Carmel Magazine

Summer/Fall 2020

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people there knew I had written one of the songs being recorded." An engaging and erudite man at the dawn of his tenth decade, Coates now resides in the cozy, comfortable home he shares with his charming wife Carol, retired director of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula's ICU, and their Corgi Dylan. His piano stands at the ready for the inspiration that strikes him frequently, just as it has for most of his life. Make no mistake: Coates is by no means retired. "Carroll wakes up with a new tune every day," Carol says. "I'm usually in no hurry to write them down," her husband says. "If they're any good, you don't have to worry about forgetting them. They pull on your sleeve and say, 'write me.'" More fascinating stories from Carroll Coates long and illustrious career are on Coates' website at C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 2 0 135 CARMEL Words and Music by Carroll Coates One day not far from San Francisco, A slice of heaven gently fell! And when the people there had claimed it, They named it "CARMEL" Then like their soulmates in Obispo They built a mission with a bell, To tell all trav'lers, "Come, be bless'd in, Then rest in — CARMEL"! Tho' it's true the town's a draw for tourists who hint, That even one glimpse of Clint Would make their day!… It's not that way with us who live here, So if you're cool and treat us well, You'll find you're welcome to the charm of, The calm of CARMEL! (Last time?) If you're a poet or a painter, Or have a tale you're try'n to tell, We bid you "Welcome!" To the charm of, The calm of — CARMEL! ©2020, Micana Music, (ascap)

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