The Lord of Song Sings Hallelujah!

Greetings Good Folks, listening to Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah” and it’s a divine ride indeed. My cousin Gabe told me about this tune a long time ago. It’s a gem written by Leonard Cohen and today we play it at a service for a good fellow who has left us. There is sadness and beauty and this song holds the truth close.
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”

Last week Bop Mod terrorized the Rancho Bernardo Library with a great turnout and young Curtis Taylor on trumpet playing up a storm. What a joy to be inside the music with these folks and thanks to all that came out and to the good people (Don and Harvey) who run the show there.

Throwing down at the RB Library! Left to right, Peter, Duncan, Curtis Taylor, Gunnar and Tripp. photo by Mark Keller

Throwing down at the RB Library! Left to right, Peter, Duncan, Curtis Taylor, Gunnar and Tripp.
photo by Mark Keller

From the RB Library we left the next day and tangled with the traffic on the I-15 to make our way to the Rancho Mirage Library to share the music with the desert tribe. Great hit and I decided to stay on an extra day to soak up the heat. My friend Brian took me out to a magic oasis with palms swaying and water bubbling up from San Andrea’s curvy fault line. Mini mindblower!

A half a mile away from this oasis it's as dry and desolate as it comes.

A half a mile away from this oasis it’s as dry and desolate as it comes.

Relaxin' at Camel-rillo! Legend has it that Charlie Parker bathed in this spot once.

Relaxin’ at Camel-rillo!
Legend has it that Charlie Parker bathed in this spot once.

Next my brother Tripp and I got dressed up and played a gig overlooking the Scripps Pier in La Jolla. Other creative constituents joined in and even though it’s legally spring, it was chilly!

Desert – warm
Coast – chilly
Keep it varied, keep it coming!
Coat and ties with Tripp and Peter. photo by Beth Ross-Buckley

Coat and ties with Tripp and Peter.
photo by Beth Ross-Buckley

The big news of the week is on Friday night at the Museum of Making Music we’re celebrating and playing the music from my new CD release Ocean In Your Eyes. I’ve got most of the players from the recording in the loop plus two ultra gifted singers from Mira Costa College who will join in on a few tunes. In the band we have:

Leonard Patton, Kevyn Lettau, Matt Falker, Lisa Hightower, Gunnar Biggs, Duncan Moore, Mellisa and Nina from Mira Costa and me on guitar.

We’ve had some good times working up the music and each singer will be featured, plus a bunch of vocal ensemble excursions as well. All of the songs are certified Sprague compositions executed with humor and schooled discipline. They are well rounded ditties.

OceanEyesCDReleaseConcert

A week back I dished out a prompt as to why the CD is called Ocean In Your Eyes. A few folks came back with the correct answer and that is, when you listen to “Mudra” there’s a section before the bridge that goes:

“When I look into you, the ocean in your eyes.
We slide through the swirl of a thousand things, to the sweetness of a still mind”

“Mudra” – Peter Sprague / Randy Phillips

Every time I hear it, a righteous sense of well being comes over me. It’s a miniature bliss moment and I’m wondering if it happens to you too. Let me know…

I hope you can make it to the show, it’s going to be fun. Click here for more details.

If you want to hear the music we’re preparing for the concert, click here.

Rehearsing at SpragueLand with (left to right back row) Peter, Matt, (front row) Kevyn, Leonard and Lisa. photo by Stef Sprague

Rehearsing at SpragueLand with (left to right back row) Peter, Matt, (front row) Kevyn, Leonard and Lisa.
photo by Stef Sprague

there it is and thanks for reading along, Peter

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