Welcome to my blog. I hike and camp in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, and I am a professional musician.
Feel free to say hi and have a look around. There's lots of posts about my hikes and various movies from these adventures.
Thanks for coming by, Pete

Monday, January 5, 2015

That Old Fossil Fuel

   'The old fossil fuel' takes place decades into the future with a Granddaughter asking her Grandfather to tell her about the days when the world relied on a seemingly endless supply of fossil fuels. With forecasts and evidence of  more extreme weather events, melting glaciers, polluted aquifers as well as acidification of the ocean,  it's time to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and escalate the transition away from burning fossil fuels. The cost of not facing our changing climate is too great to ignore any longer.
     Our economic system is not sustainable and currently we lack political leadership but I look forward to creating a more stable economy with regard for the health and safety of the planet beyond the next fiscal quarter. It's time for sustainability. 
We have an obligation to try and make the world better for those who follow.
                                                       What have we got to loose?
   My thanks to Zara for singing the Granddaughter part. It took about two hours to write and quite a bit more time to arrange and record the intro and outro. This was one of those rare times where I knew that if I stayed with it I could finish composing it that day. The first version was in a higher key. After doing several instruments I decided to scrap it and start again, lowering the key, making it  better for Zara.     I tried several guitar tunings with the mandolin before I settled on the Dulcimer with the keyboard. The rhythm guitar kept getting in the way and I kept pulling it out of the mix before I did a new part with more restraint. The drums and bass guitar were really fun to do. 'That old fossil fuel' is a bit over-the-top....but from the heart.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Above the Gun

Click on this picture to see my latest video 'Above the Gun'.

Some roots of the family tree have led me to another beautiful part of British Columbia near Gold Bridge where I got to check out the view for myself. My great friend Bob knows the area well and drove me way up some logging roads [ and picked me up] where I accessed one of the ridges on Mt. Penrose.
The peaks are high above the valleys here and it is very dry but there are still a few pocket glaciers feeding some high alpine lakes. This September day was perfect hiking weather. Always happy to leave the rain gear IN the pack.

    Music: Notes 4 Hal
This song started one morning when I decided to write a chord chart that would be more interesting for my friend Jay than the usual simple stuff I would ask him to play. I had some guitar ideas but after we played it a couple of times Jay already had a bunch of ideas. I just went over and played the drums while he played the electric piano part. Then he improvised the organ solo. 
    A few days later Tony Gallo arrived early for rehearsal with our Motown band 'Muchmo' and kindly agreed to play a saxophone solo after only hearing it once. We had 15 minutes to record his track. Next I played the bass and all that was missing was the guitar chord at the end. Though the recording happened so quickly and I felt I hadn't finished writing it, I am really happy with the energy in the tracks.
Working with Tony and Jay is like letting thoroughbred horses out of the barn. I was expecting to go over the song several times to develop the parts but they were leaping  far ahead so the producer in me just pressed record.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sasquatch revealed at last?

   A few days ago I noticed that the Myles Lamont video of a possible Sasquatch sighting had a huge amount of activity so I decided to contact CBC news Vancouver to help clear this up. The next day Belle Puri and Robb Douglas came down to interview me for the evening T.V. news and I also did as a couple of radio interviews including the 'Jack FM' morning show. 
CBC news contacted Myles after my story and you can hear what he has to say about it.:

                                                        Click this link to see CBC news interview


That snappy owl shirt was made by my wonderful mother. I love you mom. I didn't even have to operate the camera this time. Big time show biz!
 This story has been going around the world and I was told about some discussion on other bogs including one in Italian. It is great hearing from people from so far away who enjoy this.


                                         The truth getting out there.


            Some comments on other blogs:

Bonus points if you read Italian for this link

 Doubtful news website

I haven't yet finished the video I shot on Tricouni in 2011 because the story felt incomplete. I didn't get to any of the peaks,wondered around the snowfields and small patches of forest for 6 days taking photos and video as well as looking for my lost water bottle [see 2011 blog entry ].
Now, at last I have the rest of the story.
 Important update by the ever-clever Steve Tennant.