The June Gloom Antidote

Hi Good People, James Taylor is filling the air this cloudy morning!

He sings,

“The light of a tropical moon on a night to remember,
In every note, the antidote, to December”

His voice is stellar and the background vocals add the finishing touch to a great record. It’s his new one, out yesterday, called Before This World. I’m loving it!

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I had a free moment last week to record a new version of the Beatles classic tune “In My Life.” I had the video cameras there too and here it lives, ready to kick into gear at YouTube:

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And if you’re a player and want to follow along, the sheet music for my arrangement is available online right here.

Up for this week, on Thursday night we’re heading for the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego to play some jazz around the swimming pool. They have a summertime jazz series and we’re honored to be in the loop. It’ll be Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on the guitar. Sounds fun and hope to see you there…

PS traveling through purple light! photo by Barbara Rix

PS traveling through purple light!
photo by Barbara Rix

I’ve got an interesting day on Saturday that begins with an 11 am outdoor concert in La Jolla with guitarist Fred Benedetti. We’re part of the La Jolla Arts Festival and we’re playing two sets on the main stage. Right after this gig is over I zip over to the airport and catch a flight to Chicago. On Sunday I’m playing with vocalist Dianne Reeves at an event sponsored by the Indigo Foundation. It’ll be the whole band and it’s always a thrill to hear Dianne sing!

Dianne Reeves in London with yours truly digging the ride.

Dianne Reeves in London with yours truly digging the ride.

Back home Monday and this cherished life continues on. Hope to see you out there soon.
best, Peter

Basic Juggle in Play!

Hi Good Folks!

I’m attempting a quick connect with you all as I’m expected back in the studio in a half an hour. Your basic JUGGLE in play. Gigs, rehearsals, endless email, studio mixing board maneuvers, and lets not forget 7am surf go-outs to help keep the fragile big picture in balance. It’s a good ride!

Tomorrow night I’m playing solo guitar at the Roxy in Encinitas. The first set is a collection of my solo guitar explorations and this morphs into the second set which includes guest muso’s sitting in, sharing their vision in sound. Add into this some great food and the sublime downtown Encinitas vibe and it’ll be a night to remember. Hope you can make it out!

With the famous Roxy fish tank as a backdrop, this is where it all goes down.

With the famous Roxy fish tank as a backdrop, this is where it all goes down.

On Friday night I’m heading to Ki’s in Cardiff for a night of music with vocalist Leonard Patton. It’s a great setup and we’ll be playing selections from our new CD which is almost done. We’re still tweaking the cover and it’s just about ready to send off to the printer. It’s a nice one! See you at Ki’s if you can make it!

Leonard Patton and Peter photo by Kevin Kinnear

Leonard Patton and Peter
photo by Kevin Kinnear

That’s the story for now. Good times every which way, Peter

Summer Scorcher Christmas Songs

Greetings Friends! I’m just back from a weekend zip trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Humid, warm, summer scorcher already in place. What a great spot with a charming downtown, fancy restaurants, expansive parks with Farmers Market activity, sidewalk music, and for us, a great outdoor concert. Dianne and the band sounded amazing and there’s nothing quite like her soulful vocals floating into the humid Savannah night, making their way up to the full moon.

Farmer's Market in downtown Charleston.

Farmer’s Market in downtown Charleston.

Soundcheck with Peter Martin and Reginal Veal.

Soundcheck with Peter Martin and Reginal Veal.

The view from where I sit.

The view from where I sit.

What a great setting for a concert! The whole seating area was shaded by trees.

What a great setting for a concert! The whole seating area was shaded by trees.

Today and into the week we’re thinking Christmas music as pianist Scott Wilkie and the band descend on SpragueLand. That’s how you do it if you want the CD to come out on time for Christmas. Big Fun embracing summer Yuletide classics…

Scott Wilkie and Peter at a Christmas concert last year.

Scott Wilkie and Peter at a Christmas concert last year.

To break up the daytime recording times I’ll be heading out into the world to lay it down LIVE. First up, on Tuesday night, I’m playing a free solo concert at the Rancho San Diego Library. It’s a great spot to hear music and I’ve got some new tunes worked out for the show — “Dream Walkin’”, “Voltar Para Casa”, and “In My Life”. Hope to see you…

From there, next up I’ll be close to home returning to my favorite Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas on Thursday night. It’s been a while and I miss the place. Looking forward to the cool “regulars” and the gigantic chef’s salad with tahini dressing. Killer blendo of all the right things…

photo by Thomas Westerlin

photo by Thomas Westerlin

On Friday night, the masterful Gilbert Castellanos and young bass man Mack Leighton will lay down the groove as I have the privilege of improvising some jazz lines, weaving and swerving, taking it all in. We’ll be at the Westgate Hotel with its ultra-intimate listening setting. Hope you can make it out…

Last on the music list for the week, vocalist Leonard Patton and I will play the gorgeous Solterra Winery on Sunday evening. Our new CD is almost complete, we’re just putting the final touches on the album design, and we can’t wait to let it launch into the world. In the meantime, we’ll launch some of the album music into the summer Leucadian night and hopefully into your ears while you take a few sips of the magic Solterra wine. Great combo of sounds and tastes and we hope to see you there…

Leonard and Peter photo by Thomas Westerlin

Leonard and Peter
photo by Thomas Westerlin

That’s the story for now and thanks a mil for reading along…all best, Peter