The Purple Hand Edition

Hey It’s Me! I’ve been under the radar and kind of loving it. Experiencing life at a slightly toned down pace. 

Here’s why…

Last week I had a procedure done on my hand to straighten out my two smaller fingers. I planned this out six months ago, needing to find a magic time where I could be gig free for around a month.

This is the disease that I have:

Dupuytren’s Contracture

It’s a hereditary thing and I inherited it from my Dad.

His version was far worse than mine, he waited much later to have it operated on. For his operation they actually did full on surgery, cutting his hand open and removing all of the cords and funky collagen material. The healing time was long and painful but it worked.

As time marched on, this way of treating Dupuytren’s came along:

XiaFlex

This is the way I’ve gone and the good news is it’s working out!

I have the “cords” on both hands but it’s worse on the right hand. Also, you only have the procedure done on one hand at a time because as it turns out, life is hard with only one operational hand.

Last week first I had the injection of the Xiaflex. My hand got swollen, black and blue, and hurt but the doc said this was good—the medicine was doing it’s thing of breaking down the cords. Later in the week I went back and this time the doc pulled the fingers straight and actually broke the cords. You could hear a faint “pop”. I liked this and it didn’t hurt as this time my hand was numbed by anesthesia.

Now my fingers are straight.

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From there I went to the rehab place where Stef works and they made me a splint and gave me some hand exercises. I’ll wear the splint for 2 months.

And that brings us up to date. My hand is swollen, bruised, and stiff but it’s coming along nicely. The doc said it was OK to surf (the winter cold water feels good on the hand to bring down the swelling) and gently play the guitar. Everyday it’s improving and the best part is that my fingers are straight. This is much better for playing the guitar as before the little finger was starting to bend in too much for picking out notes evenly. 

I have my first gigs lined up in about 3 weeks and I’m really looking forward to performing again but I’m also loving cruising without gigs for awhile too. Long days of freedom from details makes for a happy camper.

Stay well friends and hope to see you out there soon!

happiness from Encinitas, Peter

PS, I’ve been studying this keyboard solo:

Snarky Puppy – Lingus

and then I came across this gal singing the solo. Mind blowing, all of it!

Camille Sings Lingus

With the free-floating time I worked on updating my website Vid page.

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Plus, this item of propaganda recently surfaced:

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(to read the article you have to “join” but it’s easy and it’s free).

Bye for reals…

Waveforms In and Out of the Water!

Greetings Friends! It’s been a wonderful music/surf week with big blue ocean waveforms and invisible sonic artifacts floating into happy listener ears. What a way to live a life!

PS gliding in the blue last week at Beacons in Encinitas. photo by Jeff Rose

PS gliding in the blue last week at Beacons in Encinitas.
photo by Jeff Rose

Up for tomorrow night, it’s a Roxy solo guitar hit! Last week went well with a good set of listeners and the beloved artichoke sandwich in tow. Hoping for the same once again and come on out if you can break free…

This was last week at the Roxy with their new stage and curtain backdrop. UPGRADE CITY! photo by Greg Hanson

This was last week at the Roxy with their new stage and curtain backdrop. UPGRADE CITY!
photo by Greg Hanson

Over the weekend I’m off to Raleigh, NC to stir up the airwaves with this:

Billy Childs ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro

Featuring Alicia Olatuja & Moira Smiley, Peter Sprague, Ben Shepherd, Carol Robbins, Billy Kilson & Mallarmé Chamber Players

It’d be a long haul for you all to make it out there so I’ll take a few photos and share ’em up next time. It’ll be fun and I LOVE this music.

Band pic. the end of the run at the Tokyo Airport. Left to right, Lorraine Weinstein (Billy's media person), Miles Weinstein (Billy's manager), Alicia Olatuja (vocals), Billy Childs (piano), Becca Stevens (vocals), Peter, Donald Barrett (drums), and Ben Sheppard (bass).

Band pic. the end of the run at the Tokyo Airport. Left to right, Lorraine Weinstein (Billy’s media person), Miles Weinstein (Billy’s manager), Alicia Olatuja (vocals), Billy Childs (piano), Becca Stevens (vocals), Peter, Donald Barrett (drums), and Ben Sheppard (bass).

stay well and mega Namaste, Peter

 

Mile High!

Friends, just back from Denver and some sweet music with Alicia Olatuja and the band! Mile high jazz!

Alicia flying a mile high! With (left to right) Christian  Euman, Ben Sheppard, Alicia, Josh Nelson, and Peter.

Alicia flying a mile high! With (left to right) Christian Euman, Ben Sheppard, Alicia, Josh Nelson, and Peter.

It’s a busy guitar slinger week starting tonight, solo guitar music at the Roxy. Downbeat is at 7pm.

Tomorrow night we veer the cars north and land in Temecula at the fabulous Merc Theatre for a night of quartet jazz. It’s me, Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, and Duncan on drums playing through some new stuff. Jazz, samba, Beatles, funk, and psychedelic-a!

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Friday finds me connecting up with Leonard Patton and Mack Leighton at the Handlery Hotel for their jazz series. It’s a great scene and starts at an early 5:30pm with 2 sets and guaranteed good times for all. Hope to see you there!

Leonard and Peter.

Leonard and Peter.

I’m thrilled that we’re doing a special Saturday night of music at Ki’s. Normally it’s on Friday and not sure why, but this week it’s on Saturday. It’ll be Leonard and I playing music from our Dream Walkin’ CD. Magic views off to the pacific with great food and friends.

There it is folks and let’s keep the faith, Peter