This is a transcription of a really long recording dated 7 Oct 2014, while Patrick was visiting me in California. It lasted almost 20 minutes, far to big to post on this site. I’ll create a YouTube video for it later.
It begins when he’s talking about music in college. I’d be interested in Lee’s thoughts and comments on this one.
YouTube video of a recording from Patrick, sent to me on 22 Jan 2014, along with the following description.
In 1978, before we moved to the House you all know, There was a poetry reading in the French Restaurant. It ended in a free for all between an Irish bagpiper and and Australian poet.
Before that there is this part.
I think Stephanie is performing flute in public for the first time, and I am performing on guitar in public for the last time. I believe it was this 12-string that Gretchen bust over Pedro’s head (RIP)
Lady June is singing(?) and reciting. You can find her on the web Lady June Campbell.
Patrick sent me this short recording a long time ago (the file date is 2003, but it may have been earlier than that.) He said it was the last nightingale of the season before all flew off to wherever they go next.
I believe it was this song that filled his ears when he finally passed into the nothingness.
I have used it for my Windows “shutdown” sound all these years because it is so peaceful.
Transcription of the recording posted earlier. I’ll delete the old one later since I can embed the audio file here.
Patrick: I’m kind of looking forward to the big sleep, I have to say.
JP: But not yet.
Patrick: Give it one more chance. But the oblivion of sleep is the best part of the day now. And if it were 24 hours a day it would be even better.
JP: If it meant no pain, I could kind of understand.
JP: But to have pain is to be alive.
Patrick: That’s a Majorquin saying: I know when I wake up and I have pain, I’m still alive, or something like that. They might say if I wake up and have no pain then I’m dead. That’s another variation.