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Guitars and Gateaux to get personal

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By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos will be treated to an intimate performance during the Guitars and Gateaux show from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.Musician Tim Valentine said his show will feature “music that I’ve composed myself on guitar during the last few years.”He describes his music as “meditative, acoustic instrumental.” Additionally, Valentine said, “They are songs of my heart that represent moments and feelings in my life.”“People pick up on that and enjoy it themselves.Valentine said his music holds a lot of personal significance “because they represent moments of my life that are very special to me.”The songs become manifestations of his experiences, he said.Not only will locals hear personal music, but it will come from a seasoned performer. Valentine said he has been performing and teaching music for 25 years.He said he has toured throughout the country but now focuses on performing in Santa Fe, where he also teaches private lessons. Valentine said he is affiliated with High Desert Guitar.Valentine said, “I enjoy everything about teaching.” He said he enjoys sharing his knowledge about the guitar and seeing students’ excitement.In addition to performing and teaching, Valentine has also recorded two albums. One features folk, blues songs while the other features meditative instrumentals. Valentine said he is currently recording his third album.“Music has always been my first love and passion,” he said. His interest in music grew from his family’s involvement in the art form.“I started out as a child playing music with my family,” Valentine said. His father played the banjo and his mother played piano. “I played music in my family. We all sang together,” he said.Valentine grew up in Princeton, N.J. A college friend introduced to him to Santa Fe. After visiting his friend, Valentine decided to move there himself.“I fell in love with it like so many people (have),” he said.While Valentine has performed in Santa Fe, the Guitars and Gateaux concert will be his first in Los Alamos.“I’m mostly excited to just have the opportunity to share compositions of mine that are greatly dear to me,” he said.Plus, the concert allows him to indulge in his other love, cake. “I love to play music and I love to eat cake,” he joked.The guitar series, which is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, costs $10 for LAAC members, and $15 for non-members.Before the concert begins, there will be a half-hour to enjoy desserts.