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You Make Me Scream
19 August 2020
|Modern poet, wine enthusiast and blues philosopher Patrick Ames gets wild and loose on jangly new rock n’ roll single “You Make Me Scream.”|
Patrick teams up with Producer Jon Ireson for a funky dance song destined for the summertime charts. It may be hot, it may be the middle of the Pandemic, after months of quarantines and isolation, but Ames wants to dance. And dance it is, with Ames’ vocalists Chana and Mikaela Matthews and Jon laying down the bass line and solo guitars. There’s plenty of punch to quench your late Summer woes.
“You Make Me Scream” released to all digital partners on August 25th.
About “YMMS” – Liner Notes by Patrick:
You Make Me Scream (YMMS) is dance music. After a year writing serious songs and protest songs about our country and the politics and experimenting around on the edge of folk and other genres, I just wanted to dance. And in the middle of the Pandemic, after months of quarantines and isolation, I wanted to dance. I usually write songs beginning with one guitar riff and one vocal riff, and then place them together. YMMS was the vocal riff and it pretty much starts and stops there. With only nine words in the entire dance song: “You make me xxx, so tenderly,” I’m more proud that I didn’t use “Baby” anywhere. ; )
I’ve decided that dropping singles is much easier than doing EPs, or LPs, given the Virus, so I’ve decided to write and release every few months, and then at the end, I can bundle up the singles together. YMMS is the first one with this new approach and one of the real issues was that everyone was/is sheltering. So I supplied my singers, Chana and Mikaela, with their own microphone and Chana built a voice box to eliminate noise in their apartment (they are sheltering too). We had Zoom sound engineering 101 and a lot of unusable files in the dropbox.
Jon Ireson came in half way, as Producer and fixer. I recorded the rhythm guitars and vocals, with temporary percussion and bass tracks, while Chana and Mikaela sent in their parts. Jon is a wonderful producer and musician and he filled in the bass and the guitar leads, but most difficult, he worked with a variety of sound files recorded in different places, on different equipment, recording at different levels, and he still unified it. YMMS sounds as good as it does because of Jon.
There is nothing music does better than make people dance. At one early point in the song writing process, I had “You make me scream, democracy” and the whole point was that democracy is exasperating. But the symbiosis between systems of government and funk music just didn’t jive, so I went back to “so tenderly” instead of “democracy.” And that’s as close to serious that I got.
#YMMS. Enjoy. Dance. Vote.
Patrick Ames, vocals, rhythm guitars
Chana Matthews, vocals
Mikaela Matthews, vocals
Produced by Jon Ireson
Bass and additional guitars by Jon Ireson
Mixed and mastered by Jon Ireson
Similar/RIYL: Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan
Genre: Singer Songwriter, Rock & Roll, Blues Rock, Soul
Patrick Ames Bio
In the heart of wine country in California, you may encounter the proper wordsmith and storyteller, Patrick Ames. Patrick is a man who plays to his own inner muse, revealing a complex set of inspirations and incantations from the eclectic songwriter. One can expect more than a dash of the raw, dark and mournful, along with hopeless romance, artistic conviction, and a fiercely in-the-moment, DIY approach where the recording style is both instrument and live-ness detector.
And what you soon learn is that Patrick Ames is passionate. Writing/literature is a passion. Lyrics and poetry are passions. Melody/guitar/music writing is a passion. Nature and wine country are passions. Spirituality and inner connection, passion. Psychological pursuits, passion. Anything activist or community-related are passions. Knowledge, education, are passions.Ames smiles, “Wine makes you passionate.”
Ames discusses growing up in a household full of music and how that became a part of his musical consciousness:
“My mother sang opera and also in the church choir (I’m a choir brat). My very older brothers listened to 1960s hits and bands, and my father to Pop radio. We were close to Detroit, so it was Motown, Motown, Motown, or Puccini and for some reason, I knew who the songwriters were, like Holland, Dozer, Holland. Then, Glen Campbell broke through and I remember adoring him. He had a TV show. He had a guitar and he wrote songs! I still think his Wichita Lineman is extraordinary.”
Ames started writing songs in 1968 when he was 14 years old. He inherited a guitar and dozens of classic albums from his older brothers who went off to college. An avid songwriter and performer during his own college tenure, he went into book publishing after attempting the music circuit in 1976. It would be 25 years before he would play seriously again. “I bought my son a cheap Fender and amp. He didn’t like it. I loved it. I cranked it up and played with abandon and then it all came back, in spades.”
Much of Ames’s professional life has been in technical book publishing, which for him carries several parallels to what he’s doing now.
“Book publishing is exactly like being a music producer. The end product is a finished work of communication and the path from early inspiration to finish is a drug and you keep doing it to get the drug. Writing songs is like writing poems, only with more tools at your disposal: you have melody, rhythm, human voices, syncopation and on and on. Songs can become these extraordinary 3D poems. And I think a good LP/EP is just like a book, with songs like chapters, and all these themes criss-crossing.”
Now, in his early 60’s, Ames has returned to songwriting armed with decades of word-smithing, book publishing, and decades of practice. Through a series of experimental EP and LP releases, including “Four Faces,” “Like Family,” “Affettuosos,” “Standard Candles” and “All I Do Is Bleed,” he has established his personal signature with a gravelly, heart-on-the-sleeve voice box and carefully considered lyrics. Critics are sitting up.
“I tell stories, so lyrics and music come hand in hand. It usually starts with a musical riff and then I match that riff with some kind of striking lyric. So I have a musical riff and a lyrical riff. Then, as a story, I let those two fly together and piece the story together.” For example, his last EP release came with a doozie of a title – “All I Do Is Bleed.” When asked about the meaning, Ames smiles, “Passions can overwhelm you.”
‘All I Do Is Bleed’ crossed an artistic boundary for Ames. During the EP project, Ames visited Buenos Aires and brought back mucho Latin inspiration. You can hear it in the tracks, acoustic guitar work and percussion, just like the streets of San Telmo in Buenos Aires. From R&B Downtempo, to American Top 40, to Classical Crossover, to Latin Folk/Pop, the EP confirmed his propensity to travel through music with his stories and emotions and he shares the stage with his two vocalists, mother and daughter, Chana and Mikaela Matthews and add an Argentinian guitarist, Paulo Augustin Rzeszut.
Much like in Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen’s writing, Patrick’s lyrics reveal at times a wry black humor and matter-of-fact delivery. Lines like, “While you were making babies, I sat on the sofa all by myself. While you were making babies, I decided to go down and visit Hell.” illustrate this knack perfectly.
Remember wine country? Ames lives in a Napa vineyard where he writes, records and plays for the grapes at practice time.
“Lots of people love wine and the world of wine (tasting, collecting, etc.), but few people get to live in the vineyard. I live in one, and it is hauntingly beautiful. It’s not like a cornfield…the vineyards are pampered and coaxed to produce and the way they are watered, pruned and picked is special. The land can be remotely wild, filled with animals and critters and it can be very rural living there. The music that I write and play, is not so much Americana as it is what I call Wine Country music: it’s a mix of heady folk, basic rock, classic Motown and choral music with an artistic and intellectual bent. Best heard with a glass of wine.”
So far, Ames has stuck to DIY production approaches, experimenting with studio live-ness and recording. It’s unusual in folk/acoustic music for such experimentation but his latest six-track release, Liveness (April, 2020), showcases his banshee wail and devoted disposition.
Ames is married to Elizabeth Ames, a woman’s rights advocate, with one son. He performs at small venues around the SF Bay Area and Napa preferring intimate settings with the audience.