An excerpt from Track 5 California Dreamin' ~ LIVE YOUR DREAM - Endorsed by Tom Petty
"At age 27 I had not developed my communication skills to a point where I could make myself clear about my own feelings and expectations. Most of my music friends and acquaintances were in the same boat... My new friend Tom Petty had the same problem. When he picked up me and my bass guitar at LAX with his two seater Opel sports car, I knew then we were both "Runnin' Down a Dream" but while narrating our ride up the 405 and over the "big hill" as Tom described it and then into the San Fernando Valley, he had a hard time conveying to me what his plans were for our future together. Although "T.P." obviously had great skills communicating in music with his songs as we all found out in the years to come!" — Tom has graciously given me his blessings on releasing this book and I am honored and very grateful to have worked with him.
"After I left Cactus, Charlie eventually became the bass player in the New Cactus Band. I came to know him as a good bass player and friend. I'm sure he has some great stories to tell!"
Tim Bogert - Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, BBA Beck Bogert & Appice
"He hits all the right notes. A great player, terrific singer and a gentleman as well! It's always a pleasure to share the stage with my friend, Charlie Souza".
Dino Danelli - Rascals
The thing I love about Charlie Souza's musicianship is that he comes from the heart - that coupled with his great understanding of what he plays makes for great music. You know, I bought my house from Charlie, and his good energy is in my wooden beams. That's why I sleep good at night.
Tim Hauser - Manhattan Transfer