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Ink Out Loud: Finding “Love” in Lake Tahoe

Mandy Feder

For Valentine’s Day, this column is all about “Love.”

I first saw him in person when I was about 10 years old. He was a cool California surfing songwriter performing a concert in Central Park, in the heart of New York City.

His mother, his father, and the Maharishi largely shaped his life.

His mother, a musician and singer, gave him a deep appreciation for music. His father was a hard-working sheet metal man who passed along his work ethic to his son. In 1967, the Maharishi taught him about meditation. He meditates every day.

He’s not big on preaching. He just enjoys sharing positive, uplifting and harmonious music. He said he “looks forward to the day when meditation, more harmony and positivity are realized in the world.”

He and his band performed overseas as young men just after Russia invaded Czechoslovakia. He recalled how strange it seemed to him that the music was so well received in places where people couldn’t possibly understand the references to surfing and the sunny California lifestyle.

“Rock ’n’ roll represented freedom to them,” he told me Thursday morning. ”They appreciated us being there. Music provided an escape from oppression,” he added.

These days, he said, “music provides an escape from depression for many people.”

His home overlooks Lake Tahoe. He and his family moved here in 1981 for the serene natural setting and the clean air.

Mike Love is involved in “keeping the lake from being polluted” and he “supports initiatives to keep the lake from being impaired” — “just like any other community member,” he told me.

The Beach Boys music is a part of the soundtrack of my life. I am not going to claim the Beach Boys are the only band I listen to, or even the one I listen to most — but I can honestly say I’ve had Beach Boys albums, cassettes, CDs and it is on my iPod. It never lost its luster or felt outdated.

My own children even grew to adore the music. Now my granddaughter listens to it.

I found “Love” in Lake Tahoe and you can, too, on March 27 when the Beach Boys perform at MontBleu. For more information visit

Mandy Feder is the Managing Editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She can be reached at or 530-542-8006.

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