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May 2019

Hello Everyone,

I have not written in a while – but I have! I have been writing a book. My first. It is my story from June 9, 2013 with a little of who I was before that day and who I am today. It is about what a life changing experience can do to a person’s soul: how does one survive not only the physical trauma but the emotional and the financial. They end up all mixed up in a messy ball.

I am thinking of different ways to present the story – is it just a straight fact story, is it an inside look at a medical patient who almost didn’t make it but did, is it part of my life as an artist and how it affected every single thing I did after that day? Should it be a play, should it have music, should it be just read or should it be experienced?

I think it should have all of these elements and I have given myself the goal and the challenge to succeed – hard work, folks!

Keep coming back and I wish post updates.

I have begun the journey of re-living the past but also describing to you, the audience, the cost of surviving.

-Pat

Blog

Hey everyone

i did not even think this site still works. I added a comment about singing last week and figured I must still be able to post. The past 15 months have changed my life indescribably. I feel I had just put my foot forward to kickstart a second career in the arts when suddenly it was stopped dead in the road, literally. My daughter and I were hit head on by a drunk driver. We both survived. Miracles. We will never be what we were, but we are both getting back into life, the game of life. So much as happened and this music blog is not the place to write it but I will say this. Music continues to give me great joy. I could not listen to music for months after the accident. It all irritated me. Then one day, six months after the mva, i was allowed home on afternoon passes, and I suddenly felt like listening to Steve Perry, Journey, so I put him o . It raised me up.  Thank you Journey. It brought music back to me. Now i use it to lift me up constantly.

I will learn to sing again. It will take patience but I am determined.

cheers everyone and keep smiling

2013 in my view

Hello Everyone,

This will be quick. On June 9, my daughter and I were hit by a drunk driver  outside  of Cranbrook , BC. It was devastating and we strive each day to heal and understand why we were spared but we were. We are forever grateful.

I have not been able to write a post or sing but my passion is still as strong. Currently my Solo cd is being sold at cd Baby and 20% of sales go to MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. CdBaby has agreed to donate 50% of their fee also.

If you are interested please go to http://www.cdbaby.com/pathenman . My story is documented on the http://www.nelsonstar.ca site, search my name. Thanks for your support.

Love Pat

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 880 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in Review

2012  was a busy year with winning Song of the Year award (Kootenay Music Awards), music concerts, my day job, a little day surgery and Jesus Christ Superstar!  The Tall Man film was finally released and the local screening at the Capitol Theatre was a memorable event, not only to see my own mug on the big screen with Jessica Biel, but to see so many local faces and our beautiful Kootenay area, it was a real treat.

In the the fall I began rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar, one of my favorite scores of musical theatre ever, and one of the most well known stories ever to be told. I had the privilege to be assistant director and play a few minor roles such as a decrepit leper, soul girl in a bad wig, and heartless reporter. I also participated in the first Canadian staged reading of “8”- the trial transcript of California’s Prop 8 that is still in litigation over gay marriage rights. Artistically speaking, it has been an personal amazing year; thanks to all who listened to the music, bought a cd, watched the movie, came to a concert or the play. It means nothing without an audience and other great artists to work with.

In March 2013 I begin rehearsals for Cabaret. Directing this play is a dream come true. Thanks to Sydney Black for asking me.

Happy New Year to all and may 2013 be a happy and peaceful year. May we stay cognizant of those who suffer and need our help; may we be ready to stand up for our rights and those less fortunate.

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Shows

March 2012 – Ellison’s Cafe, Nelson, BC -Acoustic

July 1 2012 – Lakeside Park Concert, Nelson, BC – 7 piece band

July 14, 2012 – Kootenay Cultural Festival, Castlegar, BC – 6 piece band

July 28, 2012 – Benefit concert, Johnson Landing Slide, Nelson, BC – Acoustic

November 8-11, 2012 – Jesus Christ Superstar, Nelson, BC – live theatre

Georgia

Selkirk College Gala