Patrick Ames

Patrick Ames

 Palo Alto, California, USA
SoloAmericanaRock

Patrick Ames, Veteran Indie Songwriter, Releases "Like Family" EP for August/Sept. 2017.

Biography

New Release: Like Family EP

PALO ALTO, California, August-September 2017

The newest EP from songwriter Patrick Ames features the artist on a MIDI guitar synthesizer with Chana & Mikaela Matthews on backup vocals. The EP is dedicated to his mother, and the music is ruckus, joyous, and always flattering with the wildness of live performance.

The songs are inspired by family, love, and the passing of time and it includes some new classics, such as "Robert Mondavi," and the title track: "Like Family." Sound engineering, by Mike Schoonmaker, matches Ames' percussive guitar with some amazing engineering, given that Ames does it all on his laptop. Hits like "I Know What It's Like" and "Push the Door Open" have all the power and grace of classic rock, but here they are new, timely, with fresh sounds, like "March On."

The singer/songwriter is writing and performing the best music of his lifetime. His day gig as a book editor and publisher only bolsters the simple authenticity of his lyrics.

Like Family (EP) = 5 Tracks:

1. “I Know What It's Like” —  Lead track carries the dance beat while gracing you with heady lyrics: "You can / Always share / Your darkest times with me."

2. “Like Family” — Dreamlike memories that become snapshots later in life, are interpreted by the MIDI Guitar Synthesizer (all instruments are played by the guitar). Ames and the backup singers soar.

3. “March On” — Ames' indie-homage to protests, protesters, and their marchers. How courageous one must be to take to the streets and march for what they believe. Audio clips and choir-like vocals take the protest into the sound studio for recording.

4. “Push the Door Open” — There is a doorway between who you are, and where you want to be. There is a door between humanity and divinity. Multiple guitars, soaring vocals, driving rocker attempts to open the door for you.  

5. “Robert Mondavi” — The calming, healing power of vocals built upon a classic story-line. It's a whole new category: Wine Country Music.

"Like Family" is available in all outlets and streaming archives, starting August 15, 2017. For interviews, quote requests, email = Patrick at patrick ames dot com. 

Lyrics

Like Family

Written By: Patrick Ames

Like Family
© 2017 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

You were on the patio and I was in the living room
I sang along with the radio and you were humming too
That favorite line you knew by heart was coming up real soon
So I tried to hit the higher parts, I tried to sing like you

Your hair fell down over me
You kissed my head like family

You were in the backyard with your husband by your side
You were with the neighbors drinking something with ice
I ran in crying 'criminal' I was such in fear
And Flew into your open arms as if you were a seer

Your hair fell down over me
You kissed my head like family

You were on the patio and I was in the living room
I sang along with the radio and you were humming too
Your hair fell down over me
You kissed my head like family

Like Family

I Know What It's Like

Written By: Patrick Ames

I Know What It's Like
© 2017 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

I know what it's like / to be lonely
I know what it's like / to fight with family
I know what it's like / to be without money
I know what it's like / to have anxieties

You can
Always share
your darkest times with me

I know what it's like / not to have a job
I know what it's like / to be followed by the cops
I know what it's like / rough times constantly
I know what it's like / to buckle at the knees

I know what it's like / to be lost in love
I know the pain you get / when that love is not enough
I know what it's like / to wonder what’s above
And answers to simple questions /is the only thing you covet

I know what it’s like

Robert Mondavi

Written By: Patrick Ames

Robert Mondavi
© 2017 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

I want to be like Robert Mondavi
Spend sunny days with friends and family
And everywhere I see, to the west and to the east
The vineyards are lush and they’re green

I want to be like Robert Mondavi
Remind the world that it’s time for company
Enjoy a glass of wine with friends and family,
Because to be alive is to be thirsty

Oh how she gave him style and that Italian salesman’s smile
How Magritte oh how she ran that family
She gave him the time to sell, “Drink wine for your health”
And the rest was bottled as a visit to wine country

I want to be like Robert Mondavi
Remind the world that it’s time for company
And everywhere I see, to the west and to the east
The vineyards are lush and they’re green

I want to be like Robert Mondavi
I want to be like Robert Mondavi

March On

Written By: Patrick Ames

March On
© 2017 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

1.
What’s left in your step
What speed is your march
How sure do you follow
The steady beat of your heart
What’s left in your step
What speed is your march
To find out / Step in line

There are so many miles to go
With a steady resolve that shows
Fear doesn’t live between the rows
march on
march on
march on

3.
You can’t save the world
By staying home
You can’t help raise hope
By rotesting alone
What’s left in your step
What speed is your march
To find out step in line

4.
How stern is your smile
How determined is your face
How large is that sign you carry
Do the words add to its weight
What’s left in your step
What speed is your march
To find out step in line
To find out step in line
To find out step in line

Push the Door Open

Written By: Patrick Ames

Push the Door Open
© 2017 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

You live your life / just to push the door open
You live your dreams / just to push it clear
You live your life / just to push the door open
You live your dreams / just to push it clear

Follow the light
Follow the light
Follow the light
and push the door open

You live your life / just to push the door open
All those hardships / you ever had
You live your life / just to push the door open
All those trials the good and the bad

you live your lfe
youlive your life
you live your life
just to push it open

You live your life / just to push the door open
All those hardships / you ever had
You live your life / just to push the door open
All those trials just so you can

You live your life / just to push the door open
Reach out your hand / and push it clear
You live your dreams / just to push the door open
You live what seems / just to push it clear

You live your life just to push the door open
You live your life just to push it clear

Discography

2017 - August - Like Family

2017 - March - Four Faces

2016 - August 
Standard Candles

2016-February
The Free Will in Patrick Ames

2015 - July
Mutually

2014 - June
Oakville Ontology

2013 - May
Willow Glen Sessions