Pat Flanakin | Hard Times

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Hard Times

by Pat Flanakin

An alternative pop/rock group of songs that depict rough times - war, loss of faith, riots, heartbreak, homelessness - and hope
Genre: Pop: 90's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Martha
3:29 $0.99
2. Brother John
4:06 $0.99
3. Hard Times
3:33 $0.99
4. Rain On Me
4:22 $0.99
5. When I Stand At The Riverside
3:44 $0.99
6. Who Said
3:27 $0.99
7. Burning Embers - The 1992 L.A. Riot Song
6:29 $0.99
8. Life's So Lonely
4:29 $0.99
9. Did You See The Rain
4:22 $0.99
10. Hello Hollywood
3:19 $0.99
11. A Wounded Bird Cannot Fly
5:48 $0.99
12. Chester & Me
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was born in Dallas and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I wrote, sang, and did all the instrumentation on this CD. The CD has a theme of "hard times" - something everyone goes through. Sometimes it feels like we'll never get out of those rough times - but I think the songs show a hope for better times - which I've found usually do come if you believe they will. "Martha" and "Brother John" are about war - "Martha" about the current war on terrorism and "Brother John" about Vietnam - both are mellow ballads, as is "Hello Hollywood" - about another hopeful artist who comes to Hollywood to be a star. The title song, "Hard Times," as well as "Who Said," "Life's So Lonely," "Did You See The Rain," "Burning Embers," and "Wounded Bird" are up-tempo pop/rock songs; "Rain One Me" and "Chester & Me" border on R&B/Blues. "When I Stand At The Riverside" has a spiritual feel to it - different genres for all of our different moods. The song "Burning Embers" is about the riots in Los Angeles in 1992. I was there and saw and smelled the smoke coming from outside my apartment - I remember the fear, as it seemed the entire town was on fire. It took my wife 6 hours to get home from work that day - a trip that usually took 15 minutes. All that devastation was prompted by pent-up frustration caused by racial injustice. This song expresses my frustration that change is so slow in coming. I hope you "enjoy" the CD - sometimes the most meaningful music is that which makes you feel. I do think, however, that there's a silver lining to it all.



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travis shane brandon

meaningful lyrics combined with haunting melodies!!!
Flanakin creates a haunting world of beautiful losers in many of these songs. The lyrics have authenticity and meaning because they have obviously been drawn from his true life experiences. The melodies stay with you. I first heard this cd several years ago and still catch myself (from time to time) humming the melody to "Brother John" and a couple of the others!!! Also, good "self-production" with various instruments on this cd!!! I look forward to Mr. Flanakins next cd!!!

Gia Bardo

I love this CD
I love this CD. Martha and Brother John are amazing songs. I wish everyone who is concerned about war would listen to these. Great writer.