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"The talented and very funny pied piper of kidsville"
- The Liberation Artist 



Music With Patrick: seriously silly musical fun for children and the grown-ups who love them.

Welcome!

Groundhog Day 2018 

It sure was a cold morning, but with freezing fingers flailing, Mr. Mikey and I managed to once again bring the tunes as Mr. Staten Island Chuck made his predictions at Groundhog Day 2018 at the Staten Island Zoo.  He called an early Spring, much to the delight of the assembled crowd.  And in case you're wondering what Chuck thinks of the prediction by that "other" groundhog, the impostor named Phil over in PA, he summed it up with three succinct words: "fake news, folks!" 

"Frozen" at the St. George Theatre 

Last night I had the opportunity to perform onstage at Staten Island's treasure, the St. George Theater.   It was "Frozen Family Movie Night," and, boy, was it fun!  A little bit of a silly sing-along, followed by a duet with Anna from Frozen and a huge parade around the theatre with adorable children, many of whom were dressed in costume.  Loved every minute of it!

Hay una Rana en Mi Cabeza 

Absolutely wonderful time playing Christmas tunes for a group of lovely families the other night, and this little fella and I hit it off big time!   He sang the Itsy Bitsy Spider in Spanish for the crowd and danced, sang and entertained everyone.    Humor and music cross so many barriers: cultural, language: just about anything you can imagine.   So glad to be able to meet such amazing people.

Music Together of Staten Island 

Last week the legendary Miss Janet of Music Together of Staten Island reached out and asked if I wouldn't mind filling in for a couple of upcoming classes; it had been a while - almost six years - but I agreed.  Well let's just say that a wonderfully fun time was had by all, and although my resting tones were a bit off - whose aren't - and my rhythm patterns sounded like buffalos on parade, the laughter and pure anything-can-happen spirit of making music - and using humor - with families abounded.   A big thank you to Miss Janet for having me back.   (musictogetherofstatenisland.com is the place to register for their wonderful classes, btw.)

"Be Amazing!" 

This past Wednesday as I walked through a parking lot on my way to play for children at an after-school program for kids both on and off the spectrum, a woman stopped her car next to me, rolled down her window and said, "Whatever you're gonna do with those instruments, be amazing!" and drove off just as quickly as she'd arrived.   It was a the sort of random act of kindness that keeps me going and makes me realize in my bones that musical instruments are magical objects: they have the ability to summon a power that is at once joyful and mysterious.  (Even when the music is as simple as "The Itsy Bitsy Spider")  That chance encounter spurred me to do exactly what she'd said: be amazing.  Based on the children's reactions, I'm pretty sure it worked....for all of us.   Thank you, kind lady, for taking the time to spread some happy in this world: we sure need it!

Bat Man in Plaid 

We 70s children well-recall the straight-from-the-box, plastic-smelling, rubber band-sporting Halloween costumes of yore, don't we? Here's yours truly circa 1975, looking every bit the superhero. (Bat Man wore plaid long sleeves under his costume, too, right?) What was your favorite costume back in the day?

 

Rock-N-Roll Lives! 

Another Staten island Zoo Spooktacular has come and gone, and this year may very well have been the best ever: great families and staff, fun activities, and the costumes.....well, let's just say we hit a new level of silliness with those this year.   Don't believe us?  See for yourself!

The RASB Brings the Fun....Again! 

Once again the Rock-A-Silly Band brought loads of musical fun and silliness to a wonderful group of families: this time at Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun on Staten Island.   Although we managed to play two traditional Jewish songs, our crew was also asked to perform other traditional music....you know, like "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath and that pilar of the religious canon, "Rock and Roll All Night and Party Every Day" by Kiss.  We somehow managed to pull off the feat, despite never having played said songs before, but, as they say, all is fair in love and silliness.  Mazel Tov!

Kitty Selfie 

Unlike many other felines, my cat's not big on social media: or the internet, for that matter.   No, she prefers cat naps, morning treats and basking lazily in rays of sunshine.   But today - finally - she decided to have a "coming out" of sorts, so here she is, folks.  To everyone out there she sends her deepest, most heartfelt meow.   

"There's a Frog on My Head!" 

Yesterday I had the privilege of playing my "Many Voices: Songs from Around the World" program at the Aguilar branch of the New York Public Library and it was a really special event.   It heartens me that ins site of the divisive and negative stuff many of us are inundated with every day, there is space in this life for songs and silliness and people of all backgrounds to come together to sing, dance and laugh.  We ended with a big sing-along to Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" that was just delicious.  Wish you coulda been there!

Pure Bliss 

So this is what happens when you loan your puppet buddies to a friend who's covering a gig for you: pure happiness on the part of her little guy.   Selfies don't get any better than this, folks.

New Logo 

Just received new logos and want to share them with you.   What do you think?

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Breakfast - and Lunch! - With Santa

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Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY

Mr. Patrick returns to provide the musical entertainment for this super-fun holiday event, featuring yummy food, hand-on animal encounters and, of course, a visit from the Man in Red himself, Mr. Claus. Two seatings are offered due to the popularity of this event: 9:30 AM and 1 PM. Please see StatenIslandZoo.org for more information.