The Artist: LA singer-songwriter Patrick Park
The Song: “Dust and Mud,” from his new LP Love Like Swords, out April 22.
Fun Fact: Park was a part of series of YouTube videos called the “Subway Sessions” where he performed in NYC subways.
Songwriter Says: “This is one of my favorite songs on the new record, and one of my favorite songs to play live,” Park says. “I like playing it because every time I do it’s like a little reminder for me to just let shit go. I remember I was driving around Los Angeles one day, and (this is not uncommon), I watched these two guys get out of their cars and start screaming at each other. There was no accident or contact between their cars or anything, but they obviously both perceived that some injustice had been wrought against them by the other. I was watching this and it just kind of hit me that their anger and frustration toward one another, actually had absolutely nothing to do the situation they were in, or with each other.
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I went home and I wrote this song on an old Gibson guitar that I had borrowed from a friend because I didn’t have a working electric guitar at the time. It’s not a song about those two guys per se, it’s more about the way that we all end up (without really knowing that we’re doing it) carrying our hurts and frustrations around with us, and how when we’re not careful and not paying attention, we let these things color our reality. We act based on these things that aren’t even real at the moment and then we end up creating more hurts and more frustrations. It was one of those songs that you just get handed to you every once in a while, like it already existed and you just pull it out of the air. Those are my favorite kind.”