So, I’m making progress on my grand plan for 2014, except for one minor detail — my back is killing me! It started about 3 weeks ago and it’s so bad I can’t lift anything (last night I had to remember to bend my knees to pick up a throw pillow off the sofa!) And forget playing guitar, I can’t hold one for more than a few minutes without severe back pain. Ugh! I’ve been going to a chiropractor for a couple of weeks and I even signed up for water aerobics classes 3 times a week but no improvement yet. I’ll see my primary care doc Tuesday so hopefully he’ll have something magic he can do to get me playing again. I really miss it.

Especially considering that I have some new toys to play with. I sold a couple of pieces and used the money for a Bose L1 Compact PA and a vocal harmony pedal. I’ve also been pulling together backing tracks (mostly just drums and bass) and I really like the way things are sounding. In my head anyway. I haven’t been able to rehearse with my new setup yet. Grrr… It’s too bad, if it weren’t for my back I feel like I could go play a 3 hour gig with the material I have ready right now. It’s tough to be patient, but I’m trying to do as much as I can now to prepare. Hopefully I’ll be ready to go soon.

Till next time!

Say Something Pithy

Posted: January 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

No pressure. So I’m a musician who enjoys playing blues, light jazz and 50s rock ‘n’ roll (aka Rockabilly) in intimate settings. I started Parlor Blues before I moved to Seattle in 2009 but the name (and the idea) have been dormant since. I’ve decided in 2014 to resurrect it as primarily a solo act with “friends” starting with my best friend, my wife Pam.

Pam and I had a jazz flute and guitar duo two years ago and played a couple of gigs together. We’ll incorporate some of that material into this act.

But I’m also looking forward to playing and singing some of my favorite blues and rock tunes — songs that are usually performed by full (i.e., loud) bands in bars and clubs — in quieter settings like cafes, wine bars, farmers markets and private parties. If that sounds like something you would enjoy, I hope you will come out and hear us play or contact us about booking your next event (email me at tonyp145 at gmail dot com for more info).

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at a future gig.