Harp Harmonics Video

Patrick uploaded a new video to YouTube, entitled: Harp Harmonics: A’s Lullaby. Using various techniques such as hybrid picking and harp harmonics, he was able to emulate the sound of a music box. Doing so is an obvious nod to the sound of his newborn’s toys.

“A’s Lullaby”, a song celebrating the birth of his son Augustus, is due out in February 2014.

Are Perfectionists Failures?

Does Being A Perfectionist Make You A Failure?

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.

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Music Biz Weekly Podcast

Patrick was featured on the popular podcast, The Music Biz Weekly, discussing the art of working full-time as a business professional while also pursuing a career in music. For the past several years, Patrick has led his “Office Drone By Day, Rock Star By Night” workshops and now you can learn more tricks-of-the-trade here.

Watch, download or listen in as Patrick discusses this topic with DIY gurus and music industry professionals, Brian Thompson (of Thorny Bleeder Records) and Michael Brandvold (online consultant for Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne & Motley Crue).

Watch it here:

Listen here:

Download it here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/thorny-bleeder/id480535472#

Video From Arena Performance

On 08/09/13, Patrick and Rich performed at halftime during the Chicago Sky vs Connecticut Sun in the Mohegan Sun Arena. The video is in and picks up at the medley which included George Clinton’s “We’ve Got The Funk“, Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” and Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me” before jumping back into Patrick’s SRV-influenced “In Step“.

The video also captures the beginner of the 2nd song, “Slán Abhaile“.

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As bonus, Patrick was asked to perform his famed “Star Spangled Banner” just prior to tip-off.

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Like what you hear? Please feel free to download/ listen/ share to the originals!

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WooTube Video Of The Month

Voting for Patrick’s video, The Dirty South, as WooTube’s April 2013 Video of the Month is underway! Voting ends Thursday 4/18/13 at 9 am. Facebook friends and fans can vote by sharing the voting poll via WooTube’s Facebook page.

The winning video will be kept secret until the premiere of the May 2013 Episode on 5/1/13 at 10:30 pm on CharterTv3, and the winner will be announced officially on the Facebook page and at the Charter TV3 Website on Thursday 5/2/13.

Playing With Tommy Lee, Well Kinda – But Not Really…

Back in 2009, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee asked the public to help out with his latest side project, A Public Disservice Announcement, by Methods of Mayhem.  Using ThePublicRecord.com as it’s forum, Lee posted demos (ie “stems”) which users could then download, record off of and re-submit with their additions.  I didn’t get into the game until it was almost over but did lay down guitar parts for 2 songs: “Drunk Uncle Pete” & “Rise Up”.

There was some controversy about the album.  American music industry figure/ blogger and part-time ruffler of the feathers to artists such as Kid Rock and Gene Simmons, Bob Lefsetz, took to the web stating Lee was doing it for the money and as a drummer, he was using the public to write the songs for him.  Lee shot back stating everything was freely made available, most parts were already written and wished some of his favorite bands did the same when he was starting out.  Read the whole exchange on Lee’s MySpace page.

Knowing my parts were unlikely to be selected in this worldwide competition, I still submitted my version of “Drunk Uncle Pete”.  All the guitar parts were based on the skeleton tracks made available to everyone.  Some examples were posted on YouTube and others via their personal websites.  Here is my submission – it’s me, Tommy, bass & vocals:

Rise Up” did not appear on the album listing and I don’t know why it was left off.  My parts ranged from Rage Against The Machine riffing to Joe Satriani soloing.  I really dug what I recorded.  There was no bass – just me, Tommy and background vocals.  Enjoy!

As the September release date neared, it was revealed that the winners would find out upon the CD’s release.  In a promotional TV interview, Tommy mentioned those chosen would find out after buying his CD and seeing their name(s) in the linear notes.  Well played, Mr. Lee.  Regardless, it was a great experience and am grateful for the opportunity.

If anyone has this CD and sees my name in the credits, please email me!  Until then, I congratulate those selected and hope something like this comes around again.

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