A Few Choice Words:  Pat Wictor Newsletter, July 30, 2009

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  • Unsung Heroes
  • Ears and Eyes: What I'm listening to and reading

     -Washington Phillips, Daniel Levitin, and more

  • Upcoming Gigs & appearances

     full calendar: http://www.patwictor.com
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Unsung Heroes
      The world runs, day in and day out, because of unsung heroes. Families, organizations, and businesses all stay afloat because of men and women who shoulder the necessary tasks, day after day, often without fanfare, thanks or even acknowledgment.
      Pat Scott was one such person. He gave the recent years of his life to two things: presenting live music, and making the world a better place.  And he did both with quiet dedication, without thought of reward or credit.  
      I first met Pat a few years ago. He cut a distinctive figure: Big red beard, tinted glasses, hat, pipe, usually wearing a t-shirt from a music festival or conference. He wasn't real talkative, but you could tell by his sidewise grin, he didn't miss a thing. I began running into him everywhere, often with his sweetheart, Ginger: at the Northeast Folk Alliance, Philly Folk Festival, the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and lots of venues near Philadelphia. Pat volunteered everywhere, handling merchandise sales, stage managing, directing traffic, and doing everything else that was needed. He simply showed up, said, "What do you need me to do?" and went about doing it well.
      Pat was also active in community organizations and progressive causes. He was especially involved with Women In Transition (WIT), which provides support to women in Philadelphia who are endangered by domestic violence and/ or substance abuse.  Through his kindness, care, and can-do spirit, Pat became a trusted part of WIT's community.
      Pat passed suddenly last November, and there was a beautiful memorial service in December, bringing together Pat's family and his friends in the music community.  After the service, I called up Cheryl Prashker, LisaBeth Weber, and Maggie Marshall, and we all recorded two songs under the band name "Philly Friends," releasing them as a two-song EP. Photographer Jayne Toohey, the fifth "Philly Friend," collected some beautiful photos of Pat, and did lovely graphics for the CD. Members of the Philadelphia folk community generously donated to help finance the project. Ginger Osborne provided invaluable guidance, support, and blessing. And, ALL the proceeds of the CD are going to benefit Women In Transition.
      So, I don't normally use this newsletter to trumpet my own projects, but I'm happy to do it this time because it's a community effort, it can do some good in the world, and it's a way to tell folks about our friend Pat Scott. Come get the "Philly Friends" CD at my (or Cheryl's, or LisaBeth's) shows, or purchase it (in CD or download form) on my website.
      I feel lucky to have known Pat--he's a reminder of all the unsung heroes in our lives. Who are some of the ones in your life? Let them know!
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Links:
Women In Transition:http://www.helpwomen.org
Purchase the "Philly Friends" EP:http://www.patwictor.com/index.php?page=cds
"Philly Friends" myspace: www.myspace.com/phillyfriends

More on the other Philly Friends:
Cheryl Prashker:  http://www.cherylprashker.com
LisaBeth Weber:  http://www.LisaBethWeber.com
Jayne Toohey:  http://www.2ephoto.com/
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Ears and Eyes:  What Im Listening to and Reading:
•-Music:
    Washington Phillips, "The Key to the Kingdom"  http://tinyurl.com/ln8cj2
    Cliff Carlisle, "Blue Yodeler and Steel Guitar Wizard." http://tinyurl.com/krkobf
•-Books:
    Daniel J. Levitin, "This is Your Brain On Music."  http://tinyurl.com/mqhjo9
    Leonard Mlodinow, "The Drunkard's Walk:  How Randomness Rules Our Lives."   http://tinyurl.com/nedupc

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Upcoming Pat Wictor gigs and appearances.  
Full calendar details and links:  http://www.patwictor.com

July 31-Aug. 2  Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Ferrisburgh, VT     Cheryl Prashker accompanies on mainstage!
August  6  Googie's, New York, NY   "Slide Sessions" w/ Abbie Gardner
August 8  Canalfest, Rotterdam, NY
August 22  Creekside Concerts, Lenhartsville, PA
August 26  Picnic Supper Concerts, Port Jefferson, NY
August 28  The Minstrel, Morristown, NJ  w/ Jon Shain
August 29  Lake House, Goldens Bridge, NY  w/ Joe Crookston
September 9  Escape Guesthouse, Brooklyn, NY  w/ Aileen Morgan
September 12  Driftwood Folk Cafe, Plymouth, MA
September 19  North Elk Coffeehouse, North East, MD
September 26  Fox Run House Concert, Sudbury, MA   w/ Stephanie Corby
October 15    Uptown Concerts, Sykesville, MD  co-bill w/ David Jacobs-Strain  
October 17    Winterstream House Concert, Centre Hall, PA
October 18    Lake Effect Shows, Rochester, NY
October 23    Madison Folk Music Society, Madison, WI  w/ Phil Ochs Song Night
October 24   Old Town School of Music, Chicago, IL  w/ Phil Ochs Song Night
October 25   The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI  w/ Phil Ochs Song Night
November 6  Me and Thee, Marblehead, MA w/ Jon Shain
November 7 Circle of Friends, Franklin, MA  "Saints and Sinners" w/ Toby Walker
November 8  Jalopy, Brooklyn, NY
November 13  Uncle Calvin's, Dallas, TX  opening for Harvey Reid
November 19  Anderson Fair, Houston, TX
November 20  Barnes House Concert, Houston, TX
November 21 House Concerts in the Hill Country, Boerne, TX
November 22 House Concert, Austin, TX

More dates being added all the time!
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Until next time:  many thanks, and warm regards,

Pat Wictor
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