The Confession

Hola Fine Folks, this Nyro phrase from The Confession is still holding my attention, “love is surely gospel” and emanating from the pristine voice of Becca Stevens it transforms into pure sonic magic. We had a great gig last week with Billy Childs and his group and the additional good news is that it might happen again in February. I’ll keep you in the loop and until then, maybe give the CD a spin to experience where my enthusiasm is sourcing from. It’s beautiful music!

Sound checking with Billy Childs and the Lyris String Quartet.

Sound checking with Billy Childs and the Lyris String Quartet.

Ironing out the details on "Into the Light" with Billy Childs.

Ironing out the details on “Into the Light” with Billy Childs.

I’m jumping back into the studio to kickstart the projects that are in the works here at SpragueLand. Mix that in with some live concerts, surfing and cruising the main street in downtown Encinitas with Stef and Rocky boy, the wonder dog, and there you have the fixings for a happy life.

King Rocky high on his ruby red throne. Life is good for that little guy! photo by Stef Sprague

King Rocky high on his ruby red throne. Life is good for that little guy!
photo by Stef Sprague

I’m playing solo guitar at the Lemon Grove library on Tuesday night. It’s a free concert and it’s always a good time for music when you’re in quiet places. Look below for the details…

Roxy night is this Thursday and I’ll be there with my nylon guitar and magic effects boxes. Big fun in bohemia!

This is how it looks at the Roxy if you're taking it in at the booth next to the fish tank. It's me and the fish jamming in north county.  photo by Dwight Harrington

This is how it looks at the Roxy if you’re absorbing the music at the booth next to the fish tank. It’s me and the fish jamming in north county.
photo by Dwight Harrington

Leonard and I dart off Friday morning for a concert in Santa Barbara and if you know any folks up there that might have an interest, please pass along the details below. Can’t wait!

There it is friends and thanks for the read and good vibes. all best, Peter

She’s High as a Kite Under the Influence of the Overtone Scale!

Good People, I’m listening to Bach now and it’s working as an attempt to equalize the mile grinding effect of the SD to LA continual commute that turns out to be my life for this week. I’m back and forth many times prepping for the upcoming Friday Billy Childs/Laura Nyro hit. Yesterday was a flawless excursion until I hit our beloved Norwalk in which a four car pileup surfaced and brought us all to a complete 30 minute halt. Wasn’t it Randy Newman that sang, “I Love LA”?

The rehearsal was inspired and the music is gorgeous. Here’s Carlitos del Puerto laying down the low end.

Carlitos del Puerto on the bass.

Carlitos del Puerto on the bass. Check out Billy’s 3 Grammy’s on the bookshelf.

Here’s a cool 6 minute vid of how the project came to be with some background on Billy’s connection with Nyro:

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A really nice added effect of this gig is that a new music hero of mine is on the record and is also singing with us on this concert. Have you ever heard of Becca Stevens? Brother Keezer told me about her last year and upon listening to her recording Weightlessness I’m a new devoted fan. She’s got this acoustic Americana meets jazz vibe and it’s fresh and sophisticated. For the Nyro gig she’s singing “And When I Die” and “The Confession”. Beautiful!

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens

There are still tickets left and look below for the details if you can make it.

Here’s something that recently came my way via Dianne Reeves. Check out this gal singing two notes at once and having amazing control over it:

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She’s possessed and explains the details of how it’s done. I’m not sure of the real world application of incorporating this into music but wow, it’s an intriguing angle. And I love her passion for it! It’s like she’s high as a kite under the influence of the overtone scale. Sing on sistah!

There it is folks and thanks for tuning in.

all best, Peter

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Silence is an Option!

Hola Good People, coming to you via the endless summer of 2014. I’m having a wonderful time balancing long studio hours with these priceless beach jaunts to catch waves and to float face up in the warm blue water looking up at the vibrant blue sky. Blue everywhere! It’s the best color too I think.

This is the kind of blue I'm talking about!

This is the kind of blue I’m talking about!

We had a good gig last week with Leonard Patton at Northern Spirits playing Leonard’s new songs. It was a nice turnout and folks seemed to enjoy the sonic mix. Play on Leonard!

The scene at Northern Spirits with Bobby Cressey on piano, Leonard on vocals, and Peter on guitar.  photo by Rick Sokol

The scene at Northern Spirits with Bobby Cressey on piano, Leonard on vocals, and Peter on guitar.
photo by Rick Sokol

I have a fellow from Japan named Nobuo who is here at SpragueLand for two weeks recording a new CD. He’s into Brazillian music and composes his own music set in the bossa nova style. He sings in Japanese and it’s a wild combo! Think Joao Gilberto meets lost in translation!

On tap for this week, first off on tomorrow night we’re playing a trio hit at the 3rd Space Gallery in San Diego. It’s Ben Wanicur on bass along with Duncan on drums. We’ve got a cool set planned and it’s a spot where music is the main thing. We always love this kind of setup!

On Wednesday night I’m playing a solo concert at the Pacific Beach Library. It’s one of my favorite spaces to play and one of the highlights is that SILENCE is an option. A lot of times this isn’t so as there’s background noise hogging up the bandwidth. There’s magic in the air when you can play that note and let it hang forever. I’ll be doing that in PB and come on out to let a little more silence creep into your life.

Silence was an option at the Carlsbad Music Festival and I took full advantage of it.

Silence was an option at the Carlsbad Music Festival and here I am filling the space. Slow down young man!

On Thursday night I’ll be at the Roxy playing solo and last week the roof almost blew off. There we’re a zillion folks in for the music and SILENCE was not an option. It was more about the friendship and the hang and the great food. Music too but I got buried a little. Hoping for an upgrade this week and I’m always game. See you there!

On Sunday morning guitarist Fred Benedetti and I play a spirited set of music as part of the Little Italy Festa taking place in downtown San Diego. We’ve done it before and they’ve got great sound and staging and music going all day. It’ll be fun and Fred is always the MAN on guitar!

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Last up, curling into next week, it’ll be Fred, Tripp and me with our Blurring the Edges group throwing down the sonic palette at Grossmont College on Monday night. It’s always a good day making music with these guys and the setup there is tre’ bien as well. Hope to see you there!

Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti

Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti

That’s it for now and I’m heading back into the control room to tweak the samba tracks to perfection. Thanks for reading and hope to see you out there soon, Peter