers like me rebelled. I used to say:

“If I am to get a brain operation some years ahead and one of you is my brain surgeon, I am not going feel very good seeing my brain surgeon hip hopping into the OR with a musical earplug in his ear.”

But today, that scenario may have to be one that we will learn to accept.

Certainly, dentists are now commonly using music in their rooms of operation, seemingly both to calm their patients and themselves.  And so are restaurants of all kinds, as we eat breakfast and lunch and dinner, from the full course varieties to the bistros.

And my wife keeps music on as we sleep.

So music has in the 21st Century become our new eco-system.  And Santa Clarita with its never-ending Concerts-in-the-Park series has been here to herald our new eco-system.

Tra-la-la.  (That was me singing.)

So now here is the Santa Clarita concert series for the rest of the summer:


Concerts are FREE 
Friday Nights 7:00-9:30 p.m. 
Hyatt Regency Valencia 
24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia
Concert Schedule: 
July 28 - Jim Gibson 
August 4 -The Delgado Brothers 
General Admission Tickets are $20-25 
Friday evenings monthly, 8:00 pm 
24266 Main St, Newall 
Concert Schedule:

July 28 - An Evening with Joyce Woodson 
August 25 - An Evening with John Zipperer 
October 27 - An Evening with Almeda Bradshaw 
Concerts are FREE 
1st Thursdays 7:00-9:00PM 
Old Town Newhall Library Patio 
24500 Main Street, Old Town Newhall 
Concert Schedule: 
August 3 - Caribbean Dance 
September 7 - Mexican Folk Dance 
October 5 - Swing Dance 
Concerts are FREE 
Friday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater 
25888 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch
Concert Schedule: 
July 28 - Fort Worth West - Country Hits 
August 4 - Mirage - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac 
August 11 - The Platinum Groove - Pop, Disco and Dance favorites 
August 18 - Sgt. Pepper - A tribute to the Beatles 
Concerts are FREE 
Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. (Unless otherwise noted) 
Central Park 
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
Things to bring! 
Blanket, Beverages (NO Alcohol), Food 
Concert Schedule:  
July 29 - Double Wide and Savannah Burrows (Country) 
August 5 - Savor (Santana Tribute) 
August 12 - The PettyBreakers (Tom Petty Tribute) 
August 19 - 40 oz to Freedom (Sublime Tribute 
August 26 - The Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute)


Concerts are FREE 
3rd Thursdays 7:00-10:00PM 
Main Street between Market Street and 6th 
Themed Adult Block Party Schedule includes entertainment, gourmet food trucks: 
August 17 - Flashback to the 80s 
September 21 - Chocolate Factory 
October 19 - Halloween Haunt 

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.