Pat Carroll was a social worker, a sound engineer, an Earthwork artist, a basketball'r, a beloved son, brother, nephew, friend and true love who passed away on May 31, 2013 at the age of 26 from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) complications. Pat was all of these things despite and because of his chronic illness. Although his earthly time was short, he lived a full lifetime in those 26 years. Pat has an indelible spirit that marked his wit, humor, talent, generosity and his open heart. The most resounding lesson he shared with the world is the importance of loving without reservation, courageously facing challenges without complaint, and appreciating the beauty of the present moment.
"And who knows for how long? But one thing's for sure. We'll always have right now."
-"In A Dream" by Pat Carroll
Pat passed away during his national listening party tour for his album Glow In The Dark, which was launched independently by his community. This CD release tour continued in Pat's honor until July, bringing closure to a nearly year long "Operation Fat Peril" campaign that rallied around Pat during his battle with CF. His legacy lies in the continually growing community of people cultivating their "best selves" in awe of, and in solidarity for Pat. Even if you didn't know Pat, or if you're new to his music, we encourage you to be part of the community glowing in his wake.
"My name is Pat Carroll and I'm writing this biography myself. I write and record my own music while also studying and practicing social work. I am guided in both of these fields by the belief that success will never come without also being accompanied by honesty. I think honesty is the single most important trait one can posses, and I hope this is reflected in my music. I truly believe that there is no point in trying to get a message across, if you can't convince people that what you are saying is real. I hope that above all else, my music comes across as just that; real."
May 2, 1987 - May 31, 2013
Pat's obituary in the TC Record Eagle