It’s Always Summer on the Inside!

Hi Good Folks, coming to you engulfed by the grey coastal weather loop. But that doesn’t mean that there’s a lack of SUN in our lives over here. It’s always summer on the inside! Rays of warmth in every vowel, consonant, and verb. Heat coming off of every note…

Big time vocal magic last week at The Loft with Alicia Olatuja sharing her music! What a sound, what a groove, and so happy to be in the sphere with her and the killer band. We all hope to do again further down the way, when she can once again break loose from NYC.

Alicia's band with (left to right) Josh Nelson, Ben Williams, Alicia, Chrisitan Euman, and Peter. photo by Allison Adams Tucker

Alicia’s band with (left to right) Ben Williams, Josh Nelson, Chrisitan Euman, Alicia Olatuja, and Peter.
photo by Allison Adams Tucker

Directly after Alicia’s gig, early the next morning, Stef, her Mom Ann, and I braved the TSA Security line and made our way up to Tacoma, Washington to celebrate our daughter Kylie’s elegant launch from college. She blasted out in style with awards and friendship and has her eyes on first this summer, working at a camp in Yosemite followed by a year living as a normal human being, with the grand finale of graduate school in psychology after that. She’s a cool kid!

Kylie Graduates! Family picture with Hans and Liz (Kylie's uncle and aunt), Ann (Kylie's grandmother), Stef, Kylie, and dad Peter.

Kylie Graduates! Family picture with Hans and Liz (Kylie’s uncle and aunt), Ann (Kylie’s grandmother), mom Stef, Kylie, and dad Peter.

That's me modeling a brand new Ryan Seacrest shirt (fancy) that a friend gave me. Broke it out for the occasion.

That’s me modeling a brand new Ryan Seacrest shirt (fancy) that a friend gave me. I figured the graduation required an attempt at another level of dressiness.

We’re BLURRING tomorrow night at Grossmont College with Tripp, Fred, and I! That’s our group Blurring the Edges and we’ve worked up some new music and are excited to release it into the sky for your and our ears enjoyment. Look below for the details and we hope you can break loose and take it all in…

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp.

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp at last nights rehearsal.

Last up on the list are a series of vids that have descended from the Great Algorithm of the Sky, bringing with them the joy of music and hint of humor. Brazil makes some great musos and they are well represented here. Dig it!

Mestrinho jams Donna Lee really FAST! And his pre-song ritual just floors me. Not sure what he's saying (in Portuguese) but the vibe is stellar!

Mestrinho jams Donna Lee really FAST! And his pre-song ritual just floors me. Not sure what he’s saying (talking in Portuguese) but the vibe is stellar!

Also from Brazil, little Analu sings Jobim's "Waters of March". Cute beyond belief and nailing this wordy gem!

Also from Brazil, little Analu sings Jobim’s “Waters of March”. Cute beyond belief and nailing this wordy gem!

Camille is from France but here she sings a Hermeto Pascoal tune that has notes for days. Plus she sings the solo too and it's amazing. Added attraction, Camille acts out (with her hand gestures and facial expressions) what the song is saying.

Camille is from France but here she sings a Hermeto Pascoal tune that has notes for days. Plus she sings the solo too and it’s amazing. Added attraction, Camille acts out (with her hand gestures and facial expressions) what the song is saying. I love it!

The Maccabeats & Naturally 7 sing an all vocal version of James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light". Oh, this is beautiful. I LOVE music!

The Maccabeats & Naturally 7 sing an all vocal version of James Taylor’s “Shed a Little Light”. Oh, this is beautiful. I LOVE music!

We finish it off with a clip from our Belly Up gig a few weeks back. It's Leonard and I with a special trombone appearance from Paul Nowell. The tune is "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?" and it's a cool moment of music.

We finish it off with a clip from our Belly Up gig a few weeks back. It’s Leonard and I with a special trombone appearance from Paul Nowell. The tune is “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?” and it’s a cool moment of music.

There’s the story folks and thanks for coming along for the ride. Big fun!

adios, Peter

Serrado

Good People, I’m back from a great trip to Denver and now it’s about learning some new music from vocalist Alicia Olatuja. We’re playing a hit at the Loft (at UCSD) on Thursday night. Alicia is an amazing vocalist! We’ve both been doing a fair amount of touring this last year with the Billy Childs group. Good times waiting at airports!

For the Loft gig it’ll be Alicia singing with Josh Nelson on piano, Christian Euman on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and me on guitar. I’m stoked that she plays Djavan’s “Serrado” as part of her repertoire as this has long been a favorite of mine. Alicia sings—

Serei feliz de novo,
Meu povo, deixa eu chorar com você
Alicia Olatuja

Alicia Olatuja

Onwards to other news, last summer we had a cool moment at the Summer Fun on 101 concert series up here in Leucadia. This clip made it to YouTube and it captures our version of Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand” complete with some rare PS guitar fuzz tone…

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And that’s the story for this week. It’s good to be in touch and see you out there soon, Peter

Six String Liverpoolian Harmony!

Greetings Gifted Folks, the word on the street over here in Leucadia is you got to get your life into buying love in the sky with diamonds coming together with my dear Martha here there and everywhere, oh darlin’ within without you while my guitar gently weeps as you aquire a little help from my friends.

As you can imagine, Fred Benedetti and I are immersed in the details of Beatles music attempting to slide it around the corner for a Saturday night concert. I’ve got these arrangements that bring forth a jazz element in their music. Lots of tricky moves and even after the rehearsal there’s still some work to be done. That’s the RX for the week ‘cuz folks, we want to share only the BEST with you. From the raunch to the gentle ballads, it’s going to be a cool night of six stringed Liverpoolian harmony. Look below for the details.

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Last week we zipped to Fallbrook:

Shapeshifting at the Fallbrook Library with Tripp, Leonard and Peter. photo by Steve Grant

Shapeshifting at the Fallbrook Library with Tripp, Leonard and Peter.
photo by Steve Grant

and then we took in Solana Beach:

Beating the drum at the Belly Up with Leonard and Peter. photo by John Hancock

Beating the drum at the Belly Up with Leonard and Peter.
photo by John Hancock

and looking off into the future, next week I’ll be in Denver with Billy Childs and Dianne Reeves and come mid-May we’re venturing north to Tacoma to take in our daughter Kylie’s college graduation. This trip of living on earth is a mind blower! Time is just floor to the pedal one moment and then it’s chilled honey as you wait on hold through some mean spirited telephone cue. “Roll with it” a street sadhu once told me…

rolling, all best, Peter