‘Cuz I’m the Tax Man!

Hi All, it’s a happy day at SpragueLand and that’s mostly because we finally wrestled the rebellious numbers together and presented them to our account guru. Now it’s his job to make the magic happen! We’re free again and it’s good to be back to making music.

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.
“Tax Man” by The Beatles

Buried in the numbers of the past. I'm happy to be leaving this for inspired musical notation.

Buried in the numbers of the past. I’m happy to be leaving this for inspired musical notation.

Just in case, maybe you missed this little deal that I’m running at my online store. Each week I feature a song story (see below) and along with the tale that led up to the tune making it’s way into the world, I include a discount coupon in the gig email that you can use at my online store. It’s for 20% off if you buy the CD or the CD download for the weekly featured album. Kind of cool if you’re wanting to dig deeper into the realm of Sprague music.

Up for this week is the unfolding positive story of solo guitar music at the Roxy in Encinitas. I’m there this Thursday night and it’s been a really great time.

Gearing for the solo Roxy night of music! photo by Darci Fontenot

Gearing for the solo Roxy night of music!
photo by Darci Fontenot

And for Saturday night vocalist Kevyn Lettau and I will play a night of samba and jazz at the Roxy. She’s sounding fantastic and I hope to see you there!

Kevyn Lettau belting it out! photo by Brad Peterson

Kevyn Lettau belting it out!
photo by Brad Peterson

That’s it for now and thanks for reading, Peter

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“The Whistle Man”
This tune is from a CD we did called BrasilJazz back in the mid ’90′s with Kevyn on vocals and Michael Shapiro on percussion. I remember when I wrote the tune in Seattle. We we’re playing a two week run at Jazz Alley and I had a ton of free time during the day as it was rain central outside. Instead I stayed inside and played lots of guitar. Sometimes when I practice I get swept away from working on practical things (preparing tunes for upcoming concerts, etc.) by a cool lick or phrase that when I start to explore possibly leads to a writing a new song. This was the evolution of the “Whistle Man”. I was working on a Chick Corea tune and it had this nice 3/4 groove going and that tranced me over to composing my own piece. The lyrics came a few days later and they tell the story of an enlightened old man, living at the outskirts of the rain forest, who counters the worlds negativity with his divine whistling. Oh, if only it was that easy! Maybe we’ll play this song at the Roxy this week. Check it out.

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