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Peter Mulvey sings at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center

June 5, 2014 Updated: June 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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7 p.m. Thursday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $10; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com

He's a guitar player, a letter writer and a TED talker.

Indie folk singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey is nothing if not prolific. He's released 19 albums, toured the world incessantly, written multiple letters to his nieces and nephews starting from the day they were born and gave a TEDx talk ("Lyrical Astrophysics: Peter Mulvey at TEDxKC") last year on why other intelligent life in the universe hasn't contacted us yet. TED talks are conferences where speakers give short, powerful lectures on different topics.

He's also no stranger to Colorado Springs, having performed several times over the years in house concerts. On Thursday, he'll appear on a bigger stage - Stargazers Theatre and Event Center - to pluck songs from his latest album, "Silver Ladder," released in April.

"This is the most rock and roll record I've ever made," he says. "It's partly what I felt like at the time. After a few heavy things, you want to just enjoy life. There's some inner voice that says 'OK, time is short, let's rock.'"

His new album is his first all-original one in five years. Not that he was lying dormant during the past half-decade. He released two albums covering songs by musical legends, including Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Thelonious Monk, and a disc of instrumental duets with David Goodrich.

It was tragedy that affected his music. A couple of good friends passed away, he said, and it stopped him in his songwriting tracks for a period of time.

"If you're paying attention as a writer, that stuff comes spilling out later," he says. "Source material comes from life. In that case, it took about two to three years. You have to keep writing the whole time. The part of you that processes things - a lot of it is subterranean, and you have to wait for whatever it is. Our job as artists is not really to generate material. It's our job to listen to what wants to be written."

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

Other events

Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau Rev It Up! Mixer - With "Hot Laps" with a professional driver, food and drinks, 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, $25; 685-7621, visitcos.com.

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