Pat Blythe – Memories…..celebrations…..three concerts….and music

It’s 9 o’clock on a……no, no, no, wrong song.  Betcha ya got an earworm now….before you even listen to the song.

Piano Man – Billy Joel

Actually it’s the end of a long day today, Tuesday, October 1. Exactly six years ago today, on a Tuesday, I lost Chris. I was also born on a Tuesday. Coincidence? I mourn for my loss and carry him in my heart every day but it all usually begins to overwhelm me during the month of September.  I know at least one meltdown is in the offing, it just don’t know when.  Having said that, my life is good…..in fact it’s great.

Chris

I am so abundantly thankful for the 34 years I had with Chris and consider myself extremely lucky. I look in awe at those who reach the 50-, 60- or even 70-year mark. Whatever the number, the years disappear in the blink (or two) of an eye and eventually one of you is flying solo. Living is not forgetting. That hole in your heart? It will always be there. Accept it, make friends with it, carry and share the memories. But look ahead, not behind. The past is your history, ahead is your future, and while you still breathe, you’ve got more history to make.

King Princess and Mark Ronson – Happy Together

(Thank to Karl Anderson for discovering this one. A new version of one of Chris’s favourite songs)

Thank you everyone who responded with hugs, hearts, memories and kind words on my FB post yesterday. It is heartwarming to know Chris was an unforgettable presence in your lives and that he is remembered with love. This would certainly be his “aw shucks” moment.

I have wonderful, caring friends, a comfortable home, an incredible family, two sisters I adore, the most fantastic mom who is about to turn 90, two sons I am immensely proud of….I am surrounded by music every day, work in an industry I love, launched two business ventures with someone whose friendship I treasure and remain healthy enough to still roam the bars and clubs of Toronto until the wee wee hours. I am grateful and appreciate every day I breathe!

In The Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics

Birthday x’s 2…..

Speaking of which, I celebrated yet another year of life on Sept. 25. The previous evening the Jeff Jones Trio happened to be performing. How very convenient that it was the day before my birthday and a few days after Jeff’s. (insert wink here) We had quite a crowd join in the festivities at Cherry Cola’s. Surrounded by friends and loved ones, it was a fantastic feeling!!! Cupcakes were consumed; the paparazzi roamed the club (thank you Karl Anderson); club owner, the beautiful Cherish Stevenson, kept the liquid refreshments flowing and we all listened to some amazing music. Both Jeff and I know some pretty freakin’ amazing people. Thank you everyone for making this birthday especially memorable.

Top photo l-r – Michael Zweig, Jeff Jones, Sean Fitzsimons

A few party shots provided by the paparazzi……

Sean Fitzsimons and Paul DeLong….ham drummers….both of them

My youngest Thom and my soon-to-be daughter-in-law Angie (I’m so excited)

The ever gracious and gorgeous Cherish Stevenson

Party-goersl

Shannon and Chris

Carolyn Kelly, me and Mr. Hugs, Eddie Bullen

l-r – Jeff Jones, Corey Sheilds, Eddie Bullen

Posing with Paul DeLong

l-r – Jeremy Hector, Evan Bowker, Magdelana, Eric Meloche

Jeff Jones and Eddie Bullen

Paparazzi selfie – (l) Karl Anderson and (r) Eric Meloche

Prog Rock night…..

The Musical Box, A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2. I was beyond excited, looking forward to this show for over a month. Performing at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, this Montreal-based band presents the songs of early Genesis. To quote Phil Collins, “They’re not a tribute band; they have taken a period and are faithfully reproducing it in the same way that someone would do a theatrical production.”

When I saw the show in Kingston earlier this year, all I had to do was close my eyes and get swept away seemingly by Genesis themselves. It was no different this time. It’s an overwhelming experience to hear your favourite progrock band’s music come to life. This time it was a slightly different show with new songs added and expected ones not performed. The “hoped for” favourite, Watcher of the Skies was sadly missing and there were actually two rather obscure songs I was unfamiliar with….Down and Out from the album …and then there were three and Stagnation from the album Trespass. I’m always happy to be introduced to “new” material; love adding more Genesis music my listening repetoire. It was a truly superb night. Thank you Paul DeLong for my birthday ‘extravaganza’. As for “Watcher”…..maybe next time. I have every intention of catching these guys over and over and…….

Abbey Road…..

I just barely managed to capture the faces of all the performers.

This year is the 50th anniversary (it’s really a birthday) of the release of Abbey Road and the whole world seems to celebrating. I know good friend Greg Wyard is. Two months of work including charting and rehearsals culminated in a fabulous show at Hugh’s Room Live, playing to a sold out crowd and three standing ovations. Stellar musicians all the band was comprised of Paul DeLong on drums, Mike Pellarin on bass, Mike Daley on guitar/vocals, Jill Daley on violin and keys, Allister Bradley on keyboards and vocals and of course the instigator of it all, Wyard himself on vocals, sitar, guitar and swarmandal. What a special birthday night it was.

The final recording by The Beatles, Abbey Road is their most popular and most celebrated of all their albums. The end of an era, the Fab Four continue, and will continue to influence, mentor, inspire, affect, shape and move people for generations to come.

To quote Discovermusic, Abbey Road is far greater than the sum of its parts, a record that, more than any other Beatles album stands the test of time when played as a whole. It is not an album to cherry-pick tracks on random play – this is one to put on, to luxuriate in ‘Come Together’, and to finish with a smile on your face as Paul sings about Her Majesty being “a pretty nice girl” on the closing, “hidden” track.

l-r – Greg Wyard, Mike Daley

Club crawls……it’s a double bill of badness!

Coming soon to a club near you…..Drop Top Alibi are “dropping” their next single Summer Nights & City Lights, produced by Juno award winner Michael Hanson, at Lee’s Palace this Friday, Oct. 4.  I haven’t had the opportunity to see Brandon Gregory (lead guitar & vox) along with his band Dylan Wykes/guitar & vox, Luc Ricci/bass, Jeff Cox/drums & vox perform for quite some time. So excited to see these guys on stage again.\

Fresh off their European tour, The Crooked have also just released their latest piece of work, Villain and will be joining DTA for a double celebration. Both these bands on the same bill! This is going to be an awesome night full of music and friends. J.C. Sandoval/guitar & vox, Neelesh V/lead guitar, Russ Shipman/bass and Dell Orso/drums make up this hard-driving foursome. From their FB page comes this description of Villain, It’s a madman behind the wheel, pitched against a twilight sky. It’s a drive across delusions and mania. Desperately trying to help someone who has declared you his enemy.”

Summer Nights & City Lights – Drop Top Alibi

Villain (Teaser 1) – The Crooked

Villain (Teaser 2) – The Crooked

Something – The Beatles

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Numb – Linkin Park

Lost In Paradise – Evanescence

Stagnation – Genesis

…..and the songs just keep coming….bit by bit, song by song. I love these guys and it’s been far, far, too long a wait for new music from these talented musicians and friends. Come on guys…..don’t keep us waiting. Loopified was soooooo long ago.

Next To You – Dirty Loops

Celine Dion – Imperfections

(Celine Dion’s newest. I love it!)

Zombie – Bad Wolves

Looking Back Over My Shoulder – Mike + The Mechanics

I think I’m done here for now. Have a great rest of the week and get out there to enjoy all the live music that surrounds us.

Cheers!

Photographs of the birthday bash at Cherry Cola’s ©2019 Karl Anderson, Anderson Creative

All other photographs ©2019 Pat Blythe A Girl With A Camera

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Pat’s column appears every Wednesday.

Contact us at: dbawis@rogers.com

dbawis-buttonIn “real” life Pat Blythe has spent the past 32 years as a consultant and design specialist in the telecommunications industry. After an extended absence Pat is now heading back to the GTA clubs, immersing herself in the local music scene, tasting what’s on offer, talking to people and writing once again — sharing her passions and her deep love of music. Together for 34 years, Pat also worked alongside her late husband Christopher Blythe, The PictureTaker©, who shot much  of the local talent (think Goddo, Frank Soda Little Red-headed dancing girland the Imps, Plateau, Buzzsaw, Hellfield….) as well as national and international acts,  Currently making her way through 40 years of Chris’s archives, Pat is currently compiling a photographic history of the local GTA music scene from 1975 to 1985. It continues to be a work in progress. Oh…..and she LOVES  to dance!

2 Responses to “Pat Blythe – Memories…..celebrations…..three concerts….and music”

  1. Peter Montreuil Says:

    What a beautiful column. Very timely for me personally. I am proud to call you my friend.

  2. Patricia Silver Says:

    Thank you for sharing, especially memories of Chris. You are in oiur hearts.

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