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Pat Blythe – Ageism….agism…..aging…..and music

Posted in Family, Health, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2020 by segarini

Last week music. This week a new topic. No…..not COVID. There’s enough written about that already and it’s a subject I’m starting to grow weary of. We’re in the middle of a worldwide “situation” that requires diligence, clean hands, keeping a distance of 6.5 feet (when did two metres becomes six feet…..that’s a fail in math class?!) and a disguise when showing your face (or 1/3 of it) in public.

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Pat Blythe – The summer of 2020…..and music

Posted in Family, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2020 by segarini

“Heeeeere’s Fall”…..my favourite time of year! Yes, I’m an autumn baby (and so are my kids) so maybe a yearly “rebirth” is what I’m feeling. The season of autumn, to me, is the sensation of new beginnings. The air is lighter, fresher and crisper. We can sweat off a rather thick and muggy, “I can’t even think I’m so hot” summer. The lounge lizard days are behind us. We’re back to work. A new school year begins. The lush vegetation is offering us the fruit of its summer labours, ripe for the picking and ready for us to savour. The trees slowly paint a riot of colour against striking blue skies, something Tom Thompson captured so perfectly in so many paintings. Drives through the country are invigorating and somehow more liberating.

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Peter Previews Upcoming Peter Posts

Posted in A Message, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2020 by segarini

We here at “Don’t Believe A Word I Say ” are taking a few weeks off (August 10th thru September 10th). This column will therefore be very much abbreviated.

In the future, I will continue to write about important issues such as gay rights, the right of everyone to have a decent living, access to education, universal health care and the right to have a dignified retirement after slaving their lives away selling their soul “to the man”.

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Pat Blythe – For no particular reason…..Julian Taylor……and music

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2020 by segarini

I woke up today (Tuesday) morning, late, thinking of the future and what lies ahead. Of England, of leaving Canada, of all the friendships and relationships I’ve built over the past five years and the very special ones in particular, of all the people that have come into and passed through my life since Chris’s death. I woke up reminiscing for some strange reason, looking around my home and feeling totally amazed at how much my life has changed in such a short period of time. My sons are in a good place with wonderful women. They have both make brilliant choices. I think of Colleen, the daughter-of-my-heart, half- way around the world building a new, exciting and fantastic life. I think of my mom and all that she has seen and lived through during her 90 years on this earth. I also see many of my friends leaving the city for calmer pastures and my eyes scan my comfy home and reflect.

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Pat Blythe – The year the music died…..the pandemic interviews…..and music

Posted in COVID 19, Interview, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on July 22, 2020 by segarini

Tuesday, July 21…..the column writing begins. I sit here staring at four walls desperately missing the music, the people, the clubs and the noise. At least four nights a week I was out prowling the various music venues in the GTA, Hamilton, even London until the wee hours of the morning. The music was always happening somewhere. Now it’s eerily quiet. Yes, there are a few outdoor shows scattered about. Suzi Kory produced and presented her first hugely successful drive-in country music festival called “Love Revolution” in Cavan, Ontario. Country artists Joe McCaughley, Colin Amey, The Housecall, Bree Taylor, Nicole Rayy, Alessia Cohle, Brian John Harwood, MacKenzie Leigh Myer and of course Kory herself all performed. Where was I? In Hamilton and St. Catharines on other business. Damn!!!

Love Revolution also happens to be the name of Kory’s latest release, and a timely one it is. Give it a listen below in the “music section”.

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Pat Blythe – The weather report….day tripping and music…..

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2020 by segarini

Hot, hazy and humid…..well maybe not hazy…..maybe more like stifling and soggy? How about moist and muggy, or maybe sultry and sweaty? Scorching, sizzling, oppressive, sweltering…..an endless number of adjectives to describe the current heatwave.  July 3-15 would have been a perfect Mariposa weekend running around covering 10 stages and sweating off these extra “COVID pounds”. Somehow I don’t associate “sultry” with weather that has the infinite ability to make one a squelchy, sodden, cranky mess. One short stroll out and I’m firmly planted in front of the air conditioner drying out.

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Pat Blythe – Women & Songs Redux….catching up…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2020 by segarini

I am currently spending some time with my mom…..trolling the local dollar stores for stuff neither of us needs, but enjoying the time out. The promised rain never appeared, which was probably a good thing as the air was already thick enough. We sat out on the front porch with a cup of tea and watched the fireflies the other night. It’s rather lazy days when I come to visit, although this week is a little busier with scheduled interviews for the series I’m working on. I’m also catching up with a few mutual friends of Greg Simpson’s and mine.

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Pat Blythe – Contemplative weeding…..music man…..and music

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2020 by segarini

The goal for today (Tuesday); get up early and dedicate a couple of hours to what I laughingly refer to as the back garden. So here I am having a war of weeds with Mother Nature. She’s insistent they need to have a place to grow and I vehemently disagree. Unfortunately, I think she’s winning this one.

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Pat Blythe – Going to the movies…..and music

Posted in COVID 19, life, Movies, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2020 by segarini

I’ve written three columns over the past 36 hours. None of which I’m happy with. The air outside is rife with frustration, sadness and depression…..but mostly frustration. No clubs, no bars, no live music…..sorry folks, streaming doesn’t count…..and restaurants opening cubicle style with wait staff wearing PPE. Not my idea of a fun evening dining out.

So…..a little amusement and lightheartedness. Something to make you laugh (or at least smile). Let’s start with movies since our noses seem to be permanently pressed up against our computer (or TV) screens these days.

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Pat Blythe – George Floyd and Black Out Tuesday…..and music

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2020 by segarini

“The further society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it”George Orwell

The world is a fucking mess!! It’s a like a huge ball of dirt that can no longer be swept under the carpet. We’ve been doing that far too long and the carpet just isn’t big enough to hide the dirt anymore. Online news, social media, newspapers, all littered with the horrific happenings from around the world but with a particular focus on the U.S. A runaway virus, isolation, unemployment, too many deaths, hate crimes, looting, brutality, murder…..the list is endless. Any kind of optimism is taking a beating and beginning to fade as I sit typing this. I fear for what could possibly happen and how it will all turn out. It’s like we’ve all lost our collective minds!

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