The Masked Musos Continue Their Ride Tomorrow Night!

 

Hi Pandemic Partners!

It’s still an edgy setup out in the real world. We’re staying safe, staying creative, and staying hopeful that at one point we’ll be able to hug friends and neighbors again. Until then, the masked musos continue their ride.


Speaking of riding again, we had a hoot and a half playing Pat Metheny’s music on last week’s Livestream concert. Pat’s new tune was a hit and just this morning I passed along our rendition to him. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

And thanks a mil for the generous beautiful Leucadian green energy flowing our way via Venmo and PayPal. Life is good and it’s so cool when it works out on multiple levels.

Multiple camera angles of Metheny music.

Making music while buried in cables.

Music colors on the screen — like candy!


The Tribute Rebels — Songs From the Virus Vacuum

Currently there exists a movement all over the country for bands to put on “themed” concerts focusing on the music of some famous artist. Many wonderful things come from this—you learn the fine details of the artist’s music at a level that’s much deeper than you would from just listening to it, plus it’s a cool ride playing a tune you’ve only heard on record and then taking it live. For the audience there’s an added attraction and interest, “how are they going to pull off bringing Stevie Wonder’s songs into the jazz realm?” A lot of us do it for both the musical enrichment and the hope of getting a good turnout at the box office.

The downsides of this movement is that it’s a lot of work getting the program together to be played for one show. Think Chick Corea complicated music, multiple rehearsals for all of the musos plus loads of personal prep time, get to the gig and play that badass phrase one time. You only get one chance and then it’s over. The next day you’re on to another rehearsal prepping for another tribute concert.

For us composers, what about furthering our own songwriting abilities and shaping our band’s creative direction?

To address this current state of affairs we’re bringing together the band for a night of our own music that has its own “themed framework” at play. The idea is for the composers within the band to write new music for the concert. Guiding the direction of those compositions will be Songs From the Virus Vacuum —songs floating to the surface during life in the thick of it with the pandemic.

The band includes some of the best with Danny Green on piano, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Mack Leighton on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and me on guitar. We’ll also have a guest appearance from a true shredmeister Dave Curtis flying in a bass solo from Ireland. (Tune in to see if we can pull this off).

Here’s the link for the show: https://youtu.be/-QacgkLm5HM

Price of admission? Actually the concert is free but we will have a “virtual tip jar” complete with PayPal and Venmo info for you to donate whatever you feel good about. We’d love for this to work out too.

Paypal: tripp@trippsprague.com
Venmo: @Tripp-Sprague
Also trad snail mail works: 
Peter Sprague
311 E. Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Fill the world with new music!
Every gig is a world premier!
The Tribute Rebels! 

See you in the great algorithm of the sky!

best, Peter

Pat’s Break on Third Wind!

 

Dear Friends of Sound!

Checking in with you surrounded by a flurry of notes emanating out of Pat’s solo break on “Third Wind.” How is that possible?

It’s possible because it’s Metheny and he’s da man!

Pat’s innovative guitar playing and his gorgeous compositions have had an enormous influence on me and my music. When I blasted out of high school I spent a sweltering summer in Boston and that’s when I first heard him play. I was blown away and followed him around town and eventually had the good fortune of taking a few lessons with him. It was one of the big moments of my musical life and I remain a true believer in the messages he’s sending out through the wind.

For this Thursday’s livestream concert we’re playing a collection of his music set to lyrics by Randy Phillips and sung by Leonard Patton. We’re traveling the airwaves with Pat’s ballads and burners plus an Ornette Coleman tangent and a tribute piece I wrote for Pat and his hometown “Lee’s Summit.” 

I told Pat about this concert and he’s contributing a brand new hot off the press composition of his that’s never been heard or played before. With the pandemic’s grounding force Pat’s of course not on tour but instead is starting each day off with the guitar in hand, hunting for that magic tune. 

Here, I’ll let him tell the story:

“Basically, I wake up every morning and write a tune – mostly knowing that my batting average basically follows that of an average Padres bench outfielder…around .217 or so….lol. So, I figure if I write a lot of stuff, I can get maybe 2 out of 10 that I will feel good about maybe surviving getting pounded on every night for 150 nights in a row or so. But, honestly, I never really know which ones will make it and which won’t – nor does it mean that the other 8 are bad tunes…just that I don’t think they have the robust thing that I shoot for.

So….how about this? Maybe I could send you a tune or two from “the pile” and you guys could do a version? No obligation…just a thought of a way I might contribute.”

We’re thrilled and honored to launch his new song into space and I’ve been working on it and it’s a beauty.

The band includes some of the best with Leonard Patton on vocals, John Opferkuch on piano, Mack Leighton on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and me on guitar.

Here’s a poster and if you click on it’ll take you to YouTube where the livestream’s going down.

Our thanks to George Varga at the San Diego Union Tribune for helping spread the news of our ongoing livestream concert series. Keeping the revolution spinning!

(Click the article below to read it).

Also just out, my longtime guitar friend Alejandro Sancho has released a new collection of solo guitar interpretations of classic tango songs on a CD called Tangos II. Gorgeous music emanating from a really special fellow. 

I first met Alejandro in Buenos Aires when I was there in the ’90’s playing and teaching. He and I became close friends and at one point he moved up to Del Mar to be close to and to study music with me. At another point in time him and his samba group traveled all the way from Argentina to record at SpragueLand. Since then Ale’s moved to Denmark and is married to Ellen and has a cool little kid named Felix. I see him and his family every time I travel to Denmark which has been a fair amount these last few years. What a good man!

And his music, his playing — gentle and precise with the mix of tango and his jazz influence thrown in. It’s beauty in aerated motion!

If this sounds good to you, venture here to bring some of Ale’s music into your life:

https://alejandro-sancho.com

Play on good man!

That’s it good people and thanks for reading along. See you in the sky on Thursday night!

adios, Peter

Making Music Through the Tangle!

 

Greetings Folks!

It’s a grey June morning and the air is filled with Freddie Hubbard’s killer trumpet tone and his perfect array of notes. This dude had it going on! I’m listening to his album “First Light” and it’s a sweet moment on the ranch at SpragueLand.

We had a wonderful time last week making music through the tangle of wires that is the internet. Many thanks to all who tuned in. It’s a thrill knowing we have an outlet to let the music loose once again and even though it’s not the same, it’s pretty cool. And while we’re on the subject of letting loose, we really appreciate you parting ways with some of your beautiful Leucadia green energy (money) into our drained coffers. The bucks will help keep us afloat…

We’re plugging into the web again on Thursday night and here are the deets:

Peter Sprague and Rebecca Jade were awarded the 2018 Best Jazz Album by the San Diego Music Awards for their stellar “Planet Cole Porter” release. For this concert Peter and the group take hold of the classic songs of Cole Porter and presents them in a new color of samba, funk, salsa, and jazz. “Just One of Those Things” swinging fast and morphing over to funk, “Love For Sale” taking a trip to Cuba, and “I Get a Kick Out of You” heavily influenced by Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance.” They then intentionally go off course with a new reading of CSN’s amazing “Guinevere” and a sonic visit to the Beatles. It’ll be a great night of music.

The band includes some of the best with Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and Peter Sprague on guitar.

Here’s the poster and click on it for the LINK to YouTube:

This week we’re working with improved lighting upgrades, a new camera, a dedicated keeper of the chat, and of course new music. 

Remember that slogan that bombarded magazine ads in the ’60’s —“bringing you quality entertainment into the comfort of your own home?” Well it’s alive and well in 2020 at SpragueLand.

My sense of timing (how long things take, what year something happened) is not honed in. Just ask Stefanie, my wife. My knowledge of history is spotty at best. I never knew the details on this but I’m learning:

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States on June 19th, 1865. Despite the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation some 2.5 years earlier in 1863, slavery in Texas remained largely unaffected until 1,800 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.

Hallelujah!

see you on the moon on Thursday, best, P