Jeff Pike

I’m Not Where I Thought I Would Be

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

Six years ago today (April 4, 2016 ) I had my last drink of alcohol. I picked up my blue Serenity Chip at Celebrate Recovery and vowed to do whatever it took to leave my old life behind. It was a life that had brought me decades of personal destruction, painful failed relationships, bad decisions, lost opportunities and many people in and out of my life. The past six years have been a whirlwind of highs and lows, pain, happiness, growth, frustration, fear, confusion and enlightenment. While I am still free from alcohol, like most people in recovery I continuously find issues with myself that I have either overlooked, buried, allowed to continue or have been totally oblivious to. Whatever reason they all need constant attention and sometimes they sneak up from behind and knock me to my knees. Recovery is not easy. It is not for sissies. It is never ending and requires constant care. It will always remain a slippery and dangerous slope which will require never ending attention to navigate successfully. Sitting here today after all I have been through I am very thankful to be sober and alive. Although I will admit there have been more days than I am comfortable with where I have questioned if I wanted to remain active in either of those categories. But I have. Life does not look now like I thought it would look six years ago, or even one or two years ago for that matter. I am still alone and searching for meaning in my life with great uncertainty and occasional fear about my future, what I should do, where I should go and how I should spend my time. Time which seems to be passing faster and faster. I turn 55 this summer and the reflection in my hour glass reminds me there is much more life behind me than there is ahead of me. So I want to spend it wisely. I am a very lucky man in many ways. I have my health, a nice place to live, family, friends colleagues and a band that that I am extremely grateful for. I have a beautiful daughter that puts life in every breath I take – and I am still free of alcohol and all that it once helped me do to my life. No, I am not where I thought I would be,...

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Happy Veterans Day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015

In the grand scheme of things I know and believe we are all Gods children and that we all share this earth as one. Countries, cultures, race, religion, ethnic differences and greed, to me, seem to be the worldly obstacles that have forever divided us. In a perfect world all of that would cease to exist and there would be peace. But that has never been the case with mankind. Unfortunately, there has always been war. Hopefully, one day it will end. But until when and if that day comes we will need brave, selfless and passionate men and women with the tools, courage and strength to stand up and fight for God and Country. Today we salute the men and women who have given their time and in many cases their lives for our country. Men and women who allow us to live a life of freedom here in The United States of America. God bless our veterans. Please show them the honor and respect that they all deserve. Today and everyday....

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Welcome To October – My Month Of Change

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015

October 12, 2015   Welcome to my favorite month of the year friends – October. For me, the emotions, thoughts, memories and moods, which the colors, events, music and weather of October effortlessly flow into me, always make this month both a  joyful and a melancholy time in my life. Throughout my life, I have had many personal events happen in the month of October. None of them seem to fade as years go by. In fact, many just grow stronger. As for the Holidays Halloween has always been my favorite. I celebrate it much differently these days and usually alone, but I do hold court on Halloween one way or another. As for music news, the A1A season is winding down and I am getting ready for my hibernating season, so to speak. With the exception of some solo performances and a couple of Jeff Pike Band shows, I have no more travels coming up and am looking forward to staying home to work on music and a new me for 2016. To fill up my time during A1A’s off season time, I have been rehearsing a lot of Dan Fogelberg music for ‘Souvenirs’, my tribute to Dan with pianist Kenny Kirby. I have also been working with A1A keyboardist Eric Baumgardner on putting together a tribute duo to Elton John. We are concentrating on a vast number of  Elton’s classic album tracks along with many of his hits. These are two projects I have always wanted to undertake and I am very excited about both of them. On a personal note, 2015 has been a year in my life that I will never forget, yet, one that I will be glad to see grow distant in my rear view mirror. It has been a year steeped with great change, loss, pain, fear, heartache, misunderstanding, broken dreams and struggle, yet, it has brought me much gratitude and a clearer understanding and awareness of myself. In some ways I am still searching, but in other ways this year has helped crystallize within me the true understanding of what I have and what I want for the second part of my life. I won’t lie to you, I still feel like I am drifting, or at best steering with one oar, but I am starting to see dry land appearing in the distance.  Like John Chrighton from the Sci Fi...

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Thanks To Everyone For The Birthday Wishes

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

  I want to thank everyone for all of the Birthday wishes yesterday. I received many Facebook posts, private messages, voice mails, e-mails and text messages. All of which I spent time with. This years Birthday was light years from where I was last year, and to quote a working title for a CD that I have been wanting to release for sometime now, “I’m Not Where I Thought I’d Be.” So given that state of mind and being I chose to spend my Birthday yesterday alone in prayer, reflection, recovery and gratitude. Not quite the Birthday celebration of old, or even recent years past, but I think it did me good. Thanks to everyone again for taking the time to wish me a Happy Birthday.Each and every wish definitely helped brighten my day. Here’s looking at 55 in 2016. Wishing you love and luck,...

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My 2 Cents For New Years Eve and New Years Day

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

  My 2 Cents For New Years Eve and New Years Day In the coming year and from this point forward take time to reflect and be honest with yourself. Make a conscious effort to be open to love, acceptance, self awareness, growth, education, change and moving out of denial. Regardless of how difficult it is. Create your own destiny. Don’t sit by and wait for it to happen to you. Your thoughts, be them positive or negative do have a serious impact on your life. Get out of your comfort zone, broaden your horizon and really live. Take care of your health. Quit smoking. Quit or moderate your drinking. Life is very short and another year has just passed us by. Turn off your TV, your computer and your cell phone. Read a book, get outside, exercise or pick up a musical instrument. Talk to people.  Make every minute of 2015 and the rest of your life – count. I thank you all for being a part of my life for so many years, and I wish everyone a safe, prosperous and happy new year. Jeff December 31, 2014...

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Our Promise To Hugo….Jeff Pike ‘Frozen Gringo’ 2015 House Concerts

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014

A Note From The Front Office By Kathy Mullen     Our Promise To Hugo….. Jeff Pike ‘Frozen Gringo’ House Concerts in 2015 As we wind down the Christmas season and get ready for 2015 I find myself reflecting on important events in my life that occurred in 2014.  The one that had the most impact was the passing of my dear friend, Hugo Duarte.  Going back a little further, it was in December 2011 when I first started receiving phone calls from Hugo telling me about his new project with Jeff Pike, The Frozen Gringos. He went on in great detail about how excited he was and that their first tour was starting in January of 2012. He then asked if they could stay at my house for awhile when they were in town. I graciously accepted.  For the next two years I had the opportunity to witness many Frozen Gringo concerts and got to know both Hugo and Jeff very well. I saw them play live many times and each time was like the first. When Hugo and Jeff were on stage together there was an energy that was felt and commented on by virtually everyone who saw them perform. The difference in each musician’s voice, narration and approach to their music, blended to make a noticeably unique performance and musical style. The Frozen Gringos released their first and only CD, ‘Chill Before Use’ in October of 2013.  On November 7, 2014 Hugo lost his battle to Esophageal Cancer. While in conversation to both Jeff and I during the last weeks of his life Hugo let it be known how vitally important it was to him that his music be kept alive. We both promised Hugo that we would honor his wishes and do our absolute best. In moving forward with that promise Jeff will continue to donate 100% of the CD sales of ‘Chill Before Use’ directly to Hugo’s daughter, Sarah Duarte Billings. This money will help her with all of the expenses left solely to her upon Hugo’s departure and to help maintain Hugo’s websites so the world can continue to enjoy his music. In addition to CD sales Jeff is looking to schedule select House Concert dates this year around his A1A and Abba Mania schedule in honor of Hugo and the music they made together. These performances will consist of Jeff’s versions of...

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