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Pat Blythe – Out with the old…..the roof…..and music

Posted in COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by segarini

I am starting with a song and lyrics simply because I think everyone should listen to this. It’s evocative. It’s emotive. It’s powerful. It has me weeping uncontrollably. We’re going to be more than okay. We are all shooting stars.

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Pat Blythe – Blathering….mom….music

Posted in COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2020 by segarini

Here we go again. It is me or are Wednesdays getting closer and closer together? Reclining on the couch chaise (my office) with my nose buried in the laptop my eyes are turning square and the days are blending together. It’s a gorgeous morning with the promise of a sunnier, more seasonal week ahead. Ontario is opening up…..sort of. Folks are flocking to parks, beaches, and parks….we’ll see how this goes. I just wish people would stop griping, some of them quite vociferously and angrily about the “crowds”. Nobody has any idea who lives with whom, who’s been forced to live with whom, who is “bubbling” with whom….too many judgement calls, way too many assumptions, accusations and downright bitching…..none of it constructive. Social media is rife with it.

I’d also like to add that two metres is 6.5 feet if my days in math class are correct. Let’s at least use the proper math!

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Pat Blythe – A salute to women (of a certain age)….ONE WORD….and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2020 by segarini

Another Tuesday and again it is a mishmash of what pops into my mind or maybe I was prodded by something I read. Anyway, I’m currently keeping company with my mom in London and have a watcher keeping an eye on the place. Hopefully the indoor plants will receive a little liquid refreshment tomorrow….I’m sure they’re a little parched by now. My front lawn will need a serious haircut (not unlike myself) this coming weekend after all the rain that’s heading in our direction. My tulips are blooming and Chris’s Forget-Me-Nots will be out in full force. The lilies were already poking through as was the Star of Persia. Snow or not, spring is definitely here according to the plant world. We humans will just have to be patient.

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Pat Blythe – Noodling….musings…..idiosyncratic rambling….and music

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2020 by segarini

Writing day, Tuesday, May 5, 2020…..this just in!

Who: Me

What: There is no what! NOTHING is happening! Nadda, bupkiss, zip, <buzzer sounds> wrong door.

When: All day!

Where: Inside my head! Synapses are not synapsing; neurons are not firing on all cylinders; brain waves are flat lining.

Why: Who the hell knows! Sigh…… So bear with me as noodle and try to fill in some blanks.

How: (only sometimes)

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Pat Blythe – Mind and body in isolation…..losing the connection

Posted in COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2020 by segarini

We all need touch…..human touch. A handshake, a hug, the brushing of legs, a gentle pat on the arm in conversation, holding hands, arms around shoulders, brushing hair from a face, the playful tug on your ear from a baby….it’s all about touch. It’s what we crave. It’s what we desire. It’s reassuring. It’s caring. It’s affection. It’s love. It’s unspoken words. Touch is how the blind “see” us. Touch is what connects us to ourselves and each other and we’re losing that connection.

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Pat Blythe – This is not about COVID……and music

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2020 by segarini

This column is usually about the clubs, the music, the bands, the nightlife and the denizens of Toronto who haunt those places. The clubs are shuttered, the live music has stopped, bands are silent and the nightlife…..well there isn’t any. Yes musicians (solo or otherwise) are busy streaming on any platform possible. Artists from the around the world record themselves in isolation and then join together via video to perform, Brady Bunch style. All around the world people are trying to keep everyone’s spirits up as we sit, isolated in our homes, many alone, having had no physical human contact in almost three months.

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Pat Blythe – The new four-letter F word…..and music…..

Posted in life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2020 by segarini

PLEASE NOTE: This piece is “in opinion” only. If there are any facts to relay I will note the source. Whether you agree or disagree or agree to disagree, that’s up to you. I am not seeking rebuttals, a long list of factoids or caustic criticism. If you feel the urge to respond, think first.

I’m heading into my third day off FB. I had to “self isolate” from the ridiculous suppositions, guesswork, predictions, shoddy and irresponsible attention-seeking media coverage, accusations, the idiotic ramblings of the doofus south of the border and the crazy busybodies’ trying to act as judge and jury to those out and about. It’s all beginning to overwhelm the minutest display of humour and especially the music. Then there was the false report of a dog in Japan dying of the virus. But when social media lit up like the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center with the news a Bengal tiger in Boston Zoo had tested positive for corona virus I lost it! (I refuse to post it here)

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