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7 Days of Soundsmas in San Diego – Day 3 Featuring Jessica Hull, Marissa Mortati, & Andrea Moore

In honor of the holiday season I posed a question to some of my favorite musicians, writers, and fans in the San Diego music scene:

What gift would you like to give to which San Diego musician, or band, and why?

I present to you, the 7 days of Soundsmas in San Diego (click here for past days). As is common with this type of thing the answers run the gamut from insanely funny to wildly creative to deeply poignant. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed compiling them. Take a look and feel free to leave your own gift ideas in the comments below (most creative comment will win a prize!)

Also click around the links of our panelists and their gift recipients. So many good musicians represented- find your new favorite!

Happy holidays to all my readers- may your year’s end be filled with love, laughter, and music.  ♥


Jessica Hull


I nominate Brooke Mackintosh, local singer/songwriter and dear friend of mine, as recipient of babysitting services once a week!

She is a HOT little mama, who is dying to get out and gig, but her amazing 2-year-old, Miles, is an energetic ball of love who doesn’t like being away from her side. Daddy (Sven-Erik Seaholm) can help sometimes, but he also is one of San Diego’s hardest working musicians/producers, and has his own action-packed schedule, in addition to he and Brooke’s duo: Seaholm Mackintosh.


Brooke is deserving of helping and loving hands to take care of Miles because San Diego’s earholes (and eyeholes) need to experience her gorgeous songs and radiant spirit.

FYI, Miles is SUPER RAD to hang out with!

You can find Brooke here:

12/20 – Annual Troubadour holiday party at Queen Bee’s.


Marissa Mortati  

Writer and photographer at OfShowsAndBurritos.com


I don’t have a specific recipient for my gift, but the gift itself would be custom in every way.  I love to give custom mixes.  I’ve said it many times before, but I don’t think there is better gift for a fellow music lover than that of a well-crafted mix.  See John Cusack in High Fidelity for a more artful and articulate examination of the beauty of a well executed mix.   Sharing music with someone who loves music is intensely rewarding, its sharing more than just a few songs, it’s an expression of yourself and how you view the recipient. You put your taste out there, you firmly declare “this is what I like and I think you’ll like this too.”


Andrea Moore

Super SD music fan and proud parent of Petey the Prostate

I’m going to start this off by saying this idea is fantastic, but the brain bruises I gave myself while thinking about it are not. I’d also like to say I am about to fudge some rules up in this piece but for good reason.

12 Days of Soundsmasandrea

So at shows I’ve noticed expressions or movement some of the artists make have caught my eye and have enhanced the experience for me. I have named these expressions musical “O” faces. You may or may not want to Google the term “O face”, I hold no responsibility for what you find.

With that said I would like to gift Jesse Bowen (Blackout Party, Oh, Spirit)  Sean Martin (formerly of The Heavy GuiltThe Midnight Pine) and Jake Najor (Lord Howler, The Styletones, Chess Wars) with selfie-style mirrors so they could see what I see when they are playing. It’s so awesome to see the emotion going on in their faces and know they enjoy playing (as much, if not more than I enjoy watching). I realize I named three people and that they aren’t in a band together, but I’m pretty sure they have intermingled at some point so that makes it valid.


Stay tuned for more gifting tomorrow with posts from a DJ from the darkside and a super SD fan and music-pusher. 

For more interviews, song obsessions, and musical musings with Sounds in San Diego follow along on Facebook or get tweety with us on Twitter.


About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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