Pat Milliken's music expresses emotions of the heart and truths which are immediately felt and understood. They are songs that soothe the soul and tell stories which draw on a dramatic and highly personal instrumental language in place of words. Pat's playing has been called 'rich' and 'iridescent.' Widely-published music critic Josef Woodard praises Milliken as 'a fine instrumentalist whose approach to acoustic guitar music combines technical facility with a flair for mesmerizing sonorities.' He has an ability to produce great sound-tones of 'ringing open strings that give this music such a shimmering surface,' according to Woodard. Quotes: 'There is no doubt that he is communicating his inner visions and emotions with a growing maturity and obvious sense of musical poetry. I've been touched by his music and recommend it to anyone...' -Pierre Bensusan 'Pat Milliken is a breath of fresh air in today's frantic world.' -Peter White A LITTLE MORE ABOUT PAT MILLIKEN AND HIS MUSIC; (Written by fan and fellow musician, Jennifer Terran) The highest kind of music for me, is music that captures the bitter-sweet dichotomy of life. In other words, music that is both mourning and comforting. There's nothing more beautiful to me than when an artist can reveal that fragile, yet courageous state we are all in, called being alive! Pat's music, his artistry and who he is as a person captures this in a way that is so gentle and so genuine that it is nothing short of the grandest kind of, well, spiritual pudding. What can I say! Pat Milliken is just an extraordinary human being. He has a tremendous amount of love to give and he gives it abundantly through his expression. It's just a beautiful thing to witness and be affected by. In getting to know Pat, I've learned some very interesting things about him. I think one of the reasons his art is so healing is because he's been close to death much of his life. And if there's something I've noticed about life, every negative brings back a positive equivalent - even when it seems like you're screwed and there's no way out. I love to know people who've been close to the edge. They laugh harder, feel deeper and if they are living like artists they help to bring more compassion into this world, like Pat does so well. Although I prefer to hear Pat in a focused setting, I've also seen him transform rooms of noise and clutter into mystical realms of joy. But that's what love can do. That's what giving can do. I think people respond to Pat because he has depth, because he has modesty and it's damn refreshing and it's damn beautiful. He is an artist of soul and I believe his commitment to this purpose makes the world a much better place! -Jennifer Terran.
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