Max was getting tired of his classical guitar training so he decided to take a break this year. We hated for him to give up the guitar completely so we got him hooked up with a British guitar teacher here in Banská Bystrica who focuses on the blues.
Max and his Guitar
There was a time when Max was passionate about guitar. When the other kids were goofing around after school Max was on his guitar trying to figure out a new tune he’d heard. Those days are gone. He still enjoys music and especially blues, jazz and what he calls “porch music” (bluegrass, country, etc.) but he only wants one passion and that’s for the outdoors.
Still, he’s enjoying the blues as a nice change from classical. His teacher doesn’t do the recital routine (so no video clips) but I’m hoping we’ll have a chance to hear him “perform” one of these days. We’ll keep you posted.
And, in lieu of a new recital video, here’s a collection I like to call “Max: The Early Years.” He’s about five or six and sings/plays two of his own creations.
- Not Gonna Be There or Not Max Patterson 0:42
- Babadubim Max Patterson
Oh, and yes, this post is really just a primer for Elisabeth’s violin and voice recital videos coming up next.
David Duff says
When life gives you beets, sometimes you gotta play the blues. Let it out, Soulman, let it out. “I’ve always tried to defend the idea that the blues doesn’t have to be sung by a person who comes from Mississippi, as I did. ” B.B. King
Todd Patterson says
Thanks for the great quote. Max may not be from Mississippi but I like to think he’s got the blues in him from birth. Just witness that awesome blues tune “Ain’t Gonna Be There or Not” in the audio section I just added above.
David Duff says
The guitar reminds me a bit of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” as recorded for the O, brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. And “porch music” – what a great way to think about the genre. Wish we had more porch time in life…
Toni Rene Brown says
Awww Max….you’re one of a kind dude. Braxton remembers the words and was singing along to Babadubim. Merry Christmas, I hope you will have a winter wonderland to explore on the 25th. We won’t 🙁