Working the Blur Palette!

Hello Friends, the revolution continues! We had a killer Blur hit at Grossmont College with Fred blowing my mind with a jazz vocal synth patch over the blues. Tripp was on fire with a blues infusion on “With a Little Help” and Scott on percussion added a magic color to the complete Blur palette. Can’t wait to play this group again!

Blurring horizontal with Peter, Fred, Scott, and Tripp.

Blurring horizontal with Peter, Fred, Scott, and Tripp.

Band jail suspect lineup with Peter, Scott, Fred, and Tripp.

Band jail suspect lineup with Peter, Scott, Fred, and Tripp.

Up for tomorrow night we’re driving inland to play the acoustically gifted Julian Library. It’ll be brother Tripp and I sharing the stories of the western rim and other various exaggerations emanating from the pacific wild blue. Join in if you can!

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And YES the Roxy Revolution continues this Thursday with solo guitar explorations, falafel burgers, ice cream cones, and even a martini if you want it. This will be the last solo gig for a  little bit as the next three Thursdays I’ve got other gigs that are occupying the solo guitar bandwidth. Come on out and vibe into the north county bohemian rhapsody!

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There it is, there it goes, all the best your way, Peter

 

Supreme Hiccup Grooves!

Greetings Gifted Friends! I’m in the last stages of the new Peter/Leonard recording project and we’re loving the ride. The music is flowing and we’re forging some new sonic territory. The loop machine is in there creating havoc, distorting when it’s not supposed to, documenting hiccup grooves, all of it highlighting muso inconsistencies, being the guru and showing us what still needs more work. So we jump into another take and, wallah, it’s working this time and yes, if you can’t get it one take do ye another. We’re tracking today again and I think this will be the last session and then it’s on to mixing. Can’t wait to share it with you when it’s complete.

This is the control center for the recording project this week. Gear and cables everywhere, doing their best to get the music to the computer.

This is the control center for the recording project this week. Gear and cables everywhere, doing their best to get the music to the computer and then eventually to you.

Last Sunday out in rural Ramona vocalist Emily Elbert and I played a killer house concert. The setting was paramount, the folks in attendance were of pure heart and enthusiastic beyond measure, and the music left the earth. Emily is astounding and once again blew my mind! How can such a young muso embody such a sound? Magic in modern life, spinning and defying logic and reason. I’m in!

After the concert we all lined up for a family photo. That's the Gilmore family of Ramona including super cool kids and 'Ol Ed the grandpa. That's Emily and I in the middle.

After the concert we all lined up for a family photo. That’s the Gilmore family of Ramona including super cool kids and ‘Ol Ed the grandpa. That’s Emily and I over on the left side.

Jobim’s masterful tune “Passarim” just surfaced on YouTube this week via some mysto photographer in the audience from a concert we played at UC Riverside some months ago. It’s Bridget on violin, Lars on cello, and me on guitar. That’s my arrangement and it’s nice hearing it from the audience perspective. Check ‘er out:

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Gearing up for tonight, it’ll be me playing solo at The Roxy in Encinitas. I’ve got “Birdland” and my brand new Samba tune in the cue list and my hands are in good shape from all of the recording. Big fun and see you there!

Peter and the Roxy fish tank.

Peter and the Roxy fish tank.

On Friday night we’ll be at Grossmont College playing a show with Blurring the Edges. It’ll be Fred, Tripp, and I plus N. Scott Robinson on percussion. Recently we played a show at Mesa College and Scott, the percussion instructor there, sat in with us. He played up a storm and he’s a perfect fit for the Blur band. He plays all sorts of ethnic drums, tablas, percussion effects, and has a wonderful spirit of music flowing through. Hear the Blur boys in a new way and see you there tomorrow night!

N. Scott Robinson

N. Scott Robinson

That’s the word from Leucadia and thanks for reading along, all best, Peter

The S&S Influence

Fantastic Folks! Coming to you with the influence of saltwater and sun and it’s a nice way to welcome the new week. Mini surf but pure magic down there nevertheless. What a place to live and call home!

Leonard and I played the Solterra Winery last eve and it was a super cool gig. It was Sunday so the place wasn’t noisy and folks were listening and the food and ambience was off the Richter! We’re going back there next month and I’ll talk up the gig more then. It’s 4 blocks from my house and their beet salad is life changing!

This week it’s a short note as tomorrow Leonard and I are starting our duo recording sessions and if talent and luck come together, by the end of the week we’ll have a new disc. Today I’m practicing parts and also plugging in the guitar rig and mics and doing a few experiments. The challenge is that I’m playing guitar and at the same time running the board. And with Leonard in the other room I’m also hooking up the vid camera so we can see each other as we jam…Cool beans at SpragueLand!

Leonard and Peter last week at Palomar College. photo by Rachael Kolb

Leonard and Peter
photo by Rachael Kolb

The Roxy revolution of six strings and friends continues on Thursday night in Encinitas. I’ll be at the Roxy at 7pm playing solo and this I love. See you there!

Friday night vocalist Lisa Hightower is back in the loop with us at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff. Gunnar will be playing bass and together we cruise that sonic magic carpet ride called jazz music. Hop on for the ride to nirvana in sound and see you there!

The Trio with Gunnar, Lisa, and Peter photo by Barbara Rix

The Trio with Gunnar, Lisa, and Peter
photo by Barbara Rix

happy trails, Peter