by Alisha Rosas
When one thinks of a library, hearing the sounds of a trio is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, the La Verne Public Library broke its image of complete silence on Saturday.
The music could be heard from outside of the library’s parking lot. The sounds of instruments creating harmony led one to the door. Inside, John York, a former member of the 1960’s band the Byrds performed, along with David Brock, a part-time music professor at the University of La Verne and Patrick Brayer.
“I’m a real library guy,” said York, in regard to why he performed at the library.
The first impression one gets from York is that he is a man connected both spiritually and mentally to his music.
Brock added that it is this type of connection with music that makes the performance enjoyable. “It’s a matter of being in touch with your intuition and the other performer’s intuitions.
“It is being sensitive to the music and to what the music is trying to get across without trying to get in the way of that,” he said.
Audience members, both young and old alike sat listening to song after song.
The fact that York is a musical icon that many children cannot relate to did not stop both them and their parents’ feet from tapping.
“I would like them to get satisfaction out of it,” said York in what he hopes his audience members take with them after a performance.
The music created by the band could be best described as “world acoustic folk,” according to York.
Although the performers are not in an actual band together, York said, “I work a lot with Patrick and once in a while with David. I’d like to work with them more and more. I love the combination.”
Donna Willard, a ULV student of Brock, was one of the approximate 50 members who attended the performance. She said, “We just wanted to come. Me and my husband like music and we’re at that age when we like this kind of music.”
Willard also said that she found the concert fulfilling. “I loved it, I just thought it was great,” she said.
York, who had a coughing bug throughout the concert, humored his audience. At one point he said, “Give me a moment to enjoy this cough drop,” in between songs. Such songs included Jean Claude’s “Set You Free This Time” and songs the Byrds had actually performed, such as the past hit “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
Brock, who never referred to sheet music throughout the performance, played the electric guitar, an instrument he said he has been playing for 25 years.
He said the songs performed were not songs that were “thrown together, but that were well-thought out.”
York said that he felt a variety in musicians help to make a performance better.
“I like to have as many other musicians I can in the crew so that it varies from concert to concert,” he said.
York’s compact disc entitled, “Claremont Dragon,” released earlier this year. It is available at Rhino Records or Folk Music Center in Claremont.