Tooth and Frail

I made the first two Daily Frail episodes of next week available early. I broke a tooth, so I need to get to the dentist on Monday. I can’t drive because I am having trouble with epilepsy. Dear Old Dad is taking the wheel.

When I came back home 2014, I weight almost 300 pounds. Over the last four years, I have lost over 70 pounds.

When you are going through a process this this it is hard to see any change in the mirror. Looking back on my video workshops gives a clearer picture of how far I have come.

Patrick 2014


Patrick 2018


My clothes hang on me now like a scarecrow. My jeans flap around my legs like sails in the wind. Even with my belt on the very last notch my pants still fall off me. Tomorrow Dear Old Dad is taking advantage of the trip to the dentist’s office and dragging me somewhere to buy some clothes that fit.

I tend to get anxious in stores and just grab some black T-shirts and cheap jeans. I figure having my clothes the same saves me the bother of deciding what to wear. When I say this to Dear Old Dad he rolls his eyes and groans.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll break the black T-shirt and cheap jeans trend – but Dear Old Dad is just as bad about clothes as I am. The pair of us would be perfect for one of those makeover shows.

Looking at these clothes that no longer fit and looking at how far I have come in the last four years I am aware of how lucky I am to have a friend like Dear Old Dad – and how blessed I am to be welcomed through my camera, over the Internet and into your homes.

I still have a long way to go. I struggle with my health and other day-to-day challenges. I am thankful to have my meditation and photography to help me through those issues.
I love what I do. Helping people make music is the best job I could ever imagine. I can’t wait to see where the music takes us next!


Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road

In 2012 I published Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road, an experimental book that explores a small corner of Crisfield, Maryland.

Brick Kiln Road is less than a mile. It takes your along salt marsh, a community dock and a small boat harbor. I walked this path every day for several years and I always took my camera. Eventually I realized that I had enough pictures to share this place through the seasons.

Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road PDF

Brahim Aouit

Brahim Aouit from Marrakesh, Morocco contacted me today and shared these videos with me.

Sometimes talking into a camera day after day can make you wonder if anybody out there is listening. It was so cool to see and hear old time banjo adapted to the music and language of a place so far from Crisfield.

This made my day.

I hope all of you will take a moment to send me a clip of your music to share.

Easter Break

Howdy, folks!

I just wanted to let everybody know that we will be taking an Easter break Friday through Monday. We will be back with the next episode of The Daily Frail on Tuesday, 4/3/2018.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Frailing Down Under

I recently received a request from a banjo player in Sydney, Australia. This person is looking for somebody or several somebodies to jam with.

If you are in the Sydney area looking for a jamming buddy, contact me and I’ll put you in contact with each other.

Australia is one of the few things left on my bucket list. Someday I’d like to ramble around visiting banjo players down under. Maybe hold a folk retreat. Someday.


The Daily Frail is back in action and I am having a lot of fun.

When I came home in 2014 I was as sick as I have ever been, and I was not sure if I would ever get back to my old self. It feels so good to be back in action and the show of support on Patreon has been a real boost.

As exercises on The Daily Frail become more complicated you can find tab on our Patreon blog.

Here is a link to today’s Patreon post:

We have set our Patreon at the super low price of $1.00 so that it is easy for anybody to take part. You do not have to take part to access the videos of the tab files. Like Utah Phillips, I want to make a living, not a killing.

We do have some events in the works the will be exclusive to our subscribers. Stay tuned to this blog and our Patreon page for more information.

Sing the Banjo! returns next week. Folk Guitar begins soon Joy!