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

Maybe I’m Amazed!

Salutations Good People, just floating up here in Encinitas after a magical night of Paul McCartney and his band’s show at Petco Park last evening. Oh heavens, what amazing music from Beatles tunes to Wings classics to “Helter Skelter” complete with explosions and fireworks leading up to the encore segment of the songs from Abbey Road, all run together, all impeccably executed. It was a night I’ll never forget. And the collective vibe of 50,000 folks all sitting close, taking it all in was powerful. Next on the list, gotta figure out how to get our band out on the road to do an arena tour. Shouldn’t be that hard….hah!

Paul with his Hoffner bass.

Paul with his Hoefner bass.

Stef and I having a great time waiting for the band to start rocking.

Stef and I having a great time waiting for the band to turn it up.

The muso that I play a bunch of shows with and have a real music connection, Leonard Patton, has a new CD just coming out and on this Tuesday night we’re celebrating it’s release into the world. It’s all happening at Northern Spirits and the band is cooking and it’ll be a special gig. Hope to see you there!

Jammin' the last time we we're at Northern Spirits with Harley, Leonard and Peter.

Jammin’ the last time we we’re at Northern Spirits with Harley, Leonard and Peter.

Last up for this week, I’ll be back at The Roxy on Thursday night to play a solo guitar hit. I always miss this place when I’m taken off to other venues. It’s a good day in Encinitas to be back in the flow. I’ll play a little more than usual Beatle music to celebrate Paul’s SD return. Maybe he’ll stop in for some falafel and sing “Hey Jude” with me…See ya there!

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That’s the story for now. Stay well and stay inspired!

best, Peter