Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!

Hi Everyone! It’s a big week coming up for live music. I’ve been rehearsing, practicing, and pushing faders in the studio and between all of that, the email inbox continues to bring the world to my computer screen. Endless media, endless ideas, the planet is vibrating. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!

Part of this weeks studio work is recording some tracks with Leonard. We were trying to decide which mic sounded the best.

Part of this weeks studio work is recording some tracks with Leonard. We were trying to decide which mic sounded the best.

We had a fantastic concert at the Encinitas Library on Sunday afternoon. The music was full of energy with Beth, Fred and Gunnar playing up a storm. Our apologies to those who didn’t get in. For some reason, everyone in Encinitas and beyond decided to attend the show and there just wasn’t enough room. They had to turn around 100 folks away. It’s a bummer for them but thrilling to think that there’s real interest for our twisted angle on music. We’ll do it again down wind, promise.

After we packed up the gear and started heading out, a rare double rainbow appeared right behind my car. Fred and I jumped into action.

Fred and Peter with the double rainbow.

Fred and Peter with the double rainbow.

On Tuesday night Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg is making the trek down from L.A. to come and play a show with us at Dizzy’s. She sent me the music and I’m looking over her tunes. Super cool and I can’t wait to hear her amazing sound!

Many thanks to George Varga for writing this piece in last Sunday’s paper.

Many thanks to George Varga for writing this piece in last Sunday’s paper.

For Thursday night it’ll be Peter, the solo guitar, and the fish tank stage at the Roxy. Last week Chris Vitas sat in on violin for the 2nd set. Pretty cool sound of guitar and fiddle!

I’ll be back at Dizzy’s on Friday night to play a show with tenor saxophonist Brian Levy. He’s been recording a project at my studio with his own band. We’ve known of each other for years but this will be our first concert ever playing together. For this show we’re playing half of my songs and half of his. He’s a really strong player and writes great tunes. Rob Thorsen joins us on bass and Duncan Moore is playing the drums. Looking forward to it!

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Last up for the week, I’m bringing my group to the San Dieguito Academy Theatre to play a fundraising concert for the school music department. I went to school there, my daughter Kylie graduated last year and now we’re heading back to keep the vibe rolling. I’m pulling in some of the talented woodwind players and vocalists from the school to augment our group —stirring up the multi-generational music factor. Joining me in the band is Leonard on vocals, Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass along with Duncan directing traffic on drums. Plus the kids singing “Rain”, “My Funny Valentine” and tah-dah, a reworking of my composition “Saudade de Voce” scored for a woodwind quartet. See you there if you can make it and know that the school music kids will love you for sharing your support.

That’s it for this big week wrapped into the musical life…adios, Peter

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“Drawn To You”
I’m looking back a few years when one of my earliest musical collaborators decided to return to her home town. Kevyn Lettau and I started playing jazz when we were in both in high school and have been in and out of bands ever since. She ended up moving to L.A., leading her own group and making records for big time record companies. After a marital split and a need for a change she decided to return home to San Diego. With her living in town and some space in her calendar, we set out to record a duo record. So entered What Is Enough. In L.A. she’d been songwriting with the great Russell Ferrante and suggested their “Drawn to You” as a possible ballad for the project. The combination of Russell’s brilliant chord moves and Kevyn’s Joni Mitchell-ish melody had me hooked right in. We made the recording and as I listen now, the sound of her voice with my steel string acoustic guitar, drifting along the back roads of folk music and jazz, it’s working with my ears. I’m glad we made that recording.

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