|Hi Friends, it’s a great time to be living and breathing in clean, fresh, (it rained a little a couple of nights ago) air. Also, how wonderful to have a good set of ears to take in music.
Grateful, I guess that’s what I’m feeling. The year is bending towards the end and we all tend to take measure of how it went. Thumbs up from SpragueLand!
Yesterday morning at 9 o’clock (sounds a lot like the Beatles lyric from “She’s Leaving Home” — Wednesday morning at five o’clock, as the day begins ). Jeez, I’m going crazy! Everything is turning into Beatle related material…
Anyway, back to my story. Yesterday morning we got this amazing crew of musos to assemble over here for a Beatles music rundown:
Our mission was to tackle those new arrangements that I dreamt up and get them under our fingers and vocal chords, all the while ready the revolution for prime time. And the prime time that I’m talking about is our annual Christmas Eve Concert in Del Mar.
Some say it’s been going on for 39 years and that seems about right. Can you believe it, 39 years straight taking the music to the streets! I do remember one year bailing ‘cuz the rain was coming down and we at that point weren’t grown up enough to have a contingency plan in place. Other than that, straight ahead and striving for tone!
This year we’re calling it a Beatles Christmas and we’ve got the rad band:
and a gorgeous set of songs:
All that’s missing is YOU. Please join us if you can make it and look below for the details.
Our man George Varga from the SD Union Tribune paper is helping get the word out and we thank him for this! Read about it HERE.
And here’s some history on the event from a long time Del Mar devotee.
See you soon folks and thanks for reading along, best, Peter
It’s a good world and I’m happy to rejoin civilization. I’ve been marathoning it in the studio with my good friends John, Paul, George and Ringo. We’ve been brewing up arrangements of their classic tunes for a big ALL BEATLES concert on Christmas Eve in Del Mar. You’re all invited and more details will follow.
The most current news is tomorrow (Wednesday at 7pm) I’m bringing my solo guitar circus to a spot in Solana Beach called Crush. I’ve never played there before but I did cruise the locale and it looks like a neat setup for music. The sound is good and I hear the food rocks the house too! I’ve been looking for a new place to kick start the solo guitar escapades ever since the Roxy changed hands and the fit no longer worked for me. Maybe this place will work out. Come and support the revolution if you can break away from the Christmas whirlwind. I’ve got Beatles, I’ve got one Christmas song, and I’ve got jazz coming out of my fingers. Hope to see you soon!
And look below for the deets on the Christmas eve hit!
|Big wind folks and it’s in the right direction!
I’m writing you, then into the studio for a string session, and then a zip to the ocean to see how the wind looks there. Offshore breeze, grooms the waves to perfection, if nothing more, Cali doing what she does best!
And last night, oh my gosh, Peter Bernstein on guitar! We played a house concert up here close to my house and the sound was supreme and the music coming out, big time jazz guitar with Bernstein at the helm. I loved it and for a long time he’s been one of my touchstones of classic jazz guitar. To mold into his orb, interacting with chord stabs and blankets of harmonics, it was a dream come true for me. Nicest fellow you’d ever meet too — humble down to the core. I’m inspired and renewed and fueled to keep learning and launching out. The Peter git-bros ride again!
Hey, look at the wild photo that Jill Badonsky took of me at the El Cajon solo guitar concert I played over the weekend. At this moment I think I was playing Lucy in the Sky and with the wild backdrop and the fact that she pushed the colors a little, dude I’m thinking superpsychedelized!
Live music for this week begins tomorrow night at the Oceanside Museum of Art. It’ll be trio time with Tripp on sax and flute, Mack on the bass, and me double neck guitaring it. Have you ever been to one of their concert events? It’s a good setup for music and I’m pretty sure food and drink is included. Look below for the details and hopefully we’ll see you there at 6pm!
Blurring the Edges, our super group with maestro Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp on everything, and me too, the six strings, play a show at Grossmont College on Friday night. We’ve been at it forever and we’ll pull out an inventive setlist and from there go right into deviation mode, meaning improvise our way into new vistas and new planets — occasionally improvising into harmless peril. Chime in good people and together we’ll take over the world!
There it is, the gig email launches and soon I’ll be at the waters edge taking in the plus angle of the fire eating Santa Ana winds…