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Lynn Patrick: Music Reviews

Daily Camera-Inteview with Greg Glasgow

"With her mix of intricate, happy-sounding acoustic guitars and other instruments like fiddle and piano, Lynn Patrick composes the unofficial soundtrack to life in Boulder. Inspired by the vistas outside the windows of her house on Sugarloaf Road, Patrick has released three albums of instrumental songs that range in mood from upbeat and energetic to reflective and meditative. Patrick, who also teaches guitar lessons, has won several awards — including an Independent Music Award and two international JPFolks awards — for her previous instrumental albums."

Q: How did you get started playing guitar? 

A: I taught myself. I come from a musical family — my parents both played the ukulele, they played these old Southern songs, and my grandmother and my mother played the piano so I grew up singing and being around people who play music. My mother wanted me to take piano lessons; I did that when I was younger but didn't really feel a connection with it at the time. My sister got a guitar and she ended up not really playing it, so then I took some piano books and just started teaching myself chords, and I taught myself. I learned very simple little folk songs and then I started buying books at the music store, like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell. I would really just go right into the books and then listen to the songs really carefully and that's how I learned. 

Q: Why did you choose guitar over piano or another instrument?

 A: It was actually a trip that I did to North Carolina. I was about 15, and my older sister's friend played bluegrass music. And I had never heard bluegrass music in my whole life; I'd only heard country music. And I didn't really like country music but there was something about watching people play guitars and banjos and fiddles that really inspired me. 

Q: Have you always played instrumental stuff, or were you more of a singer-songwriter starting out? 

A: I started out as a singer-songwriter. I was about 18 years old when I started playing cover songs in different places like art festivals around central Florida, and in school I played songs for people then I started writing my own. And I was covering people and also doing my own original songs right from the beginning.

 Q: How did you evolve into being more of an instrumental artist? 

A: Because I started performing so young and so early, I just did that for 15 years. When I came to Colorado, I played a lot. I played up in Vail sometimes every weekend, the whole bar/ski area scene, and I got tired of being in bars all the time on all the weekends. Then I started to go through a life change and decided I didn't want to play music at all. I guess I reached a burnout point. But then after a year I started just playing guitar instrumental songs. I started writing one instrumental song after the next and started putting together some recordings and those recordings ended up becoming an album. I would have never imagined doing an instrumental album, and then I ended up getting a few awards. So because right from the start I got recognition on a national level, I was like, "I think I'm just going to stay with this." People were responding to my instrumental music a whole lot more. 

Q: Why is that? Is there a different feel to your instrumental stuff? 

A: I think it's because guitar is my passion and I feel a lot more confident with guitar. I think a lot of my creativity just came out a whole lot more than when I tried to write lyrics. Not that those songs were bad. I even sang at Red Rocks once — I opened a concert for Dan Fogelberg — and they were all original songs. People still like some of my early singer-songwriter songs, but the guitar, I think, is a lot stronger and has a lot more passion in it. 

Q: I see in your liner notes that each song was inspired by a different experience. How does that come across — how do you write a song about something when it has no words? 

A: Instrumental songs are kind of like emotional stories. A lot of them are inspired by dreams or memories or experiences, healing times. I put myself in that situation or I'm in that situation because of a particular experience. Songs are like energy, and so I kind of shape the energy to fit that emotion — using notes to express what that energy is at that moment in time. 

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Victory Music Review with Heidi Fosner 

"On the Wind is a beautiful acoustic album of original guitar compositions by Lynn Patrick, with bass, violin, cello, fiddle and piano accompaniment. If you’ve ever wondered what life in the Colorado Rockies might be like, On the Wind can at least show you how it might sound. There is a breezy open air feel to Patrick’s music, which she seems to play effortlessly, inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her on Sugarloaf Mountain, where this collection of songs came together. 

On the Wind is Patrick’s 4th CD and her 2nd to win an international award from the Independent Music Awards whose panel of judges included Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega and Wilson Picket. The mood of On the Wind is generally light but has its more reflective and meditative moments as in “Mysteriously Drawn,” and “Blue Moon Crosses Over,” which is made especially nice by the piano, violin and cello. Other musicians on the CD include: Vince Herman, Steve Glotzer, Ted Reece on guitar, Chris Engleman on bass, Sandra Wong on violin, James Hoskins on cello, Taylor Mesple on piano and Gordon Burt on fiddle. You can hear music samples of Patrick’s lovely music at www.lynnpatrick.com.”

Women's Magazine-Interview with Ellen Mahoney 

For fifteen years Lynn Patrick sang in nightclubs, festivals and opened concerts. Her performances began in Tallahassee, Fla. During her college years and then took her to Boston, Mass. before she eventually landed in Colorado. Here, Patrick performed at Red Rocks and at the Jerry Ford Pro Golf Tournament in Vail for many years. But gradually she knew it was time to make a change and took a break from music for about two years. “Those years were a time of rediscovering who I was as a musician and songwriter,” Patrick said. Then, music called to her again and she began creating award-winning instrumental songs with her guitar, which she says has always been her truest passion and her strongest, most creative voice. 

Referring to herself an acoustic instrumentalist with the feel of folk, jazz and hints of bluegrass, Patrick has already produced three CD’s entitled Winnie’s Guitar, When She Dreams and her newly-released album, On the Wind. Her guitar pieces, which often include bass, fiddle and flat-picking guitar, come alive in a lighthearted, soulful and captivating way that reflects a courage and compassion for life. Patrick’s music can be heard on NPR transitional breaks for shows like All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation and Living on Earth. Her guitar playing is also featured "Boulder Library 100th Anniversary” documentary from Boulder’s Channel Eight. She recently received the Independent Music Awards 2007 Best New Age Song for her On the Wind title track, “Mysteriously Drawn.” Judges included artists such as Peter Gabriel, Cindi Lauper, Suzanne Vega, Wynonna, and David Grisman. On the Wind was also nominated Best Acoustic Album of the Year 2006 with KUNC radio. 

WM: What was your childhood like? 

LP: I was born in Winter Garden, Florida and I have three sisters. My early influences in music came from my parents and grandmother who played instruments like the piano, ukulele and banjo. I grew up singing songs with my sisters and my family; my parents used to sing harmonies together. We lived in this old house on a lake and it burnt down when I was eight years old. But I remember singing out on the porch when I was growing up and looking at these big old oak trees with Spanish moss overlooking a lake. 

WM: How did you learn guitar?

 LP: I taught myself how to play guitar when I was 16 from Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Neil Young songbooks. I played every day until I went to Florida State University where I studied humanities. 

WM: What’s your music like today? 

LP: A lot of my songs have been reflections of nature and just being outdoors. On the Wind is a mix of being with friends, being outdoors, relationships - it’s kind of moody, upbeat folk, new age, sort of bluegrass jazz, and lighthearted. People say it makes them feel good. 

WM: Do you have a favorite song you wrote? 

LP: Yes - Little Karoo. I went to South Africa in 2002 to a place called Little Karoo, which is about 400 miles north of Cape Town. There were zebras, leopards, cobras and the Bushman cave paintings. The mysterious land and wild animals were all part of the inspiration for this song. When I wrote "Little Karoo" I felt like I was channeling - the music just came through me. It’s kind of magical and makes me feel like I’m in the depths of my soul. 

WM: Why did you name your newest album, On the Wind

LP: The title comes from a memory of horseback riding with friends out on the plains. It was so exciting and windy - and the horses were real frisky and it was a really beautiful experience. 

WM: What is "Mysteriously Drawn" song about? 

LP: This is about situations that come into our lives that impact us in a very deep way. When I wrote the song somebody had changed me. I felt drawn to know this person and it affected me in a deep way. 

WM: What does it mean to be an independent artist? 

LP: I wear many hats as a songwriter – I perform the songs, engineer and record them, produce them, decide which instruments to use and direct all the musicians. I also edit and do pre-mixing, deciding how the instruments will weave in and out through the songs. Major labels do this for you, but I’ve learned how to do it all myself. 

WM: Where do you create your music? 

LP: I love where I live - a house on Sugarloaf Mountain, which is about 20 minutes west of Boulder. I wrote and recorded almost every song of On the Wind in this house. Upstairs there are these tall, big windows that overlook a valley. It’s just the most beautiful house and I’ve been there five winters now. 

WM: What musicians do you work with? LP: I’ve been recording and performing with NPR and E-Town bassist, Chris Engleman, through all three albums since 1998. Chris is just really fun and very talented. I also work with violinist-fiddle player, Sandra Wong, who is a diverse and classically trained violinist, pianist Taylor Mesple, guitarist Steve Glotzer, Marni Pickens and many others. 

WM: Besides guitar playing, what do you like to do? 

LP: I work as a sound editor and I’m a guitar teacher. I also like to snowshoe, cross-country ski, bike ride, hike, windsurf, sail, horseback ride and spend time with friends.

On the Wind CD Review by Gregory Chmel with Colorado Buzz Magazine

"When you listen to Lynn Patrick’s new album, you may find your inner self wandering off into the serene foothills of Colorado, or your mind’s eye might take you on a quiet journey along wood-lined mountain trails. I personally believed that for a moment I saw a clear, briskly running brook during my forty-minute excursion into Lynn’s world of beautiful acoustic guitar music. I felt relaxed. The music is not only therapeutic; it’s quite uplifting. Lynn’s brand of acoustic guitar is clean and smooth – very organic, with flawless strumming and picking accompanied by other stringed instruments such as violin and cello. I picked up an ambient feel of light Bluegrass in many of the songs and was reminded of Jim Croce’s guitar work a few times. From “Malibu Wave” to my personal favorite “Everything Changes,” you’ll find melodic and gentle ebbs and flows. There’s no question this award-winning compilation will be well received in any environment in which you’re seeking to enhance a tranquil setting."

Quotes from Reviews "Guitarist Lynn Patrick weaves a blend of music that is both literal and descriptive of her CD, "On The Wind. "Patrick creates a stream of tunes that carry you through a journey of acoustic bliss."--Kyle Dyas, KUNC 91.5 Music Director

"An amazing collection of instrumentals for any guitar lover, from quick-pick fretwork to soothing serenades. This is local music at its finest."--Vince Darcangelo, Boulder Weekly

"Lynn Patrick makes music you can trust. Absolutely lovely."--Diane Shattuck, Women Who Rock Magazine
"There’s burnished gold in her guitar playing."--Denver Post
"Patrick plays acoustic music of the brightest sort."--Laura Bond, Westword
"Lynn Patrick is a pretty fine contemporary acoustic guitar player.... Winnie’s Guitar has a warm feeling to it, and Patrick shows why she has earned accolades for her guitar work."--Victory Music Review
"Winnie’s Guitar is a sunny, feel-good recording that’ll undoubtedly lift your spirits."--Dan Cross, About.com
"This music is a brilliant soundtrack to a multitude of moods and places…Honest, refreshing, enlightening, uplifting..."--GoGirlsMusic.com
"Lynn Patrick succeeded on When She Dreams to create a very atmospheric album, her music is like poetry, in beautiful moments written on guitar."--Acoustic Guitarist, UK
"This release will make you feel 100% better any time you listen to it. It is sunny, effervescent, and uplifting."--FAO CASA Gazette, Rome
"...outstanding musicianship."--The New Times Seattle, Washington
" Lynn Patrick succeeded on When She Dreams to create a very atmospheric album, her music is like poetry, in beautiful moments written on guitar."--Bridge Guitar Reviews, UK
" In this latest, When She Dreams, the guitar establishes its own ethereal style, a kind of happy island in an urban society, a calm and relaxing music in which the melodies interlace between two guitars and piano posed in tranquil rhythms without ever losing the dynamic qualities and "gusto."--Chitarrando Reviews, Italy
"The music conveys a sense of soaring freedom--tracks such as “Passing Through, ” “California Zephyr ”and “Letting Go ” telling stories with universal appeal using notes and rhythm instead of words and phrases."--Guitar Nine Records.com