Pat Blythe – Busy busy…..and just a few tunes

It’s Tuesday…..writing day. Today’s column is short…..very short. I’m taking my writing time to cogitate, reflect and sort. I’m excited to have just published my 20th episode of The Pandemic Interviews. I’m teaching, designing, programming, writing, editing and now podcasting. I’m considering bringing back the Back Deck Concert Series, am in the process of having my front lawn dug up and “converted” into a garden, and waiting for travel to open up so I can begin to plan (and book) my trip back to England this year. Sorting out the house lurks in the background. I have no shortage of projects…..things to do. All self-imposed (well except for the telecom work) including most deadlines…..I do like to be busy, but it’s getting a bit crazy busy.

As my latest podcast interviewee says, it’s been a really strange year. Gains and losses, both personal and professional….we’ve all experienced this whirly gig ride together. Words and phrases like “bubble” and “pivot” and “social distancing” are commonplace in most conversations these days. As things slowly open up in Ontario, that glimmering light at the end of a very long tunnel is getting brighter. We’ve managed to get through our first major summer long weekend relatively unscathed, as the number of cases declines on a daily basis. Fingers and toes are crossed! (for that mani/pedi too!)

Still more podcasts to publish from 2020 and new ones from 2021. They are works of love and the wonderful connections with these artists have made it all worthwhile. The intimate feelings and thoughts they have shared with me, and subsequently with the world, have me in awe and humbled. The stories they share are both lessons and reflections…..how rapidly their lives and livelihoods were upended…..falling away as the ground crumbled underneath; how everything can be forever changed in the blink of an eye. What was and what is and how they are making their way through the maze. Certainly different paths will be created and new adventures are on the horizon.

Don’t forget……

I’ve got more women in music to write about….the guys too…..and lots of music, both live and recorded, coming to a driveway, drive-in, backyard, (or back deck) or an album near you. However, today, I’m going to take a break and focus on the next cup of coffee. I’ve had my second jab and am feeling tired and a bit woozy so maybe, quelle horror, a nap or two may be in order. Have a good one!

Just remember

….and like I said…..short…..with just a few tunes to follow.

Cheers!

Everyday Life – Coldplay

Breathe – Jonny Diaz

Busy – Olly Murs

It’s The End of The World – R.E.M.

This next song I just love!

Til I Find Love Again – James Matthew VII & Young Guv

For $2 you can purchase this track here.  If you buy on Fridays 100% of the proceeds go to the artists.

https://youngguv.bandcamp.com/track/til-i-find-love-again

Today’s podcast features multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Marco Argiro. A Zoom call between Toronto and Nashville, Tennessee and two FABULOUS, brand new songs not yet released to the general public.

https://luvthemusic.podbean.com

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Pat’s column appears every Wednesday.

Contact us at: dbawis@rogers.com

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“Music and photography….my heart, my passions.” After an extended absence —  33 years as a consultant and design specialist in the telecommunications industry — Pat has turned her focus back to the music scene. Immersing herself in the local club circuit, attending the many diverse music festivals, listening to some great music, photographing and writing once again, she is eager to spread the word about this great Music City of ours…..Toronto.

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Together for 34 years, Pat also worked alongside her late husband Christopher Blythe, The PictureTaker©, who, beginning in the early 70s, photographed much of the local talent (think Goddo, Frank Soda and the Imps, BB Gabor, the first Police Picnic, Buzzsaw, Hellfield, Shooter, The Segarini Band….) as well as national and international acts. Pat is currently making her way through 40 years of Chris’s archives, 20 of which are a photographic history of the local GTA music scene beginning in 1974. It continues to be a work in progress. Oh…..and she LOVES to dance! 

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