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Patrice Moerman
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Patrice's CD "Following A Dream" combines rock, blues, a little country with strong singer/songwriter sensibilities. She is a prolific songwriter, mostly inspired by the vast pool of music from the late 60's/early 70's. She is a self-taught guitarist and also plays piano. After many years as an illustrator/graphic artist, Patrice wrote her first song in 1999 and keeps writing 'em. Nine of her songs won Billboard Song Contest Honorable Mentions and one was a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. She would like to keep recording and would love to pitch her songs to other artists.

Why this name?
That's my name. Some people say I should change it, which is something I would feel silly doing. I envy people with one syllable "word" names like Crow, Swan, Love...they sound like musician last names. I actually sold a CD because someone
with my last name, spelled the same way "googled" Moerman, saw my website and bought a copy. I'm $15 dollars richer because of this name!
Do you play live?
Yes, I am trying to play live as much as possible. My songs lend themselves to being played solo, or with a band. I enjoy both, and of course it depends on the venue. I'm a little too rock for some the folkier coffehouses, and I'm not rock enough for some of the alternative clubs, so part of the challenge is finding appropriate venues.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Whether you like it or not, this is the place for now. At first I didn't like the idea, but in thinking about it, 10 years ago you couldn't get exposure like this. It is a shame that local radio barely exists anymore, but if people hear you it's within a 30 mile radius. Now you can be heard all over the world. When my CD came out on CDBaby, the internet company that sells independent music, my first sale was to a guy from Oxford, England and I also sold one to someone in Australia. That's amazing to me. But what I don't like about the internet is it's impersonal nature. Even though you can listen to music on it, I think the internet has a cold, creepy silence.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
That's a tough one. It's like someone who claims they never want to get married, but if the "right one" came along...I don't know. It would just depend.
Your influences?
For songwriting there are so many people I admire, but the ones who influenced my songwriting the most are the Beatles and Joni Mitchell. Very different for sure, but what they have in common to me is complex, beautiful melodies. Some of the early Beatle songs sound simple, but when I've tried to figure them out, I'm struck by some of the chord changes. When I figure out a Joni Mitchell song, it's as fulfilling as writing an original! I started copying Joni Mitchell on the piano a long time ago, even her guitar songs, which had a big impact on the way I play. Having said that, I worship Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan (whose voice I love). The other voice is Paul Rodgers- if I had to pick a favorite, it's him. My all-around hero is Steve Winwood. His voice, songwriting, playing- I admire him immensely, same with Sheryl Crow for doing it all, as well as Prince, Marshall Crenshaw- great songwriter,guitar player and voice. I have always loved Bonnie Raitt. I copied her a lot and always thought her voice was one of the best. Before I ever heard any of these people, I loved the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, especially when they were sung by Ella Fitzgerald- probably my favorite singer.
Favorite spot?
Behind my guitar
Equipment used:
Fender Strat, Gibson Les Paul Studio Model, a vintage Kalamazoo acoustic guitar, piano... hoover upright, eureka cannister, dirt devil hand-held, and alas, no dustbuster
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