Living Hawaii in the NOW!

Hi Good Folks, I’m so happy to be back in Encinitas! I left and it was hot and humid and the surf was up. It was hard to go. When you live on the coast and summer is the golden time, I say bring the heat and the humidity and let’s live Hawaii here and now! Hoowah, I know not everyone sees it this way.

Stef, Rocky, and I walked to the Mozy Cafe right before I left on my trip. It was one of those magical nights with perfect weather and an ocean sunset. This place is amazing!

Stef, Rocky, and I walked to the Mozy Cafe right before I left on my trip. It was one of those magical nights with perfect weather and an ocean sunset. This place is amazing!

I blasted southeast to Austin on an early morning flight and met up with Billy Childs’ group. It was his chamber music ensemble complete with string quartet, harp, woodwinds, bass, drums, Billy on piano, me on guitar, and 3 amazing vocalists, including Dianne Reeves. We played the music of Laura Nyro and the response was stellar. High level fun and we’ll be doing more of that coming down the road too.

Billy on the left with Becca Stevens singing. The string quarto on the right. Live in Austin!

Billy on the left with Becca Stevens singing. The string quartet on the right. Live in Austin!

Me laying it back during soundcheck. They we're tweaking the drum sound so I got a chance to take it in from the audiences perspective.

Me laying it back during soundcheck. They were tweaking the drum sound so I got a chance to take it in from the audiences perspective.

From Austin it morphed into another early morning airport juggle taking us to Little Rock, Arkansas. This time it was the Dianne Reeves’ group playing a show at the Mosaic Art Museum. Great gig, small sleep, and then off to Salt Lake City. The whole town had an incredible fragrance as the “essential oils” folks were taking over on a convention. We played that night at the Capital Theatre and our ears and noses were delighted.

Peter Martin on piano playing to a city filled with essential oilers!

Peter Martin on piano playing to a city filled with essential oilers!

As you might know, the San Diego Music Awards are getting closer and this funny little article about my “lifetime award” surfaced in the SD Reader:

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For live music this week, I’m filing my finger nails, readying them for Thursday night’s Roxy PS Plays Solo evening of jazz guitar. I’m a hit and miss candidate for some of the other Thursday’s this month but this I know, I’ll be there this week and hope you can be there too. I promise it’ll be fun…

And last up for the week, you know I’m a passionate surf fellow, right? On Friday night in Del Mar’s Powerhouse we’re presenting Salt Water Jazz featuring some great musos at a super cool, right on the beach venue. We’re playing my collection of songs about the surf, surfing, Hawaii, my other favorite “ocean retreat” Idyllwild, growing up in Del Mar, plus a rare Beach Boys gem. The evening is hosted by KSDS radio producer Dave Drexler. There are some tickets still left even though it’s selling well. Wax ‘yer board up and join for us for a night on the water.

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That’s it friends and if you can, jump in the ocean and enjoy the 75 degrees water. It’s a rare treat!

all best, Peter

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