We had the good fortune of connecting with Bob Peace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bob, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Thank you for this question!
I just achieved 38 years on the planet and I still haven’t ‘made it’ as an internationally known musician so I tend to think of this question as I get older, etc.
Tom Petty did a fantastic interview with the LATimes just a few days before he passed (RIP) and I frequently go back and listen to the audio (yes, there is audio!).
The whole interview is darn eye opening but there’s one line in particular, which is germane to this question, where Petty says (about music) “It was never work cause I would have done it anyway.”
I’m starting to think and feel that’s the true barometer. If it’s something you just need to do, then you do it.
Thank you, Tom.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of my favourite, very subtle Amy Winehouse quotes is where she describes herself as being fortunate to have music as therapy. I’d say that’s a decent analogy for what I do. I just like to play my guitar (like Hendrix playing Dylan at Monterey “excuse me for a minute just let me play my guitar alright?”
The fascinating thing about Marley tunes is so many of his lyrics are literally straight from scripture. So I try to do that in my own tunes since the Bible has some cool ass poetry inside it and it ain’t plagiarizing to use it.
Other than that there’s not much to say.
It’s a hard road and I often feel America does not value art for art’s sake (Zappa said that). But I’m not complaining.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we’d go to Monte Carlo deli in Burbank. We’d stock up on a few hundred dollars worth of authentic Italian groceries.
We’d get an Airbnb in Malibu for two days just to enjoy the vibe.
We would walk down Melrose and pop into shops here and there.
Likely a day or at least an afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier.
Assuming this virus was under control we’d do a showing at American Cinematheque (Aero, Egyptian, Los Feliz).
I’d close out with a ride at Sunset Ranch.
Everybody in LA got a little bit of thug in em, like Pac say.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well you saw I spoke about Tom Petty and my love for his wisdom, etc.
Ultimately all my credit goes to God and Jesus.
Everyday I watch Daily Mass from Ireland and try and better myself as a human.
It is my hope that we can one day all live together in peace and harmony.
2Pac is my all time favourite artist – I don’t think he’ll ever be matched and it makes me sad that all the issues people are marching about in the streets today are ones he was dang near CRUCIFIED for standing up against back in the 90’s; I just love him dearly.
John Lennon summed up my world view on everything when he and Yoko PAID FOR billboards worldwide saying “war is over if you want it” which I think you can apply to pretty much anything (i.e. such and such is possible IF YOU WANT IT).
I’m taking in capital letters, now – you get the point 😃