Music Spirit Upgrade!

Greetings, the music box is on shuffle and it has randomly arrived on Al Jarreau’s “Closer to Your Love.” Right there, life has improved 43%. Music magic, music spirit upgrade, music softening life’s harsh edges. I’m in!

Mini media explosion in the form of a nice 4 page spread in this month’s Encinitas Magazine. Surf hippie hero icon Rob Machado graces the cover getting tubed at Seaside and inside they take a spin over to SpragueLand for some sonic variations. Click the cover shot below to be transported to the article.

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Part two of the media revolution is the little “this is your life” intro movie to the Awards ceremony a couple of weeks back. It now lives on YouTube. It’s cute, it has a clip of me when I was really young snapping my fingers and carrying on, a short cool backside off the lip surf clip, and other positive propaganda pushing the idea that this dude has been doing this for a long time and maybe cut him some slack — perhaps give him a wave out in the lineup and maybe lend a hand as he unloads his guitar rig. Hah! As if! Check it out:

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Last week was a Sinne Fest with 3 concerts (one of them was a private house concert in Coronado) complete with golden moments of jazz and enthusiastic fans taking it all in. She’s really something and as we speak she continues up the Cali coast, spreading the good word of music. We hope to see her here again in March!

Sinne Eeg with Roger Neuman on sax. photo by Perry Murphy

Sinne Eeg with Roger Neuman on sax.
photo by Perry Murphy

Peter and Katie Thiroux on bass. photo by Perry Murphy

Peter and Katie Thiroux on bass.
photo by Perry Murphy

Uber fans Perry Murphy and his wife brought a birthday cake to the Merc gig. It was for my birthday and it was a joy sharing sweetness with all of the friends and fans. Thanks Perry for supreme thoughtfulness! photo by Perry Murphy

Uber fans Perry Murphy and his wife brought a birthday cake to the Merc gig. It was for my birthday and it was a joy sharing the sweetness with all of the friends and fans. Thanks Perry for the supreme thoughtfulness!
photo by Perry Murphy

Gearing up for this week, I have 3 cool gigs and hoping you can make it out to share in the spin of music.

First up, I’m playing solo guitar at The Roxy on Thursday night. This is part of a continuing fun hang in downtown Encinitas. The first set is me playing solo and then the second set spins out of control with a few folks sitting in. It’s always fun!

Floating on the good air at the Roxy! photo by Kyle Thomas

Floating on the good air at the Roxy!
photo by Kyle Thomas

Next it’ll be a Friday night Ki’s Restaurant get together with Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass and me on guitar. Killer food, untouchable view out to the ocean and of course, MUSIC which brings it all together! See you there…

The trio honing the tunes for the Ki’s gig. Tripp, Peter and Gunnar.

Last up, rounding out the week, I’m zipping over to the El Cajon Library on Sunday afternoon to kick start the jams. These solo concerts there are always fun and the sound is good and the noise level is down to 0 db. Silence is my friend and it’s a great way to start a concert! Big fun ahead…

Silence is a good place to start from.

Silence is a good place to start from.

That’s the story for now folks and thanks for tuning in.

all the very best, Peter

The Big Six O With Less Time Spent in Airport Security Lines

Friends, I’m happily multitasking over here at SpragueLand —creative writing 101, eye on the surf cam, taking in Brad Mehldau over the sound waves, every 10 minutes descending to the studio to run mixes of the instructional guitar vids. It’s a jugglefest and it’s a fun wave to ride!

The San Diego Music Awards event at Humphrey’s last week was a hoot! There were some good music groups and for me, the Berkely, Hart, Sellis, and Twang entourage took the prize! Killer vocal harmonies, great playing, and fantastic tunes. Picture Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young but 2015. Also, Gregory Page and his group had a neat set with Gregory’s current yet nostalgic tunes leading the way.

Leonard and I got to play a few tunes and that was pure joy and easeful. I won the award for Lifetime Achievement and they had a little “this is your life” movie to set it up. Super cool! Then I accepted the award and gave a speech. That had me concerned but luckily I thought about it beforehand and I eased into a flow and it started to feel like music and seemed to work out. It was a fun night and it coincided with me having a birthday and turning 60. The Big Six 0 and still feeling good and inspired and determined to continue on. Make more music, hang with family and friends, surf a lot, and maybe take in less airport security. That’s it, a simple good life…

Here I am in 2015 accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award!

Here I am in 2015 accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award!

Then I gave a speech and talked about what a great life playing music is.

Then I gave a speech and talked about what a great life playing music is.

Leonard and I played a few tunes and that felt good adding some jazz to a mostly rock and pop evening.

Leonard and I played a few tunes and that felt good adding some jazz to a mostly rock and pop evening.

My friends Hal and Patricia gave me this cool surfboard sign as a gift in celebration of the Lifetime award. Hal made it and I can't wait to take it out in the waves. For now, it's living in the control room at SpragueLand.

My friends Hal and Patricia gave me this cool surfboard sign as a gift in celebration of the Lifetime award. Hal made it and I can’t wait to take it out in the waves. For now, it’s living in the control room at SpragueLand.

A few articles found their way to the newspapers surrounding the event. If you’re in need of some fresh, stirring propaganda, click the image below!

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The very next day after the awards event Stef, her Mom Anne, and I braved the airport security line (inching along once again) and flew to Tacoma to visit our daughter Kylie at her school, the University of Puget Sound. This is her last year and we wanted to experience a little more of the mix of her and her college life. For sure we’ll go up there again for graduation but this trip was a little more chill without all of the end of the year hoopla.

We frequented coffee houses, restaurants, the college, the Point Defiance Park, and Trader Joe’s. Great to hang with Ky and her friends and she’s got a good life going up there.

Pacific Northwest coffee house tour with (left to right) Kylie, Anne, Stefanie, and nephew Eric.

Pacific Northwest coffee house tour with (left to right) Kylie, Anne, Stefanie, and nephew Eric.

Kylie's funk soul house that she shares with 5 other girls!

Kylie’s funk soul house that she shares with 5 other girls!

The porch at the entry way of her house blew my mind! I want to do an album cover there someday.

The porch at the entry way of her house blew my mind! I want to do an album cover there someday.

SinneInCaliOne of my favorite vocalists Sinne Eeg has just flown back to the U.S. from Denmark and is embarking on a west coast tour. I’m so happy that I get to do some dates with her and if you don’t know her music, please trust me, she’s something special.

Here’s some info:

Sinne Eeg is one of the strongest new female vocalists from the Scandinavian jazz scene. With 5 albums she has established herself as a Danish jazz singer with international potential. She is influenced by Nancy Wilson, Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, but with her personal touch of soft darkness, Sinne keeps the Scandinavian melancholy settled in her music.

Since the release of the album Waiting For Dawn (2007) Sinne has won several music awards in Denmark including Danish Music Award (best jazz vocal album 2007, 2010), Danish Radio Jazz Award 2009.

“the ravishing young Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg. Eeg has an amazing technique, coverage for all the tones she sings, a genuine jazz feeling and an unusually large vocal range from top to bottom. Coupled with a totally obvious stage charisma, dignity and a sparkle in the eye, this really makes you surrender.”

—Don Heckman

We are playing Thursday night at The Merc in Temecula and Saturday night at the Ed Brown Senior Center in Rancho Bernardo. I hope to see you there and I know you’ll dig it.

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That’s the word for today folks. Thank you kindly for reading along and let’s keep this communiqué continuing on. Big fun!

adios, Peter

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer!

Friends, we’re tracking Christmas music all day yesterday and coming up in an hour. Can you dig it, “Let it Snow” and outside the studio the thermometer’s peaking at 81 on the coast—inland, amped even higher. “It’s beginning to look a lot like….SUMMER!”

Keep it coming I say!

Last week a fun time in LA with Denise Donatelli and Geoffrey Keezer. Hollywood, Sunset, Catalina Jazz Club!

My old friend Kelly Jocoy was at the Catalina gig and he caught this behind the scenes angle of me on guitar with Denise singing.

My old friend Kelly Jocoy was at the Catalina gig and he caught this behind the scene angle of me on guitar with Denise singing.

My niece Kate led a group at Panama 66 last week and sounded great mixing up Duke Ellington and Avril Lavigne. Here, she pulls in a glowing review. Maybe her first!

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And for this week, tomorrow night is Roxy Thursday for solo guitar in downtown Encinitas. It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m thrilled to return. See ya’ there I hope!

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Rounding the corner into next week, Monday is the San Diego Music Awards and Leonard and I get to play a couple of tunes, maybe win for best jazz album (“Dream Walkin’”) and I’m working on a little speech to give as I’m honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement award. Heavens, it’s been a long and wonderful ride! See you there at Humphrey’s if it fits in…

adios, Peter