Turning 15, October 18, 1976

Turning 15, October 18, 1976 Having settled into the new community of Cerritos after living in West Long Beach Navy Housing for the previous 6 years, I was on my bicycle riding up 183rd Street towards Cerritos High School.  I hadn’t been thrilled about leaving my friends and the Stevens Junior High School Band and […]


Lucky Bawa & the First Strikes MARIJUANA IN THE MORNING Digital Single Release Sept. 28, 2023 Genre: Rock, Hard Folk Persuasion Records UPC 633065217023 Chris Cruz-Vocal, Guitar Rob Klonel-Drums(Cruzados, DKEC) Henry James-Electric Guitars(Robert Jon & the Wreck, King Tree & The Earthmothers) Bruce Witkin-Bass(Hollywood Vampires. Adam Ant)   MARIJUANA IN THE MORNING is the second […]

WEAPON by Lisa Jackert Aug. 24, 2023

  Long Beach Siren and multi-instrumentalist LISA JACKERT makes her Persuasion Records debut with the sassy single WEAPON.  A fixture at the Monday Beach Hut Deli HB Open Mic, Lisa regularly accompanies performers on Fiddle and Backing Vocals in addition to her own set.  The inspiration for the song came when one of the Open […]

TAKE THAT PILL 2023 Digital Single by CHRIS CRUZ

Original song inspired by Record Label ISLAND/INTERSCOPE’S promotion of U2-ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND’s single BEAUTIFUL DAY(Oct. 2000).  The Grammy winning tune first debuted as a CABLE TV CLARITIN COMMERCIAL prior to release while the allergy medicine was available only by prescription. While U2 has always been viewed as socially conscious, TAKE THAT PILL […]