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Notes To Myself

by Patrick Boland

A blend of jazz and contemporary classical piano with hints of Carla Bley, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Dave Holland and Bela Bartok.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. That Constant Drip
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2. Chicken Scratch
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3. Blame it on Carla
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4:09 album only
4. Leaping off a Ledge
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5:58 album only
5. After the Storm
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6. Just Because You Say It's So
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7. Mimi Dancing
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8. A Wacky Waltz
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4:19 album only
9. It's All a Lie
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4:14 album only
10. Homage to Holland
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11. A Waltz While I Wait
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12. Alobar's Quest
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13. 12-20-03
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14. Man of the Moment
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15. Canyons
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16. Mimi in the Rain
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17. I Think I'm Under
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18. A Mistake You Made
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Growing up in 1960's rural South Carolina - the oldest of six whose father was the only pharmacist and often the mayor - Patrick graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in piano and music theory and composition. Seeking a somewhat different environment, he moved to Texas in the early 1980's. There, he split his time between San Antonio and Austin (taking time out for a few years in India), where he performed, composed, and taught piano in the artist's teaching cooperative he co-founded.

Relocating to the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC in 2002, Patrick now performs with many of the area's best musicians, and happily teaches and composes in his studio overlooking the Swannanoa River and Mount "Pointy-Top."

Patrick's work includes many dozens of instrumental and vocal jazz compositions, an operetta about the inspiring life of St. Francis, "Book of Ed" - a theatrical setting of 36 poems, a string quartet, a trio for flute, cello and piano, and numerous cycles of art songs and piano compositions

"Notes To Myself" is a collection of 18 original piano solos that incorporate both jazz and contemporary classical components of harmony and rhythm with hints of Carla Bley, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Dave Holland, and Bela Bartok.

"The Book of Ed" , also available with CD Baby, is a setting of 36 poems for modern chamber ensemble and 3 actors. The poems, written by Mel Kenne, a US resident who has lived and taught in Istanbul for many years, are the dark and funny account of a boy - who is strangely reminiscent of the mythical character Oedipus - growing up in East Texas. It was originally performed as theatre, and won awards in Austin, TX. Patrick composed the music and produced the recording.


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Laura Judson

The moods just take me away...
This CD just takes me right out of myself into some other space and time - it kind of sneaks up and wisks me away without me even realizing it. Great for a quiet morning at home.

Emanuel

Can't stop listening...
Loved this CD! I put it in my car player when I first got it and haven't been able to take it out. I like living in the moods of the pieces. My hat's off to the composer- truly a gift to have his music in my life!

Peggy Ratusz

Wonderful blend of melodies, rhythms, serene, reflective to joyful noise.
My favorite track changes from listen to listen. And that's what I'm prone to keep doing with this CD. Patrick's knack for inspiring an emotional response, be it joy (Mimi Dancing) or lament (Just Because you Say its So), playful (That Constant Drip) rye (A Wacky Waltz) to romance (Mimi in the Rain) is refreshing. A CD to uplift you, a CD to play in the car on a long trip alone, a CD that's easy to hear over and over again, without skipping a track.