Welcome to me. I’m Patrick Galactic. I’m a songwriter, performer, recording artist, radio co-host and now a blogger. So…fuck yeah! Since this is my introductory post I thought it would be cool to talk about my songs and my artistic philosophy a little bit.
I’m a singer-songwriter but not in the conventional sense. I wouldn’t call what I do folk. I’ve been called Indie, Americana, Psych Pop, Cool Guy (by my mom) etc. but those are just aesthetics. At the end of the day a song, no matter what genre it’s in, is just chord structures and melodies (unless it’s instrumental or classical buuut…no).
So with that, here is my fanatical songwriting ideology….
A single note, well-placed, can destroy an army of perfectly-plucked guitar solos. I like less. There is a power to being understated. Songs need to breathe. I like songs with great melodies that don’t get too repetitive. Commercial music today seems to fill every bit of sonic space with layers of sound, choruses repeat until they are brainlessly memorable. To me that seems like...catchiness at gunpoint. If I hear a bass part or a vocal hook I like, I can always just listen to it again, right?
Lyrics. I like ‘em. I try to give each set of lyrics their due. A lot of people don’t give a shit, they want a beat or just want to lose themselves in the vibe and that’s cool too. I will spend days, weeks, sometimes months trying to get them just right. I don’t expect people to understand exactly what I’m talking about, I focus on creating a scene and hope the listener can find a meaning for themselves in it.
I love sad songs. I write sad songs…only. I do this so that I don’t have to be a sad person. Duality exists in everyone and my art is reserved for my darkness. So if you wanna dance or listen to something that will get you smiling and loving life, you should probably close this right now and move on. If you love ironic, snarky odes to pop culture, GET OUT. I write heady sad jams with lots of atmosphere. If you wanna hear the inside of my mind, drink yourself to sleep or just need a soundtrack to your tears…you are in EXACTLY the right place.
So that’s me. Who are you? What kinda music do you love to love?! Leave me a comment, let’s talk art and feel important.