A couple of years ago, I came across some images of homeless Veterans sleeping in the streets in the heart of Winter. I was angered and saddened by their reality. Here were people who had risked their lives with the understanding that their sacrifice could lead to better lives for the rest of us. Now, I don’t necessarily believe that any of the wars we fight serve anyone save for a select few. But, these soldiers were led to believe that it was the right thing to do regardless of the politics surrounding their situations. I couldn’t help but empathize with the stark physical nature of their existence. I was even more moved by the emotional/spiritual aspect of them spending this time of Thanks and Celebration without family, friends or support. Thus, “Cold Christmas Day” was born. I had been sitting on it for a while but was inspired by some volunteer work a few friends have done and decided to make this a way for me (and hopefully you) to give to those that gave their everything. So, in that spirit, I will be donating 50% OF ALL PROCEEDS to a group called Active Heroes. Active Heroes is a fundraising organization that supplies support programs to military veterans in an attempt to end veteran suicides which, at this time, are reaching epidemic levels of 22 deaths per day. Please feel free to give as you are able.
Greetings. The Proposition returns this Saturday to Artsquest’s Oktoberfest — noon-3pm, TD Bank stage. I’ll also be playing solo later that night in the lobby at Zoellner Arts Center opening up the Lisa Fischer show (she’s the famous voice from Rolling Stones’ “Street Fightin’ Man”). There’s another Proposition gig later this month at Heritage in Northern Liberties, Philly on October 30th. Hope to see you. My latest record, “Songs for Humans,” is still on track to be released soon. I’ve been super busy so it’s been slow-moving of late. I am closing in on the finish line, though, so keep an eye out for it. I will probably release a few ‘singles’ before the full album is done to give you a preview as well as to give myself a small sense of accomplishment You can check out the first of these — “The Truth Is Just A Lie” — here: http://bit.ly/1GvAq90 Don’t forget that my third installment of the Dreaming of Being yoga/meditation music series is available, as well. Just follow the links from the STORE tab on the website.
Here is the link to download the new single, “The Truth Is Just A Lie.” The new album, “Songs For Humans,”will be available in early Fall 2015. (Don’t forget to check us out this Sunday at Musikfest — TD Bank Stage 4-5pm and then, later that night, at the Funhouse in Southside Bethlehem)
Why do the wicked seem to have control of every innocent dream?
The nightmare of their minds infects our eternal Divine.
If nothing they say is true, why do we let them do the things that they do?
We’re living in the world that only they want.
If you’ve ever lived life from the heart
Then you know that it’s a great place to start
To eradicate injustice, bring peace upon us.
Dig down into the depths of your soul
Embracing everything that’s making us whole
Discard the rest know that you’re blessed.
If there was ever such a thing as a good intention
We needn’t keep clawing at this fake facade.
Reality ‘til now has been an elite invention.
We need to keep reminding them they’re not our gods.
No, and they’ll never be.
The truth is just a lie that they indoctrinate into you and I.
You only get to see the phony things that they allow you to see.
It’s time for the meek to rise and make reality the speak of our time.
Take it back the world we lack.
Ahhh, August in the Lehigh Valley. It means different things to different people but for local musicians it means Musikfest. As one of the largest music festivals in the country, it offers plenty of performance opportunities for artists. I will be playing at and around the festival this year on a few separate occasions. Here’s the skinny:
Friday, Aug. 7 — HmfO (A Hall & Oates Tribute) at the Funhouse. 10pm.
Sunday, Aug. 9 — Thunk at Festplatz. Noon-3:30pm.
Sunday, Aug. 16 — The Doug Hawk Proposition plays 4-5pm at Town Square near the Artsquest Bldg. Then, later that night at The Funhouse. Personnel: Doug – vox.keys, Tyrone Fredericks, Jr. – sax, Greg Kettinger – bass, Kevin Soffera – drums.
Greetings. There’s a lot going on so let me get down to it. I have a bunch of local stuff coming up so please check out the schedule to the right. I would like to highlight my upcoming Doug Hawk Proposition gigs:
Fri., July 24 at Heritage, Northern Liberties neighborhood, Philadelphia. This is a new venture by the owners of Time Whiskey Bar in Center City. Great place to listen!! 10pm-1:30am.
Thurs., Aug. 15 at Allentown’s Summer in the City. PPL Plaza. Free 11:45am-1:15pm. Outdoors.
Sun., Aug 16 at Musikfest, Town Square, 4-5pm. Followed later that night by a performance at the Funhouse!!
Good to be back working with this band after a bunch of touring with Start Making Sense and HmfO. These performances will prominently feature my own compositions as well as some twists on a few more familiar tunes.This segue-ways beautifully into my next important topic which is………
I am currently recording a full-length album of original music which is scheduled for release in early Fall. Hoping to have some previews available soon. I am excited to finally be able to give these songs the treatment they deserve.
On a side note, my latest installment of the Dreaming of Being series of ambient/yoga music is available. I’m really happy with how it came out. It’s a perfect accompaniment to any sort of relaxing/meditative endeavors. Purchase/preview here:
My original song, Illuminated (you can find it on the music player to the right), will be featured on the Richie Allen Show in the UK this coming Wednesday, March 4. You can listen here: http://www.fabradiointernational.com/
The time is 8-10pm in the UK and 3-5pm in the US (East Coast). Richie’s show is tied in with one of my favorite public figures – David Icke. His son Gareth, a great singer/songwriter, will be hosting the music portion of the show. I’m very excited about this as the show features a lot of activists/journalists/academics from around the world who are ignored by mainstream media. Check it out!!
My newest yoga/ambient album, Dreaming of Being: Volume III, is now available. It’s a perfect complement to your existing yoga/mediation/healing arts practice.
Additionally, I am currently working on a full-length album of my original music which will hopefully be completed this Fall. As some of you may know, this music is not like my Yoga music. It is highly-charged political/humanist commentary supplemented by grooving funk/r&b rhythms — all with a positive spin (mostly).
Anyway, hope to see or hear from you soon. I will be doing some upcoming long-distance travel including trips to Florida and Canada, but also will have a few local shows to catch. Stay tuned to the calendar or, better yet, sign up for the mailing list for more efficient communication. Thanks for listening.
This third volume creates a beautiful arc of energy from the slow, minimal beginning to the slightly more uptempo middle and then slower and spacier again for winding down at the end. It ended up being exactly one hour long — which I doubt I could have done intentionally — which may help with timing for classes or professional sessions. Choral vocals, some percussion and drum kit, swirling synth pads and leads, a dense bottom end and soaring melodies create a rich soundscape for any meditative/relaxing practice. I have actually received a lot of feedback from people who use the previous two Volumes to assist in getting their children to sleep at night. Purchase using the link below. The album can also be easily gifted to a friend or loved one by simply clicking a button near the purchase icon. All that is needed is their e-mail address. Physical copies will be available soon.
Locally-sourced, organic, free range, original music. From my heart to yours. Enjoy. Again, here is the link:
Greetings. My newest installment of Yoga/Meditative/Healing Arts music, Dreaming of Being: Volume III, is ready for consumption. The official release will be this coming Thursday, December 18 (just in time for the Holidays!!). In the meantime, I am providing a free download preview of one of the tracks. Keep in mind this music is created specifically for practitioners of the aforementioned disciplines. So, songs are longer and the flow is slow and steady. These are not like my usual original creations. This is ideal for Yoga teachers who are looking for something new for their class playlists (or for people who just want to put their kids to sleep at night). Download the song “Destination” here:
Haven’t posted in a while so wanted to keep everyone up to date on what’s been happening lately. The two tribute bands I play with — HmfO (Hall & Oates) and Start Making Sense (Talking Heads) are very busy. We regularly tour the East Coast and mid-Atlantic states from Maine to Virginia — including a week-long trip to Georgia and Florida in early November. The schedule stays pretty dense through the holiday season before we take a short hiatus in the early part of 2015.
I have a brand-new project called Thunk which I am very excited about. I actually feel pretty lucky to have been asked to be a part of this as it consists of some really stellar musicians. While it is still a cover band at this point, we are taking lots of liberties with the material — which is pretty diverse (Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, etc.). The band is comprised of myself – vocals, keys, pedals; B.D. Lenz – guitar; Ken Pendergast – bass and Kevin Soffera – drums.
I am close to completion on my third yoga album – Dreaming of Being: Volume III. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the first two, please do. I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years and have longed to merge it with my music. I finally have done that (although I am still refining it). Look for this newest installment sometime around Thanksgiving.
I am also working on the logistics for a new, full-length album of my original funk/soul/r&b/political/conscious music. Hoping to start this before the end of the year. I am considering crowd-sourcing this project so I may need your help.
As always, thanks for listening and all of your support. Trust that it means the world to me. Stay tuned and stay positive. Peace.
The power trio known as NODE, one of my side projects, has scheduled a weekend run in the Lehigh Valley for May 9 through 11. The band consists of myself on keys and vocals, virtuoso guitarist B.D. Lenz and drum wizard Kevin Soffera. We perform a mix of my originals as well as a few unique cover songs. Here is a link to the promotional single we recorded last summer: http://doughawkproposition.bandcamp.com/track/illuminated-by-node
The gigs are: Friday, May 9 at Riegelsville Inn, 8-11pm in the pub; Saturday, May 10 at Black & Blue, Easton. 9-midnight; Sunday, May 11 at The Funhouse, Southside Bethlehem. 10pm start.