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Featuring Mikaela Matthews
Produced by Jon Ireson.
Songwriter Patrick Ames releases two new powerful singles: “Young and Amorous" and “I Was Thinking”. They are as opposite as the two edges of a radio dial. Young and Amorous has a dance-floor pulsing beat, soaring vocals, and a universal set of lyrics about growing older. On the other hand, I Was Thinking is an acoustic talk-along on climate change in the likes of Leonard Cohen and Mose Allison. The two singles couldn't be more different except as classic examples of the ever-determined songwriter, 69 year old Patrick Ames, who revels in exposing hidden places and the compromised pieces of life.
Young and Amorous is seemingly a combination of Sade, Al Green, and a lot of Ames. "Let's pretend we're young and amorous tonight" is the simple premise and age has everything to do with it. Each 16-beat stanza has a slightly different melody with Mikaela Matthews’ ever colorful backup vocal, Jon Ireson’s expert bass and master programming, and Ames rhythm guitar. It’s a tribute to some of Ames' more uptempo blues/rock songs, all produced by Jon Ireson: You Make Me Scream, Second Wave, Help People Up, Reawakened 2020, and Dontchawanna. Turn it up, loud
Take your pick. Ames has written and released two more jewels of juxtaposition.