On Tuesday, 01/21/14, Patrick will be performaning his internationally renowned Star Spangled Banner prior to the Providence College Friars vs Butler Bulldogs NCAA basketball game. The anthem is expected to begin at approximately 8.55pm.
Here’s this version (from Shea Stadium) live & in person!
I had 7 days to learn, arrange, record and publish the Eric Clapton classic, “Cocaine”. There was an online contest looking to create a video medley of all the participants with prizes including a $2,500 Clapton model guitar and exposure on his site. Voting consisted YouTube votes and panel judging. All you had to do was create an instrumental version of the song – right up my alley!
The song isn’t hard: 2 sections, 7 chords total and a basic, repetitious melody; I simply had to throw down a basic drum and bass loop and we’re off. I’m sure I could’ve made it respectable, posted it, hopefully got a few fans and been on my way… but with about 8 hours left, I called it quits. Everything was in order with only the guitar solo left.
Imagine an instrumental guitarist quitting a song when all that’s left is the guitar solo?! But I just couldn’t nail the Clapton vibe. Not that the goal was to play like Clapton; I wasn’t happy with my solos. I felt what I arranged was solid; but none of it mattered. It wasn’t perfect. So I quit. Walked away. But did I fail? Is not putting something out which you don’t believe in a failure?
In the end, I decided it’s better to not release anything I’m not happy with. A failure, to me, is something that flops; something that isn’t attempted because of the fear of failure. I tried and it didn’t work. I consider myself a perfectionist when it comes to music and wasn’t willing to release anything which isn’t my best.
Did I fail? No. Because I learned from it and bettered myself for when an opportunity like this comes along again. Next time you’re presented with a challenge, don’t be afraid to take a step back if it means two steps forward in the future.
Local music blogger, RedLine Roots, is holding their 1st local blog award nominations.
Categories include: Most Bad Ass Local Rock n’ Rollers – The band that kicks it up a notch with every performance. Has a basis in the Americana genre, but with that extra bite of bluesy rock goodness or rock a billy kick. Best Local Picker – Branching best local picker out into separate pools for guitar picker, banjo picker, and mandolin picker. Too much (or just enough) Twang award – The local electric player that just sets the frets aflame and is tasteful, but puts a crowd in awe each time they play. Can play with anybody, anywhere, anytime and make it sound sweet!
Patrick has entered the GRAMMY Amplifier Center Stage, a contest providing emerging musicians with an opportunity to enter for a chance to advance their careers with a special recording or performance opportunity.
Vote HERE. Simply check my name and click “Done”. No email required. 1 vote per electronic device (ie PC, Mac, laptop, mobile phone, etc.). Ends Friday 07/12/13.
As posted on Facebook: The Midday Social is one of Rhode Islands most talked about music events and is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing music related networking events in all of New England. The next Midday Social will take place on Thursday, September 26th at Platforms Nightclub in Providence, RI at 7:00pm.
Bands can compete for a chance to perform in the opening spot on Friday August, 16th at Platforms Dance Club. Bands will perform 4 songs in front of a celebrity panel of judges. In the spirit of networking, this panel will consist of local industry reps. The 8 bands with the most votes will compete. Open to all genres
The band was selected (along with 7 other bands) to compete for the cover story of Limelight Magazine‘s Summer Issue. Each band will be selected at random to perform a 20 minute set with the winner will perform a 10 minute “victory” set.
The judges will score the performances on the music, stage presence/ crowd interaction, apearance/ personality & original material. The final criteria will be where you come in: crowd applause. Come on out and support us!