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September 26, 2013

Patty Larkin: 'Still Green'

Me & Thee concert celebrates release of new CD

Patty Larkin’s latest album is her 13th, but there’s nothing unlucky about it.

For fans, it means there are new songs to be heard, some of which Larkin will play tomorrow night at Me and Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead.

“Gone are the days when I just play all the new stuff,” she said. “I have 30 years of material. I’ll mix it up a bit.”

For Larkin, writing this music was enjoyable, a creative process she celebrates in the album’s title, “Still Green.”

“What I get from it is this sense of freshness, joy and discovery,” she said.

That pleasure was enhanced by the week Larkin spent a couple of years ago in a dune shack on Cape Cod National Seashore, where several songs on the album were written.

“It was inspiring to me to be in the middle of wilderness, in a place where there’s very little distraction and so much beauty,” she said. “To spend the entire day writing or working on writing is a luxury.”

It also gave her time to work on songs from start to finish, pulling together lyrics and musical ideas that she had recorded at different times on digital devices.

“I’m finding I have to be very disciplined about getting back to the music, rather than recording these little snippets,” she said. “I’m teaching now, and it’s something I’ve talked to my students about, the continuity of writing, going back to it the next day.”

The pace of contemporary life, which interrupts her writing, gets comical treatment in the song “Mando Drum.” The singer gulps caffeine in “a double shot / Double double mocha mocha grande,” then starts “shindigging with my GPS on.”

“I’m going to follow you,” she vows. “You tell me you’re futuristic / world’s coming apart.”

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