Patricia Snyder

Snowbound, Patricia Snyder, album cover Snowbound
Performed by Patricia Snyder
with the Joe McWilliams Trio

Track Listing

Snowbound back cover

Liner Notes

"Let's take that road before us and sing a chorus or two,
Come on, It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you."
- Mitchell Parish

     "Snowbound" began as an idea to celebrate the warmth and coziness of the winter season in songs from The Great American Songbook… so of course it was recorded in 100 degree weather in July! By the time we reached "Jingle Bells," everyone was feeling cool and didn't mind a nine-hour day in the studio.
     First my thanks to Norman Johnson, who recorded and mixed with patience and humor, and then so exquisitely accompanied us on guitar. Next, to Bob Kolb on sax, Don Mulvaney on drums and Jim Scianna on bass for the wonderful music they created together. I didn't know that the secret to a great session was chocolate-chip cookies in the studio!
     Once again, my gratitude to Richard "Cookie" Thomas for keeping me on track while teaching me to fly solo: I admire your ability as an artist and as a producer, but I treasure your friendship even more. Thank you for your generosity to me.
     The best part of recording "Snowbound" was the work with my pianist, arranger and compadre, Joe McWilliams. Joe, your talent, dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism make every moment of the work we do together pure joy.
     A special thank-you to Emily Coven of Flax Media for my splendid website; knowing you and working with you is a double delight.
     I am grateful for the love and support of my friends who listen, edit, brainstorm and care about my dreams… Janet, Marybeth, Kathy, Virginia, Paul. You are all presents that I give to myself.
     As with my previous CD, "All My Tomorrows," my gratitude to Rosemary Clooney, whose work will always be the standard for me.
     My love to my father, John Mayone… we beat to the same drummer.
     And to my handsome beau, thank you… with my love.
     "Snowbound" is a gift to my children, Jack and Jacqueline, for all the winter nights in front of the fireplace and for all our Christmas Eves with "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Those memories are always with me; I love you both completely.

Keep warm.
Patricia Snyder

Recorded and mixed at Manor Recording; Middletown, Connecticut
Tel: 860-346-7947  Email:
Produced by Patricia Snyder
All arrangements by Joe McWilliams
Artistic advisor: Richard "Cookie" Thomas
Cover photographs by Images by David
Tel: 203-324-9311
Manufactured at Magnetic North; Saugerties, New York
Tel: 845-247-0113
CompuGrafix by The Turning Mill; Palenville, New York


Patricia Snyder, Vocals

Joe McWilliams, Piano & Arrangements
Joe McWilliams got his start as a professional pianist in the late 1970s, first performing with his mother's band as well as at the River Cafe in Brooklyn and at Greene Street in Soho. Trained classically by Ray Therrien and in jazz by John Mehegan, Joe spent much of the '80s performing in New York and New Haven. Joe has played in 30 countries and recorded extensively with both his own groups and with others. Among the many artists he has played with or opened for are Dave Brubeck, Cab Calloway, Gerry Mulligan, Cookie Thomas and the Platters. Joe cites a variety of artists as his main influences: Bill Evans, Eddie Buster, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell and Red Garland. Joe is currently the music director at Beacon Falls Congregational Church in Beacon Falls. Joe McWilliams can be reached at 203-888-6401 or .