Patti Ecker

Patti Ecker

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Take one part Andrews Sisters (all of 'em!), one part Tom Waits, a generous dollop of Judy and a spicy dash of Lena: Chicagoland's Patti Ecker is a bright, energetic light with a big, warm soulful voice and a strong, percussive guitar style. Patti is joined by the superb fiddler, Louise Brodie.

Biography

About Patti:
With a performing style that embraces the audience, Patti Ecker plays guitar in a strong, percussive style that complements her warm, soulful voice. She sings classic and torchy tunes, but she can tickle and surprise you with her quirky, slice-of-life compositions and absolutely break your heart with her ballads and blues.
Patti is an artist for the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Global Roots Outreach program in Chicago. She also performs with The Shameless Hussies, a yearly cabaret-concert event that features six Chicagoland female artists. Both of her CDs, the award-winning “Prairieland” (2002) and the sultry “Gypsy Lover’s Eyes” (2007) feature Louise Brodie’s inventive fiddle work. Patti’s vibrant and enduring songwriting continues to receive accolades and professional recognition. "Elsie" and "Indifferent Love" each received an Honorable Mention award in the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. "Elsie" is a finalist/honors winner in the 2008 Great American Song Contest.

About Louise:
Since she was a child, Louise Brodie has played any and every style of music she could. She is able to switch musical gears on a dime. She flies on the fiddle, taking the listener from a Celtic festival to a smoky blues bar to a place of enchanted dreams. Her husky alto voice is tinged with country and conviction, and her original fiddle tunes pull from her deep love of traditional music.
Louise has performed in productions at the Blackstone and Goodman Theaters and is a member of the Celtic group Glen Ayre. Louise appears on Glen Ayre’s 2005 CD, “The Uneven Bridge.”

It was Kismet when Patti and Louise met at the Old Town School and began melding musically. They’ve decided to join forces and have some fun. You’re invited!

Raves:
“…a wonderfully diverse and surprising range of music.”
-- Betty Trowbridge, Black Hawk Concert Series, Mount Morris Wisconsin

“…“Gypsy” begins with Louise Brodie’s mournful violin and turns into a poppy treat with vocals that remind me of a ‘50s or early ‘60s-style girl group… Patti Ecker is a gifted songwriter in many styles, and a singer who can tackle any kind of song.
– Chip Withrow, The Muse’s Muse Music Reviews

“Expect the unexpected from this Chicagoland duo - Celtic, jazz, blues, ballads…”
--Kathryn Morski, D.A.F.T Folk Festival, Escanaba, Michigan

“I listened to 'Put the Blame on Mame' and I swear if I closed my eyes, it transported me to a smoky bar on Maxwell listening to one of those great singer/story tellers. I miss being able to go out and hear true entertainment! Bravo!”
– Jude, MySpace friend

Lyrics

The Grace of a Song

Written By: Patti Ecker (words & music)

You came into my life when I needed to sing
So we played together like birds on the wing
With that heavenly music to carry us on
Now we’re sailing forever in the Grace of a song

Chorus:
In the Grace of a song
The place where we’ll always belong
The night can be dark, lonely and long
But a light shines upon us in the Grace of a Song

It’s a glorious feeling with hundreds of names
Unsinkable spirit, unquenchable flame
A spark, and a healing; a passionate calm
But you know when you hear it, it’s the Grace of a Song

Chorus:
It's the Grace of a song
The place where we’ll always belong
And that powerful magic will help us along
It’s the gift that comes free in the Grace of a Song

There’s a sweet summer storm out on the beach
And I bend to the ground like a ripening peach
The earth here is warm and there’s wine in the cup
And I rise like an angel when you lift me up

Chorus:
In the Grace of a Song
The place where we’ll always belong
And if all my possessions were suddenly gone
I’d find my home in the Grace of a Song

In the Grace of a song
The place where we’ll always belong
The night can be dark, lonely and long
But a light shines upon us in the Grace of a Song
Yeah, a light shines upon us in the Grace of a Song.

Talk To Ya, Mister

Written By: Patti Ecker

Talk to Ya Mister
words and music by Patti Ecker copyright 2007

Well late last night I parked my car
I heard a sound so bizarre
But I was in the mood for something new
I sat down with some old friends
While you stood up there makin’ sense
And I felt this connection through and through

Well, these local boys they think I’m cute
I pay ‘em back with a turned up snoot
I get more stimulation from TV.
I got a hundred ideas inside my head
They make enough noise to raise the dead
And nobody else can hear them but for me

Ch. Now I got ta talk to ya Mister
I’m hopin’ we can step outside
You’re lookin’ for a real soul sister
I got nothin’ to hide
I got nothin’ to hide

I have to say this much is true
You’re not like most I run into
And you tell me I’m not like other girls
Name the place and choose the time
And we’ll sit down with a bottle of wine
And we’ll solve all the crises in the world.

Chorus:
I got ta talk to ya Mister
I’m hopin’ we can step outside
You’re lookin’ for a real soul sister
I got nothin’ to hide
I got nothin’ to hide

Bridge:
Can’t say I’m lonely
Can’t say I’m sad
But I’ve just got this feelin’
And it’s comin’ on real ba-a-a-a-d

Chorus:
I got ta talk to ya Mister
I’m hopin’ we can step outside
You’re lookin’ for a real soul sister
I got nothin’ to hide
I got nothin’ to hide
I got nothin’ to hide

Gypsy Lover's Eyes

Written By: Patti Ecker

Far beyond the city sin, where the moon’s a tangerine
On a starry summer night
Listen to the violin, and the laughing tambourine
Dancers in the firelight.

There’s one boy who loves me - He’s as open as the skies
All the world is bright above me - In my Gypsy lover’s eyes.

Is he handsome? I think so!
Is he gentle? yes indeed
With a touch so fine and strong
If he asks me I will go wherever he may lead
Though the journey may be long

No need to be troubled - by the wherefores and the whys
I will always find my answers - in my Gypsy Lover’s eyes

Gypsy Eyes are watching me
Playfully, lovingly
They see into the heart of me
Warm and steady and wise

Luck is dancin’ in the wind
You can read it in the Tarot
You can feel it in the air
Maybe we are rich as kings
Or maybe poor as sparrows
Maybe we don’t care
Life doesn’t worry me
Cause I’ve got the prize
I have all the gold I’ll ever need
In my Gypsy Lover’s Eyes
In my Gypsy Lover’s Eyes

True Love Whispers

Written By: Patti Ecker

Sometimes I feel
Like a thread in a spinning wheel
Pulled by fingers not my own
It hardly seems real
Then you speak to me
And I find my liberty
In our quiet company
True Love Whispers

Like a river, deep and wide
With that rippling sound inside
And it leads me through the dark
True Love Whispers in my heart

Sometimes I feel
Like a rock in a stormy sea
Hard and sharp and so alone
Waves crashing around me
Then you touch my hand
And I’m back on solid land
Then I understand
True Love Whispers

In the wind and in the rain
You’re my steady burning flame
When the tempest thunder rolls
True Love Whispers in my soul

Oooh, oooh

Like a river, deep and wide
With that rippling sound inside
And it leads me through the dark
True Love Whispers in my heart

In the wind and in the rain
You’re my steady burning flame
When the tempest thunder rolls
True Love Whispers in my soul
True Love Whispers in my soul

Shine

Written By: Patti Ecker

Sunlight breakin’ the water
Sailboats ridin’ the line
Love to spend the day with you
Watch your eyes do what they do, and
Just look at ‘em shine

There’s a glow in the streetlights
I’ve never seen in my time
City streets and the avenues
Reflectin’ what I want for you, and
I just want you to shine

There’s a star in the heavens above
Brighter than the Fourth of July
Hold on to the things that you love
Pretty soon you will fly

And if you’re sailin’ without me
It just wasn’t our time
I hope you know it’s true
I only want the best for you, and
I just want you to shine

You Missed Her

Written By: Patti Ecker

All alone in the woods one day
Hunting for some easy prey
There she stood, pretty little doe
You pulled an arrow and drew back your bow
You waited till the time was right
And as she stepped out into a patch of light
The arrow flew, the arrow hissed
She ran away, my boy, you missed!

Chorus:
You missed her
You missed her
She was so close you could have kissed her
But you never hit your mark
Your arrow never reached her heart

Was it the heat of the noonday sun?
Would you have succeeded if you’d used a gun?
You got excited looking in her eyes
Your vision failed; you lost your prize

Chorus:
You missed her
You missed her
She was so close you could have kissed her
But you never hit your mark
Your arrow never reached her heart

Bridge:
And oh, I know
It’s a terrible price to pay
And if you only had another chance
She’d never get away…but

Chorus:
You missed her
You missed her
She was so close you could have kissed her
But you never hit your mark
Your arrow never reached her heart
Tag:
You should have known it from the start
Your arrow never reached her heart

Not Really Spring

Written By: Patti Ecker

I feel the sunlight on my skin
The earth is soft and wet’
The heat’s been slowly comin’ in
Since the day we met.
I hear so many robins sing
But it’s not really Spring

The wild geese don’t know what to do
Within the sanctuary
They think that Wintertime is through
It still is January
My heart beats with the hope you bring
But it’s not really Spring

Bridge:
A cold wind blows through the night
Moaning low
The bud will freeze on the vine
The flower will not grow

A raven brushed against my lips
But he had a broken wing
I know it isn’t really Spring

Bridge:
Ooooh
Ooooh
Ooooh

A promise lingers in the air
But it doesn’t mean a thing
I know… it isn’t really Spring

Wild, Wild Heart

Written By: Patti Ecker

In the chaos of the carnival
We heard the sirens sing
It takes a special miracle
To hear that kind of thing
So we stepped into the circle
I knew you from the start
I was lookin' for someone to touch my
Wild Wild Heart

Every night I told my story
Every day, I lived a dream
And you held me in the glory
Of a land that's evergreen
You have traveled through my country
Without compass, map or chart
Then you opened up the door and touched my
Wild, Wild Heart

I have slept beside the Devil
He's the kindest man I know
Well, he knows that I'm a rebel
But he cannot let me go
Though he's tried his best to tame me
With a rare, seductive art
He can't reach the place that beats inside my
Wild, Wild Heart

Ooh, Wild, Wild Heart
Feels the restless thunder
Ooh, Wild, Wild Heart
Knows the spell you're under

Love flies on an angel's wings
Into the deepest night
Nothing in this universe
Can stop its silent flight
It can rock you like a cradle
It can sting just like a dart
It can open up the door
And touch your Wild, Wild Heart
It can find the place that beats inside your
Wild, Wild, Wild Heart.

Success in Your Career

Written By: Patti Ecker

You pound the pavement; your resume is new
You’re qualified, mature and sincere
But the manager that’s hiring, well he just ain’t hiring you
So, “Good luck and success in your career”

At the audition, you thought you were the winner
But you never expected to hear
“You’d be perfect for the part if you were younger, blonde and thinner.
We wish you success in your career.”

Bridge #1
You fall on your face and pick yourself up
Your experience just does not come free
Then you lose out to some smart hotshot pup
With a smile and a fancy degree

You thought you were golden; nobody did it better
The signals you received were crystal clear
But they put you in your place when they sent that kiss-off letter
And signed it, “Success in your career.”

Bridge #2
You started out with hope in your heart
Inspiration was so easy to find
It’s so much harder to make a new start
When the door hits you in the behind (over and over)

You had a system; a scientific scheme
But you haven’t had a lucky streak in years
And you spent your last old dollar in a Reno slot machine
So much for success in your career (Don’t quit your night job)
We wish you success
Give the family our best
We wish you success in your career

Too Close, Too Soon

Written By: Patti Ecker

I said goodbye for a while
Little did I know that I’d be so hard pressed to smile
My only comfort is a bottle and a spoon
Did we get too close too soon?

I tried to tear myself away from you, ah, but
Don’t you know that absence only makes the heart go nuts?
Is this just barking at the moon?
Did we get too close too soon?

Bridge:
My friends tell me it’s the right thing to do
It just feels completely wrong to be away from you

I’m all kinds of outta here
And one kind of sentimental fool, dear
Oh, boy! Talk about the moon in June
Did we get too close too soon?

Bridge #2
I ache, I sigh, I yearn for your touch
This separation makes me want you twice as much

I guess everything mellows out in time!
These frantic love affairs aren’t worth a lousy dime
It’s just that this Palooka took me to the moon
And he got too close too soon
You took me to the moon
Too close too soon

Baby's Got the Blues

Written By: Patti Ecker

He got into a bit of trouble
I guess he’s got to pay some dues
It’s understood
He don’t feel good
See, my baby’s got the blues

It doesn’t happen very often
But when it happens, it’s for true
And when it’s close,
It hurts the most
See, my baby’s got the blues

Bridge:
I know him well
And I can tell
He’s not like anybody else
He gotta figure it out all by his lonesome
So he’s keepin’ it to himself

Bridge *2:
Oooh—
He’s not like anybody else
He gotta figure it out all by his lonesome
So he’s keepin’ it to himself

Maybe he’s a little reckless
In spite of this, I love him true
Tomorrow he’ll
Be out to kill
But right now, he’s got the blues
See, my baby , yeah… has got the blues

That’ s my Baby.

Discography

Gypsy Lover's Eyes 2007

Set List

Sets are from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on the venue. For listening rooms and concerts, Patti's solo sets include originals and covers.

Originals:
Gypsy Lover's Eyes
Talk To Ya Mister
Drink You In
The Grace of a Song
True Love Whispers
Indifferent Love
Learn To Be Lonely
Baby's Got the Blues
Wild, Wild Heart
The Cat That's Walkin' the Dog
Home to the Sky
Elsie
You Missed Her
Not Really Spring
That Man's Gonna Get to You
Donald Was My Darlin' Sweetie Pie
Love by the Pale Moonlight

Covers:
"Some Like it Hot" Medley: I Wanna Be Loved by You/Sweet Sue/Runnin' Wild!
Put the Blame on Mame
I'm a Woman
Danny's All-Star Joint
Fever
Hard Hearted Hannah
Some of These Days
The Lady is a Tramp
Do You Wanna Dance?

Additional Covers with duo, trio and band include Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Folk and Blues.