Anti Ennui!

Friends, this isn’t me or my life:

a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

In fact I’m leaning towards being overly occupied. My calendar is busting at the seams and I’m LOVING it! Bring on the music, let the south swells loose and make their way to the Encinitas beaches, show me the menus of all those cool veggie haunts so my family and I can zane out on new tastes and camaraderie.

It’s a good life!

The reason I bring it up is because I’ve been immersed in all things Cole Porter-ian. We’ve got a concert next week and I’m exploring his music, shaping it up to fit into our vision of jazz, funk, and samba. It’s a stretch and it’s a joy whirling around his extremely clever and creative world.

We’re opening the concert with this verse:

My story is much too sad to be told
But practically ev’rything leaves me totally cold
The only exception I know is the case
When I’m out on a quiet spree
Fighting vainly the old ennui
And I suddenly turn and see
Your fabulous face….

And that’s where I discovered ennui.

Viva revolution anti ennui!

Here we go with "Just One of Those Things" and our rehearsal is next week. Can't wait to hear how it sounds!

Here we go with “Just One of Those Things,” stirring it up, aiming for new sonic vistas…

This week I’m playing a bunch of solo guitar private gigs so unfortunately I’ll miss you there. But here’s my one public concert and it’s going to be a hoot. Allison sings beautifully and the band including Josh Nelson on piano, is stellar! Hope you can make it out for a wonderful night of new music…


SAN DIEGO Fri 9/16 8PM, Sunset Temple Theater (North Park)
Jazz88.3FM Live Recording – Be part of the radio broadcast “San Diego Sessions Live” program, Emceed by DJ Claudia Russell
Dancers: Tango duo Daniella Carlson & Miguel Reynaga, contemporary ballet dancers from Stage 7 Dance Studio
Band: Josh Nelson piano, Edwin Livingston bass, and Dan Schnelle drums, Peter Sprague guitar, David Burnett bass clarinet/sax.
GET TICKETS: (Ticket sales close midnight, the night before show)

All right good people, I’m off and running, back into the studio to talk with Cole Porter and pick up his clues on a new way to present “Love For Sale”.

all the best, Peter