Oh, that Patrick

trumprally

TOLERATING INTOLERANCE

I was struck this morning by this thought: Republicans (often) expect that poor people can lift themselves out of poverty with enough free market self-determination. Democrats (often) expect that religious/racist/xenophobic people can lift themselves out of parochial tribalism with enough...

Happy Go-Lucky Sampler

Visit Me in a Dream (50s rock verses meet weird 90s rock chorus) Find an Easy Love (dance pop track – originally intended for female vocalist) Serious Drinkin’ (party anthem chorus) August 25th, 2009 (fun rock song with overly specific...

Honey Kisses

I had just moved to California. My three best friends flew from Maryland to Salt Lake City. I drove there to meet them. Together, we went up to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. I fell more deeply in love with one...

JTBRAIN

Brain O’ Mine

I had a great 7 year stretch of ZERO hooking up with girls. Did I say ‘great’? The opposite. Basically, after my 1st girlfriend, no other girl was good enough. When I tried experimenting with girls I wasn’t totally into,...

jtonlyway

The Only Way

The ol’ 2-year mark of a relationship: the “shit or get off the pot” moment in romance. It led me to write this song to my girlfriend (now wife), imploring her to not do the predictable thing and expect me...

This is Love

I very rarely write songs away from any instrument, but this one was written purely in my mental theater, as I walked from a Starbucks in Northridge across the campus of CSUN en route to teaching an LSAT class. Appropriately,...

jtmob

Mob Mentality

Nothing too profound about this simple and transparent political song. It’s just lamenting the debased level of discourse / rationality that goes along with stuff like politics, sports, religion. “Mob Mentality” – Track 8 on Joshua Tree Adajcent   Lyrics:...

jtyoume

You and Me

This love song is actually between me and Mother Earth. It, of course, is made to work with romantic love as well, but specialness of it to me is a love letter to my home and my endlessly fascinating world....

jtperfectwaste

Perfect Waste of Time

I’m not comfortable knowing that John Mayer’s “Body is a Wonderland” is the perfect comp for this song. Ugh. They’re both in the key of F, too (they’re both in the key of fuckin’). We each wrote our song for...

jtwontalways

Won’t Always Be Broken

My band and my relationship with my girlfriend dissolved in the same week. This song attempts to deal with that and recast the miserable present in hopeful optimism. “Won’t Always Be Broken” — Track 6 of Joshua Tree Adjacent I’ve...