Archive for Pat Blythe

Peter Plies the Indie Tides

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2018 by segarini

Funny how symmetrical Life is. Nearly a year ago, in a column about indie music, I mentioned how ubiquitous the genre is, and stated that someone would probably send me a video of a North Korean death metal group. “indie week” 2018 has just ended…….and a South Korean pop band won “Best Of The Fest”. Eerie, I would say.

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Pat Blythe – A little BoRap, More Indie Week …and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by segarini

Well this is going to take a while. A full six days of Indie Week including a fabulous launch party  and a very private event at a very secret location, three days on the road with ONES, Horseshoe and Hideout gigs, an MCN Open Mic farewell and move, Pretzel Logic at the Orbit Room….and I’m sure I’m forgetting something in there….. I know I won’t get this all in one fell swoop but needless to say it’s been a non-stop roller coaster ride. Going back to front, let’s start with…. Oh but first…….

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Pat Blythe – Toronto Indie Week…A Special Memorial….and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2018 by segarini

…..and so it begins…. Signaling the finale of music festival season for another year….Indie Week Toronto 2018, a crazy, fun-filled celebration of music and the people who create it. Beginning November 6 and culminating with Best of The Fest on November 11, Toronto bars, clubs and concert halls will be filled with.…yes….the sound of music, performed by hundreds of bands and artists from all over the world. Vying for ears, eyes, and feet on the dance floor as well as your support for live music there are choices of music/genre/style to fit every music lover’s desire….let’s just say “your cup runneth over”.

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Pat Blythe – ON THE ROAD: With ONES, In England, At the London Bluesfest Finale…and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2018 by segarini

Guess what? I have to write a column today. It’s supposed to post tomorrow (Wednesday). I should have it done today but……. I don’t have writer’s block. In fact, I have far too much to write about. All kinds of music and such I’d like to share. Events past, just happened and future. Problem is, it doesn’t in fit in a single piece. This is not a “one size fits all”, the old 500 words or less…. Nope, I’m beginning to feel like the late, great, Frank Gutch Jr. I don’t think anything less that 5,000 words could pour out of his brain. I think he got up to 13,000 at one point. I’m neither that verbose or knowledgeable but we did share a deep passion for music and for sharing it. I fear it’s gonna be a very, very, very late night…………………….

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Pat Blythe – London Bluesfest — Savoy Brown, Foghat, Mark Farner…..and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2018 by segarini

I’m leaving my personal thoughts and musings to the end time……I’m still catching up with the summer and all the wonderful music I heard, the people I met and all those little moments in between.

So….starting with London Bluesfest….my inner teenager was agog, amazed and humbled by the lineup this year. Performers I never had a chance to see and performers that brought back some wonderful memories. I arrived in London on the Friday, just in time to pick up my badge, connect with friend Elaine Sawyer (whose company Wich is Wich was catering the event) and catch Savoy Brown and Foghat.

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Pat Blythe – Thank You and Giving Thanks

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2018 by segarini

What are you thankful for….today and every day? Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness…..? I know, rather American (which, by the way, we all are since almost 400 million of us reside on the continent of North America). This past weekend thousands of Canadians, surrounded by friends and family, gathered around tables heaped with food to give thanks for the bounty placed before them. Thousands of others gathered in shelters, outreach centres, missions, food kitchens, church basements or not at all, having nowhere to go or maybe no way to get there. Thousands more supped on dinner for one or no dinner at all. We are so caught up in the preparations we tend to forget anyone outside our normal sphere of day-to-day relationships. So stop and think, for just one moment…..who could you have included in your Thanksgiving celebration? Next year….right?

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Pat Blythe – Reflections, A.J. Croce, Buffy…..plus Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2018 by segarini

 

WOW!!! It’s has been a while. Sooooo much has happened since mid-August. I sit here listening to He Ain’t Heavy by The Hollies thinking how lives are changed in literally a heartbeat. The thoughts of this wild and woolly summer filter through my mind…..the people the places, the experiences, the freedom, the folks I have connected and re-connected with, the hospitality of incredible friends, the music…..yes, especially the music. My life changed forever the day I lost Chris five years ago. It has morphed into a wild and exhilarating ride that does not appear to be slowing down one iota and, truth be told, I love it. But I also pause to think, it is indeed “a long, long road, from which there is no return….”

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