PAXTONROB THE SONGS REMEMBER

Web site: www.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. 

I value music of all genres and its power to touch life's emotions of happiness, sorrow, comfort, conflict, guilt, intellect, character... spirituality... mortality. 

I value the many modern "song forms".  Any standard drop-down menu of present-day genres tells the story: NOW is the best of times. 

I value 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. 

I recognize that humankind remembers differently, and forgets differently, maybe even mysteriously. But one conceptual truth is this: for all that humankind has forgotten, the song remembers. 

And that is why I believe it is important to stay within the "raising" as a songwriter believing the words of Harlan Howard, “A song is just three chords and the truth.” 

Peace. ~PaxtonRob 

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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 will soon be released by CD Baby for digital and physical distribution in 2020.  Pricing and ordering information will be available soon.

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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.

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The Songs Remember Vol 2

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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: If Love Was Tatoos and Scars Pale Blue Cadillac Blue Mountain Song California May Not Kill Her Memory Bar Room Christmas Song???? The Wild Mountain Thyme Clear Blue Eyes Cowboy When You Close Your Eyes in Memphis Mayflower W.M.D. - State of the Union 2008 Angelina's Down in Mexico-????

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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WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

Here 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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It's not always fun and games... sometimes it gets serious as a Talladega road!  These links will take you to more content.

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ANGELINA WITH HORNS - REMIX 2020

Let's watch another video!  This is a remix of the original "Angelina with Horns" posted on Youtube in 2018.  Everything is exactly the same except for the revised mix. 

LISTENING ROOMS ARE WHERE I 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 than "listening rooms" for songwriters and savvy audiences. Even the world-class ROCK BAND guitarist, Rick, as in The Rick Ott Band, admitted he was not all that familiar with "listening rooms". But Rick caught on real quick one night when his "From The Heart Recording Studio" hosted Morty and my "listening room" event in Sopchoppy.

Sitting there, guitar in hand, Rick took his turn and brought the house down with his introduction  "Well, I got this new song here;  but it has only this one verse; and I DON'T have a chorus yet; and I don't have a bridge!" Howls of laughter!  And Rick proceeded to play that one verse... over... and over... and over!  More howls of laughter!  Yep. Rick had more damn fun than anybody! 

MORE ABOUT LISTENING IN SOPCHOPPY

Morty and I held that "listening room" event in Sopchoppy, the Music Capitol of Florida.  The host was Rick Ott and his "From The Heart Recording Studio" 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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"THERE AIN'T NO MONEY IN IT!"

PaxtonRob is an independent songwriter working solo or in listening rooms with other songwriters.  He 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 and 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.  But he doesn't have an answer to the question, "Why do this"?  He only knows that he cannot... NOT do this.

 But Ron has it all wrapped 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 my time to construct a song that remembers.  The strange thing that has come to make perfect sense to me is this, after 50 years of living, observing and writing:  Not only do the songs remember... sometimes I believe the songs want to remember."

Easy to Learn to Be Green

This clip is from a listening room Climate Change benefit for RethinkEnergy, Florida held at the United Church in Tallahassee.  Songwriters presenting original material are Craig Reeder, Bill Peterson, George Gray, Ron Patrick.  The complete show is probably available on Youtube, but here is a song from whistlein' Ron... 

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Blue Mountain Song

This depression-era bluegrass train song remembers those forced to "hop" the southbound freight cars in hopes of jobs to send money back home.

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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

WHAT SHAPES US

We have all been warmed by someone else's fire and drank from someone else's well.”

I almost didn't post this section. I thought it presumptious 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 committment 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."  That is why Eileen is at the top of my list. 

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" on my Framus guitar.
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.

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.

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