SMITH: Wine documentary is music to Santa Rosa High alum's ears
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:16 p.m.
Brian Carmody has already seen “SOMM,” the highly anticipated wine sommelier documentary — perhaps more times than anyone else on earth.
Even so, you can believe the 1992 Santa Rosa high alum will be front and center at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Wednesday for the red-carpet premiere.
Carmody, who earlier this year earned a doctorate in several aspects of music and music-education at USC, was performing in a Beverly Hills club with his jazz trio when a patron named Jason Wise approached.
Wise was making a film in need of a score, and he liked Carmody’s music. Soon, Carmody, who’s 38, was tasked with writing a virtually start-to-finish soundtrack that blends classical and jazz.
“It was a bit daunting at times,” admits the son of veteran music teachers Bill and Mary Jo Carmody. “I really had to dig into my creativity to do justice to both sides of the fence.”
Naturally, the project required that he become intimately familiar with “SOMM,” which tells the stories of four sommeliers striving to pass one of world’s toughest tests, the Master Sommelier, or MS exam.
“I’ve seen it probably, a conservative estimate, 40 times,” said Carmody, who’ll attend Wednesday's debut in Napa with several proud and eager members of his musical clan.
“I know every word of that film and every shot. I can say it’s really a great piece of work.”
‘PICKING’ GEORGETOWN: TV’s “American Pickers” were out at the late George Smith’s private old-west town and museum of Hollywood memorabilia the other day, mining for treasure.
“They knew what they were doing, believe me,” said Guy Smith, a son of George and primary keeper of Georgetown.
He said Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the History Channel duo that travels the country foraging for American antiques masquerading as junk in barns and garages, found plenty to like among the old cars and porcelain signs and such that his dad collected.
Cameras rolled as Mike and Frank picked and admired and purchased a selection of hood ornaments and other prizes.
It was bittersweet,” Guy said. “Obviously, I’m attached to the collection.”
Though the visitors hauled off some good stuff, he added, “We still have plenty left.”
Guy said the proceeds of the sales to “American Pickers,” which will close out its current season with an episode on the Georgetown finds just after Christmas, will help Guy pay for the care his mother, Joyce, needs.
Now 86, Joyce Smith came out to see Mike and Frank. “She was happy to meet them,” her son said.
Joyce told the pair of pickers a bit about her remarkable George, a former film extra, set builder and MGM scout who was 82 when he died in 2001.
Marvels son Guy, “Even though my father’s been gone that long, he’s still taking care of my mother’s needs.”
CAROL DIED AGAIN a few months back. This time, a bunch of sad but grateful staffers and clients of the Council on Aging have accepted that Carol Martin is not coming back.
Since 1979, she was the voice of the busy Council on Aging offices in Santa Rosa. She answered the phone and in her affable and efficient manner directed callers to the services or information they needed.
The Council and the world lost Carol, briefly, in 2006. She suffered full cardiac arrest at an airport and collapsed.
She showed no signs of life as two witnesses — a doctor and a nurse — kneeled and went to work to revive her.
Folks at the Council on Aging figure that just since she recovered and returned to work part time, she assisted another 30,000 elders who phoned in search of help or answers.
At 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the council offices on Kawana Springs Road, people who appreciated her will gather for a Celebration of the Lives of Carol Martin.
(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and email@example.com.)
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