Jeff Pike

BE GRATEFUL FOR THE GOOD

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013

Greetings friends, followers and listeners, My apologies for being a little late here with my Christmas and New Years greeting. In fact, heck, now that I look at my blog post’s I realize that I need to apologize for being late for my Thanksgiving greeting too! Jeez!!! You would think that it was the holiday season or something and that I had a good excuse to sluff off! Uh…hold on…hey…wait a minute… The holiday season is over…crap!.. Oh well, I am all out of excuses. 😉 All kidding aside, it has been a little over 2 months since my last blog, so for those of you who were wondering, yes I am alive and all is well. Christmas and New Years Eve have come and gone and here we are at the dawn of a New Year. I do hope that those of you who are reading this did have a warm, loving, safe, happy Christmas and New Year’s celebration with your loved ones. I realize that with all of the political and economic upheaval in our country right now, coupled with the pain and fear of the recent fatal and tragic school shootings, an unfortunate and frightening event which seems to be occurring more frequent in our country, that it can be quite hard to focus on the good things that DO surround us on a day to day basis, especially during the Holiday Season. I am no stranger to that feeling at all. In fact, I have always been prone to seeing the glass half empty. Keeping a positive attitude about problems in my life has been a struggle for me ever since I can remember. However, I have made some personal progress in that department over the past couple of years. Yes, I do slip, but I am blessed to have loved ones and friends around me who will call me out on it, remind me of the destructive power of attitude, and who are not afraid to pull me into serious conversation about it. We all have problems in our lives. Big problems and small problems. Sometimes it is hard to come to terms with the fact that to some extent problems will always be a constant in our life, and in our world. But how we feel and how we let problems affect us is mostly up to us. It is a personal choice....

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YOU TOO CAN YOU TUBE

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012

“TV Suicide…TV Suicide…What a lovely way to die. It’s another case of Telecide” “Telecide” – The Tubes When I was a child we had one electronic visual tube in our home. The Boob Tube. “The Boob Tube,” as it was affectionately called by my Mom and Dad, is of course, the television set. “The Boob Tube” has proven over time, in my opinion, to be quite an appropriate name for this little recreational appliance. It appears to me that it effectively and continuously proceeds to make larger “boobs” out of all of us. Time and time and time again. Myself occasionally included. Before I go any further, and not meaning to offend, I wish to clarify my chosen adjective for our friendly little electronic playmate. I use the term “boob” as a noun. It’s definition meaning a stupid person, fool, or a dunce. A little harsh, maybe. But I would assume that we can all find reference in our own life where television has made a dunce out of us. Probably more than once. But to be completely fair, not everything on television is bad. Far from it, actually. Television is full of educational programs that when used properly and in moderation can be an extremely useful tool in ones growth. But on the other hand we have shows like American Idol, The Voice, Reality TV, etc,. etc., etc., that while entertaining to some (and yes, we all need our own individual form of entertainment), they do not go a long way in showing us reality, or stimulating our urge to educate ourselves and grow. In fact, in my opinion we are just regressing further and further thanks to good ole’ prime time. As it has been since the beginning of the television era, we are completely at the mercy of the media. Well, that is until YouTube came along. YouTube has grown into one of the most powerful and widely used media machines in the world. I believe the main reason is that we as individuals are responsible for its programming. Not a board room of suits in Hollywood. We have the capability to upload, educate, watch and entertain ourselves like we wish to be served. That is huge. Thank you very much. While I have had a You Tube account for quite some time, I have just recently become educated on how useful a tool it can...

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I AM NOW…UPGRADED

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

I am old school. I admit it. There it is. It is out for all of the world to know. Of course, my friends, family and bandmates who have known me for quite sometime are very well aware of this. I have been forever accused, taunted, praised, discarded and congratulated by many, many people when it comes to my take on the music and pop culture of our past and the present. Similiar sentiments are shared by many in regard to the way I have chosen to record and make my music for the past 20 years or so. I have never been a gear head. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, a gear head is usually associated with a musician who as a passion, or obsession if you will, with constantly buying musical gear. Sadly, I have known countless musicians who were in much more need of lessons than gear, but I digress. Anyway, In 1996 I started putting together my first home studio. My plans at the time were to become adapt enough as an engineer so that I could produce other artists’s and possibly have my home studio as another income stream. Well, I bought the top notch gear and recording equipment of the day and in my spare time went to work. As time marched on I did become quite good as an engineer in my studio and had thousands upon thousands of hours of happy musical experiences and projects with it. So….I never upgraded. The modern tapeless digital world of recording technology ran over me and I was completely happy to sit at home with my racks of TASCAM DA 88’s and my Mackie Console until the cows came home. (Yes, I can hear you engineers groaning from here) Well, I looked out my window recently and the cows were in the front yard grazing. Welcome to 2012 I finally gave in and have started using Pro Tools 10. Just so you know, I am a Pro Tools virgin. I must admit I am quite intimidated by all of this, but like other problems in my life over the past couple of years I am dedicated in pushing myself and seeing it through. I have been locked away in my studio for the past two days doing nothing but studying and recording. In addition to my individual efforts I am...

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THEY’RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012

Here is the article that was published in last months issue of TropRockin.com – The E Magazine. Enjoy!! Happy Halloween! Jeff Pike THEY’RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES Hi folks. Jeff Pike here. Founder and lead singer of the Trop Rock Band A1A.. I’m not your every day average guy, and I’m not your every day average Parrot Head with your every day average dreams. But, I have always wanted to be in the movies. Heck, who hasn’t right? Well, be careful what you wish for. Why? Because I wanted to be in the movies. Here’s my story. No Jeff, This Is Not A Joke In the spring of 2011 I received a text message from the lovely Miss Nadirah Shakoor. If you are reading this article then you know all about Nadirah, so again, no need for a history lesson. The text informed me that she had received a message from Mike Ramos (Jimmy Buffett’s personal assistant), which he wanted her to pass along to me. The message simply said this. “Tell Jeff Pike that if he gets a call from a Hollywood Producer about being in a movie that it is NOT a joke.” So I am riding down the street one day, cursing Atlanta traffic and wondering why I still live here, when my phone rings. On the other end is a very nice and polite British gentleman asking me if A1A would like to be in a movie. So of course I said yes and listened to what he had to say. It turns out that Jimmy Buffett had recommended us for a role in an upcoming movie entitled, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” At first I was under the assumption that this was a low budget movie. That is until he started talking about Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid. At that point it was all I could do to hold my composure, not spill my coffee and run off the road. It also happened that the Associate Producer had seen A1A and was a big fan, so we were already in. All we had to do was say yes. In the end I did spill my coffee. Hey Guys, Let’s Make A Record Our first mission after the lengthy process of deciding what songs they were going to have us perform in the movie was to go into...

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THEY’RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES – TROPROCKIN.COM

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

TropRockin.com – “Trop Rockin’ Online Magazine celebrates the people, places and adventures of the Trop Rock lifestyle.We love our laid back attitude with a tropical twist and Trop Rockin’ Online Magazine is the spot where we gather with like minded friends. Our goal is to provide a hub for all things Trop Rock: music, travel, events, entertainment, food and more!” TropRockin.com is an online magazine which was founded and edited by my very good friend, Tammy Camp. In the first edition which was released on September 11, 2012, I have an article entitled, “They’re Gonna Put Me In The Movies.” It is about my experience this past year with A1A and being in the Major Motion Picture, “What To Expect When “Your’e Expecting.” – Check it out and let me know what you think....

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A NOTE TO MY FACEBOOK FANS

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

Music has always been, and God Willing will always continue to be, a life-long love for me. Being the driving force that it is, it has been responsible for countless major impacts on me throughout my life, both good, and maybe a few not so good. Currently, due to major life changes I have been implementing over the past couple of years, and with recently attending the Gino Vannelli master class series, I have reignited a passion and developed a focus to spend more of my time studying, practicing, writing, recording, releasing and performing more of my original music. I am also dedicating more of my time to my spiritual and personal growth so that I may continue to grow and become a more boundaried person in all of my relationships. In other words, I am finally getting back to being ME. Taking into consideration all of the boundaries, priorities and time management changes I am continuously making, I want all of my dedicated Facebook friends to know you are an important part of my daily routine. However, I will not be spending as much time on Facebook as I have in the past. So my poking, likes, messages and posts will be less frequent, but never fear – I’ll still be keeping you updated on what’s going on in the world of Jeff Pike Music. (This will also include links to updates regarding A1A, The Frozen Gringos and The Paul Leslie Hour) Starting this week, I will begin regular posting of You Tube videos, reviews on my extensive record collection, random thoughts of inspiration and commentary, as well as additional info you may be interested in so that you may get to know me better and see my changes and progress as I move forward. In keeping with the changes, JeffPike.com has a new look with updated info. Also, the first Facebook Jeff Pike Artist Fan page, while still in its formative stages, is ready for you to “LIKE” and share with your friends. You can check it out at facebook.com/therealjeffpike. I hope you will join me on my new life adventure I am finally undertaking. Please know and understand that while I am not present on Facebook all day that I am not too far away and will be checking in at least twice a day. Thank you for all of the years of support. I look...

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