Saturday, March 28, 2015

The New Everly Brothers?



Returning to our bed and breakfast from our Friday night foray on Hollywood Boulevard last January 9th, Pat saw a guitar in the living room.  He picked it up and started to strum.  He was encouraged by a singer we saw a few days earlier at the Whiskey A Go Go.  This singer was obviously making it up as he went along.  

Pat has been playing in a band his whole life (which is LONG time since Pat is 66 years old now, sorry Pat).  In fact, Pat plays in TWO bands.  One is called "The Burritos" and the other "The 45's".  In fact, as I type this he is rehearsing this morning with one of his bands. 

Pat and his bandmates do this as a hobby.  Their dreams of hitting the big time a la that other famous Canadian band "The Guess Who" evaporated many decades ago.  Now they just play for themselves and the occasional gig.  They do have a good time, and they are popular in Toronto.  And even on occasion they make a little money which they bank for the next gig.  

As for me, the last time I sang was in high school chorus.  I'm a bit tentative as you can tell. But doesn't Pat have a nice singing voice? Right on note and pleasant to listen to. He's been encouraging me to sing but I don't think there's much hope for me with my terminal Philly accent.

So without further ado, here is our best Everley Brothers tribute (or is it Buddy Holly?)

18 comments:

  1. I hate to say it, but I think that Pat should remain a solo act! Ha!

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    1. Actually Tony, I agree with you! Pat is the one with the natural musical talent in this pairing. We may be a lot alike but not exactly. I too have my unique talents, sometimes not so obvious. But we do make a good team.
      Ron

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  2. That was nice, if a little reserved on your part, Ron. The two of you have a ready-made showbiz name - 'The Patrons' - so, wasting no time, I suggest you hone your joint skills and prepare to hit the BIG TIME!

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    1. I agree with you 100% Ray and I'll ramp up my volume. Par has such a gentle voice, i didn't want to outshine him. Besides, he has that uncanny ability to sing on note.
      Ron

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  3. Better still, call yourself 'The Patron Brothers', 'cos everyone thinks you already are!

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    1. Ray,
      I've told Pat that we might as well tell people we are brothers. Seriously though, I've never anyone before in my life who is so similar in my personality. For years I dreamed of meetining "someone just like me" and here it happened. You never know what life has in store for you.
      Ron

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    2. Perhaps the two of you ought to manufacture some 'sibling rivalry' just for appearance's sake.

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  4. Cute videos. I wouldn't be surprised if you and Pat get a gig at the Whiskey on your next visit to Hollywood. I doubt if you'll need a pianist, but I'm available......

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    1. Jon,
      We're going to take you up on your offer. Yes, you play the keyboard. I can see it now. Do make plans to visit L.A. next January. Why not? I'll introduce you to Tony and Nadege. We can all get together and do the Universal Tour.
      Ron

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  5. You guys have a valuable skill, you know how to make your own fun. Thanks for sharing --and reminding me how important that is!

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    1. Geo.,
      You are exactly right, par and I do have that skill to have fun in the. Ist innocent and innocuous ways. For most of my life my friends have been bored with me or have. I interest in what I do, Pat is that rare exception, he likes me. Bill also likes me but he does 't like trips like this. I do. In the past when I have had friends travel with me, they didn't waste any time meeting someone else during our vacation and spent their time with the new stranger that they met. Bob McCamely, Bob Murphy and Brad Corrill did that. That's why I traveled alone (when I did) all those years. For the first time in my life I have a friend who actually enjoys my company and doesn't seek out others. It's nice not to be dismissed.
      Ron

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  6. Hey Ron - I'm thinking we need a little more work before we hit the Whisky A Go Go. And of course we can always do lip-syncing which so often happens in concerts today - apparently. But frankly I think just a little more practice.

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    1. Hey Pat, from what I saw at the Whiskey A Go Go when were were there, we're way better than two of the three acts we saw. And we're free! Imagine, old men singing. Wait, we already have that with the Rolling Stones and all the other 60's and 70's acts that are still touring don't we? We're just a wee bit late to the game. The "Grandma Moses" of the rock stars.
      Ron

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  7. Sorry for the typos friends when I respond to comments but I'm using my iPad which isn't the best vehicle for typing. Since my leg injury I have to keep my leg elevated or else it swells. When I sit at my computer desk for any length of time I pay the price because my leg swells. I hope you can decipher my comments via this less that desirable decide, this iPad.
    Ron

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  8. Ron,

    Enjoyed Peggy Sue, but you need to turn up the volume when you sing!

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      Next time, I turn up the volume. :)
      Ron

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  9. Ron,

    I though the two of you sounded pretty good together. You just need to have a bit more confidence and loosen up like Pat is. You went a bit flat on one line, but most of the time you were all right.

    Lar

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    1. I haven't sang in over sixty years Lar,, I need to practice. Wat until next year when we're in LA. Whiskey A Go Go watch out!

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