The music of songwriter Patrick Ames is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google and all your favorite music outlets. The newest studio recording are two singles, Young and Amorous, and, I Was Thinking. Previous releases include: Harmonium (June 2022); The Virtualistics (June 2021); with Liveness (April 2020), All I Do Is Bleed April 2019; Affettuosos, April 2018; Like Family released Sept 2017. Four Faces was released in Feb 2017, and Standard Candles in 2016
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Releasing October 4, 2023
• Young and Amorous (featuring Mikaela Matthews)
• I Was Thinking
Two new powerful singles have been released: Young and Amorous and I Was Thinking. They are as opposite as the two edges of a radio dial. Young and Amorous has a dance-floor kit, soaring vocals, and a universal set of lyrics about growing older. On the other hand, I Was Thinking is an acoustic talk-along on climate change in the likes of Leonard Cohen and Mose Allison. The two singles couldn't be more different except as classic examples of the ever-determined songwriter, 69 year old Patrick Ames, who revels in exposing the hidden places of life and society.
Somehow I'll Find A Way
Produced by Jon Ireson, "Somehow" is a visit to Americana. The campy song involves a songwriter writing a song about quitting songwriting while driving home from a gig he just quit. Playful and catchy, you'll be playing and singing this in the car, playing air drums on the steering wheel rim.
Harmonium - June, 2022
Produced by Jon Ireson
Recorded Dec 2021 - April 2022
Harmonium is the title of Wallace Stevens’ first book of poetry (1923) and I happened to be reading it while in my music studio about a century later, during the 2021-2022 Omicron virus wave. The poems were inspiring so I borrowed the title for a new music project and then buried myself alive for about three months trying to emulate the inspiration. I was also trying to ignore the news, the virus wave and then the war in Ukraine, trying to be positive, inspired, busy. As such, there are no grand overarching themes in this new LP. Only a purposeful exploration of what I want to matter again. That’s why there’s Grace, the LP’s finale.
Produced by Jon Ireson
Patrick Ames: Guitars and vocals
Jon Ireson: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Producer
Chana Matthews: Backup vocals
The Virtualistics - June, 2021
Produced by Jon Ireson.
Recorded May 2020 - May 2021.
The Virtualistics. The band never met. We never met during a difficult pandemic year. The four of us never practiced together. We didn't sing together nor did we pre-plan the final sound. We were virtual entities, duly recording our tracks on various home devices and sending them in for assembly. Those famous photographs of The Virtualistics, studious musicians playing on stage, hard working in the studio, those tired looks of a fifth take, none of that happened. We never sang or played together.
Eight tracks recorded during the pandemic by The Virtualistics.