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Local musician Beau Borrero's debut CD release

Beau Borrero plays on San Juan Saturday, Oct. 22. - Contributed photo
Beau Borrero plays on San Juan Saturday, Oct. 22.
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Beau Borrero loves when the island is sunny and warm, but when the dark and rainy weather rolls in, he stays inside and makes music.

And all those overcast Pacific Northwest days have produced “Well,” Borrero’s debut release with original music that aims to engage the heart and the mind.

The CD release party, also featuring the San Juan Studio All-Star Band consisting of over a dozen island musicians including Borrero’s mom, is Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at 208 Julie Road, off of Wold Road.

In the album, Borrero blends his favorite genres of  folk, pop, electronica, guitar-driven rock and vocal harmonies with  a range of instruments such as the harp, djembe, banjo, washboard and a string quartet.

The variety of emotions in the tracks includes the heart-string tugging “Something I Can Keep” and the comical self-help song, “Stupid.”

For Borrero playing music comes naturally, perhaps due to his gene pool.  His grandparents were both singers and actors on Broadway in the 1930’s, but he says his mother, Gretchen Gubelman is the biggest musical influence in his life.

Well, his mother and long days of watching MTV.

“That’s when I started getting serious about learning to play the drums and did some singing in the school choir and stuff,” Borrero said. “My first bands were in seventh grade, playing the drums and singing Def Leppard and Motley Crue songs — so embarrassing.”

Nowadays, he sounds more like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel and Ray Lamontagne.

The inspiration for “Well” came after a painful breakup, but opened up many other themes like religion, new love and the ability to laugh at himself. Most importantly, Borrero learned about his own happiness.

“I write songs because I have to,” Borrero said. “If I don’t write and sing, I’m miserable.”

For more info, email or call 378-9199 or visit

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