Sunday, December 18th, 2016 11:23 AM
I'm branching out into a new (for me) art form -- filmmaking! 2016 was mostly spent working on a documentary based on a book by Dr. Harold Fernandez, one of NY's top cardiac surgeons. He came to the US from what was once the murder and drug capital of the world, Medellin, Colombia as a young 13 year-old. He and his 11 year-old brother Byron braved a harrowing journey across the Bermuda Triangle in hurricane season in a small wooden cabin cruiser with 11 strangers in order to join their parents in America. The family had been separated for several years while the parents worked long hours and days for meager wages to save enough to bring their boys to the Land of Dreams.
It's a most human story, full of fear, loss, courage, unending love and then ultimately triumph. No matter where you stand on the hot topic of immigration, audiences are moved to tears, laughter and applause, cheering for this humble, honest, sweet and loving family. I am most honored that Dr. Fernandez has allowed me to tell his story through film. I am also so very lucky to have as a partner Greg Blank from the TV newsmagazine "Push Pause", an extraordinary editor and journalist.
After the documentary makes the film festival circuit we hope to bring it to theaters, colleges and community organizations to a town near you. Meanwhile, to view a trailer of the movie and/or go to its website, please go to the "Links" button on my Homepage.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 7:00 AM
"Lovabyes" wins ANOTHER TOP PRIZE!
The very prestigious Parents' Choice Foundation has awarded Patricia's latest CD for children and families their Parents' Choice Recommended honor! Those in the know about this genre know that Parents' Choice is so highly respected it's considered just below the Grammys! We are so honored and humbled to receive this acknowledgement from this highly regarded national organization.
In their review one judge said the following:
"Lovabyes is a compilation of nine beautiful and gentle songs culled from past albums. Favorite selections include the sweepingly beautiful 'Small Blue Marble,' 'What If We All Met In The Dark,' and 'My Child's Song' played on the fretless antique zither known as the Marxophone. The exquisite song of thankfulness, 'Rain and Sun' is reprised here, as well as the gentle folk of 'Quarter Moon.' Shih performs a charming cover of Bill Caddick's classic lullaby 'John O'Dreams,' and the album finishes with her cricket-powered piano ballad 'The Train to Jammie Land.'
Lahri Bond ©2015 Parents' Choice
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 7:48 AM
Newest videos up on You Tube!
Check these out, leave comments on You Tube and share, share, share! It would be grand if they went viral!
This website does not allow links so go to You Tube and in the search bar type in:
When Women Run the World - Patricia Shih
When Women Run the World bloopers - Patricia Shih
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 7:46 AM
"Lovabyes" wins award!!!
Patricia's latest CD for kids and families, "Lovabyes: Gentle Songs for Gentle Children" just won Creative Child Magazine's
"2015 CD of the Year"
award in the lullaby category!!!! She shares this honor with the wonderful musicians and photographers who contributed, as the whole package is judged. Thrilled and honored.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 12:35 PM
TWO BIG GIGS for ADULTS COMING UP!
On Saturday April 11 a very rare concert of mostly Patricia's original songs for adults will be presented at The People's Voice Cafe in Manhattan, along with a few cover songs that have touched her throughout her career. Sharing the bill with The Raging Grannies. $18 suggested donation, more if possible, less if necessary.
On May 3 Patricia and Stephen will debut her latest multimedia live concert, "Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger" on what would have been his 96th birthday. At The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. $20, $15 for Cinema members. A short talk will follow with Patricia and Stephen telling personal stories about their encounters with Pete, followed by free refreshments and raffles of valuable prizes.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 12:34 PM
BIG GIGS COMING UP!
On Saturday April 11 a very rare concert of mostly Patricia's original songs will be presented at The People's Voice Cafe in Manhattan, along with a few cover songs that have touched her throughout her career. Sharing the bill with The Raging Grannies. $18 suggested donation, more if possible, less if necessary.
On May 3 Patricia and Stephen will debut her latest multimedia live concert, "Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger" on what would have been his 96th birthday. At The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. $20, $15 for Cinema members. A short talk will follow with Patricia and Stephen telling personal stories about their encounters with Pete, followed by free refreshments and raffles of valuable prizes.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 6:54 AM
Patricia to be a regular on radio!
The segment with Patricia and Stephen on "Beantown Pals" on blogtalk radio was the most successful (most listened to) to date, that they have been asked to be regulars on the show! Keep watching this space for dates and times for LIVE call-in sessions and join them on the air. If you miss any you can ALWAYS go back and listen to past sessions, but isn't it much more fun to be part of the party?
Next ones will be Saturday April 19 at 10:00 am with singer-songwriter Steve Blunt, and after that on Friday April 25 at 4:00 pm with singer-songwriter Katherine Dines.
Call in with your questions, comments, jokes, whatever! All ages welcomed! 347-996-3903.
Beantown Pals: The Adventures of Bucky and Betty
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 10:37 AM
Patricia on the radio!
Patricia and Stephen were invited to be interviewed on the new blogtalk radio show "Beantown Pals: The Adventures of Bucky and Betty" on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Email Patricia for a link for those of you who missed it!
They had so much fun with the host that he invited them back. Keep watching this space for the next time they'll be on. The call-in number will be posted and YOU can join Patricia and Stephen live on the radio!
Sunday, July 14th, 2013 6:49 AM
Patricia has been venturing into making music videos for her own songs over the past few years. Now she is branching out to make them for other artists as well. Check out her channel to see them. Go to You Tube and search for Patricia's channel, "ThePatriciashih" and have fun! And subscribe if you wish while you're there... Thank you for supporting Patricia's creative endeavors.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 5:57 AM
NEW DIGITAL STORE!
Big news! Patricia's store has gone digital. Now you no longer have to purchase high quality wav files from a third party but can get them right here at Patricia's own store! Couldn't be easier!
Monday, January 28th, 2013 8:11 PM
Back into the studio!
Patricia and Stephen are back in the studio to record her latest creation, "Three Butterflies." The song was inspired by an old story that a stranger told her about the meaning of friendship and prejudice. The song will be available digitally this year.
Watch for a new development in Patricia's Store on this site! Fans will soon be able to buy singles and complete albums digitally as well as in the traditional CD format.
Sunday, December 9th, 2012 6:02 AM
Patricia's father passes away
In Memorium - Frank Pao-Hu Shih, Aug. 24, 1911 - December 1, 2012
On December 1 Patricia's beloved father Frank Pao-Hu Shih passed away from pneumonia and advanced age. He was 101 years old and lived a fascinating, extraordinary life.
Born near Beijing the same year the new Republic of China was born, he lived through a happy childhood but tumultuous young adulthood that mirrored China's history: several wars, hardship, loss and privation. He began his life-long career in journalism by covering the fighting first between the Japanese and Chinese, then the civil war in China, then World War II. He moved to America in 1945 after the lifting of the Chinese Exclusion Act, becoming the 25th Chinese immigrant out of 105 allowed to do so that year. Upon arriving to the US he adopted the western name "Frank."
He met and married his wife Alice in California and continued his career in journalism, working mostly for the Voice of America in Washington D.C. as a news editor, radio broadcaster and chief of the China bureau until his retirement at age 70. He was rarely sick and never spent a single night in a hospital.
The couple returned to northern CA where they enjoyed their remaining years. He died as he lived, in his own way as he wished, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was a loving husband, father, talented painter, writer and singer, enormously interested in social justice, politics and the world around him. He is survived by his wife, children Christina, Patricia and Frank Jr., their spouses and partners, and granddaughters Anna and Jennifer and Anna's spouse.
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 1:00 PM
Fundraiser for Sandy Relief
Patricia is organizing another fundraising event, this time to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy. It hit LI particularly hard, with over a million people losing power and leaving devastation in its wake. But Patricia called upon good friends to help, and here's what happening:
5:00 family show featuring Bash The Trash, Patricia and Tom Chapin
8:00 evening concert featuring Tom Chapin and Toby Walker
There will also be a silent auction with FABULOUS prizes, a 50/50 raffle and yummy refreshments for sale. All proceeds go to The American Red Cross of Greater New York, and all items collected go to Long Island Cares.
Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY
Suggested donation of $25, more if possible, less if necessary PLUS an item for LI Cares of nonperishable food, diapers, formula, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and new blankets and clothing.
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 8:04 AM
It's been awhile since this "news" section has been updated, because Patricia and Stephen have been SO BUSY all year!! Making videos, traveling the country, singing for all ages, judging talent shows, going into "outer space" at planetarium conferences, developing new shows... and on and on. Here are some of the newest shows Patricia has been writing and presenting:
Laptime Baby Sing and Sign - teaching parents and caregivers how to teach infants 10 months to toddlers how to use sign language to communicate, which lowers everyone's frustration levels and brings smiles! Includes songs, finger plays and movement.
Hofstra University Art Gallery's World Travelers through Art - combining 3rd graders' year-long studies of artifacts from various parts of the world with music and movement.
Patricia is always happy to be asked to make a custom show or workshop, tailored to a sponsor's needs. It keeps her challenged and all her neurons firing!
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 8:06 AM
"Tell Me a Story" soon to be on You Tube!
Shih Enterprises, Inc. is finally getting around to digitizing episodes of the twice-daily Cablevision show "Tell Me a Story." Those old enough to remember the mid-1990s may have watched Patricia and Stephen host this show for preschoolers and early elementary kids, which also developed a teen following because it was SO COOL! It aired Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the Extra Help Channels.
TMAS was a year-long experiment by Cablevision to see if a storytelling and music show would be successful. A basic set was built and a fun backdrop painted; 2-3 cameras and a decent live music audio set-up were installed. Many local and regional artists were taped, then edited into an MTV (back when it started) style format. Patricia and Stephen were hired to host by opening and closing every show with a song, a skit, a book...
As the year went on the show got better, the look and sound more sophisticated. It was a terrific boon to storytellers, actors, musicians, puppeteers and others, as well as to the ever-growing audience. Educational and FUN, it was a great showcase for Long Island/NY Metro area artists and it steadily gained viewers throughout the region as word spread.
It was so successful that Cablevision spent a ton of money to develop a whole new channel dedicated to storytelling and music for all ages. Consultants were hired, more elaborate sets built. Plans were made to go live, and national. Unfortunately, after much time, money, love and effort, the powers-that-be decided to go in a different direction and pulled the plug on everything. Ah, television!
Patricia looks back fondly on this very busy and creative time. Stephen says he learned to act there. And both are getting a kick out of watching and remembering the episodes. Soon the whole world will be able to watch via You Tube! Coming soon!
Sunday, January 1st, 2012 8:30 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Well, as you can see Patricia has been VERY BUSY and has neglected to update her "What's New" page. But here we are in 2012 and ready to tackle EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE! OK, that would be impossible but she'll bring you up to date...
Her new show "Magical Musical Winter Wonderland" has been received with MUCH fanfare, laughter and accolades in libraries. Can you imagine ice skating and a high-energy snowball fight, right inside the library? Yes indeed, parents and kids have a ball making up songs and playing singing book games too. A perfect fun show for the whole family!
Patricia and her band Cool Daddy wrapped up a month's worth of multicultural holiday shows in schools and libraries too. It's one of her favorite shows, sharing the fun and beauty of 3 holidays from different cultures: Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. Hugely popular, this show sometimes starts booking for December in ... APRIL.
The band looks forward to more planetarium shows, two tours to California, more music videos and of course singing with all of YOU. 2012 promises to be another exciting year of music, meaning and fun!
Monday, October 17th, 2011 8:08 AM
A Thanksgiving Song for you
HARVEY THE TURKEY
© 2007 Patricia Shih, Fragile Glass Music, BMI
(To the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”)
Thanksgiving Day was looming at the turkey farm one day
The most photogenic turkey was caught and sent away
The other turkeys wondered, “Hey! What happened to old Harv?
Do you s’pose he’s on vacation? Do you think he’ll send a card?
Do you think Old Harv is going to send a card?”
“He couldn’t have flown away because these wings are not for fly’ng
They’ve been carefully, genetically custom-bred for fry’ng
Unlike our wild cousins, who can fly up to a tree
We turkeys cannot fly and we are certainly not free
We cannot fly, we’re certainly not free.”
“He couldn’t have run away because our chests are grown so huge
If Dolly Parton were a turkey she would be the first to lose
We’re fattened up so much we are the size of a Land Rover
We cannot take a step without risking falling over
Not a step without a risk of falling over.”
Well, Harvey wasn’t touring any sights in Italy
He was sent to be a photo op at the White House in DC
Unaware the other turkeys all were destined for the plate
Harvey got to strut around, eat corn and stay up late
He got to strut, eat corn and stay up late
The day before Thanksgiving, the few turkeys who were left
Were watching their TVs and saw Harv who seemed bereft
He missed his fellow turkeys, although he was treated well
He should only know he had escaped from sure Turkey Hell
He had escaped from sure Turkey Hell
The scrawny stragglers watched as Harvey stood in the Rose Garden
As the President, she smiled while handing out her pardon
By the grace of one lone politician Harv was spared from harm
To live out all his days on a comfortable farm
To live out his days on one comfy farm
So what’s the lesson here? Is it beauty or bust?
Or we should not eat turkey that has been farmed just for us?
Or is it that one lucky soul is chosen quite by fate
To strut around, eat corn, and stay up late?
To strut around, eat corn and stay up late?
No, I think the moral here is that those who are in control
Can choose to wield a hatchet or choose to save a soul
Each one of us has power enough to make that simple choice
Each one of us has conscience, each one has a voice
Everyone of us has conscience and a voice
So let’s be like a President who has a mighty say
To do the right and noble thing, let’s choose the kindest way
Let’s not be like the turkeys with the sad Thanksgiving angst
No, choose your own destiny and then give thanks
Choose your own destiny and then give thanks
Saturday, July 30th, 2011 6:07 AM
Patricia and Cool Daddy on TV 'round the clock!!!
Patricia's new show, "Songs in the Key of Earth" written especially for the Vanderbilt Planetarium was taped live by Cablevision on July 10, 2011 at the planetarium in Centerport, NY. She was notified that snippets of her show will be aired at the end of every episode of "Neighborhood Journal" 'round the clock from July 30 through August 19. "N.J." is seen on Long Island on channel 118; check your local listings in the NY metro area for the show.
Show times and dates are as follows:
Sundays – 7:30 & 9 am, 1:30, 10 & 11 pm
Mondays – 7:30, 9 & 11 am, 1:30, 3, 10 & 11 pm
Tuesdays – 9 & 11 am, noon, 1:30, 3, 6:30, 10 & 11 pm
Wednesdays – 7:30 & 9 am, 1:30, 3, 6:30 & 11 pm
Thursdays – 9 am, noon, 1:30, 3, 6:30 & 11 pm
Fridays – 9 am, 1:30, 3, 6:30 & 11 pm
Saturdays – 7:30 am, 1:30, 3, 6:30, 8, 10 & 11 pm
Sunday, July 17th, 2011 7:28 PM
Planetarium show a cosmic event!
On July 10, 2011 Patricia was thrilled and honored to be asked to present her music at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, NY. The Planetarium utilized the magic of their starry dome to create visuals to each song and to enhance the imagination of those attending. She wrote a special show just for the Vanderbilt called "Songs in the Key of Earth" using five of her original songs, three from other contemporary songwriters (Tom Chapin, Marla Lewis and Jeff Eisenberg) and one movement and sound piece.
Using projected images, video and the audience themselves a journey through space was taken, arriving home on Planet Earth to appreciate its uniqueness. and to celebrate the most precious thing of all -- love.
The show was such a success that the Planetarium has asked Patricia and her band Cool Daddy to return when it reopens in 2012 after an extensive renovation, which will make all shows there even more spectacular.
Friday, June 24th, 2011 6:48 AM
More awards for Patricia's music!!!!!
Creative Child Magazine has shone a spotlight on Patricia's work once again. In 2010 her latest CD, "Your ImaginEngine!" was awarded CCM's Seal of Excellence, and now the publication has chosen to honor her entire body of work in family CDs.
"Making Fun!" - 2011 Preferred Choice Award
"Big Ideas!" - 2011 Seal of Excellence Award
"The Power of One" - 2011 Preferred Choice Award
Patricia is humbled and grateful for these prizes and the national recognition they bring, but more importantly she hopes to continue to do work that is enjoyed by children and their families, her true judges.
Friday, May 27th, 2011 11:17 PM
COOLEST SHOW EVER COMING UP!!!!
Patricia has been asked by the Planetarium at the Vanderbilt Museum to stage a multi-media presentation of her songs about the Earth, love, family and fun. It's called "Songs in the Key of Earth" and will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 6:00 pm. The Planetarium is at 180 Little Neck Rd. in Centerport, NY. Tickets in advance are $9 for members, $10 for nonmembers, $15 at the door; advance purchase strongly recommended. Please call 631-854-5579.
Along with technical and artistic genius Dave Bush of the Vanderbilt and her band Cool Daddy, Patricia has made an extra-special concert using images, video and the starry dome. As with all her concerts the audience will be part of the show and take a virtual rocket ship through space, landing on Earth to appreciate its beauty and the most precious thing in all the universe ... love. Audience members will get to make wishes on a star, snuggle to a lullaby, create a thunderstorm, dance under a giant rainbow and more.
If you come to only one concert of Patricia's, make it THIS one! This is a "don't miss," never-before-maybe-never-again treat for the eyes, ears, heart, body and mind.
Friday, May 27th, 2011 11:09 PM
Patricia is FINALLY joining the 21st century and has jumped feet first into making videos of her songs. Check them out on You Tube by searching "Patricia Shih" or simply click on the "videos" button on this site.
If you would like to see a video of YOUR favorite Shih song, why not drop her a line and request it? No guarantee it will get made, but it will be put in the hopper for consideration.
Friday, May 27th, 2011 11:07 PM
New Newsletter! New Blogs!
Want to keep up with Patricia's happenings? Subscribe to her newsletter! Go to the "Email List" button and page and sign up. You can always unsubscribe at any time--Patricia hates spam!
And she has not one but TWO new blogs: "Inside Patricia's Head" for rambling around, random musings and humorous observations; and "Patricia's Music Musing" for music-related topics and information. If you sign up for the newsletter you will automatically have links to her blogs.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 7:30 AM
Spend the Holidays with Patricia and her band at Old Westbury Gardens
Come to Patricia's ONLY public concert for the holidays!
Patricia and her band have been asked to return to the beautiful and venerable Old Westbury Gardens Mansion on Long Island. Her multicultural holiday show celebrates Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and was so popular that TWO shows a night sold out for each of the 7 years they appeared there. One year the show was videoed by Cablevision and broadcast on TV nonstop around the clock for two weeks. Fans told Patricia they could watch it even at 2:00 a.m.!
The Red Ballroom where Patricia will be performing is normally gorgeous but is even more spectacular when dressed up for the holidays. The show is beautiful, meaningful and hilariously funny--and the audience of course gets to be a part of it all. Free refreshments and Santa are part of the festivities!
Registration is required and space is limited. Tickets are $15, $13 for members. Shows are at 6:00 and 7:15 pm on Friday, December 10 and can be obtained by calling (516) 333-0048 x 301 or online at www.oldwestburygardens.org .
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 3:10 PM
It's Grammy time again!
Fall brings with it beautiful colors, cooler weather and...Grammy voting time!
Patricia's latest CD for children and families, "Your ImaginEngine!" is entered for a Grammy nomination in the "Best Musical Album for Children" category. Her first (and only so far!) concept album -- meaning that although each song can stand on its own, it's best to listen from start to finish in order to get the idea -- takes listeners on a train ride through the imagination. Her last CD, "The Power of One," was also in the running the year it was released.
Even though most of the time the award goes to either a big-name star or a corporation like Disney, sometimes a little independent artist gets recognized with a nomination, and even wins once in awhile! Patricia believes in dreams...
Monday, September 13th, 2010 7:26 AM
Book singing party a grand affair!!
Yesterday Patricia and Stephen celebrated the release of her second book Truly Rotten Gigs from Hell at the Huntington Library with about 80-100 friends, fans and the general public, some coming from as far away as New Jersey. She had invited some of the contributing authors to sing a song or share their story, as well as some of her other musician friends. After this planned set Patricia opened the stage to the rest of the audience to sing or tell their own gig-from-hell story, which they did with great enthusiasm.
Those who came to the event sang, laughed, gasped, played games, won prizes, ate goodies and partied the afternoon away. Everyone had so much fun no one wanted to leave, and the party unintentionally ran a bit past the library's closing time!
Two big highlights were 13 year old Matt Knispel, one of Stephen's guitar students, who dazzled the crowd with his virtuoso playing of Eric Johnson's instrumental "Cliffs of Dover"; and classical singer Ron Meixsell who used his powerful voice without a microphone to wow the audience. Both received especially rousing ovations.
Drummer Greg Burrows, who occasionally has recorded and performed in Patricia's band and who is a contributing author to the book, told another funny story about playing once in a bowling alley. His great tale earned him the grand prize of a glass "skull" bottle full of vodka!
More audience members won hellish hot sauce, little red rubber devil ducks, and devil horns and tail. Yummy, "devilish" refreshments were scarfed down by the happy crowd, and everyone left with a party favor -- chocolate Devil Dogs, of course!
Monday, July 5th, 2010 6:47 AM
Save the date -- book signing party
On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 the Friends of the Huntington Public Library and Patricia will be hosting a book signing event at the library, 338 Main St. in Huntington for her latest book, Truly Rotten Gigs from Hell: The Funny, The Sad, The Unbelievably Bad True Tales from the Music Trenches. Times are not set yet but the party will be in the afternoon. Patricia hopes that some of the 35 contributors of the 75 stories will be able to attend to share their nightmare gig stories. The event is free and open to the public, who are also invited to share tales about their musical adventures in Hell as well as their live music.
There will be free refreshments, party favors and prizes, and Patricia and Stephen anticipate performing their music for adults (and maybe for kids if some show up).
Come one, come all and bring your pitch pipes, pitch forks and pitches for a possible Volume 2!
Friday, June 25th, 2010 10:51 PM
ANOTHER AWARD FOR PATRICIA!
Creative Child Magazine honored Patricia's latest CD "Your ImaginEngine!" with a 2010 Seal of Excellence Award. She is very excited about this as it is the first of her albums to be entered for this prestigious award.
Thursday, April 29th, 2010 5:28 PM
CD Release party for "Your ImaginEngine!"
EVERYONE is invited to help Patricia celebrate the release of her fourth CD for kids and families, "Your ImaginEngine!"
The live concert and party will be held on Sunday, May 16, 3:00 pm at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY. Admission is FREE for Patricia's fans and friends, but you MUST RSVP by May 8 to reserve a seat, as seating is limited. You can call (631) 549-2332 OR email email@example.com for reservations. It will also be open to the public but there will be a $5 admission at the door, which entitles the attendee to a $5 discount on any purchase.
Patricia will be joined by her band - Stephen Fricker on bass, guitar and mandola, Glen Saunders on bass and Jim Mansfield on drums and percussion. She has also invited some very special guests who played on the CD - master bluesman Toby Walker, his lovely wife Carol Walker on piano, fabulous classical musicians Andrew and Rebecca Perea on violin and cello, and Marty Stone singing and playing pennywhistle. Who knows who else will show up to play and sing along--maybe YOU!
FREE yummy refreshments, FREE party favors, and a silent auction/raffle to benefit Doctors Without Borders' work in Haiti. Come one, come all and bring your friends, especially kids!!! What could be better?
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 4:29 PM
All Hell breaks loose!!!!
Patricia's second book, entitled Truly Rotten Gigs from Hell: The Funny, The Sad, The Unbelievably Bad -- True Tales from the Music Trenches has just been released! Ten years in the making, Truly Rotten contains 75 true stories written by 35 artists in 11 states and 3 countries. Some of Patricia's contributors are famous like Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Dick Kniss from PP & M and John Denver, Oscar Brand, Jim Babjak from The Smithereens, and half of The Starland Vocal Band; others are unknowns but who have been tormented probably even worse. Tom Chapin wrote the foreword and also recounted his worst gig in it.
You will laugh out loud at the absurdities of some tales, cry when you read others, and gasp at some of the hellish situations these musicians find themselves in. Some were written by polished, experienced storytellers; others are more raw. But all are entertaining reading.
Pick up the book and enjoy your time in Hell...
Sunday, March 7th, 2010 10:56 PM
Help for Haiti: Island to Island, Heart to Heart
It's official: Patricia has called on friends and boy oh boy, did they respond!!!!
Help for Haiti: Island to Island, Heart to Heart
Folk! Swing! Jazz! Blues! Comedy! Rock and Roll! Cabaret!Classical!
On April 11, 2010, and all-day, all-ages event will occur at the Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, to benefit Doctors Without Borders and Long Island Cares. Besides one or two family concerts, one or two concerts for adults and a dance, there will be a silent auction with awesome prizes and yummy refreshments for sale! Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for under 12, PLUS one item of non-perishable food for LI Cares. Advance purchase strongly recommended as seating is limited. Buy through Brown Paper Tickets, 1-800-838-3006 (small fee applies).
The artist roster is subject to change, but this is it as of today (not in order of appearance):
Family show (2:00; 3:30 second show if necessary)
Darren Sardelli, MC
Judy Pancoast (from NH!)
Nancy Tucker (CT)
Dr. Planet (PA)
Hip Pickles drumming troupe
Patricia Shih with Dick Kniss (upstate NY)
Adult show (6:00; second concurrent stage if necessary)
John Platt from WFUV FM, MC
Kira and Breanna Metcalf-Oshinsky
Linda Ray's Huntington Cabaret
Martha Trachtenburg and Tom Griffith
Andrew and Rebecca Perea
Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong
The M Train with Mikah Feldman-Stein and Matt Knispel
Squeaky Clean - '50s and '60s rock and roll
The Jumpers Orchestra - Swing
Come one, come all! Have a ball, and help out a worthy cause at the same time.
Sunday, January 17th, 2010 3:49 PM
New book in the works
Patricia is nearing completion on her second book about music, entitled Truly Rotten Gigs from Hell: The Funny, The Sad, The Unbelievably Bad True Tales from the Music Trenches. She has written a few of her own crazy stories, plus collected and edited 75 others written by 35 artists in 11 states and 3 countries. This is a compilation ten years in the making. Contributors include Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Oscar Brand, Jim Babjak of The Smithereens, Tom Chapin, Dan Crow, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert from the Starland Vocal Band, Bill Staines and many, many more. Check out a preview at www.trulyrottengigsfromhell.com and let her know what you think! And for you gigging musicians out there, write your own horrid story and send it to her--you might make Volume 2!
Keep watching this space for news about the 2010 publication!
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 7:11 AM
New improved Shih Boutique!
Check out Patricia's new and improved store! Now you can buy CDs, cassettes and books with PayPal or credit card directly from Patricia! She even has a shopping cart so you can load up with your favorites and not drop any on the way to the checkout!
Also now all cassette tape prices have been permanently lowered to only $5 a piece--inexpensive enough to buy them by the dozen to give away as party favors, "welcome to the world" baby births to octuplets, or "just because I like you" gifts.
Why not give the gift of music to yourself and your loved ones? It will last them all life long.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 7:05 AM
IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE!
After a year and a half of love, laughter, singing and playing, Patricia's newest album is out! Called "Your ImaginEngine!", it is her first concept album -- a train ride with kids through the imagination. Together they travel on a train to Ireland, visit family, meet an alien and Godzilla, argue with parents, get Chinese take-out, go to the zoo, get caught in a thunderstorm, fly to outer space and still make it home in time for bedtime. 23 tracks in all: 12 songs plus 11 pieces of dialogue threading them together.
But the most exciting part of the CD is the contribution of many guest artists from around the country. Helping out are:
Double Grammy winner, storyteller and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, NPR commentator Bill Harley
Grammy nominee and fellow family artist Brady Rymer, formerly with the band "From Good Homes"
International touring blues star and astounding guitarist Toby Walker and his equally talented wife Carol Walker on piano and concert harp
Fellow family artist and former backup singer to the stars Robbi K -- plus her sweet and talented daughter DiDi
Internationally renowned musical storyteller Heather Forest as "mom"
Plus some rocking kid singers and actors!
The other thing that makes this CD so special to Patricia are three cover songs written by amazingly talented friends: "The Train Song" by Janice Buckner, "We're All Different Colors of the Rainbow" by Jeff Eisenberg of Junior Jam, and "Home Again" by Marla Lewis. Check out their stellar CDs too!
Have fun going shopping at Patricia's store--and pick up a few other items while you're there! Like the train whistle that opens and closes the CD, let's hear a big "WOOO HOOOO!!!!!"
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 3:11 PM
"Preview!" is released!
Patricia and Stephen are still hard at work on her 6th CD, 4th for kids and families. A title has been chosen; it's "Your Imaginengine!" The same wonderful graphic artist who designed Patricia's last multiple award-winning family CD "The Power of One", Laura Grunwerg, also has designed the cover for this one. A late summer/early fall release date is expected.
However, for those who cannot wait for it's release there is a sneak preview of the first 8 songs. This is a limited edition EP (that's "extended play") for a special price of $10. Patricia has made only a few copies, so if anyone wants a copy please contact her right away to learn how to purchase one--it could be a collector's item someday! Don't forget to request that it be personalized for your special someone.
There are lots of WONDERFUL guest artists on the new CD, including one multiple Grammy winner and one Grammy nominee, so watch for the announcement of its release.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 3:04 PM
The Petition goes to Legislator Jon Cooper!
On Wed. July 8, 2009 Patricia, Stephen and two families traveled to Huntington to present The Petition to Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper. Since Jon was at the forefront of President Barack Obama's Long Island presidential campaign Patricia thought he was the perfect person to be the conduit to President Obama. The families were: Lady Nunez and her kids Joshua (8), baby Jaiden (1) and niece Karina Vital (9); and Frank Mihas and his twins Stella and Solon (5).
Jon Cooper was extremely gracious and spoke with the families about his job as a legislator, explaining what he does and how he can make a difference for the citizens of the county. He held the children's rapt attention when he told them how he pioneered a law making it illegal to speak on a cell phone while driving unless it was hands-free, which since has been passed by NY as well as other states; how he got a ban on releasing large quantities of helium balloons because it harms the environment and animals; and much more.
The families were treated to donuts and drinks and offered crayons and paper to make their own drawings. After Mr. Cooper's chat everyone got their photos taken signing The Petition and standing next to the giant document. Lastly, Patricia took the folks who could stay awhile out for ice cream treats at the local landmark restaurant, Munday's.
It was a beautiful day to meet a local lawmaker, get a lesson in civics about how county government works, participate in democracy by signing a petition, AND enjoy treats! Take a look at some pictures from this day in the "friends and fans" album on the "photos" page.
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Sunday, June 7th, 2009 9:36 PM
Preview for the new CD!
Patricia and Stephen have been in the studio feverishly working on her newest CD for kids and families. No firm title yet, BUT they are thisclose to releasing an eight-song limited-edition EP preview. Fans can expect the release announcement very soon!
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 9:06 PM
Patricia and Stephen attended their 7th Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in the beautiful Catskills Mountains in NY in mid-November, but this one was extra special. At Patricia's suggestion NERFA added a brand new family music track to its very busy schedule of workshops and showcases for folk music artists. What excited her this year was not only watching other stellar family artists like Two of a Kind, Magpie, and David Fry perform before 100 3rd graders bussed in to a magnificent theatre so they could show how to enthrall kids as well as adults; being among 600 of their fellow folk music enthusiasts and sharing her own "grown-up" music; listening to some of the very best singers, songwriters and musicians; but also contributing to TWO blue ribbon workshop panels advocating music for children and families.
The first one, aimed at people and organizations that present folk music, was about the importance of including family music at all folk music venues. It was moderated by an pioneer in children's music, John McCutcheon. Joining Patricia and John were the legendary and wildly popular Tom Chapin; the husband-and-wife founders of the dance troupe Vanaver Caravan; Anne Saunders, booker for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival; and husband-and-wife duo Two of a Kind, David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans. All were there to make a case that family music is especially and vitally important to folk music, and that presenters could build their audiences by adding it to their programming.
The second one the next day was led by Patricia and included Kim Harris of the extraordinary duo Kim and Reggie Harris; John McCutcheon; Magpie; and Two of a Kind. This workshop aimed to show artists the joys, hows and whys of performing for children and families.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 10:02 PM
Long Island Music Hall of Fame gala!
Not too many people know that Patricia is on the educational advisory board of the LI Music Hall of Fame. This board, like LIMHOF, has quite a few functions; but the very next exciting thing coming up is the LIMHOF Induction Gala! This BIG party will honor stars who lived, worked, played or somehow are otherwise associated with Long Island; artists like Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Jean Ritchie, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Beverly Sills...and so many more.
The Gala will be held on October 30 (that's right, just before Halloween!) at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City. The red carpet will roll out at 5:00 pm--watch for the paparazzi and fans trying to get a glimpse of their favorite stars. This will be a ritzy, glitzy, glittering evening--and everyone is invited! To get tickets go to limusichalloffame.org (don't forget the www before it!) and sign up for their email list. You won't want to miss Long Island's biggest music event of the year.
Sunday, August 31st, 2008 7:27 AM
Back into the studio
On the heels of her last CD for families, "The Power of One" (NAPPA Gold Award and Parents' Choice Approved Award), Patricia and Stephen head back into the studio to start production of her sixth CD, fourth for children and families. While "Power" was written and targeted for older children ages 8-12, this one (as yet untitled) will be aimed at the very young, ages 2-4. She has been writing new songs based on what this age group loves--animals, family, friends, moving, singing and laughing! But of course the songs will also have Patricia's "signature"--meaningful lyrics that delight, enlighten and educate. Release will be in 2009--watch for news of it!
Sunday, August 31st, 2008 7:21 AM
It's been awhile...
Patricia here: summer has been enormously busy, which is why "what's new" is not "so new"... but anyway, Stephen and I have been touring and performing mostly in libraries for the "Catch the Reading Bug!" summer reading clubs. We had a fantastic tour to northern California libraries, with huge crowds and loads of fun with new fans. Our NY and NJ concerts were also great--lots of dancing, singing and playing games with families together.
We also got to sing in parks all over the area. One big highlight was Huntington's Summer Arts Festival, where we had a gorgeous night and got to bring the whole band. Check out the photos on the "photos" page--were you there?
Summer's nearly over--time to head back into the schools. What a great life; I am so grateful to be able to make my music and bring it to wonderful folks like you.
Sunday, August 31st, 2008 7:12 AM
Patricia Shih has a new campaign for education called The Petition. Here is how it works:
To encourage children to actively participate in the learning process; to teach them that they have power to make a difference; to shine a spotlight on the importance of education; in this election year 2008 Patricia hopes to gather as many signatures as possible of children ages 5 though 12 to present to the new President of the United States in 2009. This document will read:
"Dear President _____________,
As we are the future of the United States and the world, we the undersigned want education to be a top priority in your administration. Please ensure that you will pursue every means to improve our opportunities to learn!
One day one of us may have your job and we will have you--along with our parents and teachers--to thank for it.
Monday, January 14th, 2008 8:39 PM
See Patricia's video from ABC Eyewitness News
If anyone missed seeing Patricia's interview LIVE on January 13 here is a way to see it now. It apparently will be on ABC's website indefinitely! When you get to ABC's website be sure to scroll below the screen all the way to the right and click on "Patricia Shin" --TYPO!!!!!
Click on the blank spot below this sentence and it will take you there--magic! http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news&id=5885746
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 4:51 PM
Patricia on WABC Eyewitness News
On Sunday, January 13 some time between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. Patricia will be interviewed by a newscaster of the Eyewitness News team (Channel 7 in the NY metro area) about her music, the new CD "The Power of One" and the awards it has won, and maybe if there's time she'll get to speak about her community service work with children, her Caring Kids Program. She's going to be given about 5 minutes, so she's going to have to talk fast!
Monday, December 17th, 2007 7:37 AM
Ever kiss a walrus?
Patricia's quartet got to play at the NY Aquarium over the weekend. A real highlight was meeting and making friends with a family of Pacific walruses (walri???). The papa was particularly friendly. These are the most intelligent, curious, friendly, magnificent and huge creatures you could ever hope to meet, at least in an aquarium! Papa watched intently as the band set up, sound checked and performed four sets. Throughout the two days he constantly pressed his whiskered face up against the glass, knocked on it with his flipper, and even blew bubbly kisses to everyone. You can check out Patricia and Papa sharing a smooch on the Photos Page--go to "Friends and Fans" and browse the rest of the albums too.
And who knows--if you come up to Patricia and say "hi" after a show you might get your photo on this website, too!
Friday, December 14th, 2007 7:23 AM
Patricia on the Joey Reynolds Show
On December 12 at midnight (!!! Werewolf hours!!!) Patricia and Stephen traveled into New York City. What were they doing at those upside-down hours? Getting ready to be interviewed at 2:00 a.m. by Joey Reynolds, beloved veteran talk show host at WOR 710 AM radio, that's what. They shared a chat and a song with comedian Rick Younger and had a good old time talking about the new CD, Hawaii, Patricia's Philosophy of Life and to whatever else Joey's pinball mind led them.
Reynolds' show, though broadcast LIVE in NY from 10 pm to 3 am, is also syndicated and broadcast in 235 markets throughout the US at more "sane" hours, the morning drive time.
Stay tuned for more live radio and TV broadcasts...
Friday, December 7th, 2007 11:39 AM
Anyone live or work in Huntington?
If you are, you may get the Long Islander Newspaper. It's one of the oldest papers on Long Island, PLUS it was started by venerable Mr. Walt Whitman, who also built our lovely mall (only kidding about that last part!) which was named after him.
If you do get the Long Islander, look on page 11. Anyone you know?
Monday, November 12th, 2007 10:06 PM
Patricia on the radio!
On Saturday, November 17 Patricia will be on WNYC, interviewed by the beloved and venerable host of the longest-running radio show in America (check out the Guinness Book of World Records!), folksinger and writer Oscar Brand. They recorded it today but it will be broadcast 11/17 at 10:00 pm and highlights her latest CD for families, "The Power of One." She had a great time with Oscar and the show's engineer Jon Pickow--who just happens to be folk star Jean Ritchie's son.
Oscar's show has been on the air since 1945 and has showcased just about every folk artist from then until now. Many of you know him as an actor, author and playwright as well as a grand historical (and hysterical!) folksinger. Being 87 and having recent surgery has NOT slowed this guy down! Tune in and join the conversation.
Thursday, October 4th, 2007 2:31 PM
Long Island Press gala
On Oct. 1 Patricia and 9 other women were honored at the Oragin nightclub by the Long Island Press as Women of Achievement. The rooms were packed by supporters for all these wonderful women, and Carol Silva, anchor for Long Island News 12 TV was the guest speaker. After the speeches and applause and photos were finished, Patricia reminded Carol that she was instrumental in Patricia and Stephen becoming hosts on Cablevision's "Tell Me a Story" by recommending her to the producers. Carol responded by singing and signing a song that her kids learned from Patricia years ago!
A photo spread and story about the gala appears in this week's LI Press.
Thursday, October 4th, 2007 2:25 PM
Patricia here: Just got notification that "The Power of One" won a 2007 Parents Choice Approved Award. The PCA is one of the most respected and highly sought-after honors in the family music field. I am both proud and at the same time humbled by the accolades "Power" has been receiving. A thousand thanks for everyone who contributed to it, and those who have supported my work throughout the years. YIPPEE!
Sunday, August 26th, 2007 7:14 AM
Another honor for Patricia!
August has brought awards and honors--what a month!
Patricia was featured in an interview in the Long Island Press, the ninth largest publication in the U.S. The column is called Fortune 52, which highlights a different LI woman per week. She was named a "Long Island Woman Making a Difference".
Not only was her work spotlighted in print, but in October she and eight other honorees will be personally recognized at a special dinner for a few hundred people, sponsored by the paper.
Patricia says "It's WONDERFUL to have my work recognized, appreciated and validated by these honors. But the truest measure comes from parents and kids themselves, and I can't think of a higher honor for my music."
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 10:24 PM
"The Power of One" wins prestigious NAPPA award!
Patricia's newest CD for families has won the Gold (highest) Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards for 2007! This award is given to the best products for kids and parents from parenthood.com. What an honor!
Monday, August 13th, 2007 5:04 PM
"The Power of One" gets RAVE reviews!
Patricia's latest CD for kids and families, "The Power of One," has only been out for a few months and already has garnered rave reviews from critics and listeners alike! Here are just a few:
Saturday, March 10th, 2007 11:13 AM
New CD for Kids & Familes!
Ta DAAA!!!! Patricia's long-awaited new CD for kids and families, titled "The Power of One" is out (release date Feb. 14, 2007--a Valentine to all!). She thinks it's her best effort yet. 12 songs, 10 written by Patricia, aimed at ages 8-12. Again collaborating with her husband and accompanist Stephen Fricker, these songs (and one poem) range from rock to folk to rap to classical to jazz to acapella...all with lyrics to entertain as well as feed the mind. Order yours now, and get it autographed FREE by Patricia! Click on "store", then "order," print and fill out the order form etc. etc.--you know the drill--and your "Power" will be on its way to you in a jiffy!
Saturday, March 10th, 2007 11:12 AM
Patricia at Washington Monument !
For the third time in ten years, Patricia has been honored by being asked to sing at the Washington Monument grounds in Washington, D.C. to help the nation's Girl Scouts celebrate, this time for their 95th anniversary! It will be on Saturday, June 9, 2007 all day. Last time for the 90th anniversary, over 120,000 Girl Scouts and their families and friends cheered and sang along with Patricia, Michelle Shocked, Odetta, Melinda Carroll and more. That year the D.C. event preceded Patricia's most awesome gig ever--Madison Square Garden!!! Come down to Washington for the world's biggest sing-along--and stop and say hello to Patricia backstage.
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