Friday, December 31, 2010

Music After 50 - A Great Resource for Songwriters of All Ages

I first found out about "Music After 50" on Facebook. It has been a great resource with interesting and well written articles. Their website is www.musicafter50.com. If you are an avid user of Facebook as I am, I would suggest that you "like" their Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest articles. Although the site is called "Music After 50", the topics of the articles is useful for those of all ages. You can find articles about training your voice, how to practice, songwriting tips and much much more. The most recent post is about whether the piano or the guitar is more useful in the songwriting process. I hope that all songwriters and musicians out there have a safe and fun New Year's Eve. I have been neglecting this blog the last few months, so maybe my New Year's resolution should include posting more articles.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cartersville Songwriters Exchange Christmas Party

 

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On Wednesday, December 22nd, Randy and Patricia Owens hosted a party for the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange at their home in Cartersville. It was a great time! There were probably about ten talented local songwriters there to share food, talk, and of course, to make music. I debuted a Christmas song I had just written, "Great Recession Christmas" and Allen Hicks also delighted us with a Christmas song he had written entitled "My Bell Jingles to an Empty Room". We also played a few classic rock and folk favorites. This continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a musician and a songwriter. The next meeting will be tomorrow at 7:30 at the City Loft in Cartersville.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Amazon Pop and Rock Albums Picks, Classic and Modern, Songwriters, etc

I have been adding albums to my Amazon store that may be of interest to long-time Rock and Pop music lovers. Check them out. My picks will probably appeal more to people who still like alternative or edgy music, groups such as Rogue Wave, The Shins, Radiohead and These Arms Are Snakes. If your tastes are more pop, check out Broken Bells, Gorillaz and Blondie. Songwriters will appreciate selections such as David Gray's Greatest Hits. You can also find something here if are looking for fusion and jazz with a strong rock influence - check out Firebird VII by Phil Manzanera. Please support The Seeds of Song by purchasing music through my online store.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Great Recession Christmas

Here's a song that I wrote that captures the mood of the nation this Christmas season. Especially for me. I have been unemployed since March. The Santa in this song is so desperate it is implied that he may resort to crime. Your comments are welcome, as are links to your own Christmas Songs.

Great Recession Christmas
by David Patterson on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 1:11am

Jack Frost is nippin
Santa he's a sipping
from a flask he's pulled out of his coat
His eyes look crazy
His beard's so dirty
I wonder how old Santa stays afloat

Street Lights shimmer
In the dead of winter
Illuminating panes of darkened glass
Silent Night plays
Parents they pray
These hard times aren't going to last

It's a great recession Christmas
In the good ol' USA
Just give us some money
Because we can't earn no pay

Santa comes creepin
Odd hours he's keeping
He's sick of his scuffed up old shoes
His hands are shaking
From what he's taken
It's clear that old Santa's got the blues

Sirens split the night
Their blue lights bright
There is trouble in the town tonight
Desperados dance
In a game of chance
It's symptoms of the urban blight
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