Patrick Brealey

The music and musings of Canadian songwriter Patrick Brealey

A Lesson in Cussin’

Check out this lit­tle ditty I wrote for Leon Knight & the Neon Lights. Who is Leon Knight, you ask? Just the biggest, bad­dest, grouch­i­est, sloven­li­est coun­try star that ever didn’t exist! Check the Shows link for the next performance.

Leon Knight & The Neon Lights — Teach Me How To Rock n’ Roll by nichol­robert­son

Full Band » Prizes!

A quick note to sug­gest that if you are in Toronto this Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 2nd, you should come to the Dakota Tav­ern and join me, my full band and Luther Wright & the Wrongs for an evening that will live in infamy! It’s going to be quite some­thing and there will be.…..wait for it.……waaaaaaaiiit.….…PRIZES! Come!

The Year of Focus

And so here we are: a new year. 2012. The Chi­nese cal­en­dar declares it to be the Year of the Dragon — an ani­mal that is strong, proud and noble but is also known to be impetu­ous and, at times, tyran­ni­cal. Sounds like a bold year to me. When it comes to other cal­en­dars, I’m sure your neigh­bourly con­spir­acy the­o­rist has told you that 2012 is obvi­ously the year of the apoc­a­lypse since the Mayan cal­en­dar appears to end on Decem­ber 21, 2012. Of course, nobody really lis­tens to the Mayan his­tory schol­ars (with all of their “edu­ca­tion”) who state that the Mayan cal­en­dar­mak­ers weren’t proph­esy­ing about the end of the world, but rather the 20 katuns of the 13th b’ak’tun will have sim­ply run their course as per the Maya Long Count Cal­en­dar and Decem­ber 22, 2012 will mark the begin­ning of the 14th b’ak’tun. You got it — party time. So it is with the bold­ness of the Dragon and the ris­ing cel­e­bra­tory light of the shift­ing Mayan cal­en­dar that I take the first steps into 2012.

I aim to make 2012 a Year of Focus. Don’t fold into dis­trac­tion. Be bold. Be right­eous. Be…impetuous. I hope that you have imag­ined what your year might look like. Feel free to tell me. Com­ment if you like! Let’s talk!

That being said, I don’t want you to think that 2011 was all wax and beans. It was good too. I learned and grew in ways I didn’t expect. For instance, I became a bet­ter swim­mer. I learned how to breathe prop­erly while doing the front crawl. Sure, some of you may think that’s an easy task but I know there are those of you out there who know what I’m talk­ing about — per­haps you cringe and are slightly embar­rassed that you got through child­hood swim­ming lessons with panic and adren­a­lin, but mas­ter­ing the rela­tion­ship between breath­ing and swim­ming eas­ier than it seems. The key is to relax. Focus. Be calm. When you put you head under­wa­ter remem­ber you will be bring­ing it back out to get more air. No need to panic. Slow down. One breath. Stroke, stroke. One breath. Stroke, stroke. Even­tu­ally, you stop think­ing about what you are doing and it feels as though you are breath­ing under­wa­ter. It begins to feel nat­ural. What I’ve learned is that by focussing on being relaxed I’ve been able to let go of the things that tripped me up pre­vi­ously, which in this case was some­thing as sim­ple as breath­ing. And so I take the bold­ness of the Dragon, the cel­e­bra­tion of the Maya and the relaxed focus of the swim­ming pool and I say, “Come with me, 2012. Let’s dance.”

Be good to your­selves,

Does it look straight?

CBC Tune of the Day

Thanks to Tom Power, host of CBC Radio 2 Morn­ing for choos­ing “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” as the Tune of the Day!

Liked it on the radio? Try watch­ing the video!

CBC Radio Play

Well now isn’t that nice? Word on the street is that my songs “Some­thing to Do with You” and “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” were played on CBC Radio Two this past week. I’m as happy as a plum!

Cacophony of Whistles

Check out the audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in Peter­bor­ough, Ontario. Them peo­ples love to whistle!!

Love Lies Bleeding

Not only a great name for an album, but a beau­ti­ful flow­er­ing plant as well. Behold, the Ama­ran­thus Cau­da­tus, also know as Love Lies Bleed­ing. Dig it, Romeo.


Ode to Summer

Now that Sep­tem­ber has us in its warm (yet cool­ing) embrace, we accept once again that our planet pro­vides us with sea­sons that make us appre­ci­ate change, through vibrant colour shifts and howl­ing winds. In other words, sum­mer is gone, get over it.

I had a fab­u­lous sum­mer. Got to play the Eagle­wood Folk Fes­ti­val, sev­eral dates in Ontario as well as play­ing on a con­sis­tent basis with the blue­grass sen­sa­tions known as the Sud­den Val­ley Boys and had tons of fun goof­ing around with Leon Knight & the Neon Lights, a screw­ball coun­try band in which our fear­less leader Leon has yet to show up to a gig for. One of these days.…

I also got to see a few parts of Ontario I had never been to and I’d like to pro­claim some­thing Ontar­i­ans have known for a long time but the rest of the coun­try may not know: Ontario is beau­ti­ful. Sure it doesn’t have the ooh-​​aah inspir­ing rugged peaks of the Rocky Moun­tains. And maybe it doesn’t get as wind-​​whipped and won­der­fully ocean swept as the Mar­itimes. Granted, the sheer expanse of the Prairies as they roll to the hori­zon as cer­tainly taken more than a few breaths away. But Ontario is dif­fer­ent. It’s quiet. It’s sub­tle. It’s rocks and trees and lakes and blue­ber­ries and rivers and charm­ing towns and won­der­ful peo­ple and chip trucks and storms and apples and cot­tages and canoes and birds and swim­ming and so much more. It’s the Cana­dian Shield. You really have to expe­ri­ence it.


Southern Ontario Tour

Hey there! Just a few upcom­ing live shows to tell you about. Here goes!

Sun. Aug 21 — Dakota Tav­ern (Blue­grass Brunch 11am-​​3pm) — Toronto, ON
Sun. Aug 21 — Not My Dog (w/​ Kyp Har­ness) — Toronto, ON
Mon. Aug 22 — Moon­shine Café (w/​ Sarah Mac­Dougall) — Oakville, ON
Tue. Aug 23 — The Spill (w/​ Sarah Mac­Dougall) — Peter­bor­ough, ON
Wed. Aug 24 — The Liv­ing Room (w/​ Sarah Mac­Dougall) — Kingston, ON
Thu. Aug 25 — Branch Restau­rant (w/​ Sarah Mac­Dougall) — Kemptville, ON
Fri. Aug 26 — Eagle­wood Folk Fes­ti­val — Pef­fer­law, ON
Sat. Aug 27 — Eagle­wood Folk Fes­ti­val — Pef­fer­law, ON
Sun. Aug 28 — Eagle­wood Folk Fes­ti­val — Pef­fer­law, ON
Sun. Sept 4 — Toronto Island Marina (Leon Knight & the Neon Lights) — Toronto, ON

Eaglewood Folk Festival

I pleased to announce that I will be per­form­ing at the Eagle­wood Folk Fes­ti­val in Pef­fer­law, ON from August 26–28. Visit http://​www​.eagle​wood​folk​.com/ for more infor­ma­tion and how to get (very inex­pen­sive!) tick­ets. Please visit the SHOWS page for when and where I will be play­ing over the next few months. Thanks!

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