Letter to Patti

Dear Patti,

I just wanted to reach out to you about your memoir Just Kids, and let you know how much I loved it. We were assigned to read your book in my Music Writing class at Fort Lewis College through out the semester, and I’m so happy we did! To be honest, I was not extremely familiar with your band Sonic Youth, and didn’t even really know about you and Robert’s relationship before being assigned this book. I’m happy it was that way, because I was able to dive deep into your writing and see what was the story behind the music.

I found the words you used to describe Robert, and interactions with him to be so heartfelt, and genuine. It was like I could hear you telling me the story in person, and I haven’t even heard your voice before. One moment that stuck out to me the most towards the ending of your memoir, was the scene you describe of the last family photograph taken before Robert’s Death. “I held Jesse in my arms, and she reached out to him, smiling. ‘Patti,’ he said, pressing the shutter.’She’s perfect.’ That was our last photograph.” I’m a huge cheese ball for family, and that moment you spent with Robert and Fred seems like a memory you will never forget, and cherish for the rest of your life. I couldn’t imagine raising a child after your love has passed away, and I think your writing displays how mature and dedicated you are.

Seeing the hard times you have faced through out your life and seeing where you now is truly inspiring. From barely having money for food, a place to stay, and bouncing from job to job to being a bad ass punk band member, I think you prove a lot of stereotypes wrong. Just because people may struggle through out their lives, doesn’t mean that they don’t have potential, and it definitely doesn’t mean they can’t make it. I wish every 20 something person going through a hard time would read this. (Except for when you guys find the embryo in the glass jar in the abandoned small pox museum, that kind of grossed me out.) It would help a lot of the youth in todays culture to see another perspective to learn from, and look up too.

It is evident that pursuing art was something that kept you and Robert alive at times, and it is so beautiful to see where that art takes you. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the world, Patti, you truly are one of a kind.


Michelle Olson

Musical MD

Dear Doctor,

I have ran into a lull in my life. After the day is done I feel exhausted and stressed from the many obligations of work and routine. I don’t get the same emotional balance as I do with my music. Each song I hear doesn’t fill me with spiritual sustenance. I feel hollowed out by the time the sun dips down. At this point I feel desperate for any type of advice. That is why I am writing to you. Can you please help me?


Mr. Feeling Down


Dear Mr. Feeling Down,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me, I am more than happy to help you! I myself have had times in my life where I’ve felt the daily routine just wasn’t doing it for me. So I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest you go to a music festival this summer. School is just about out and it would be a great way to get on vacation and celebrate making it through another semester with work and school. Music festivals are a different type of therapy, but you are talking to a music doctor :-). They bring people from all over together to enjoy the thing we love the most- music, camping, art, community, friendships and memories that will last forever. Music Festivals are out of this world, and make you truly learn to let loose and enjoy life at it’s finest. Below, there is a list of a bunch of festivals going on this summer, links to they’re website, and my doctors recommendation for you.

Wakarusa at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, AR

June 4-7, 2015


I recommend Wakarusa especially if you haven’t been to a music festival before. It’s huge, and people from across the country come out for it. This was my first music festival personally, and I can tell you I left feeling so blessed to be surrounded by a music community so accepting in paradise for the weekend. Oh, but make sure to bring rain boots. Those are a must!


42nd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO

June 18-21, 2015


Telluride Bluegrass Festival has been happening for 42 years now, and tickets sell out almost instantly as soon as they go on sale every year.You can still find tickets, obviously, but it’s side affects may include money spending, beer drinking, smiling, dancing in circles, and increased heart rate because of the beautiful mountains of Telluride surrounding you. Plus, it’s only a couple hours away from Durango, how convenient! I personally have never been, but I’m excited to spend my birthday there this summer. See you there?


Sonic Bloom Festival at Hummingbird Ranch in Rye, CO

June 18-21, 2015


If you aren’t at Telluride Bluegrass, Sonic Bloom is where it’s at. If you are looking for that spiritual wholeness, this is the festival for you. With multiple workshops with artists and speakers of all different backgrounds, awesome music, art, and cool clothes you will want to stay there forever. I’ve been the past couple years and it’s always so amazing. If you go this summer, I will order you a prescription for Heady Tacos, they are so dank- seriously. Sonic Bloom is also in Colorado so you can legally have pot at the festival.


Arise Music Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO

August 7-9, 2015


I recommend Arise Music Festival for you because this one changed my life. Seriously- theĀ best , experiences I have ever had. This one is full of music, workshops, yoga, rock stacking, art, arial acrobatics, costume contests, camping, jam seshs, and flow arts of all kinds galore! It’s like an adult Disney Land, there is always something to do there. This year artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Polish Ambassador, Trevor Hall, Emancipator, and so much more are taking the stage- it’s going to be a great time!

If you have any other questions, or are seeking more advice, feel free to contact me.

I believe in you Mr. Feeling Down!


Musical MD