Last night, CIRO put me to bed and said he needed to stay up and “do some things”. Birthday prep and homework. I fell asleep pretty fast as I usually do but woke up a few times in the night just to notice that he still hadn’t come to bed. When 6:30 a.m. rolled around and I realised there was still no one beside me, I assumed he had fallen asleep on the couch. I got up to check out the scene but he was no where to be found. I looked outside to see that my car was gone from the drive way. Did he go to get ingredients for pancakes? The stores aren’t even open! Perhaps he went to 7/11. More time passed. Oh my god. He’s been up all night, has narcolepsy, and went driving. What if he fell asleep and crashed!? What if he’s dead!? I texted his roommate (and my dear friend) Shannon. “Ciro’s missing’”. She came into the room. “Shannon what if he’s dead? I’m so worried”. She did not let on to knowing where he was. But after another ten minutes of laying in bed imagining myself surviving the death of a boyfriend, he pulled into the driveway. He came into the room, I confessed my crazy and he told me to wake up for breakfast.
During my banana and strawberry breakfast delight, I read his card, which was so cute and obviously written in a state of severe sleep deprivation. I got him to interpret it for me and I felt like the most special girl in the world, with the most thoughtful adorable partner imaginable.
After I finished my pancakes, we packed up to continue with our day. “Do you have your house keys?” I called, and then proceeded to get in the car and queue up some Brett Dennen while I waited for him. I drove him to his 830 a.m. pottery class at VIU. “Well that was a magical morning”, I thought as I drove home to get ready for a less magical, more normal day at work. As I pulled up to my house, I squealed with suprise at the sight of a giant happy birthday sign mounted on the front of my house. As I got closer I could see ciros signature stencil work , complete with my Kendall Patrick logo and other painted pictures. I obviously immediately took photos and posted them to Facebook.
An hour and a Half later I pulled into work, eager to share the chocolate covered strawberries he made for me to share with my coworkers, but forgot them in the car because I was completely distracted by ANOTHER even bigger sign right at the front of my place of employment, Katie’s Korner Daycare. I exclaimed, “CIRO!” and laughed in astonishment all the way into the playroom.
I had been looking forward to this day all week because it is Pizza Day at daycare! Over pizza and chocolate covered strawberries I was commiserating with my coworkers about how freaking lucky I am to have been blessed with such an outrageously ENTHUSIASTIC partner. Mona said she was just coming to work around ten after 7 this morning when he came up behind her in the dark. She saw him coming and, with a brain much like mine, jumped to extreme conclusions. Mona said she literally thought she was about to be murdered and was preparing herself for the end. Just as he came right up behind her, her life flashing before her eyes, he uttered “Hey it’s Kendall’s birthday. Can I put up this sign?” False alarm. Number Two.
So I’m in the nap room and CIRO texts me. “Fuck i forgot my keys and i am locked out!” Obviously I was tapping into something this morning when I thought to remind him about his keys, which apparently was unheard. But luck! The pottery room window was unlocked! About 15 minutes later I received another text from him: “Well 6 police officers were just at my house. A neighbor saw me climb thru the window.. Hahaha”
I love today.
On a COMPLETELY unrelated note, I expressed to him a few days ago that I was sensing a lack of enthusiasm from him about me lately.
I hope you’re sleeping soundly now, Ciro. You’ve successfully set my standards unreachably high. You must be exhausted. You must be a real prince.
From the moment of conception, the Big Stars Music Video was a flawless current of perfection. Like lightening, the idea struck Kendall Patrick and Fiona Shedden one fateful afternoon as they sat down to work on Kendall’s hair. Fiona, wearing many Kendall Patrick hats (dread artist, videographer and photographer, friend and ally) was eager to start up her career again after settling on the west coast since her long adjustment from Ontario. As timing would have it, Kendall was bursting at the seems to have a music video ready for festival application season. This perfect storm sucked in a congregation of local musicians, a hot sunny day on the scheduled outdoor shoot, and an 1860 original Henry Miller box grand piano dwelling in a million dollar home, all with ease and an uncanny momentum that kept the girls shooting glances of astonishment between each other throughout the entire timeline of the journey. Enough cannot be said about the dedication and enthusiasm of all the musicians featured in this video. It was a hot, 8 hour day that required endurance of not only the heat but of having to hear the song about 800 times. On Hallowe’en night, the video had its first premiere; projected onto a giant screen at a local house show venue, the crowd of an estimated 80+ laughed and cheered as they saw their friends making their big debut in the video. To what does Kendall owe this grace? She asks herself every day. Overwhelmed with gratitude and joy, she thanks each and everyone of you, including all the viewers, who have made this experience one of the most monumental of her career.
I’m going to be heading out on tour, soon. A tour across the US. It’s my first major tour, celebrating the launch of my brand new album: “The Other Side”
In a lot of ways, I feel like recording, the process of recording and releasing an album, is a lot like having children. There’s a lot of work, a lot of what goes into making the songs, my babies, ready for the world. It’s exhausting, sometimes, and exhilarating to watch the music take on a life of it’s own.
So, back to the tour. I’m excited to take my “kids” out on the road, I can’t wait to see the places I’ll discover and people I’ll meet along the way.
Here’s where you come in. Me, the music, it’s just part of it. Without you there to hear it, to give me your strength along the way, I wouldn’t be able to make it on my own. Also, I’m not ashamed to say it, I need financial help.
I’ve been thinking, how can I give something back? How can I let the fans, my friends, everyone, have something, own a piece of the album. And then it hit me.
The words. I sing them, I perform them, but they belong to everyone – so why not give everyone a chance to adopt the words on the album?
So that’s what’s happening. Starting on March 17th, I’ll be putting the words, all 2500 or so of them, up for adoption.
The fee to adopt a word is $1, and you can do it at the brand new Kendall Patrick online store (that’s http://store.kendallpatrick.com)
What do you get?
That’s a good question! I value everyone’s contribution equally, so whether you can give a dollar or $100, I really appreciate your help
So everyone will receive a digital adoption certificate signed by Kendall Patrick (that’s me), with the story of the word., and be named as their word’s official guardian on kendallpatrick.com
If you adopt more than one word (you can adopt as many as you like!) I’ll arrange the words into a nifty word cloud, or do something creative with them.
Oh yeah, and while each word goes for a dollar, you might want to adopt all of a particular word, or a whole bunch of words. It’s all good, and I’m just happy I can share the words with you all in what I think is a pretty neat way! So, it might happen that you’ll end up spending more than $1, and if you do – here’s what you’ll get.
- $25 or more will receive a signed copy of the new Kendall Patrick album
- $50 or more will receive a printed, framed copy of the adoption certificate, along with a signed copy of the new Kendall Patrick album
- $75 or more will receive a t-shirt with their word (or words) printed on it, framed copy of the adoption certificate, along with a signed copy of the new Kendall Patrick album.
Fun-time auction and raffle raffle on Saturday, March 17.
You may have noticed that some of the words are missing, that’s because on Saturday, March 24, the top 20 words will be going up for auction on my Facebook page. Those words are
babe, business, crown, da-dum, electricity, essence, forgiveness, fucked, fucking, guitars, healthy, malfunction, misinterpretation, natural, other, seized, side, tornado, vengeance and years
The bidding for each of these words starts at $50, I’ll be releasing a new word every 15 minutes in a new post starting at 10:00am. To bid, just add a comment with the amount you’re willing to bid. Winning bid at 10:00pm PST takes it.
Auction is closed at 10pm, and all winners will be contacted the following day with instructions on how to pay. (you’ll have 24 hours to make payment, but it’ll be easy – like, PayPal)
The winners of the auction will each receive a special adoption package that contains:
- a printed, framed copy of the adoption certificate
- a signed copy of the new Kendall Patrick album
- A special thanks in the liner notes of the new KP album
- An opportunity to appear in an upcoming music video
- A limited edition t-shirt with ALL the words on it in a fun, funky tag cloud
Wanna hear some sneak peaks of the new album?
There is a FULL song available for listening here: http://soundcloud.com/kendall-patrick/night-after-night-or-be-with
AND all of my Vlogs so far are accompanied by bits and pieces of new album songs. Check them out on my youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/kendallexe
I’m ecstatic to announce that my third album will be released very soon!
I’m setting out on my first big tour to promote the album. I’m heading down the west coast of the US, and of course I’ll be doing lots of shows locally here on Vancouver Island.
It’s been an interesting journey getting to this point. As you may know I finished recording an 8 track album called “See It Coming” which never got officially released. Reason being, I brought it to Rick Salt, a recording engineer here in Nanaimo, to get it mastered. He liked my stuff so much that he invited me to record in his studio with a rhythm section that is so solid they have been known by many as the best rhythm section in Canada. Of course I accepted and it has been an honour to end up recording another 8 track album with Pat Steward (drums) and Doug Elliot (bass). They are best known for their work on “Summer of ’69″ by Bryan Adams and their band “The Odds”. The idea behind releasing this new album (officially) as opposed to “See It Coming” is to focus my energy and money on one project. I love “See It Coming” so much and had such an amazing time playing with the people who recorded with me on that album over the past couple of years. The songs got great production by Wilson Pascoe, who is a stand up guy and was really fun to work with in the studio. I mean absolutely no disrespect to the beauty of that album with the priority of “The Other Side”. The music business has a lot to do with “who you know”, and putting one’s best foot forward. There are some elements to this album that give me a better chance to make greater strides in my endeavours of navigating my way through the business. I am so grateful for all the people I have had the opportunity to work with/play with in the past couple of years.
Now, Touring! This will be my first big attempt at booking a tour for myself. I have done a few mini-tours on the Island here, but I have never attempted something like this before. I have always wanted to, and now the desire burns more than ever. I just passed the date of my 25th birthday and feel extremely anxious to get things moving. I have spent the last 4 years, since living in Nanaimo, carefully building a personal and business foundation. The time to venture out is now. I am going to keep in contact with fans through video blog updates on the tour. I’m very excited to announce that I have so far booked 3 shows on the tour and I plan to do alot of open mics to fill in the blanks. Also very pleased to announce that it looks like my beloved Alex Hicks will be accompanying me on this treck!
I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve really amped it up with the social media contact. I want to stay in contact with you as much as possible because it’s all about our connection that makes this whole life of music even worth it for me. Thank you so much for staying with me.
For now, signing off. Sincerely,
Human Rights Day – an inspiring presentation by the Youth for Diversity Team in Campbell River. I participated in this a few years ago as well and this endeavor has proven to be the most rewarding and empowering experience that I’ve ever been part of. Campbell River, I love your energy and your attention. I am ever grateful for the unity and liberation we share with wild enthusiasm and open-mindedness. We are breaking out of boxes, busting out of stereotypes. Second guessing the messages of mass media and popular culture with our new found critical thinking skills. We will use these to rise above the superficiality, the tiny molds we tried to squeeze into, the separation. We are more than our clothes. We are more than the make up. We are more than the pressure to be thin and “beautiful”. Together we are redefining beauty. What we did today was the most beautiful thing I can imagine. “Spread love like wildfire” (Jo) Turn on and Turn up your compassion. Be Brave. Be Honest. Be Open-Minded.Be.