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Patrick O'Hearn

In the early '80s, this bassist and synthesist was mired in the glitz and grind of pop music as a member of the group Missing Persons. Then friend Peter Baumann, best known for his work with Tangerine Dream, made O'Hearn an offer he couldn't refuse. Baumann had visions of starting a record label catering to his first love, contemporary electronic music, and he wanted O'Hearn to become a charter member of the new company. Nearly a decade and a half-dozen albums later, O'Hearn is still amazed at the success of Ancient Dreams, the richly hued debut release that established his career as a solo artist and helped launch the Private Music label. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Oregon, O'Hearn was exposed to a wide variety of music by his parents, who were both working musicians. Though he studied cello, violin, and flute, he gained early experience playing bass with his parents' lounge act. As his musicianship began to excel, he found himself accompanying jazz greats like Joe Henderson, Joe Pass, Tony Williams, and Charles Lloyd. While living in San Francisco in the mid '70s, he played with Frank Zappa and co-founded the visionary progressive band Group 87 with Mark Isham and Peter Maunu before joining Missing Persons. O'Hearn's style reflects all of these experiences within the context of a highly personal electronic sound. During the late '80s, however, his innovative vision seemed to blur under the strain of the commercialism infiltrating the new-age and contemporary instrumental realms. Urged on by increasingly conservative, pop-oriented executives at Private Music, O'Hearn conformed to more conventional song forms on albums like Between Two Worlds and Rivers Gonna Rise. His music suffered from excessive predictability as a result. The record label even released some crass disco mixes of the composer's most tuneful selections on the embarrassing Mix Up. Fortunately, O'Hearn's good musical sense prevailed in the long run. His more recent releases Eldorado and Indigo are both admirable, highly satisfying albums. He is, however, the last remnant of the Private Music label's original roster of innovative, electronic-based instrumentalists. So Flows the Current marked his second release of the new millennium, issued in early 2001. ~ Linda Kohanov, Rovi
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p.stockton5
Takes me to a nice place in my mind..a moment of contemplatio n in a chaotic space.
Holy cow! Sweet music indeed.
j.p.l.1
Nice music but someone give that little hippie a hair cut and a job! :)
This clams me down when I do homework thanks :D
sweet
FANTASTIC... . .
This gives me the sensation of floating down a calm river in a inner tube on a late summer afternoon.
I am a child of the 60's & listened to & loved most of all of the mentioned artist mentioned in his bio. How did I miss Patric O'Hearn? Wonderfully peaceful & transcending . Wonderfully peaceful. Great to knit, crochet & sew by.
Glitz and Grind??!! Missing Persons were a hip, New Wave group featuring Zappa drummer little Terry Bozzio. They were great! Not pop, and pretty progressive. So that was not a waste of time for ol' Patrick. Anyway, I like everything he's done.
Peaceful and takes me away ...
Wow amazing
I wish they would offer his album,
"RIVERS GONNA RISE " on iTunes & on Pandora radio. Still think it's his best. Also check out Patrick's Bass playing on Frank Zappa's "SHUT-UP & PLAY YOUR GUTIAR" 3 CD set.
Totally different music styles , showing how talented he (P.O'H) is, & Frank Zappa was!
I have almost every CD he has made absolutely one of the masters of this music.
deedee_macke y
Such a beautiful song. So transcending
pil1i_bell1_
Discovered him on KTWV 94.7 fm "The Wave" in 1987.
Exactly instead of the pop stars, why everyone listen to these REAL artists and see what music really is @Jack Edwartoski
NICE STUFF. BIG CHANGE FROM ZOOT ALLURES
alfredo3199
Love the music it is so peacful
wevancheck
I have had his CD's for years. His talent is deep and mystical. It's not driving in your car music.
O.o
edwartoskijd
Out of the music pieces which touch me to the core, heart and soul and mind, this is possibly the most penetrating to my being. When I randomly hear it, its effect lasts for days.
The eighties
aquariusjeff 0
POH is the sh$t!
A SONG IS A STATIC. It is born in the mind, soul and spirit, is communicated by the physical universe and continues its existence in the mind, soul and spirit of a static.
very well
Not all songs need words to make them beautiful.. ��
Carol christmas
Good song:D
Some sounds are just priceless ..this is one..
Just discovered him about month ago because of wonderful Pandora! Really interesting musical background- that's wild he was in band Missing Persons from the 80's, WAYYY different music!!
Hope...empow e r i n g . . . b u t hints of wonder in slight despair
atlantabodyf i r m
Very interesting musical past
mrxbath
I like this woman's bio of O'Hearn.
yigo1985
simple , exquisite , memorable
i lived in this house in southwestern ontario...
flashing back
the sky and stars and moon and fields...
no lights or traffic or sound
pureness
lifemanageme n t i n m o t i o n
Very Cool!
Absolutely intoxicating !
silkee_00
I love this song! It always makes me stop whatever I'm doing just to listen. It is very peaceful and serene.
I am partial to this song, however it kinda one note throughout. It reminds me of stagnate sound with a little pick up here and there. Perhaps soft and muiscy points blended.
Really love Patrick O'Hearn... His music is fantastic.
damn he looks like Donny Osmond
Good writing, Linda . . .
semajf
Amazing Amazing Amazing Patrick!!!!
Soooo pretty!! Gah
Keepen it up
fivefinks3
Stephanie Phan added Yasmeen Awad
lands beyond the touch of mind
in the winds of crystal song
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Very talented man.
Essential sounds for life.

I agree with Carlo as there is never words needed or appropriate for our New Age scores as they do our talking from our minds!
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