Oct. 30--How tough is this business? Patrick Park, whom the Los Angeles Times has called "one of the great heartbreaking voices working in the acoustic singer-songwriter world today," has clawed, scrapped and scrambled his way in the music business since 2002.
Morrison, 36, has written music for "Grey's Anatomy," "The O.C.," "The Killing," "One Tree Hill" and "Dallas," and scored music for films like "Heaven Strewn" and "Cedar Rapids."
Park will be playing at Metro Galleries at 5 p.m. Sunday. This is Park's first appearance in Bakersfield.
I caught up with him at his home in Southern California where he has lived with his wife for the last eight years.
Are you still having fun?
Totally. I'm writing songs, playing in front of people and I've made a living doing it for 12 years. Still, I hope I can make a living next month. It always seem to work out.
How has the relationship between the artist and listener changed?
It's become less about the music and more about connecting with people on social media through music. When I was a kid, I'd save my money, buy a record and spend a lot of time with it.
Do you think in terms of CDs or songs?
The business is starting to resemble the '50s when it was singles-driven. An album is not as important. I'm still a fan of records as a medium.
Are there more songs or does it just seem like that because of YouTube?
There is 50,000 times more music than there used to be. Anybody can get songs up on digital. There is more music to weed through.
Is that good or bad?
I don't know whether it's good or bad. I like that it's so easy to make the stuff.
It's like digital photography. There are more photographs but I'm not sure they're better. The line between good and bad gets blurred because of the volume.
Do you have a sense where the music business is headed?
I don't. I try not to think about where this is going to end up. I put everything I have into what I do and make sure it's good and true. That's all I can do. It's either going to work out or not.
What are you listening to lately and not so lately?
Gregory Alan Isakov, Dylan, the Beatles, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Jackson C. Frank.
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