A look inside the world of Pat Monahan of the band Train
It can happen!
I stole that.
Well, we are nearing the end of the writing and recording of what could and should be our best album so far.
I learned a lot about music and myself and expectations. Artists kind of hate themselves. That just comes with the territory. When people hate what we do, most of us laugh and say, “Totally! I know. I’m shit! Good call.” And at the same time we wonder why we aren’t THE biggest thing since Elvis Presley.
We’re all idiots. Trust me. Marry an accountant. Actually, they’re the craziest people I know. Marry a teacher. Wait! The teachers I know are tough. Ok marry a Rock star. Fuck it.
Any way, I just played a charity event in SF tonight. Tomorrow I sing the anthem at the GS Warriors game. Psyched. Huge Curry fan!
So, we’ll have something for you to hear soon.
I really hope you’re in! Are you in? T25! Huh?! Anyway….
We need you now more than ever.
When I think we’re making a great album. I really, up until recently, thought for sure that I(we) didn’t have the goods. Writing, creating music that people will care about? Close to impossible. It’s heart wrenching. It’s frustrating. It’s awesome when it actually happens.
Funny, today most of the people you see singing a song, they didn’t write it.
That is the hard part. We want something new. Otherwise there would be 5 movies and 10 songs and that’d be that.
As an artist and writer, there is nothing I want more than the almighty song. Not just any song. The ones that have life attached to them, like when we say, “Oh my god! This is my jam! When I first heard this song, I was with…….and we…..It was amazing!” That shit is hard to do.
As I say that, I think that I have possibly done some work worth doing. Not sure that anyone will want to use these songs as soundscape to life but on the other hand, maybe a lot of people will.
There are some good ones.
I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way.
This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness.
But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal.
Hope to have a song on the radio in June for you…and me.
Talk to you soon.
Get your boat tickets. The last cruise was SO fun! Crazy fun!
This week’s guest once made fun of me on national television. I’m still pretty mad about it, so I had him on the podcast to talk. Known best for his work in the Hangover movies and the television show Community, Ken Jeong has had maybe the craziest career shift in history. He tells us about that and introduces us to his friend and writing partner, Mike O’Connell, on this week’s Patcast. We also play a couple of songs, including this masterpiece that Ken and Mike wrote called “What’s It Gonna Be?”. Listen here.
When you listen to Brett Dennen’s music, he comes across as sort of a laid back, easy-going hippy type of guy, which is why we never expected him to be the most sarcastic wiseass to ever appear on the podcast. This is the first time we have ever done a live podcast in front of an audience, and it comes to you from Train's Sail Across the Sun Cruise. It’s a conversation and live performance with Brett Dennen, on this week’s Patcast… Listen here.
I’ve known Tom Arnold for years. But this week, I get to meet a few Toms I never knew. From his stand up comedy days in Minneapolis, to his writing and acting in tv and movies, his binge partying days to his getting clean and becoming a dad, Tom takes us through the crazy journey that brought him to where he is today. It’s Tom Arnold on the Patcast…Listen here
More on Tom Arnold here.
Lots of smiles hide the truth
Lots of tears are lies
I can see what’s real
By looking in your eyes
Victims are the ultimate
Cop out that I know
Take your share it’s brave to do
And then you can let go
Come and take my last surrender
You’re the one I want
And when I’ve said too much too soon
All my dreams you’ll haunt
I want people to be happy.
I probably can’t help anyone really get there. We all want to be hipsters but what makes them hip isn’t what they like, it’s what they hate.
Fuck that. Time to like shit.
Haters sit in their own hate and it expands.
I will love and like and I will be happy.
Jude toured with me back in the early days of Train. He is a great singer and songwriter with one of the craziest stories ever. On this week’s Patcast, we get the whole story of how a label bidding war turned into a sabotage. Jude’s path has been a long and confusing one, and he shares his experience with us, and plays a new song. Plus, for any Lost fans out there, he was half of the band Driveshaft. Listen here.
Al Anderson, the genius guitar virtuoso behind the great NRBQ, joins me on this week’s Patcast. Hear Al talk about his 3+ decades on the road without a setlist, and his current career as a successful Nashville songwriter. We talk about his tiny guitar that he bought for 45 bucks, and wouldn’t sell for a hundred grand, and he plays the first song he ever wrote with NRBQ. Check it out!