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MARCH 12 2021 (release date) - "Yeah. So. I’m lucky. I’m in a loving a relationship that has only blossomed further during the pandemic. I know that many have not been so fortunate. Maybe you’ve been all alone? Or worse, maybe someone left you - or you left them? I’ve been lucky. That being said, no two people should have to spend this much time together. Haha.
Like you, I want 2021 to be a new fresh year where everything goes back to ‘normal’. I know it won’t be. The idea that anything will ever be like it was before is forever, a lost cause. There will always be scaffolding going up on the buildings in New York. The Golden Gate Bridge will never stop being painted.
Maybe you are like me? Tell me, is your mind, body, and spirit hunkered down enough yet? Good grief. Are you following all the rules, yet your soul still feels starved for profundity? With all the tragedy in the world, I’ve found in me a well-spring of positivity I never knew I had. Maybe I’m just so happy I haven’t become sick yet? However cheesy it is to proclaim: There is a goodness worth focussing on, if you can find it, and it’s not a waste of time. For me, the answer has been getting inside music.
This year is going to be a whopper for new music. I have a feeling every record released is going to be one huge anvil after another - and I cannot wait. Pat Hull’s voice is a diamond you need to buy for your girl. It always has been. I had the pleasure of seeing Pat a decade ago, in his NYC days, singing with his acoustic guitar. Since then, he’s moved back to NorCal and started a family. He’s been super prolific, thankfully. I’m so happy I have his jams in my world. With his latest full length, ‘St. Clare’, Pat has really found his groove on the classical guitar. He joins the likes of Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Lauren Hill, and others in centralizing the nylon stringed guitar with band. Who doesn’t like vibrating nylon? Gross. Haha. I could tell you more about Pat’s ‘St. Clare’, but I’m pretty sure after the first ‘Hey Baby’ you hear in the opening track, Setting Sail, you won’t need my words to keep listening. Epic record. The musicianship by all involved is truly exceptional. I put on Pat’s music like I lay the needle down on ‘A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night’...
...gently, as we prepare dinner together at home. Vinyl for dinner everybody! "