Common Chords By Randall Hill
Hasee Ciaccio and Dori Sanders
During a recent practice session, 17-year-old Hasee Ciaccio was jamming out on her mandolin when she decided to get closer to her 16-year-old band mate Dori Sanders of Conway. Ciaccio stood and scoots her chair closer with the back of her leg, all the time keeping the beat going with the song.
Ciaccio and Sanders are the backbone of the band The Alohas, formed and named in honor of jam sessions held during their youth with family and friends at the now bulldozed Aloha Motel that stood at 74th Ave North in Myrtle Beach.
“There was this big room with a fireplace and it was so cozy,” said Ciaccio about the motel’s game room. “For me it was some of my fondest memories.”
The two musicians are not typical teenagers. “We’ve come to realize this whole realm of underground music that is so different,” said Sanders between songs during the jam session. Across her lap was an ornate Washburn dreadnought guitar that is nearly as large as the musician. “People will scroll through my iPod and are surprised. It’s really funny to see people try to figure out this music.”
The future looks bright for the two young musicians. Ciaccio plans to make music her career while Sanders wants music to supplement a job as an interior designer.
“I see myself designing all these gorgeous homes for people and as kind of a night job playing music with Hasee,” said Sanders.
Ciaccio said she just wants to be happy about the future. “This means some sort of job teaching music to children and working around others who allow passion to caress their lives.”
Hear music recorded during a practice session by Hasee and Dori
"Crack in the Clouds" © 2009 Hasee Ciaccio & Dori Sanders
"Kudos to Marmalade" © 2009 Hasee Ciaccio & Dori Sanders
"Such Great Heights"
"You Are My Sunshine" Traditional