Guinnevere Had Green Eyes

Hi Friends, Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s “Guinnevere” is on LOOP play over here and oh my, what a mood it’s setting up. The sky is gray, rain is on the horizon, Christmas is coming. That section of the tune where Crosby sings “as she turns her gaze, down the slope, to the harbor of L.A.”…well, it just seems like this is the right soundtrack for this moment.

And this moment has been one of slight confusion as we’re trying to figure out where to hold this year’s Christmas Eve concert. Weather maps and trained weather folk are calling for rain on December 24th and our electronic gear, fancy instruments, and Einstein inspired hairdos won’t exist well with water falling from the sky.

So, with a little help from a bunch of folks we’re moving the concert indoors, up to Encinitas, at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living. This is a great space, seats LOTS of people, free parking, good sounding room, big stage, and paramount—protected from the elements. They are so kind to let us use the space so lets have some FUN! Bring the family, bring friends, bring the warmth of Christmas and community.

Look below for details on the address, etc.

We just finished a rehearsal with the band and it sounded just right. Well, not right off the bat, it took some going over but ended up sounding clean as a whistle.

Can’t wait!

The whole band comfortably smashed into the main room at SpragueLand. photo by Steve Grant

The whole band comfortably smashed into the main room at SpragueLand.
photo by Steve Grant

Leonard and Rebecca singing up a storm! photo by Steve Grant

Leonard and Rebecca singing up a storm!
photo by Steve Grant

Duncan and Fred following along on the iPads. photo by Steve Grant

Duncan and Fred following along on the iPads.
photo by Steve Grant

Lizzi going sideways, Tripp on sax, Kate on vocals, and Gunnar on bass. photo by Steve Grant

Lizzi going sideways, Tripp on sax, Danny on keyboards, Kate on vocals, and Gunnar on bass.
photo by Steve Grant

That's me in the corner along with Lizzi on trombone and Tripp on sax. photo by Steve Grant

That’s me in the corner along with Lizzi on trombone and Tripp on sax.
photo by Steve Grant

Also up this week, Leonard has a concert planned in Santee that I’m thrilled  to be part of. Details for that too are below…

stay well and hope to see you soon, Peter

PS. my hand is doing well and few of the kind members of the band said I ought to get hand surgery more often…

Tune Up That Guitar!

Friends, I write to you and I’m all bundled up with my little Rocky doggie inside my jacket. He too is hunting for warmth on this crispy cold Cali morning! 

Rocky rockin' his Christmas outfit!

Rocky rockin’ his Christmas outfit!

My hand is returning to normal and I’m back to playing the guitar. It’s so nice that when you do something forever, even after a hiatus, the skills return. I laid off for 2 weeks and I can still tune the guitar!

This Sunday I’m playing a solo concert at the El Cajon Library. I hit at 2pm and I’ve got a few new ditties in store. Hope to see you there!

PSSoloGit

all best, Peter

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…