The Twelve Debtors of Christmas is one of the funniest Christmas songs written! It is based off of experiences working in a collection agency, and has a lot of “extras” added to it. This song was written as a request by Pat’s wife Ruth. It was for her coworkers at the company she worked at. It became such a popular song that we decided to put it out as a single for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Pat J Peterson was a truly talented and passionate artist with endless experience in the music industry. Since 1992, Pat has been a well-respected musician, accomplished songwriter, and many describe Pat as being one of the best music performers they had ever seen. The touring and/or successful groups he was a major part of as front man, songwriter, singer and guitarist were:
Savage Myth (1992-1995) – Hard rock/metal
The Pipe Circus (1996-2013) – Funk/Rock/Reggae
Pats Solo Act (2006-2013) - Pop Rock/Funk/Reggae
Avengers Assemble (2007-2013) – Pop Rock
Pat had played an average of 130 + shows per year since he was 20 years old. His experience includes appearances at 150 + venues and theaters, 50 + Midwest festivals (including five appearances at Summerfest, three appearances at Taste of Madison, and many more), regular tours in 15 + states, and he had opened for major national acts like Candlebox, Hoobastank, Doobie Brothers and more.
Pat has won awards from WAMI in performance as well as national and world wide songwriting contests. Pat has been on major and college market radio stations, TV appearances including the Jenny Jones show, 10 appearances on Urban Theater, and he was named one of the Top Four Wisconsin Guitarists in Madison Magazine, April 2011.
On September 18th, 2009, Pat J Peterson was diagnosed with a Stage IV Brain Tumor. He had surgery to remove the tumor and that followed with 6 weeks of radiation treatment, and one year of Chemotherapy treatments. A few months after he finished his first year of treatments, a second tumor was found. Pat continued to perform live shows during all of his treatments, he never stopped performing or recording his music.
On June 17th, 2011 Pat had surgery to remove his second cancerous brain tumor. Thirteen short days after his second surgery, Pat got on stage at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI. He performed for an hour and a half on the Harley Davidson Stage with his band “The Pipe Circus”.
Pat continued to receive Chemotherapy treatments until May 2012 when they found the third brain tumor. He was then started on a different Chemo treatment which almost shut down his liver and landed him in the hospital several times. The Dr.’s then tried a re-radiation treatment. Pat spent the entire summer of 2012 receiving radiation treatment, and still performing live shows and recording as many of his original songs as he possibly could.
On December 15th 2012, the Dr.’s informed Pat and his family that the tumor had spread, the Dr. said there were no more treatments left to give Pat and that he would have days, possibly weeks left to live. Until that point, Pat had been performing live shows right up until his last show on November 22nd, 2012.
During the time Pat had left, he finished as many recordings as he possibly could. He managed to complete two, almost three, of the eight albums he was working on. Pat lost his battle with brain cancer on Thursday February 7th 2013. His wife Ruth, along with help from many others in the music community is working on finishing the remaining albums Pat recorded including a couple of live recordings of his performances.
This album “New Beginnings” is very special because it was the first album Pat recorded. He started recording withing a week of his first surgery, and he was so inspired that he was able to finish recording this 5 song album in only two weeks. Pat was songwriter, singer, producer and performed all of the instruments on this album.
Pat also used his talents to help so many others through benefits he would put together, funds he would raise for worthy causes like Children’s Hospital, the Red Cross, and families in need. He was also a guitar instructor for 15 years, teaching young minds how to play guitar.
He touched many lives, friends and family as well as fans and people who never even met him. His strength through his battle with cancer inspired many others to fight on through their own battles in life. Pat and his musical gifts will truly be missed.