Holiday Wishes: Lewandowski bonus track takes Frosty through Tom Waits territoryWritten by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | firstname.lastname@example.org
A staple in Toledo music for the past 42 years, Pat Lewandowski is bringing a blues theme to “Holiday Wishes.”
Lewandowski, a blues guitarist, contributed the original track “Frosty’s Wild Year.” With a nod to Tom Waits’ original song “Frank’s Wild Years,” Lewandowski wrote the track on the spot while performing at a benefit concert.
“It was for one of our Homeless Winters project’s Christmas CDs and it was something I made up on the spot, just having some fun,” Lewandowski said. “Whenever we did these Christmas CDs I would try to come up with some sort of original take on them. I basically played the 12-bar blues and just made up all the words.”
Lewandowski has spent his career playing both solo and with groups, including time with the Blue Front Persuaders out of Ann Arbor and the Snooz Blues Band alongside his brother.
Since 1990, Lewandowski has been instrumental in raising awareness of homelessness in Toledo through Tent City and 1Matters and he is happy to bring Make-A-Wish Foundation into the fold this year.
“I like the work that they do,” Lewandowski said. “I have always been able to play music with people I like and people I admire. To be able to do that for 42 years, my life is pretty easy, so if Make-A-Wish can get a bonus out of this then that’s great by me.”