What is the best thing that I love about my work? As a composer and jazz vocalist, I enjoy the magical process of creating a song out of thin air and molding it into a true work of art. The goal is always to come up with the very best work that you know how to do, and that process involves a continual climb to get better and better at it.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is to live the most positive and constructive way I can, treat people well, and learn how to be a better person each day. Chasing happiness is not my way. I trust providence to provide me with what I need to be happy.
What is my greatest fear? I do not admit to having any fear. Any time I feel a twinge of trepidation, I don’t allow it to bother me. It is natural to feel scared at times, but there are methods to dismiss those feelings and to live the life that you desire.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Like all people, I have some traits that could stand improvement, but I give myself a lot of leeway out of self-love. I do not like to judge others, and I certainly do not want to judge myself for any perceived failings.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire anyone who is strong and who dares to speak out in order to change outmoded systems, regardless of personal cost. To make waves and to rattle cages takes great courage. There are many people in the world who do such things, and Linda Chorney is a great example of one person in the music business who is working for fairness and positive change.
What is my greatest extravagance? Chocolate.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? In music, the worst thing is that once you release an album, certain distributors have the ability to put your work out there online for free, so there is no incentive for anyone to buy your music. That practice must stop.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When an album is finished, and you have done the very best you could on it, there is a feeling of joy and satisfaction. There are so many hours that go into producing an album. If the general public knew how very hard, expensive, and time-consuming creating music was, they would probably be more supportive with their wallets for the artists they follow and enjoy.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I’m not sure I could change anything about myself. If I were not me, I would not be the composer and singer that I am today.
What is my greatest achievement in work? My very last album, Recollecting You, is my crowning achievement. Musicians Keerthy Narayanan, Vito Gregoli, Ciro Hurtado, Rocio Marron, Wayne Ricci, Aman Almeida, and Abhinav Khanna sparkled on the album. I wrote all of the music and lyrics, and our producer, Keerthy Narayanan, added his own very special magic to the project.
Where would I most like to live? No matter where I live, I will be there with myself. So it matters not where I live. Obviously, I would not like to live in a shack, because I need room to create and to play music.
What is my most treasured possession? My family.
What is my most marked characteristic? My persistence. I never, ever quit, because I stubbornly believe that one day, I will break through and win.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Because I feel that I am an international soul, my city is all over the world. The ocean is the most inspirational spot for me, and I feel close to nature and most spiritual there.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I am really into Thai food now, and I can’t seem to stop eating it.
What books influenced my life and how? As an avid reader and occasional author as well, my life from early on was filled with books. Mystery books, philosophy books, and spiritual books have been instrumental in both informing me and entertaining me over the years.
Who are my favorite writers? Jane Austen impresses me because she wrote at a time when women were published under male pseudonyms. There are so many wonderful writers and poets of the past who continue to influence me to this day. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame was one of my early favorites.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Probably my own music, because there are bits of me in every song. I could review my entire life via my eight albums, and reflect on every recording I ever made.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Maybe Lois Lane, because of her strength, tenacity, and will to succeed. She is a role model in that she is feisty yet feminine at the same time.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I have no heroes in real life. Every man and woman has to make their way the best they can, and we all stumble every now and then. There are individuals that I admire for various reasons, but for me, a hero or heroine is someone to place on a pedestal – and that is just not real life.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Being a fan of classic films, I could list a bunch of must-see movies. If I had to pick one, it would be Christmas in Connecticut, with Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. Full of comedy and charm, the 1945 film is a complete gem.
What role plays art in my life and work? Being a creative artist is an important role. With all the challenges musicians have to face in the modern era, I still choose to be highly involved in the music business. It’s the place where I can use my artistic gifts to share with the world.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I’d have to say Keerthy Narayanan, my producer for Recollecting You, is at once my greatest fan, supporter, and creative partner. He is an amazing talent, and he was instrumental in arranging the Grammy-winningWinds of Samsara for Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman. I have tremendous respect for Keerthy, and hope to work with him again in the very near future. He understands my vocal and writing style very well. Keerthy expertly produced and arranged our 2017 album, Recollecting You, of which I am very proud. In addition to all of his talents, Keerthy is a phenomenal person and friend.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? My next album will be fresh jazz music, very upbeat and happy. I look forward to partnering with Keerthy Narayanan once again on this project.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? The latest album is Recollecting You. It released in August 2017, and is full of original compositions and Keerthy Narayanan’s wonderful arrangements and production. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “Falling,” a single from the album, won for Best Jazz Song in the Clouzine International Music Awards in 2017, and we were thrilled. Recollecting You garnered a lot of national and international radio airplay as well, so we are grateful that the album has caught the attention of listeners around the world.
Here is a sampling of our album, Recollecting You:
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The words mean that you must continue doing what you love. I do not intend to ever quit creating and performing my music. Music is life to me.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Linda Chorney, Laura Sullivan, Carol Albert
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