Songwriter Showcase: Esme Patterson

Last Thursday, OpenAir hosted its first Singer Songwriter Showcase at Artwork Network on Santa Fe as part of our two year anniversary celebration. The enlightening and unique event gathered four of Colorado’s finest songwriters for an inside look at the creative process behind their individual music, as well as to celebrate the spirit of collaboration. Each musician was given 24 hours to write a song based on the phrase “Never say help” as part of our listener lyric contest, which was then performed live for the first time on Thursday evening. If you weren’t in the audience that night, you’re still in luck: OpenAir recorded each original song from all four musicians, and we will be showcasing a new performance each day this week!

Our third “Never Say Help” song comes from Esme Patterson. Esme has been a true staple of the Colorado music scene as a member of Paper Bird and through her amazing solo material which has made waves nationally with special features on Daytrotter, American Songwriter, and NPR Music's Heavy Rotation. After likening songs to "laws and sausages", she kicks in to her graceful tune featuring our three-word assignment. Check out the video above!

Be sure to check out the OpenAir website each day this week for another video from the excellent musicians at our Showcase celebration!