By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam
Review: Patrick Ames – “I Was Thinking/Young And Amorous” – October 4, 2023
Should the age be a restriction for an artist to be working within any of the popular music genres?
Well, you can pose that question to any of the big stars still recording great music from Paul McCartney to The Rolling Stones and further.
Or you can pose that question to 69-old musician, poet and songwriter Patrick Ames, who seem to always follow his gut and free spirit, deciding to make his new double A-sided single -“ I Was Thinking’/‘Young And Amorous’ an excursion into modern blues and soul excursions, that at the same time focus on lyrics brimming with his life experience.
“I’ve been intrigued by the intersection of songs and poems for years: when do you read and when do you sing, and when do you combine the two? My only insight is that it depends on the intent. Take these two new songs. They approach large topic areas, climate change and aging, by pinching the skin in a way only music can do. I’m not after solutions, I’m after engagement. So I threw a 16 bar blues at one, and some pulsing synths with a kit at the other.”
Ames started writing songs in 1968 when he was 14 years old. He inherited a guitar and dozens of classic albums from his older brothers who went off to college. An avid songwriter and performer during his own college tenure, he went into book publishing after attempting the music circuit in 1976. It would be 25 years before he would play seriously again. And it all shows.
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