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PAXTONROB THE SONGS REMEMBER

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RE-FOCUSING

After Mayo Clinic; after LOCKING DOWN; after getting my Covid shots;
after winter projects; after giving the music studio a facelift- 

GOALS FOR THE NEXT 36 MONTHS ARE:

        1.  Volunteer work: 3rd QTR FS;
            2.   WIP: 95% Museum SLR video; 
3.   Release 6 cover singles;
 4.   Co-writing/songwriting;
  5.   Playing out/networking.

Here's What's New

Co-writing Session 

A co-writing session has commenced but placed on hold recently due to Covid-19 spikes in Florida.  It's a 3-way via Zoom at the moment... a song for the 2022 holidays.  Very good 2-hour 1st session the first night.  Very open, rich, and accepting of any and all ideas and perspectives among the 3 of us.  There have been discussions regarding going forward... can't wait! 

The Songs Remember EXTENDED VERSION

"The Songs Remember EXTENDED VERSION" is for physical and digital distribution.  

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The Songs Remember

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WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

 We are showcasing original music and videos intended to entertain and  to memorialize historically important people and events.  The following is a one minute introduction video originally launched on YouTube in 2017. 

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Website: greaterbigbendmusic.com

“PaxtonRob The Songs Remember" is a songwriter brand valuing

Conceptual Truth   
For everything humankind forgets, the songs remember;

Song Creation  
Reason compels a story to be told, a truth to be revealed, the undeniable to be voiced, the unthinkable to be clarified, 
and the forgotten to be remembered;

Modern "Song Forms"
The drop-down menu of present-day genres tells the story:
 NOW is the best of times; 

Musical Genres
They have the power to relate to all of life's experiences.

Peace. ~PaxtonRob 

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

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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... of the One once holding the highest public office in the land?" ~Anonymous

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The Songs Remember Vol 2

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The Songs Remember Vol 2 will be a 14 song CD (including 4 licensed cover songs). The target release date is 2022.

TRACKS: Boyfriend/ If Love Was/ Tatoos and Scars/ Mary Ann Sent Me/ Bar Room/ That's What Christmas Means To Me-PaxtonRob guitar solo Version Poison The Wild Mountain Thyme/ Clear Blue Eyes/ Cowboy-Studio Version/ Do You Remember Me/ Mayflower/ W.M.D. - State of the Union 2008/ Rainy Monday Something About You

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

Expected release: November 30, 2022

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SONGS THAT REMEMBER

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HAVANA (Waiting for You)

ANGELINA WITH HORNS - REMIX 2020

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

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.   

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 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

WMD Aftermath

         "HEY, I SUPPORT THE TROOPS, IT'S YOU GOT IT WRONG,
AND EVERYTHING IS ALLRIGHT!"

           "WMD State of the Union 2008" is not intended as criticism or blame, despite the unavoidable obvious.   WMD is a reminder and caution of how easily war can become protracted with unexpected consequences after being started with the best of intentions.    With the Iraq War, there was real concern caused by seeing the actual use of poison gas against innocent Iraqie men, women and children... in the streets of Bagdad... by the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein.  Markers were laid down by faulty intel that Hussein was building up a nuclear capability.  Didn't pan out. 
          The events in this song are true.  I lived through those years very upset because of Talking Points that were excuses and made up shit.  One such Talking Point was "The war was launched to find nuclear WMD." That didn't pan out.  Then the Talking Point was "We did it for democracy."  I chronicled those years from memory, with some later fact checking, and completed the song in 2008. 
          I take no pride in protesting for the sake of protesting; but this was something else.  And that part about the oranges is in there because I was upset and needed relief!   That failed.   But the American people didn't.  And neither did the troops.  Wish I could say that about the civilian leadership at the time.

Remembering Gamble Rogers

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

STRICTLY "ORGANIC"

One of the greatest country songs ever written... any time, any place.
Written by Fred "Butch" Burns and Ken Yon.  Performed by Fred "Butch" Burns.
                                                                                                                                 ~Greater Big Bend Music, BMI
 

Fred "Butch" Burns, Ron Patrick, and the late Judge Charles Miner.
                                                                                                          ~Greater Big Bend Music, BMI

LISTENING IN SOPCHOPPY

          The songwriter said:
"Well, I got this new song here, but I have just this one verse; and I don't have the chorus; and I DON'T have the bridge!"  --Rick Ott.

          My partner, Morty Beckman, and I played at a "listening room" event in Sopchoppy, the Music Capitol of Florida,  where a savvy and motivated audience attended.  It was a totally FUN night!   Presenting original material were Rick Ott, Kim Thomas, Ron Patrick, and 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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LISTENING AT THE OLD CONCORD SCHOOL HOUSE

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

ABOUT LISTENING ROOMS

          My partner, Morty Beckman, and I founded the "Original" Tallahassee Songwriters Listening Room in 2012.  "Listening rooms" have always been major outlets for songwriters, pro's and unpublished alike. The concept goes 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. 

           You won't find a more fun format anywhere than "listening rooms."  This form of entertainment will rebound in Tallahassee and surrounding areas  as the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 subsides.  Most of these rooms generally practice the "Shhhhh" factor taken from the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee where almost every night new songs get heard and new deals get made.  http://www.bluebirdcafe.com                               

FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL SET

COMING SOON 
Up On The Road--Sam Jones' War--Rainy Monday Blue--The Mighty St. Johns

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!

SONGS FROM THE ATTIC

Attics are places filled with forgotten stuff: cabinets full of yesteryear's stitch and fold; old photographs; old recordings; old  memories.  More old footlockers full of more old stuff.
Priceless.

MAYFLOWER--A true story of a small town in Arkansas, POP 2000

DO YOU REMEMBER ME--True events remembered and love shared

MOCKINGBIRD LOVE--A love story inspired by a conversation

WIDE OPEN--How my dog thinks

RAINY MONDAY BLUE--Totally made up bits and pieces

MARY ANN SENT ME--One of the best "wreakage" love songs ever written

YOUR OLD FLAME--An unfinished work remembering Jende

SONG LYRICS

Book of Lyrics-The Songs Remember EXTENDED VERSION This first "Book of Lyrics" contains performance sheets with chords (landscape) and lyric sheets without chords (portrait) for the 10 songs included in the CD "The Songs Remember EXTENDED VERSION". 1.16 MB
From The Attic-"MARY ANN SENT ME" Link to track. Recorded by the songwriter, Rick NesSmith, using vintage analog recording equipment. Sweet! 37.2 KB
From The Attic-"YOUR OLD FLAME" Link to track. Recorded by the songwriter,"Jende", using professional ADAT equipment at From the Heart Recording Studio mixed by Rick Ott. Ron Patrick accompanies on acoustic guitar. 49.2 KB

FAIRNESS DISCLOSURE

          Songs included on this website were recorded in either professional recording studios or at "LIVE" venues.   When recording in a studio,  "Work for Hire" agreements were employed administered by Greater Big Bend Music, BMI (GBBM).  These agreements include scheduled compensatory rates that apply to contributing studio musicians and vocalists. 
          When recording in "LIVE" music venues,  "Work for Hire" agreements are impractical to employ.  However, musicians on the program may voluntarily contribute spontaneous and unrehearsed content. Such content may significantly enhance the "LIVE" performance of another musician. Therefore, GBBM is committed to ensuring  compensatory fairness if such "LIVE" performances enter a commercial stream. GBBM will meet this commitment by following the rate structures existing in our "Work for Hire" agreements. 

          A word about Royalties: going forward our goal is to earn royalties over time.  GBBM is committed to the fair compensatory sharing of royalties with all who created the music. 

"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 Ron Patrick) 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. 
          It's true. 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 30 years of writing songs, this makes sense to me now more than ever.
         
Sometimes the song lets you know 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, there's a note pad always near for some 3 am wake-up call."

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; for life-long love; for 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 spent helping others, and being helped by others, along our songwriting pathways.  A major highlight for the chapter was all NSAI members performing original songs in a monthly series of "Songwriter Showcases" hosted for 18 months by The Paradigm Lounge, downtown Tallahassee.
     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, Eddie McFarland, Kenyon Roberts (and others that slip the mind).
     "Bar Room" The truth about Bar Room:  BANNED! The song is a beautiful but BANNED "therapy write."  Yes! BANNED... from Google Ads... for "promoting... alcoholism!"  Really!  I don't think so.  Bar Room is a wall of Raw. Human. Pain.  But it's my wall, ain't it. 
     Professor Rohn You see, "Professor" Rohn is my 92 yr old out-of-control dear ol' fav Uncle... and the one who slipped into my studio and slipped Bar Room in here.  Said it be healthy to air out  such pain of... eviseration by progenetic blood void of all love, reason, compassion, and tolerance.  Note: This is the original "raw" version of Bar Room... a time way before now. The slicker version is accessible back in the section "The Songs Remember" on this website.
     Morty Beckman,  last but not least my "Partner in Crime".  Morty birthed the idea of "The ORIGINAL Songwriters' Listening Room" in Tallahassee and two years of regularly scheduled listening room events at selected "partner" venues in Tallahassee.  We always featured two accomplished songwriters to participate with the two of us.  We four presented 32 original songs in a two hour listening room event.  Some of these events are available for watching on YouTube at The Songwriters Listening Room site.  This was a milestone time in my life, and I am certain Morty would agree.  So ... thanks so much, Partner!  It's still a blast!

SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD..............

          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.

FOR AUDIOPHYTES

Holdin' Up the Wall Recording Studio-- before...

.... and AFTER

WHAT I AM GRATEFUL FOR IN 2020

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