An Occasional Publication

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July 2019: New Music and Other News

Hi Folks -

Hope you're all finding creative ways to enjoy this summer during these crazy and unsettling times. We're finding that music is pretty good therapy, highly recommended! 

New Music

Penny brought her viola da gamba into our project studio last week and recorded several pieces which we also captured on video. Here she is playing "My Mistress hath a pritty [sic] thing" by musician, composer, soldier, raconteur and self-proclaimed gentleman Tobias Hume published in "The First Part of Ayres for the Viole De Gambo alone" 1605, London:

Also, since our last newsletter, we recorded and posted another "Birthday Sessions" tune (a second song written for Penny's 2018 birthday). It's a country ditty called "Without You", a tale of a somewhat paranoid and needy husband:
Without You

The Birthday Sessions set on our audio page now includes 9 tunes, almost an entire album's worth. You can also scroll down and listen to either of our previous CDs in their entirety here:

10th Anniversary of the 2009 West Coast Jazz Harmonica Summit

This August will mark ten years since Slim produced this fun event, featuring 8 area jazz harmonicists backed by a terrific jazz trio, beautifully filmed in front of a live audience here in Santa Cruz. We have way too many of these wonderful DVDs still in stock, so we're having a blowout sale while supplies last. US domestic orders are only $3 including shipping. Details are here:

Peace and Love,

Penny & Slim

Friday, April 19, 2019

New Music for Earth Day and Other News

Change Happens

With great excitement, I'm happy to announce that I've just retired from my day gig as a software engineer, leaving tons more time for music projects. Needless to say, as a lifelong musician, I've been looking forward to this ever since taking my first full time programming job back in 1991. In my world, programming is big fun but it doesn't hold a candle to making music.

For local folks, I have some less positive news, which is that we've been told there will be no Seascape Village Farmers Market this summer (and so we won't be doing our Sunday gig there any longer). This along with last year's demise of The Beach Break at Seacliff State Park means we have no upcoming duo gigs to announce at this time. However, Penny continues to perform with The Cherry Trio and The Cabrillo College Jazz Ensemble as well as directing the Cabrillo Stroke & Disability Learning Center Choir, while both of us are putting in lots more time in our project studio. 

New Music

Earth Day 2019 is happening this Monday with many events preceding it this weekend. Even if there's no good environmental news to celebrate this Earth Day, we can still make a bit of music and have a laugh at our collective selves, and it's in that spirit that we've added our brand new recording We'll Still Have This Love (which carries a not-so-subtle climate change message)  to the Birthday Sessions set on our website.  Also since our last newsletter, we've added the somewhat autobiographical tune When We Were Young to that set. Both of these new tunes were written for (as well as sung by) Penny for her 2018 and 2017 birthdays, respectively.

Penny and I hope you're all enjoying springtime in good health and remembering to love and care for each other (in addition to Mother Earth!).

Please have a listen here.

- Slim

All our published recordings can be heard at, and our 2 CDs are on all the popular streaming services.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A New Year and a New Tune

Looking Back on 2018

Putting all the depressing and disappointing issues of the day to the side, Penny and I had a wonderful 2018, enjoying both work and play (sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference!) as we celebrate 45 years of partnership. It has been and continues to be a sweet ride and for that we are eternally grateful for our luck in life.


As per our usual routine, we’re back in the project studio this winter and have just completed one of the tunes we’ve been working on. I wrote this harmonica instrumental on the occasion of my 64th birthday but was having difficulty coming up with the title so Penny suggested calling it “64” which (if I remember correctly from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is not the answer to life, the universe, and everything. But neither is this difficult-to-categorize tune (misses the mark by exactly 22), so yeah, perfect title.

Looking Ahead

Here’s to a new year where humankind will hopefully solve at least a few of the difficult problems ahead, and wishing you all a healthy, happy, and productive 2019!

- Slim

All our published recordings can be heard at, and our 2 CDs are on all the popular streaming services.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Birthday Sessions

We were all smiles when Penny joined the band. Oso Family gig somewhere in northern California, 1973. L - R: Marty Obin, Penny Hanna, Carl Creeger

New Recordings

As we get older, we seem to get better at reminiscing, or at least we spend more time dong it. That would explain why lately, every year when October rolls around, Slim enjoys crafting a new love song for Penny's birthday and more often than not, these tunes tend to be looking back at how we ended up sharing this life together.

An ongoing studio project finds us recording these tunes and as of today, we have five of them up on the site for your listening entertainment. As usual, the tunes feature Penny on bass (except for the one where she plays clarinet) and Slim on guitar and chromatic harmonica, but now he's added lap and pedal steel guitars to the mix (and vocals).

You can hear or download these new tunes here  (see "The Birthday Sessions" player).

Other Stuff

Life goes on even in the strangest of times...

Penny's been busy doing classical gigs as well as playing alto sax with the Cabrillo College Jazz Ensemble (see upcoming gigs) and directing the choir at the local Stroke Center.

Slim continues to write code at his day gig and focus on music the rest of the time (which currently involves a lot of quality time with his new Williams U12 pedal steel guitar).

In these respects, life is good!

To all our friends: Be well, enjoy life, and stay active.

- Penny & Slim, February 2018

Sunday, May 21, 2017

As Time Flies By...

If you're anything like us, you find yourself living in "interesting" times about now, and it can be difficult to keep up with all the craziness as each day unfurls its madness. But music helps to keep us grounded and just sane enough to carry on, which brings us to our recent activities in that space:

We've been doing some more recording in our project studio and should have some new tunes to post online over the summer. Meanwhile, Penny's been busy working up solo viola da gamba repertoire (video below) while continuing to play alto sax with the the Cabrillo College jazz ensemble and directing the choir at the Stroke Center there. And Slim's been spending a fair amount of time getting acquainted with his pedal steel guitar.

On Memorial Day weekend, we begin our eleventh season playing  at Seacliff State Beach (Aptos, CA)  on Saturdays from 12 - 2pm through Labor Day weekend (details are here).

And here's a special treat, recorded live at the Santa Cruz Public Library's "Munching with Mozart & Friends" series last month, an excerpt from Penny's solo viola da gamba performance. It's "Partita Solo XII" by August K├╝hnel (1645 - c.1700):

And, in case you missed it, our latest CD "Procrastination" can be streamed for free directly from our website:

The online player is at the bottom of the page here.

And special for you, our friends, here's a link to a free download of the entire album (not advertised elsewhere):

You can also just search for "Slide Man Slim & Penny Hanna" on any of the popular streaming or download services including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, etc....

Physical CDs are available for only $10 via CDBaby:

Have a fun (and musical) summer, but do pay attention to that other stuff -- could be important ;-).

Wishing you our best,

Penny & Slim

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Embracing the New Year

Dear Friends -

What a year 2016 has been. While many of us here in the USA are concerned for the future of our country, humanity, and mother earth -- all of which we love dearly, life does in fact go on (at least for the time being) and, that being the case, there is music to be made!

For those in the Monterey Bay area, Penny will be ringing in the new year performing on viola da gamba with the Cherry Trio for their annual New Year's concert at the Cherry Center in Carmel. This year's theme is "Mince Pies and Panettone" featuring an assortment of English and Italian styles from the 17th century including tasty tunes from Jenkins, Hume, Lawes, Marini, and Vitali:

Click here for details.

For those more distant, we have recorded a brand new tune for your listening enjoyment. This comes out of a recent annual family tradition where Slim (because he's such a cheapskate) writes a love song or two on the occasion of Penny's birthday (in lieu of diamonds, pearls, or other earthly gifts). This one is called "No Greater Thrill" and also features the debut of Slim on pedal steel guitar:

Listen to it here.

Finally, in case you missed it, we released our new album "Procrastination" this year, which we are very proud of. There are multiple ways you can hear it, some of them free of charge or advertising:

The online player is at the bottom of the page here.

And special for you, our friends, here's a link to a free download of the entire album (not advertised elsewhere):

Physical CD ($10) or paid download ($5) via CDBaby:

You can also just search for "Slide Man Slim & Penny Hanna" on any of the popular streaming or download services including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, etc....

Hoping you all have a good year ahead, filled with love, peace, kindness, and compassion for our mother earth, and even for the messy humans that inhabit it ;-).

- Penny & Slim.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Our new CD has arrived!

Hi Folks -

Summer is just around the corner and as usual for this time of year, we have a bit of news to share.

Unfortunately, for the first time in 10 years, we don't have our usual gigs scheduled for this summer due to circumstances beyond our control. The Seascape Village Farmers Market is not happening this year and the Beach Shack at Seacliff State Beach is in transition to new management, so that gig is on hold for the time being.

On a much more positive note, our new CD "Procrastination" has arrived and you can listen to it in its entirety on our website free of charge. It's also for sale on CDBaby and will soon be available on iTunes as well as all the popular streaming services.

To listen to it and to read all about it (including what other folks are saying about it), just go to our website here.

We hope you are all well and enjoying the longer days as much as we are!

 Slim & Penny