Artistic Philosophy

Why and for What Purpose?

"What are your songs about? What do you make music for? What's your message?"

"Well I...uh...see the...hmmmmm...yeah, basically....you see, when a man loves a woman..."

I have been asked these questions a lot over the years. And, unfailingly, I stammer and trip all over myself trying not to look like a fucking moron...which I then fail at on account of all the stammering. I'm not good on the spot. I'm more of an "off the spot" guy, lurking in the shadows of my own omnipresence.

I make music to express my unyielding desire for acceptance, for peace, for an understanding that has, thus far, eluded me.

I have lived most of my life feeling like an outcast of some type. No matter how many people are around me, no matter how many friends I have, I am inhabited by a profound and unwavering solitude. It's a long, dark kind of alone...heavier than my bones, thicker than my blood. It's like a universe occupied by just me. There are many times I'm grateful for it and many times where I wonder if I am just crazy and no one has figured out how to tell me? Either way, I am endlessly preoccupied with my own anxieties and racing thoughts and that creates a barrier (or protective shield, depending on how you look at it) between me and the rest of the world.

Breaking through this cavern of echoes to the rest of the world is a formidable task. Writing music helps me wade beyond the waters of my distorted thinking. It's medicinal, it works just like an anti-depressant. When I go too long without creating, I get clogged up with nervous tension and self loathing. A new melody or a great lyric is like a Xanax for my heart. When I'm on a roll and am writing a lot, I feel like I am successfully fulfilling my purpose in life. 

If I have ever felt the presence of God it has been through song. 

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Performing is the truest form of connection I know. It's a bridge from the deepest, darkest part of me to you. It's where I'm most honest, no need to hide or pretend. There are no falsities, no stutter steps. I don't care how I look or how it makes you feel when I am singing my heart...we are inexplicably connected. If you want to know me, the stage will unravel every layer of pretense. It's a discovery for us both.

And THAT is why I make music.

Do you make music or some other art? Why? Leave a comment, let's jib-jab.

The Soundtrack to Your Tears

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.

PG