Metheny is the Human CAT 6!

 

Hi There Good Folks!

It’s been a fun time of practicing and prepping for this week’s Thursday night livestream concert. Here we go!

Live(ish) at SpragueLand Episode 16
Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny
The Fields, the Sky

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 originally 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. I’ve been on the gig when she sings this song and the audience goes wild and understandably so —the blendo of Dianne’s vocals with Pat’s magic tune touches all the right spots of the human condition.

Link to concert

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, old reliable snail mailing checks works too. You folks have been super generous with this and it makes us happy.

Paypal: petersprague@sbcglobal.net
(It’ll show up as Satyam Music, that’s my music company)
Venmo: @PeterSprague
Zelle: Peter Sprague peter@petersprague.com
mail checks via snail mail to:
Peter Sprague
311 East Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024

A few notes:
You don’t have to watch the show live. The same YouTube link will bring up the recording for you to view anytime.

If you do watch it live (and we recommend this), you can participate in the live chat during the concert as long as you have a YouTube account.  

Click here to watch a vid, leading you through the easy process of creating a YouTube account. Maybe do this before the concert begins.

If you do have an account and you’re logged in, you can type something fun into the chat box and that’s how we create modern day jazz community in this era of the pandemic. Maybe start with something simple like “Hi, this is Lisa from Wyoming” or “Hi, I’m Reggie from Portland.” By doing this we’ve got an app that will magically take your name and location and drop a pin on a spinning globe. During the show we’ll visit all of the listeners and say hi and marvel at your exotic places of residence.  No worries about privacy…How many Lisa’s are in the entire state of Wyoming? Or “Reggie’s in Portland, Maine?

That’s the story for now ladies and gents and see you soon in the great algorithm of the sky…

adios, Peter

Shadows and Light!

 

Hey New Year Folks!

Hoping that the holiday season worked well on your disposition. Lots of missing things but still, nice to get some free floating days away from the office. For me, we had a rad fun Christmas livestream and that flowed into many days of taking on little projects, doggie walks, take away veggie food, surf sessions, and future envisioning how the new year might play out. As our favorite Liverpoolian minstrels once proclaimed, it’s getting better all the time.

One of my favorite music listening activities is to “shuffle play” songs from one particular artist. You put aside an hour and you time travel through all of the different sonic vistas that they’ve explored. I do this with Coltrane, Miles, Sonny Rollins, and equally as much with the Beatles, and Stevie Wonder. But an all-time favorite shuffle sesh is to hang with Joni Mitchell and her perfect unique songs.

It was on a Christmas vacation in Michigan City, Indiana back in 1972 that I first heard Joni’s “Blue” record. My two cousins Shelley and Laurie were so taken by Joni’s music that at least a half of what came out of their mouths during that week of vacation were Joni’s songs. They had beautiful voices and the combo of their singing and Joni’s melodies was pure magic. How could someone come up with lyrics like that? How do you make a guitar sound like that? (Later I learned that Joni explored many unique guitar tunings that enabled her sound.) Then my cousins played me Joni’s recording and I immediately became a fan.

Throughout Joni’s career she’s played in the folk style all the way through pop and jazz and has collaborated with a bunch of my favorite jazz avatars — Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Charles Mingus, and Mike Brecker to highlight a few. Ask almost any muso about Joni Mitchell and most everyone will tell you they’re taken by her.

We’re absolutely taken by her so we’re pulling together some of our favorite Joni songs and letting the sound time travel begin. 

YouTube Link

To sing Joni’s songs is no easy undertaking (loads of lyrics and cool melody jumps.) We’ve lined up a vocalist who lives and breathes Joni and I think she’ll be a great fit. Pam Pendrell first came into my orbit through Kevyn Lettau, who is Pam’s vocal instructor. Kevyn had high praise for her abilities and vibe and would I be up for producing an album for Pam? After the first listen, “of course, thrilled” and together we made her first CD “Songs That Sing to Me”. On that project one of my favorite moments is her version of Joni’s “Little Green”.

The band includes some of the best with Tripp Sprague on sax, flute and piano; Mack Leighton on bass; Duncan Moore on drums; and Peter Sprague on guitar. Plus a special guest appearance all the way from Copenhagen —Sinne Eeg will sing two jazzified Joni tunes along with us through the magic technology. Sinne’s amazing and a huge Joni fan too!

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.

Paypal: petersprague@sbcglobal.net
Venmo: @PeterSprague
Zelle: peter@petersprague.com
mail checks via snail mail to: Peter Sprague
311 East Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Well that’s the word thus far and we’ll see you next week emanating from the great algorithm in sky!

best, Peter

Peace Out 2020: It’s Been Real!

Hi Good Folks!

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and happy. I’m writing to let you know about a global concert and fundraiser that I’m thrilled to be part of TONIGHT, Tuesday the 29th of December at 5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern!

Artists across the world have been especially impacted by the pandemic. Worldwide Musicians United (WWMU) rose to the occasion this year and pivoted their work to directly support artists by hosting online streaming concerts. They have also used music as a way to build community and decrease social isolation through innovative partnerships and global collaborations. This year, WWMU’s streaming concerts alone reached over 65k people and put money directly into the pockets of musicians and industry-members worldwide.

Join me at WWMU’s FREE end-of-the-year global concert on December 29th, streaming live on YouTube. “Peace Out 2020: It’s Been Real” will feature a cast of wildly talented musicians from around the world, including: legendary jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, award-winning cellist Margaret Maria, dynamic folk-blues duo Nathan & Jessie, Australian superstar Reigan, and MANY more! The concert will also be a fundraiser for the organization so that they can continue to support deserving artists directly and bring new sounds from around the world into your living room. 

I hope to see you there and if inspired, they’re rallying up donations. No amount is too small. Donate now! 

Here’s a link for the concert!

Many thanks and I hope to see you there!

adios, Peter