Live(ish) From SpragueLand: Episode 16, The Fields, The Sky
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Encinitas, CA, U.S.A 92024
Today we’re talking about an artist whose influence on music is right up there with the greats. The whole idea of mixing jazz with a midwestern twang, with a Jimmy Webb classic, with an Ornette Coleman interstellar space odyssey makes perfect sense to Pat Metheny and that’s why we love his music. Add to it his incredible, innovative skills on the guitar and you’ve got a hurricane blasting it’s way through the Bermuda Triangle. Pat Metheny— the human Cat 6!
For this episode we’re exploring some of my favorite Metheny compositions including “Have You Heard”, “In Her Family”, and “Are You Going With Me” plus we have Rebecca Jade in the loop singing beautiful lyrics (written by Randy Phillips) to some of Pat’s initially instrumental tunes. What a sound, what a story!
And a first for us, we’ll play “Wichita Lineman” in which Pat once said “all of my songs are attempts at writing “Wichita Lineman” again and again.”
I LOVE this tune!
The band includes some of the best with Rebecca Jade on vocals, John Opferkuch on piano; Mack Leighton on bass; Duncan Moore on drums; and Peter Sprague on guitar. Plus a special guest appearance all the way from Denver —Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves will sing a classic Metheny song that’s been her opening number on recent tours. The audience goes wild and understandably so, the blendo of Dianne’s vocals with Pat’s magic song reaches all of the right spots of the human condition.
Price of admission? Actually the concert is free but we will have a “virtual tip jar” complete with PayPal, Zelle and Venmo info for you to donate whatever you feel good about. Also good old snail mailing checks works too. You folks have been super generous with this and it makes us happy.
(It’ll show up as Satyam Music, that’s my music company)
Zelle: Peter Sprague firstname.lastname@example.org
mail checks via snail mail to: Peter Sprague
311 East Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024