I'm grateful to be employed musically these days with a nice place to stay in Kalamazoo. I’ve been renting the third floor of Miss Muse monthly and I couldn’t feel luckier for the lovely space. I’m also feeling grateful that I'm surrounded by a wealth of people I love as I navigate through this first year without PC around. Tomorrow (May 2nd) is Pat's birthday, and Jon Timm instigated some fun things that we've created in store for his birthday weekend:
A New Website, a Digital Release & Birthday Concerts in tribute to Pat Carroll
To celebrate Pat’s birthday, we decided to increase the reach of Pat’s album Glow In The Dark. Glow In The Dark is now digitally available on Pat Carroll’s Bandcamp, and through CD Baby (Itunes, Spotify and etc.) Please share widely and help us spread Pat’s music! You can go here to stream or purchase Pat’s album, or to the Earthwork Store for purchase. We also created a new website for all things Pat! For information about Pat, his music, his memorial endowment and his community, please go here: www.catperil.org
Our request: after checking out the new website, please contact Sam Cooper at email@example.com if you have any Pat related content that we might want to add to the website.
Birthday Weekend Concerts
This weekend, please join us to celebrate Pat’s May 2 birthday, his legacy and his music. All are welcome as we pay tribute to his musicianship, his friendship and his indelible spirit. Pat was a social worker, a sound engineer, an Earthwork artist and a Michigan music scene advocate who passed away in May '13 at the age of 26 from Cystic Fibrosis complications. Even if you didn’t know Pat, or if you’re unfamiliar with his music, we encourage you to come be part of the community glowing in his wake.
Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Pat Carroll Birthday Tribute, 8 pm, all ages welcome, The Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St.
FIRST SET: The Jon Timm Band covers Glow In The Dark
SECOND SET: Songs for Pat by Seth Bernard, Sam Cooper, Fiona Dickinson, Tony Roth & etc...
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Pat Carroll Birthday Tribute, 4 pm, all ages welcome, The side chapel of the First Congregational Church, 345 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
FIRST SET: The Jon Timm Band covers Glow In The Dark
SECOND SET: Open Mic Set in tribute to Pat
SATURDAY MAY 3 KALAMAZOO MARAJ DEBUT
I've been writing and singing with a brand new hip-hop, soul band called Maraj, with two producers/owners of the Double Phelix Studio in Kalamazoo (Andy Catlin and Ben Lau), myself and two MC's (MotorcityKam and Darius). It's way too much fun. I'm now officially in both an old time dance band (Bowhunter), and a new style dance band (Maraj). Anyhow, our debut Grand Rapids show went really well, opening for our friends Breathe Owl Breathe. Our debut Kalamazoo show will be this weekend on May 3rd for the second night of the Double Phelix "Spring Fling" gala. Here’s an Earthwork blog post with more information about the Spring Fling.
“Double Phelix Sound is a recording studio and record label located in downtown Kalamazoo, MI. Once a season, we open the studio to fans, friends, and family to enjoy a peek inside the magic.”
After this coming weekend, I'll be prepping for a weekend tour in Chicago with Bowhunter, who has a shiny new Bowhunter website thanks to Laurel Premo. I'll be heading south straight from the windy city for a road trip to Nashville with my songwriter friend Fiona Dickinson to record on Jon Timm's upcoming album. I can't wait to feel the warmth of the south.
This spring I've been out and about with studio work jobs, and working part time for The Quest Program, which is a project between the SEEDS organization in northern Michigan, Earthworks music, Blackbird Arts, The American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress. The Quest Program explores songs that Alan Lomax recorded throughout Michigan in 1938 in order to engage youth in the creative process, and connect to their heritage and their place. The Quest encompasses students from SEEDS after school programs that stretch out across seven towns in northern Michigan.
Fellow Earthwork musician John Hanson produced a great Quest promo video for the project, where you'll find me being silly with the awesome students in Brethren. Check out Porche on my fiddle too! I have a feeling she's gonna keep up with the violin after the program:
Here are some articles about the project:
Alan Lomax Inspired Concert Features Northern Michigan Students
Folk Music Collector Inspires Concert With A Twist
I've been working on this project periodically with Mon-Wed blocks since late February. It’s a lot like touring but with more prep & reflection, more daytime performances, and probably just as much thinking on your feet. It’s been fun to work in tandem with other musician like project spearheader Seth Bernard, Josh Davis, Jake Allen, Joe Wilson, Chris Bathgate, Marc Alderman, Mark Lavengood, Graham Parsons, Andy Catlin, Darlene, Ben Cohen and Akili Jackson. I enjoyed strengthening the bond I made with students from the SEEDS School Of Rock Camp last summer as well.
Often, engaging in the folk process is as close as we got with kids who identify with artists like Miley Cyrus, Skrillex, metal, dubstep and hip-hop. But the process was adventurous, and the results were dynamic and refreshing. Instead of mimicking the source songs, students felt excited about using song elements as a tool to explore their personal, cultural and physical landscapes. It was neat to watch the musical palate’s of both teachers and students grow throughout this program. I know that my own writing was influenced by both the source recordings, and the modern stylings of these young interpreters.
There will be a concert showcasing the songs of the program on May 9 at 7 pm at the Traverse City Opera House. Unfortunately I’ll be in Chicago playing a dance with Bowhunter, but those in the Traverse City area should check it out! It will be epic, and there will be lots of handmade props and narration to keep you enthralled.
Here's a video we took of one of the songs we wrote with students from Brethren called "Hoedown Showdown (Sissy Walkin' In Brethren), which is inspired by the source tune "Johnny Stiles (The wild mustard river") Lomax, Alan (recordist), Stice, Archie (singer), Newberry, Michigan. It's a rather gruesome lumbering song that memorializes the young Johnny Styles, who catches his foot in a log jam and meets his end under the rushing river. So, we changed up the meter of the song and sang about life near the Tippy Dam as the kids have (or would like to) experience it:
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.