Patrick Ames

Patrick Ames

 Palo Alto, California, USA
SoloAmericanaAdult Contemporary

Patrick Ames, Veteran Indie Songwriter, Releases "Affettuosos" EP for April 2018.

Ames is back with his newest outing "Affettuosos" – a hip coffeehouse sound led by social-issue lead track "Yellow Pill."
• "Oh Penelope" elopes with the EP for an unforgettable ballad.
• "My Ad to You" & "I Like Blue" from Ames' years listening to Jobim, with joy.
• "Wail you Wait" is gospel, a prayer, a wish, and more. The backup singers are angels - you must hear.

Ames' best work yet.

Biography

New Release: Making the Affettuosos EP

PALO ALTO, California, April 2018

For interviews, quote requests, email = Patrick at patrick ames dot com. 

“For my newest project I wanted to slow life down. The past year has been filled with stress and bad politics.  I wanted a soft, warm sound, what I call “hip coffeehouse,” in direct contrast to the barrage of rap, EDM, and hip-hop that is seemingly everywhere.  I returned to one of my songwriting mentors, Antonio Carlos Jobim, for inspiration, and indeed there are warm afternoons, one-finger pianos, soft acoustic guitars, and pervasive percussion – that whole Jobim thing.  I even sing like him, rough and off-key.”

“And then Yellow Pill came along midway through the project.  The lead track of the EP is a one-chord dopamine stimulator, and I keep it there, in fact, I force it to stay there because of the subject matter. There are really no lyrics per se, it’s mumbled and impromptu. Opioids are bad news. And big-pharm, like McKesson, are making huge profits.”

“Well, there went my conceptual album of gentle, affectionate songs. Now the EP project starts with a bang and ends with a prayer.”

“So, I worked on unifying the whole EP with a certain sound, down to just a few instruments, coffeehouse percussion, over-lapping vocals, soft guitars.  Chana and Mikaela Matthews take on more leads and more vocal involvement on this EP, mostly to help cover my aging, crackling voice.  The result is a unique sound that plays through all the tracks, changing with the style or lyric."

"You have to have a determined stance to be an independent artist, to paint what you see, play what you hear, and don't cater to the dollar, that sort of thing. That’s why the tattooed hand on the EP cover has six digits... those are mighty big tasks to accomplish.”

"Enjoy. - patrick"


Yellow Pill = A single chord dopamine stimulator.  The lyrics are dynamic and improvisational.  And the on-going American story of how huge drug companies are making billions of dollar off the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. 

My Ad to You =  I made an Ad for my wife and this is the soundtrack. 

Oh Penelope = Everybody's favorite song. Perhaps one of my best. 

I Like Blue = My Jobim-like effort of a song I wrote decades ago. 

While You Wait =  It's a prayer, a gospel, a wish, and a special song.

Lyrics

Yellow Pill

Written By: Patrick Ames

Yellow Pill
© 2018 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

(Lyrcis are random and dynamic. There is no order.)

You the thrill
You the drill
You the frill
My little yellow pill

Doctor, doctor, give me my yellow pill

Yellow Pill
You my bill
You the ill
You the spill
Little Yellow Pill you kill

Yellow Pill
You the grill
You the shrill
you the hill
My Yellow Pill

Yellow pill
you real
you deal
you kill, my little yellow pill
little yellow Pill you kill

(Voices:)
My brains been spilled. My head’s been drilled. I’ve lost my will. Little yellow pill.
I went to the doctor said doctor please. I need a refill cause I’m afraid to sneeze.

- You the bill, you the grill, you the spill, you my ill, you take my will, you steep hill, my little little yellow pill

My Ad to You

Written By: Patrick Ames

My Ad to You
© 2018 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

It took a balmy breeze / on a winter’s afternoon
One end of your scarf fell loose / and into my face it flew
I followed to the other end / and fell in love with you
And all these years later / I still remember the smell of your perfume
The chords rise and take their turns / to make a hook that’s all about you

The summer night was lit / with an effervescent moon
We slow danced with our hips adjoined / and hummed this gentle tune
your lips were dressed in rouge / and midnight came too soon
We slipped out between some songs / and went to find a room
Oh you know / how these memories flow
Soft edges with a Gaussian blur / lyrics that rhyme with two
The chords rise and take their turns / to make a hook that’s all about you

This is / my ad / to you

Oh Penelope

Written By: Patrick Ames

Oh Penelope
© 2018 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

Oh Penelope
When you’re next to me
I want to be romantically
involved with you

Oh Penelope
You’re where I want to be
I’m overwhelmingly
in love with you

Oh, Penelope
I’m in love with you

Oh, Penelope
I’m in love with you

I’ve lived my whole life
accidentally
And now you come along
So unexpectedly

>>>

Oh Penelope
when you’re close to me
You undeniably
take my breath away

Oh Penelope
I categorically
and therapeutically
want to say

Confidentially, exponentially, so emphatically, I’m in Love with you
Automatically, instantaneously, so adorably, I’m in love with you

Oh, Penelope
I’m in love with you

Oh, Penelope
I’m in love with you

I’ve lived my whole life
accidentally
And now you come along
So unexpectedly

>>>>

Oh Infectiously, energetically, even spectacularly I’m in love with you
Exponentially, so elaborately, even typographically, I’m in love with you
optimistically, so affectionately, so flippin’ amazingly, I’m in love with you
biologically, automatically, instantaneously, I’m in love with you)

I Like Blue

Written By: Patrick Ames

I Like Blue
© 2018 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

I Like Blue, I like Blue,
On a sunny afternoon

We walk out the door / wearing blue jeans,
Cotton blue shirts / are crisp and clean
Makes us sing this song
Blue skies that shine / clouds and white smiles
Blue digs that shout out / “hey we’re in style”
Makes us sing this song

I like blue, I like blue, I like you

We hold hands together / walk down the boulevard
Window shop for hours / blue bottles and jars
Makes us sing this song
Back home for dinner / the end of the day
Blue cheese with bread / wine and paté
Makes us sing this song


I like blue, I like blue, I like

We walk out the door / wearing blue jeans,
Cotton blue shirts / are crisp and clean
Makes us sing this song
Back home for dinner / the end of the day
Blue cheese with bread / wine and paté
Makes us sing this song

While You Wait

Written By: Patrick Ames

While You Wait
© 2018 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved.

While you wait
For your life to abate
do you ever wonder why
you were made to wait
Help Fix this world
Help Remove the hate
Ohhh, While you wait

While you age
don’t be afraid
one morning you’ll wake up
and you’ll not be awake
Fix this world
Remove the hate
That’s why you were made
You were made to wait
And Work while you wait

While you rest
on your climb to be famous
only to realize
you don’t have those kind of jets
Help Fix this world
Help Remove the hate
While you wait

Discography

2018 - April - Affettuosos

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