I am an independent musician living in West Virginia, making up these songs, and learning a lot about myself and the world in the process.
I love stripped down acoustic folk and blues music. I like to hear songs boiled down to their bare essence. That is mainly what I am going for in my own music. Along the way I hope to make people think and maybe smile a little.
All the tunes posted here are stripped down and much of it is recorded live with only some multi-tracking here and there- nothing to hide! Demo quality to be sure, but with all my heart and soul in every song!
Best wishes, -JP
Wish I Was A Turtle
I see you comin' and I'll snap back into my shell!
Used To Be Cool in High School Blues
Being a post-high school loser is hard to take!
Who Pissed In Your Corn Flakes? (Husband's Prayer)
There's nothing worse than not knowing.
You Have To Learn To Smile
You know the world could use a grin...Forget about all the trouble we're in
It's so hard without you at my parents' house.
Have I Got A Story For You
Whenever you're down and you're feeling blue... Have I got a story for you.
Partners in Crime
I love scheming with you!
The Isle of Regret
I got lost on a Sea of Conviction and ended up on the Isle of Regret
Hit 'Em Where It Hurts
I wrote this during the George W Bush era. I wrote the whole thing just to get to the last verse and the inevitable punchline. The willow has grown weary.
In My Head
Here's a look at what's going on up in this old head of mine :)
Feet Don't Fail Me Now
Feet don't fail me now / When all is clearly lost / I must emerge somehow / I know there'll be a cost.
This is a new tune I just wrote recently. My uncle used to always say he was "tickled pink" about something. I've been threatening (to myself) to use it in a song for many years now. So here it is!
Walk of Shame
The truth it hurts in the guilty morning light.
Stuck Without My Long Johns Again
It wouldn't be the first time I've fallen from her grace!
This story is sad but true.
If only life were this simple and sweet.
Lioness, I see your eyes in my dreams.
One-Eyed Willie (The Thirteenth Apostle)
Co-wrote this with my buddy Sam, the Man with No Band. As fellow IACer Mike Palazzolo once said, "Here's to Fast-Talking Hippies and Unsung Heroes!" Thanks Mike- that's how I toast before I sing this song these days! :)
Why Jack Why?
Our favorite nursery rhyme hero is depressed but he's not giving up that easily.
You can't float down Mad River / And just leave this mess behind you.
Rise Again (Live from Nowhere 2009)
I recorded this song live all by my lonesome earlier this year. I've been beaten down so much my skin is wearing thin...
Cup Runneth Over
Stripped down acoustic blues. Sometimes you're too much.
Bad Combover Family Intervention
This madness has got to stop!!
I wrote this with my good friend C.F. Truman who is a fantastic musician. I supplied the lyrics and he came up with the music. I never would have come up with this chord progression and melody on my own. I love it! This is my crude version of the song.
Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine
Why doesn't anybody believe me when I say that this is a love song? That's my brother-in-law Eric Chandler on mandolin!
The Long and Short of It (Ice Figure Skater Blues)
There's nothing worse than a bitter former ice figure skater from Texas!
When I Fly
You know I fly for you...
Lake of Seven Mirrors
When you look in there's no telling what you'll see.
6/29/2012 10:22:34 PM
... ;-) ... on my mind brother .... :-)
1/11/2012 3:08:25 AM
YO J.P., hope all is well and you and yours had a great holiday time. I did! I hope this year is full of more great music from you songwriter. Best wishes throughout the year. peace and harmony always.
12/21/2011 5:14:03 PM
Just wanted to stop by to wish you a holiday season filled with family, relaxation and, of course, music!!!!
9/3/2011 6:25:14 PM
I just listened to your song "Lioness"-I had never heard it before and was totally blown away. It is beautifully written and performed. I want to hear it over and over again.
All is well with you I hope. I have been doing open mics with my garage band and with the acoustic duo/trio-it's been a lot of fun.
7/20/2011 2:09:17 PM
I've been away from here for a while too as evidenced by the fact that I just saw your message on my page. I am still playing with two different groups though one has slowed down over the summer. Have been doing some acoustic open mics both with one or two others and by myself-it's been fun.
I look forward to hearing your new songs and how you've redone some old ones. Your music keeps coming up on my I-POD by the way. I am actually on my way out now but will be back to listen as soon as I can.
Hope all is well with you and your family.
7/14/2011 6:39:06 PM
JP, good to hear from you. Thanks for tuning in. I need to get caught up on things here on IAC. I have been listenong to the CDs, thanks again man. All the best each and everyday songwriter.
7/10/2011 4:38:20 PM
Hi J P!
Mad River is convincing-fine vocal and emotionally spot on!! I love it!
Yep we have had over 7000 quakes since February-my hometown is munted
estimated 1520 billion to repair the damage, so sad!
6/11/2011 11:21:47 AM
Just dropped in to give a listen, give some props- luv your tunes man, Peace, JM
5/18/2011 3:49:53 PM
Just stopped by to say hi and see how everything is with you. We have survived winter in the northeast and if the rain ever stops we might actually have a spring!!!!
I've been playing with my garage band and also connected with two other people to do some acoustic stuff. We played a couple open mics and hopefully will continue to do that. I even snuck in a couple originals at one of them. It's been fun. Doing some writing-put one or two on my page in the recent past but I;m actually spending more time playing than writing right now.
What's with you? Are you doing much writing/playing??? Hope all is well with you and your family.
1/30/2011 1:05:34 PM
Thanks for the Message-we had an amazing oddesyLA (Santa Monica) was a lot of fun we hooked up with Duane Flock and shot HD video for a couple of blues tunes.
met the good folk at McCabes Guitar Shop, and bought a Taylor GSMinibeautiful tones
No Conference, and Dave never showed(no refundas expected)
Then we hit London and hung out with Dirge Ks Mom, then Cambridge for a jam, Norwich another Jam with a scottish muso-1930s Americana (lonely Hobo) then Brussels (scary) Lille, Paris, Dijon, (quaint) Zurich in Switzerland for a week with friends-dairy farming then Germany, Frankfurt, Lubeck (medieval town) Denmark (down to 3 degreesC)
Copenhagen took in some art and culture (Degar and David Lynch exhibitions) beautiful women on bicycles
flew to China, Hong Kong, Hung out on the famous Nathan rd. went out in a junk,
Best time of my life-came home and been gigging flat out-bliss!!!
iac has been ill I believe ?
hope all is good with you guys
10/16/2010 5:54:36 PM
I've been away from this site for a while and just wanted to say hello and see how things were going. Hope all is well.
9/29/2010 5:40:45 PM
we hit LA in a week-for 4 daze-then LondonEurope Hong Kong
9/13/2010 3:54:14 AM
Hello Patrick .... you'll be seeing much more of me now ... hope everything is well ... gonna have me a J.Pat page stream soon ...looking forward to it my friend ...
5/30/2010 6:45:48 PM
Exactly as you put it-an IAC grassroots concert and get together is what is needed !!
I am not so interested in a "Competition" as Dave and Co seem to be promoting but I will go anyway, if enough of my friends were there.
So far Duane Flock is the only definite who has contacted me
-Some of the regulars are hurting over Larree being barred
I would love to meet you and Eric, Paul and Mark-hell it would be hootand Anne my wife is keen!! Sam would be a bonus too!!
5/30/2010 2:15:09 PM
great to hear the voice of sanity lol
I have been trying to find out if this conference / concert is kosha??
there are post on the front page at iac
"Day 1 - 10/09/10 Saturday
* Original TV Pilot Showcase Opportunity for top talent on the website :
Artists will be invited, and artists can submit thenselves, to play live or via video performance on our 24/7 streaming TV channel in the three months leading up to the event. 20 finalists will be selected from these performances. The 20 finalists will peform live at the Saturday Showcase on !0/10/10. Segments of all 20 performers will be included in the Pilot "
My wife and I would like to come and meet our friends from the USA but I am unsure if it is real or fantasyany advice???
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