I posted some new music from my recent recording ” Laments, Dreams and Visions”. It will be available very soon with a digital release first this summer, then as a physical CD in early fall. I also just finished a project which is kind of a compilation disc from most of my previous album and a few synth piano, strings and flute pieces.It features pieces from my son’s new album as well as selections from Reverie and Jodi Thiele. The disc is called ” Living with a Broken Heart” and is the soundtrack to the book ” In The Midst” by Debra Jenkins. So go to my Soundcloud page and take a listen. There is even a poetry/piano track. It is pretty dark but will make you think! Take a listen here: Patrick on Soundcloud
Sorry folks….I have been really crazy with music and a new website called http://www.patrickleehebert.com . Lots going on here I tell you. I have 60 students and I am now training the gifted composer Sierra Hanson. Sierra has studied with me now…I guess two years. She is a gifted 15 year old that will be teaching for me and helping me meet the needs of my students here at Highland Piano Studios. More about Sierra is coming…she will be recording with Highland Label hopefully within a year. Her compositions will soon be able to be sampled so stay tuned!
Also, I am continuing “the Window” saga of songs I started last year. It will be out I hope January 2012….17 years after it’s first release…..amazing it has been so long.
I am going to NH in October to visit with web-wizard/reviewer/talk show host/Actress and costume designer and all around cool person…ROBIN BOYD. Can’t wait………
My next two albums are in early planning….I have secured an engineer from planet records to do the job. He is a master of native american flute recording so has an amazing sense of acoustics. It will be a GREAT time. ” Laments,Dreams and Visions” will be available I hope within a year…..closely following will be a follow up to Psalms…..Called….” I have no Idea yet….” LOL….
So all for today….just stay tuned and forgive my absence…But….I am a composer, I am suppossed to be crazy LOL…..see you
Soul Ties was a very simple song to portray a very simple emotion. I was just ending a very tumultous relationship with a girl I thought I would marry. I remember my Mom telling me that every girl I fell in love with for real would leave an impression on my soul. These, according to her were ” Soul Ties” and this for sure explains the way I felt. It was very simple really…I hurt and was lonely. So, enjoy ” Soul Ties”…the girl never heard it to my knowledge. Young love…
This is song number three in my continuing description of the album ” The Window” which is due for re-release on its 17th anniversary January 11th. I have decided to wait till then because it seems so right to make it 17 years. This is because I was that age when I began to see the world in a different light and began searching for my voice. At 17, I was starting music school and had very high hopes. I did well in music but very bad in an early relationship as I mentioned in the last post about ” The Window”. The Ledge is written about a place…a place of complete peace that was deep into the twelve acres of woods I grew up in. I remember going there as a child as well as an adult.
There was a little mountain at the end of my land. It seemed that no-one but my brother and I ever visited this place. There is a 25 foot rock wall that leads down to a hidden valley I had named ” Lost Valley” when I was 6 years old. ( I wrote a song by this title which can be found on my ” Murmurs” album” We spent countless days playing there as boys and as an adult I visited to escape the pressures of the world I had created. One day, I visited this ledge and sat down as usual. You could watch the hawks circle and hear birds everywhere sing a song they believed was for themselves. Such peace. I wanted to capture it.
My father had a condo in the mountains of White mountains of NH. I went there for a week with a keyboard. There was no phone and I was totally secluded. It was the off-season and I wanted to be alone anyway. I wrote this song and a song called ” Soul Ties’, which is my next blog planned as it is song 4 on the album. Both songs were written for a special girl who spent a lot of time with me there. ” The Ledge” is really a very simple song about the place I loved so much. It has a touch of melancholia right from the start but really sounds kind of pensive to me. When I play it I can go right back and be sitting there with nature my only companion. The girl lingers there in spirit as well. I wrote a series of poems called ” The Girl in the Picture” and all the settings and descriptive landscape are here in my mind. I hope you enjoy it. Here is ” The Ledge”
Ok, this one is the hardest one of all. This song literally changed my entire life. From the beginning it has always been a mystery as to how it actually could have happened. The Window was written totally as an improvisation caught on tape. It took me over a year to perfect it and learn how to play it. How crazy does that sound? When I started sharing it with people ( over a 2 years later) it had a profound effect on the listener. I honestly believed it was a ” raving ” from my hurt soul ( more on that in a minute). I had a new friend named Michael St. Jean. We had met at Sears where I was presently working selling vacuum cleaners. I invited him over to my piano studio to hear me play some Mozart I was learning. Mike was an opera singer of sorts, so he loved classical music. Somehow, I ended up playing some new compositions and an old song called ” The Window” I will never forget the way it transported me back. I had never played this for ANYONE before. He was so taken by it, he talked me into my first public concert of my works, which was April 14th, 1992 at UMASS Lowell, a college in Lowell Mass. He insisted the world would love it and my other songs I had now written. I was completely against it and told him so. He said ” Too bad Patrick, you are scheduled to play in a few months, and I have paid for everything” Of course I was terrified and begged him to cancel. He said he had made commitments and he had newspapers lined up and everything. I had to come through. I reluctantly agreed as long as I could perform classical for the first half so the audience would at least enjoy that. I was used to performing gospel and classical. I had been for several years. So as the time approached, I got ready and was more scared by the day. The Window was personal, no-one wanted to hear it. It was a mad work by a broken man.
To make a long story short, this performance changed everything. The audience did like my works…alot. I was then asked to become a player for the Cercle Francais and the ” Bonjour” television show with Josee Vachon where I played songs and spoke pretty broken french for all of Canada and the Northeastern US. I also remember it was the last time my dear mother ever heard me perform in public. She was in the front row and was so proud of me she said. She passed away six months later. She had tears in her eyes when I told the audience about “The Window”, she had been there you see, and knew what I had been through. Things musically were going well and Mike decided it was time to make a CD, that new invention everyone was getting into. He again financed the whole project and my recording career was launched. I never knew how far it would take me spiritually, musically and financially. I was a composer!!! The Window changed it all. It took a friend with faith and vision where I had none, but here we were. Four years later, I would record ” The Poet’s Dream” under my own label and it is all I have done since. Amazing. Quite different from the bleak night I wrote that song and became a different person. Here is how the Window came to be:
I was married with a young daughter by the age of 19. I thought all was well and I was a father working toward a future of unlimited happiness. I had a great job selling Yamaha pianos and was performing in malls regularly for them. I was making amazing money and had a new car, a new motorcycle and lots of nice clothes and jewelry. My church even bought me a brand new six-foot grand to play on. I was styling as they say. I came home one day to a message to call work. They were closing the store and I was out of a job in a month. I was devastated. I got a job cleaning carpets for $6.00 and hour. Quite a change. I lost my motorcycle, car and confidence. Little did I know!
I remember January, 1989 coming home to a note that my wife had left. I had no idea where she and my daughter were. This began a three-month period of unbelievable emotional stress. She finally contacted me in April declaring the worst…divorce. I still didn’t know why and began to lose weight and generally go out of my mind. The night she called me, I went to my new grand piano. I was so conflicted. I remember putting a tape recorder on the piano and playing for seven plus minutes. Complete improvisation. I wrote about love and the loss of love. I missed my daughter and wife. I was angry beyond words and full of despair. It all came out. I took that tape and listened to it for months before attempting to play it again. I decided to call it ” The Window” because it made me look back at my entire life. I transcribed it over time and held on to it until Mike heard it as I described above. I also remember that was the night I began writing poetry. I have written 1100 poems since and published many. A new book ” The Forgotten Dream” is coming out soon. It is being edited as I write. A lot of my poems from that era were ravings, but they helped me cope. It took years, but I put my life together and with the help of God, I am married to a wonderful woman and have 5 children and one grandson. Life got wonderful. ” The Window” still haunts me though to this day. It is a remembrance of where I started and where I am. This can be a strengthening factor.
The structure of “The Window” is very linear. It holds on a chord then moves to another movement never repeating. The recording is EXACTLY as it was done that night. I never changed a thing. It was a very raw composition but very real as well. I concertized it for 2 decades and still do. I also can be brought back with just the opening chord, which reminds me of a tolling bell, filled with grim apprehension. There are times in the song where hope prevails…a theme I seem to keep in all my minor works for some reason. There is always hope for us. My experience proves it. SO please listen to ” The Window” with an open mind. I pray you are moved by the composition of a fledgling composer with real feelings to portray. Enjoy !
PS….The original recording as well as a video of that first concert still exist and I plan to someday release them.
At last, my first album ” The Window” is being re-released. It has been digitally remastered by the great Gerry Putnam of NH. The new cover work is being done by the equally great Robin Boyd, also from my home state and town of Hooksett, NH. This album has so many memories. I wrote it while going through a horrible divorce at the age of nineteen. I also lost my dear mother to cancer within a month of its recording date of Jan 11, 1994. There are songs of love and hope, as well as sad and downright angry. I call this my “Raw” album because I was so young as a composer…..it is still my wife’s favorite album; (My new wife of 16 years, the darling Caroline.) She met me four months after it’s first release in April 1994. The CD release will be Sept 15th and it will be available everywhere CDs and downloads are sold shortly after. I will begin posting a song from this album per week with an explanation of it’s background. I plan to concertize this with a small tour as well, so stay tuned in!! Also, if you like Pandora radio……do a search for Patrick Lee Hebert there….I was just accepted and am going thru the process. It will say ” no we don’t have him ” but it will make them have me sooner by search requests.
The days are getting very warm and sultry here in the south. Alot has been happening in the background. Besides music, I have been setting my two gardens and raising my first two beef cows. Their names are ” Ribeye and T-bone”. They are very friendly now with us feeding them grain in a bucket daily. It is a neat feeling trying to ” live off the land”….I am having alot of fun.
In the music department, the albums continue to crawl forward. I just returned from a wonderful concert in Ft. Myers, Florida. It was very relaxed and I had a nice time with friends from Tennessee that came with me. I was able to cruise the beaches and soak in the natural charm of this area. It is time to get moving on the albums though, and I am gearing up. Look for a tour announcement that is coming soon. Several concerts will accompany the re-release of ” The Window” which I pushed to this fall. The summer is a lousy time to tour when you are a pianist I find. So, back to my farming.