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Kevin Sousa / Press

“Local vocal and musical legend and former Mira Costa surf team coach Kevin Sousa provided heart felt entertainment all day from the water and at the Lagoon. His rendition of “Over the Rainbow” was truly moving and something I will always remember...”

“Kevin Sousa stood guitar in hand on Disappearance’s upper deck, long hair blowing in the wind, spread stance like a captain at the wheel. He sang Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” and “The Crossing,” an original song about the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. Meistrell and Disappearance set the course for the 32-mile race from the Catalina Isthmus to the Manhattan Beach pier every year for nearly three decades.”

““There was a seminal moment where I asked myself how honest I was going to be with this, with the reader… and I said fuck it, I gotta put out what’s me.” Bold and powerful words, if not raw, from 41-year old Hermosa Beach resident, former Mira Costa High School teacher and Beach Sports instructor, waterman, therapist, and musician Kevin Sousa. He’s a bighearted man, known and regarded warmly by many throughout the South Bay. Perched upon his stool, leaning over his guitar, splicing your first name into songs, so as to ensure he’s singing to you personally; the seemingly jovial performer long grappled with a darkness almost as mammoth as his reputation.”

“Exorcising His Demons”

“Maybe a Corona ad of the soul; Miso’s music hits a spot. It’s an EP that marks a promising beginning. Miso recalled having a conversation with his friend Kevin Sousa a while back when something clicked. It resulted in the final song on the record, “Realize.” “He said, ‘Hey man, who cares? Fail spectacularly,’” Miso said. “That is what ‘Realize’ is about, that admission, this is when you grow, that this is when you live. So many people try to live so perfectly that they are not alive. So, especially when you are young, try to learn your craft, but don’t try to be perfect – forget that, just live, and do.””

“Local resident and musician, Kevin Sousa, once described southern California as the resting place where anything loose in the rest of the country winds up. A symbolic illustration which calls to mind massive, god-like hands shaking up the United States and tilting it over like a pinball machine; but it’s rather more the hands wrenching around one’s heart that is meant.”

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