Sunday, September 12, 2010


My youngest son Matthew loves to play the guitar.  Many years ago he started saving his money to buy himself a used guitar because he had a strong desire to learn how to make music.  So through the years he has sold and bought several guitars and today is the owner of several different ones.

His desire to play and perform started in high school.  Once a week he and fellow musicians would find their way into the city for "open mic night" at a place called "NO EXIT" cafe.  It was there that Matthew met Pat Hall.  Pat was the host of the open mic evenings and would perform himself at some point.  It was always fun to listen to him sing and play the keyboards.
Pat became somewhat of a "music mentor" to Matthew.  They remained in touch.  They would play together at various functions in and around the city.  We would make a point to go to see them perform because it was always a good time.  To watch Pat's fingers attack those keys was amazing!

Check out the site with photos and tributes to Pat Hall.
Back in January, Matthew informed us that he was planning on playing a gig with Pat before he had to call it quits because of his health.  We were informed that Pat had cancer of the stomach and it wasn't looking good.  A week before the last gig, Matthew got word the Pat was in the hospital and he took a turn for the worse.

So Pat's request was to be cremated and his ashes scattered at somewhere in the city.  On Sunday, September 19th, that will happen at Loyola Beach,  along with fellow musicians gathering together to play music in tribute to Pat.
Matthew had this blue guitar cable that belonged to Pat in his possession and asked if there was anyway that the cable could be made into bracelets. I tried a few different ways to make something wearable and came up with what you see in the photo.   So these "memory" bracelets will be given to friends and fellow musicians that played with Pat.  We thank you for some wonderful music Pat ... we will always remember you and those crazy fingers on the keyboards!

Don't Look Back - Written by Pat just before the Presidential election.  Matthew is playing guitar.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I met your son, Matthew, yesterday at the memorial service for Pat. I am Pat's nephew Ken (the creator of the "Don't Look Back" video.

    Pat was my music mentor too. Taught me to play the piano at the age of 10. It was great to see and hear about his effect on your son. Awesome!

    Love the bracelets! Thanks so much for taking the time to make them. It's actually something Pat would have worn proudly.

    Take care,