All Together Now!

Hola La Gente Feliz!

I am hoping that this note finds you in good spirits. For us, we’re coming off the elation from last week’s Pat Metheny music gig and thanks to all of you that showed up and shared your wonderful enthusiasm with us.

Are You Going With Me with (left to right) Randy Phillips, John Opferkuch, Justin Grinnell, Duncan, Leonard, Rebecca, and Peter

Coming up for this week we have both a live concert on Thursday night and then we’ll share the same program on Friday night on our Live(ish) From SpragueLand broadcast. It’s all about the Beatles and here is a little bit of the backstory to this week’s offerings.

From the opening mega guitar riff on “Day Tripper” the Liverpool Four takes us on a musical journey quite unlike your typical tourist day trip.  Now we’re traveling the air waves to songs that forged the new frontier of pop music. It’s this that we’re tapping into.

Peter and the group present their jazzified arrangements of The Beatles classic songs including “Day Tripper,” “In My Life,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” and many others. With Rebecca Jade on vocals it’ll be a special summer night of creativity and nostalgia coming together as one.

The band includes some of the best with:
Peter Sprague — guitar
Rebecca Jade — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax, flute, and piano
Justin Grinnell — bass
Duncan Moore — drums

The Thursday night concert is already sold out so we’ll move on to the details of the livestream show on Friday night:

YouTube link

Thanks friends for tuning in and as I attempt to comb my hair let me leave you with this:

Reporter: “[The Americans] think your haircuts are un-American,”
John Lennon: “Well, that’s very observant of them, cause we aren’t American, actually,” 

all best, Peter

It’s Metheny Month!

Greetings Friends of Sound! 

I’ve just returned from a slightly cold surf session that was supposed to be warm because it summer. It’s summer everywhere except on the coast, hah!

As I write I’m listening to Rebecca Jade sing Pat Metheny’s incredible song “Are You Going With Me” to set the vibe for this week’s gig email. Check it out if you haven’t yet heard it:

The big news for this week is that we are releasing a recording project that has been in the works for many years. Way back when we started experimenting with adding lyrics to Pat Metheny’s instrumental compositions. Randy Phillips created the lyrics and at first Leonard was singing the songs and then we started integrating Rebecca Jade into the mix. What a cool sound —classic melodies now vocalized by fantastic singers. Pat himself along with his wife Latifa tuned into our livestream shows and dug where we were going with his music.

So, if this sounds cool and you want to experience the lyricized Metheny firsthand, venture here:

 

The recordings are also available on Spotify and AppleMusic.

In celebration of “Metheny Month” we are releasing two new vids filmed at the recording sessions. 

 

And as if some big time manager was behind the timing of all of this Metheny activity, we bring you a live concert next week to add into the momentum:

Here’s a recent story from the San Diego Troubadour about Peter and the group playing Metheny’s music:

That’s the hurricane so far and coming up at the end of the month is a Beatles Immersion Episode #658 ref. 2d. More on this later…

hanging ten, Peter

Mellow As the Month of May

Dear Good People, 

It’s a little bit more like the un-mellow month of May over here at SpragueLand. Actually it’s not that it’s un-mellow, it’s just been quasi-hectic pulling together all of the details for this week’s upcoming Carole King concerts. I’ve spent many hours first making musical decisions on what each musician should do and then a zillion hours creating the sheet music. Oh how I wish that some tech wizard up at Silicon Valley would create a plug-in that would go right into your brain and output sheet music just by thinking of what you want to do. Maybe that’s a project for our very own Digital Brian to take on.

This week we have both a livestream concert and an actual in person live concert scheduled celebrating the music of Carole King.

Did you have the Tapestry album when you were a kid growing up? It seems that almost everyone did and for a very good reason, it’s magical music! Carole’s music comes out of the folk/pop style but she does love her suspended chords and that proves to be a gateway to jazzify her music. At least that’s the way I see it and that’s just what I’ve done — create new arrangements that invite improvisation into the mix. I don’t think I’ve “jazz damaged” the songs but you, our dear listener can be the judge.

Our setlist includes:

I Feel the Earth Move 
So Far Away
Jazzman
Natural Woman
It’s Too Late
Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
Bitter with the Sweet 
Where You Lead I Will Follow
You’ve Got a Friend

and the band is stellar with:

Pamela Pendrell — vocals
Beth Ross Buckley — flute
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Danny Green — piano
Justin Grinnell — bass (on livestream)
Mack Leighton — bass (on Conrad concert)
Duncan Moore – drums
and me on guitar

First it’s the Live(ish) From SpragueLand livestream concert:

YouTube link

For this show we’re giving away both Carole’s autobiography “A Natural Woman” plus an autographed photo of Carole.

Next it’s our live show at the beautiful Conrad Theatre in La Jolla:

ticket link

Check out this short video presentation about Carole and the live concert:

Thanks folks for tuning in and we hope to see you at one or both of the events.

yours in mellow-ness, Peter