10th Annual OC Music Awards
Mama BLOK accused me of trashing her daughter, co-MC Gianna Gianna, in previous blog posts, adding that she had never read such weird reviews and admonished me to “stick to the music,” which she insisted was genius.
But of all the performances and award winners, nothing approached the levity brought upon the room by Stan Freese, who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as the Disneyland music director. Freese spent 10 years as a tubaist on the '70s variety show Hee Haw and is the father of Vandals drummer and musical gun-for-hire Josh Freese. Stan's award was presented by Disney Director of Creative and Parks Entertainment Marylin Magness, who, in one of the night's other big surprises, notified the audience she had purchased her first G-string for the event. (Has somebody spiked the punch in the house of mouse?) Before giving him his award, Magness recounted seeing Freese lead the Disney marching band down Main Street USA years ago and, unlike other band leaders who walked a straight path, would veer from side to side so he could touch the folks lining the curb. His passion for the work he's done was made apparent by a short biography beamed onto the stage's two massive monitors and included interviews with Josh Freese as well as Vandals bassist Joe Escalante. As he delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech, he was joined onstage by Mickey in the flesh–or, rather, cloth. He told aspiring musicians to be “the best you can at what you're doing.”