PAXTONROB THE SONGS REMEMBER

Website: greaterbigbendmusic.com

“PaxtonRob The Songs Remember" is a songwriter brand existing on Youtube, Facebook, Google, and now on CD Baby and Bandzoogle. 

You may be reading this because you wonder what the "Brand" values: 

  1. All Musical Genres - and their power to relate to life's experiences; 
  2. Modern "Song Forms" -  any standard drop-down menu of present-day genres tells the story:  NOW is the best of times; 
  3. Song Creation - sometimes information compels a story to be told; injustice yearns for truth; something wants to be uncovered; something is undeniable; something is unthinkable; something needs remembering; 
  4. The Conceptual Truth -  for all that humankind forgets, the songs remember;
  5. Staying Within My "Raising" as a Songwriter - and believing in the words of Harlan Howard, “A song is just three chords and the truth.” 

Peace. ~PaxtonRob 

PaxtonRob is an independent songwriter available for working solo or in listening rooms with other songwriters. 

WHAT AM I GRATEFUL FOR

        I am greatful to live in a Democracy, especially one that is able to self-repair through its citizenry when hostile forces from inside attempt to tear apart the many fabrics of Democracy.  
        I am grateful for the majority of citizens who understand that they themselves,  We The People,  ARE the Democracy of which we speak, and not just the laws and Sacred words on parchment paper that are intended to guide us and "...give us a Republic if we can keep it."  
        I am greatful for the many leaders in our country who, regardless of party, are standing together in Democracy's test and final hour; standing as a firewall against open and corrupt on-going attacks meant to burn down those Sacred words we have lived by for over two centuries. 
        I am thankful for those named leaders who put aside Self and stand together as Democracy's brick firewall in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia, for THEY are the ones letting us see for real what true Democracy looks like. 

Peace, good will, and good health at Thanksgiving 2020. 

~Pax 

PaxtonRob The Songs Remember 
greaterbigbendmusic.com

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

          This space showcases original music and videos intended to serve both as 1) memories of historically unique people, events, or circumstances, first and foremost, and 2) creations with entertainment value, which is always important. 
          All songs on this website were written or co-written by Ron Patrick, Tallahassee, Florida.  Music tracks are available for download on this website, as well as  iTunes and other CD Baby partners worldwide.  PaxtonRob albums and singles are also available on "HearNow" at https://paxtonrob.hearnow.com.

          The following is a brief YouTube video introduction to "PaxtonRob The Songs Remember" as originally launched in 2017 on YouTube; tab references are to tabs on the YouTube site. 

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The Songs Remember EXTENDED VERSION

          "The Songs Remember EXTENDED VERSION" contains ten original songs written or co-written by Ron Patrick and administered by Greater Big Bend Music, BMI.   The album was released September 6, 2020 by CD Baby for digital and physical distribution.  The album and individual tracks are available for download on this website and at iTunes and other CD Baby partners worldwide. PaxtonRob albums and singles are also available on "HearNow" at  https://paxtonrob.hearnow.com. 

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The Songs Remember

The Songs Remember

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This is a "DIGITAL ONLY" album released in 2019 containing six original songs written or co-written by Ron Patrick and administered by Greater Big Bend Music, BMI. The album is available here and on iTunes for $5.94 (individual tracks $.99) and at other CD Baby partners. PaxtonRob albums and singles are also available on "HearNow" at https://paxtonrob.hearnow.com.

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The Songs Remember Vol 2 will be a 14 to 16 song CD (including 2 licensed cover songs). Eight songs have already been recorded; the other six songs have been written but not yet recorded. The target release date is November 30, 2021.

TRACKS: Boyfriend If Love Was Tatoos and Scars Bar Room That's What Christmas Means To Me-PaxtonRob Version The Wild Mountain Thyme Clear Blue Eyes Cowboy-Studio Version When You Close Your Eyes in Memphis Mayflower W.M.D. - State of the Union 2008 Not Enough Jim Beam-Studio Version Rainy Monday

Bonus Materials will include one free track and background information on the songs.

Expected release: November 30, 2021

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State of the Union 2020 - A Thing Called Hate

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"Yeah, you take all the credit, Puto... but you never... you never... take the blame."~PaxtonRob

"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." ~ Dr. Angela Davis

What can be said, now... after Impeachment, of the One holding the highest elected public office in the land; the One who received 3 million fewer votes than His opponent; the One who has a doggedly consistent 42% favorability rating; the One who has been vaulted to a place above the law where none other... in America... has ever dwelled?

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ANGELINA WITH HORNS - REMIX 2020

This is a remix of the original "Angelina with Horns" posted on Youtube in 2018.  

LISTENING ROOMS ARE WHERE WE WORK

          My partner, Morty Beckman, and I founded the "Original" Tallahassee Songwriters Listening Room in 2012.... back when I was more Ron Patrick and not yet PaxtonRob.  That monicar morphed from the times I frequented the open mic nights at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta ... many years prior.  It was Paxton Roberts back then. The Attic was somehow more comfortable to me when wearing that monicar.  After a time it felt like an old warm jacket. 
          "Listening rooms" have always been major outlets for songwriters, pro's and unpublished alike. "Listening rooms" go back to before the early days of Bob Dylan, and they existed in all the major music hubs:  Nashville, New York, LA.  Miami maybe?  I don't know.  But you don't see them around as much anymore, except in Nashville... where almost every night at The Blue Bird Cafe new songs get heard and new deals get made.
          There has never been a more fun format for songwriters and savvy audiences than "listening rooms".  We still have well-attended listening rooms in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas  in Florida.  Rick Ott's "From The Heart Recording Studio" hosted one such event in Sopchoppy where Rick admitted he was not all that familiar with "listening rooms",  but he definately caught on.
          Rick took his turn and brought the house down with this introduction:  "Well, I got this new song here;  but it only has this one verse; and I don't have the chorus; and I DON'T have the bridge!" (Howls of laughter!)   And Rick proceeded to play that one verse... over... and over... and over!  Yep. Rick had more fun than anybody!
          Please see the policy position included in the section "Fairness Disclosure".

LISTENING IN SOPCHOPPY

          Morty and I held this "listening room" event in Sopchoppy, the Music Capitol of Florida,  where a savvy and motivated audience attended.  It was a totally FUN night!   Players presenting original material were Rick Ott, Kim Thomas, Ron Patrick, Morty Beckman.  You will probably notice in the video that the event lighting was dimmed for ambience, so please turn off the lights in your room for better viewing.

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COMING SOON TO THIS SPACE

          The "Original" Tallahassee Songwriters Listening Room hosted by the Tallahassee Junior Museum and featuring our great, late friend... Mr. Bill Gay, with Sharla June, Morty Beckman, and Ron Patrick performing in the Old Church.

FAIRNESS DISCLOSURE

          Songs included on this website were recorded in either "LIVE" music venues or in professional recording studios.  When engaged in studio recording,  PaxtonRob employs "Work for Hire" agreements administered by Greater Big Bend Music, BMI (GBBM).  These agreements include scheduled compensatory rates that apply to contributing studio musicians and vocalists.
          In LIVE music venues, where "Work for Hire" agreements are impractical, musicians may voluntarily contribute spontaneous and unrehearsed content that significantly enhances the LIVE performance of another musician. In these instances, GBBM is commited to ensuring  compensatory fairness in the event that the LIVE performance enters a commercial stream  via physical or digital media. GBBM will meet this commitment by following the rate structures for musicians existing in our "Work for Hire" agreements, or by otherwise negotiating rate structures.  

"THERE AIN'T NO MONEY IN IT!"

PaxtonRob has been involved in music and songwriting for many years, one way or another, without ever asking the question, "Why do this"? 

          "There ain't no money in it," says Tom T Hall.  Yet PaxtonRob has received enough life-time royalty earnings to pay for three trips to Starbucks!  And for 20 years he was the coordinator (under his legal name, Ron Patrick) of a local chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.  There were perks, and tons of memories ... and revelations.  But there weren't no money in it.
          PaxtonRob (under his legal name) has written and co-written hundreds of songs, recorded a few, and played some of his songs at music festivals and local music venues for years.  Some of his recordings sound a bit like a band.  That's because he uses "Work for Hire" agreements to hire studio musicians/vocalists to spruce up his "vanilla" guitar/vocals. 
          There was no real money in any of this... but Ron held interesting and responsible day-jobs that he loved.  And he still doesn't have an answer to the question, "Why do this"?  He only knows that he cannot... NOT do this.
          Ron has wrapped it up like this, in his own words, "Maybe it IS the craft after all. I love the craft of songwriting;  it works well to preserve the memory of something in song. Doesn't matter what that 'something' is ... as long as the 'idea' is worth remembering and worth the time to construct a song that remembers.  After 50 years of writing songs, this makes sense to me now more than ever: Not only do the songs remember, sometimes a song lets you know  exactly what it wants to remember. This is a blessing  all songwriters have experienced: 'That song just fell in my lap,' or 'That song just wrote itself.'  It is for that song, that muse, I always keep a note pad near for some 3 am wake-up call."

SONGS THAT REMEMBER

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Easy to Learn to Be Green

          This is a music event designed for raising environmental awareness. The songwriters are Craig Reeder, Bill Peterson, George Gray, Ron Patrick presenting original material in a listening room format hosted by RethinkEnergy, Florida, and held at the United Church in Tallahassee.   This video clip is one of Ron remembering the many ways of "being green".  

Blue Mountain Song

          This bluegrass video remembers the Great Depression when many chose "last resort" measures of "hopping" the southbound freight cars in hopes of finding jobs to send money back home to their families. 

Birth of The American Hobo 

          The "Southbound" train image in the Blue Mountain Song video shows men wearing top hats, vests under their jackets, watches on chains, and their best business shoes.  Research tells us they were bankers, lawyers, and merchants who "hopped" the freights going south looking for jobs during the Depression Era of the 1930's.  They were termed "hobos", but without the stigma of our present times. The large numbers of Hobos riding the freight cars during that desperate time, and afterward, gave political rise to The National Hobo's Association.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Hobo_Association

W.M.D. State of the Union 2008

Remembering Gamble Rogers

          The Florida Folk Festival is the grand-daddy of Florida folk festivals.  It was home to Gamble Rogers who left prematurely attempting to save a drowning swimmer caught in a rip tide at Flagler Beach.  This song was living in the Old Slave Market downtown St. Augustine.  I just happened to rest there in the cool for a while.

FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL SET

COMING SOON 
Cowboy--Up On The Road--Sam Jones' War--Rainy Monday Blue--Flycatcher Jack and the Whippoorwill Song

The 2 minute Goodbye Song

Many thanks to the Florida Folk Festival for the opportunity to play some of my Florida songs.  Hope to see you soon!

WHAT SHAPES US

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

— Vincent Van Gogh

          I almost didn't post this section. I thought it presumptuous to do so. Sure, I have written some songs, played some festivals and other events, got paid a little, gotten some songs in the door at CD Baby.  But I never made the same commitment others have made to reach the next level.  So who cares about MY influences, I thought. Then my wife said to me "Even a nobody is everything to somebody."  

          Marie Eileen, for always being in the room; for everlasting happiness, life-long love, and unfailing honesty.  
          Kevin Welch, Wimberly, Texas, for the "walk-around" critique in your front-yard; when I die I'm coming to your front porch, Brother, just like you said, and not to Vince Dooley's house.
          Dustin Welch, Wimberly, Texas, for "Word Truths" and the many insights. 
          Savannah Welch, Nashville, Tennessee,  for the memory of her reply to my overture at The Blue Bird Songwriters in the Round, "He sure is good, isn't he."  "That's my Dad," she said.  
          The Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee... songwriters Mecca.
          Ed Walters, Folksinger, Athens, Georgia, for teaching me to fingerpick Dylan's "Don't Think Twice."
          Hit songwriter Paul Craft, for sharing "I just try and write a song somebody won't get up and walk out on."
          Rick NesSmith, Jacksonville, Florida and Staff Writer at Tree, Nashville, for unexpectedly showing up at 11pm at the Ramada Inn lobby after the NSAI meeting, "Man, you need a co-writer on 'Mary Ann Sent Me'." 
          Hit songwriters Robin Branda and Paul Harbin, Tallahassee, Florida, who let me in to make it an undeserving 3-way on "What You Answer Too". 
          Kira Rosen, Tallahassee, Florida, for singing and the Christmas benefit gigs. And Zoom. 
          Fred "Butch" Burns, Tallahassee, Florida who turned many of my 4 lines into something finished and grand. 
          Mare Wakefield and Nomad, Nashville, Tennessee, for being our treasured "extended family". 
          Tallahassee Local Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, based in Nashville, Tennessee, as chapter founder and coordinator for 20 years helping others, and being helped by others, along our songwriting pathways.
          The Tallahassee Song Salon-six seats kick-started by Grant Peeples with Danny Goddard, George Gray, Ric Edmiston, Mike Strivelli, and Ron Patrick to critique new songs, snippits of songs, choruses, verses, song ideas, etc. with multiple "who's who" guests including Kelly Goddard, Paul Harbin, Mimi Hearn, Kenyon Roberts (and others that slip the mind).
          "Bar Room", a "therapy writing" for all of us who have been eviserated at one time or another by progenetic blood, experience, or other detriments void of love, reason, compassion, and tolerence.
Note: This is the original "raw" version of Bar Room... a time way before now. The slicker version is accessable back in the section "The Songs Remember" on this website.

          Then there are the people I never met but who enriched my appreciation and understanding of  the deeper power of music beyond the bounds of entertainment and commercialism:

Guy Clarke 
Tom T Hall 
Bob Seger 
Pete Seeger 
Mark Knopler 
Chet Atkins 
Leo Kottke 
John Prine 
Whitey Schafer 
David Haley 
Bob Dylan 
Joan Biaz 
Emmy Lou Harris
Tommy Womack
Jackson Browne 
Lucinda Williams
.... tips of the iceberg.

Holdin' Up the Wall Recording Studio

Recording Session "Let The Mystery Be"-by Iris Dement

Recording Session "Let The Mystery Be"-by Iris Dement

FOR AUDIOPHYLES

          Mixing my own stuff is a new thing for me, and it requires from me significant hours spent listening to multitudes of mixes.  I never realized this at the outset. I have been mixing for 3 or 4 years, and totally love playing in that sandbox!  I guess all things have a somewhat consistantly applied process, right? 
          My own process for mixing and assessing mixes is, yes, "fluid", shall I say.  I don't use "referencing" per say, but rely on some kind of sound template in my head (I don't mix other people's stuff).  I use a variety of listening devices including headphones, ear buds, studio speakers, and car speakers that include: 

  • A set of cheap HyperX gaming headphones with built-in volume control but no enhancements 
  • A set of Symphonized ear buds with no volume control but with nice bass enhancement  
  • A set of Sennheiser HD 559 Pro Mixing headphones (my personal mixing/listening favorite for purity of dynamics, range, and overall sound quality) 
  • A set of M-Audio studio speakers 
  • A JB Sound car audio system 

          I generally start mixing using the Sennheiser headphones and the set of M-Audio studio speakers.   "Tweaks" are always needed, so I go back over the mix, then relisten in the Sennheisers, adding listens in the cheap gaming headphones and the ear buds... and a day later the Sennheisers again ... for double-checking.  "Tweaks" may follow again.  But if I think no tweaks are needed, I am a happy camper and proceed to the M-Audios.  But, as usual half the time, I must go re-hunting for happiness in some wayward frequency (and if perceived necessary, by restarting deep with gain-staging and the buses).   This entire process sort of "builds in" downtime for ear fatigue.
          When I am "perceiving" happiness after re-hunting the process, I listen with the M-Audio speakers again;  there might be more "tweaks" and "refinements" until the sound I want to hear seems isolated somewhere between the Sennheisers and the ear buds; that is to say, the sound quality of both will be pretty much the same, but I want better and more finished sound quality and dynamics from the Sennheiser listen.   Strange.   I know.   Don't try this at home!
          If this mix holds up in the M-Audio studio speakers, I burn a CD, take a hike for two days, then listen through a vintage Bose radio and then the car radio JB system.  Generally, that will about do it, unless something like the tinnitus flares up and messes with my head, showing me to be out of my league and needing to seek thera... um... help.  "Angelina's Down in Mexico" is a case in point.  I think I was mixing to the horns and lost the percussion.  I was stumped and handed it off to the CD Baby mastering guru who fixed it.  I am happy now!

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