The Virtualistics

by Patrick Ames

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Yvonne Glasgow From upbeat tracks, like "Rubber and Glue," to the laid back acoustic relaxing sounds of songs like "Great Bunch of Molecules," there's something for everyone.

My favorite track is "Essential Worker." It really tells the story of what it was like for people working in fear while others were home hiding from a killer virus. It has a rock beat, but feels kind of like 80s dance music. No two songs sound the same. Favorite track: Essential Worker.
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1.
Help People Up © 2021 by Patrick Ames. All Rights Reserved. We the people. (My feet know this song). Help People Up, Help People Up, Every Day Give People Hope, Give People Hope, Every Day Feed People Love, Feed People Love, Every Day Help People Up Give People Hope Feed People Love Everyday Do it now now Do it now now All Good Now Now All Good Now Now We believe in the people Everyday.
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Second Wave 03:42
Second Wave © Copyright 2020 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved. Finished Oct 03, 2020... 209,000 have died in US. 1. There’s a rumor out there That the virus don't kill There’s a rumor out there That Masks make you ill There's a rumor out there Fake flus disappear All these rumors out there By Angry people don't care Lies and rumors Spread the virus Lies and rumors Second Wave 2. There's a virus out there So many empty chairs There's a virus out there Hear it move in the cocktail air There's a virus out there Streets are empty and home now a jail There's a virus out there There's a touch of madness everywhere Lies and rumors Spread the virus lies and rumors Second Wave 3. Angry people out there Rumors all they share Angry people out there Mad the virus interferred So much anger out there Lives don't matter nobody cares So much anger out there The virus will never disappear Lies and rumors Spread the virus Lies and rumors Second Wave There's a rumor out there. About the virus out there.
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Rubber and Glue, by Patrick Ames © 2014 All Rights Reserved. I like to move around /But lately I have found You got the kind of face / makes me stay in one place I'm rubber, you're glue / And I'm stuck on you I drift around and I sing / You sit down to chat I'm busy until I fall asleep / maybe you can help me with that I'm rubber, you're glue / And I'm stuck on you It's funny how things attract / Like magnets do when they smack We're kinda different you know / But we still kiss toe to toe I'm rubber, you're glue / And I'm stuck on you I'm stuck on you We're rubber and glue Like a fly caught on flypaper / Life begs sooner than later There's not a whole lot to do / But hang out in your dressing room I'm rubber, you're glue / And I'm stuck on you I'm stuck on you We're rubber and glue.
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Great Bunch of Molecules © 2021 by Patrick Ames. All Rights Reserved. 1. You replace yourself every seven years Millions of molecules, toes to ears Lipoproteins, long-chains of fats What holds us all together, have you think about that? What a great bunch of molecules we have been We've stuck together all along, whether fat or thin 2. We've been so sick we couldn't cry We've felt so bad we wanted to die We talked mitochondria out of suicide Remember that hangover when we were 35? \ What a great group of molecules we have been We've stuck together all along, shared the oxygen 3. We've seen a lot together, my biochemical pathways Following the plans of twining DNA It's gonna be strange when we drift apart And my dear dear liver, you worked so hard What a great group of molecules we have been It won't be the same, when we replace us again
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Essential Worker by Patrick Ames © 2020 All rights reserved. 1. I am an essential worker / I make deliveries Virus waves have wiped this place / I travel empty streets We know we are disposible / but essential people must eat Everyone has gone inside / to wait for their deliveries 2. I am a health worker / I work within the quarantines My face has sores from masks I've worn / my body needs sanitizing Bankers, tailors, liars, and thieves / they're all the same to me Once inside they stabilize, another day, another week [bridge 1 ] I'm an essential worker / I'm essential but I'm not free I'm an virus worker / I'm essential to this society 3. We are the nightly protesters/ we shout against the po-po-lice We try to push the hate inside / that jacks this democracy We are the essential angels / who sing "The world has changed. Tear gas kings and virus queens, it's never going to be the same." [bridge 2 ] We deliver this protest to you, hark the angels' truth We deliver this protest to you, hark the angels' news [outro] We are essential workers (we're essential, too) We are the nightly protesters (we're essential, too) We are essential workers but are lives ain't free.
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Songwriter's Block ©2021 by Patrick Ames. All Rights Reserved. 1. <Can't Write> a, e, i , o a, e, i , o and u a, e, i , o a, e, i , o and u You can't write / never will again no more music / you're near exhaustion 2. <Advice Is Given> a, e, i , o a, e, i , o and u a, e, i , o a, e, i , o and u Don't you know that / vowels are free Fatten with vowels and / lines come easy All these vowels / are spoken sounds Falling like raindrops Use more vowels / and your thoughts will speak. All these vowels / smart as owls High up on rooftops use more vowels / and your songs will sing 3. < I'm Writing Again!> a, e, i , o a, e, i , o and u a, e, i , o a, e, i , o and u a, e a, e a, e, i , o and u a, e, i , o, u, I love you.
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You Make Me Scream by Patrick Ames ©2020 All Rights Reserved. 1. You make me Scream You make me Scream You Make me scream So Tenderly You make me cry Throw my arms up and hollar why you make me cry So Tenderly You make me moan So slow, real progress groans You make me moan So Tenderly You make me howl Money makes it foul You make me howl So Tenderly You make me Scream So far away from the dream You Make me scream So Tenderly You make me howl Money makes it foul You make me howl So Tenderly
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Reawakened 2020 © 2020 by Patrick Ames. All rights reserved. The force of good it has been reawakened The Force of good it has been it’s been reawakened The hour has come for the power of belief That the good in us all /is about to be released The force of good has been reawakened Don’t be fooled by the lies in the tweets Don’t be cajoled by politicians on TV Don’t be silent about dividing families Because the good in us all / is about to be released Reawakended, reawakened, reawakened The force of good it has been reawakened Don’t be shy about your equality Don’t be quiet when they fence in the free Don’t be violent when they interrupt the peace Because the good in us all / is about to be released Reawakended, reawakened, reawakened The force of good it has been reawakened The hour has come for the power of belief That the good in us all / is about to be released The hour has come for the power of belief That the good in us all / is about to be released The force of good it has been reawakened The Force of good it has been reawakened

about

Produced by Jon Ireson (see his comments below)
Recorded May 2020 - May 2021.

The Virtualistics. The band never met. We remotely collaborated during a difficult pandemic year but there was little contact between us. The four of us never practiced together. We never sang together nor did we pre-plan the final sound in any way. We were virtual entities, duly recording our tracks on various home devices and sending them in for assembly to our wonderful Producer, Jon Ireson. Those famous photographs of The Virtualistics playing on stage and hard working in the studio, those tired looks of a fifth take, none of that happened.

I would start by writing new songs and then recording the shell and putting the arrangement together. Then I would email samples around, trying to get Chana and Mikaela together for a Zoom meeting where I would watch and listen to them record in a spare bedroom and into Chana's homemade sound box. Their tracks were sent to me and I would do the first arrangement pass and add any changes to my tracks, and then send off the whole jumbled thing to Jon, usually apologetically. He recorded the bass, fixed the percussion and timing, recorded the extra elements (organ, guitars, and guitar solos) and mastered the sound issues from all our funky home studios and recordings.  

Amazingly, it sounds like we were together, unvirutally, I guess is the word. It sounds like a 9-piece band that is funkin' up the place even though we were half-depressed and struggled with work, virus, and bad politics. Half of the songs were released as singles mostly because I felt better releasing something and it helped battle general Covid-19 depression as I fed upon the new release excitement every few months.

It's been a year of virtual studio sessions that required huge leaps of faith when you're contributing to a song that isn't finished, just a shell really, and it often sounded that way. It's like that game where everyone adds one line to the preexisting story going around in a circle and by the time everyone creates their part of the story it is unbelievably creative and interesting. Start with fresh lyrics that I’m constantly tweaking, add a riff or two, start weaving in counter melodies, add some phat beats – each song went around the Virtualistics circle a few times. 

All these songs were recorded and produced during the pandemic by The Virtualistics.

Jon Ireson, Producer, says: Patrick Ames and the Virtualistics
I mixed Patrick's last album (Liveness) at the beginning of 2020 and by May he had more new material ready to be molded. Although the lyrical themes all come from Patrick, it definitely helps that we are on the same page politically/philosophically. As the tumultuous events of 2020 unfolded, the songs he was sending me about racial and social justice, trust in science, and the hard work of affecting positive transformation in the public square were echoing my own thoughts in real time. When the world goes haywire, music is there to make sense of it. Enjoy!

credits

released June 16, 2021

Patrick Ames: rhythm guitars, vocals
Jon Ireson: Producer, bass, lead guitars, keyboards, Mix and Master
Chana Matthews: vocals
Mikaela Matthews: vocals

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Composer Patrick Ames continues to evolve his lyrically potent signature cocktail of junkyard blues on the riveting new single “Help People Up" from the new LP "The Virtualistics".

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