I’m heading out for a short tour through Georgia and Florida this weekend with Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute. I’m honored to be playing with this great band as a substitute keyboardist. Check ‘em out. It’s an amazing live show that does total justice to the Talking Heads’ repertoire.
Volume Two of my Dreaming of Being Series is now available. Here is how I summarized it in my promotional materials:
This installment is livelier than Volume One and a bit less expansive – while still maintaining a peaceful pace that blends wonderfully with a multitude of progressive, holistic and spiritual practices. Volume Two is directed more towards the yoga practitioner whereas the first Volume was composed principally with body workers and meditation practitioners in mind. I have been practicing yoga almost as long as I have been a musician and I relish the opportunity to combine these two profound disciplines. Enjoy. Peace.
Preview and buy it here: http://doughawkproposition.bandcamp.com/album/dreaming-of-being-volume-2
Sorry for the delayed postings. BUSYBUSYBUSY!!! Please check the schedule to the right of this post for the latest events. A few things that won’t be showing up are my most recent musical adventures. The first is a new group I will be co-fronting called HmfO – A Hall & Oates Tribute. Yes, we will be playing all of the hits plus a bunch of deep cuts. Our next performance is Friday, October 18 at River Street Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre. We are sharing the stage with Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute). I will also be subbing on keys and backing vocals with this group. These two groups are made up of the same core members and will be touring together throughout the year, including trips to Cleveland, Philly, NYC, Rochester and Harrisburg.
Those of you who know about last year’s ambient/meditation album Dreaming of Being: Volume One will be pleased to know that Volume Two is currently being written and produced and will be available for the holiday season. As this album writes itself it seems as if it will be more beat-oriented and active than Volume One. Stay tuned.
Check out Node this year at Musikfest Sunday, August 11 at the TD Bank Community Stage from 4-5pm. Joining the usual power trio lineup of myself (keys & vox), Kevin Soffera (drums) and B.D. Lenz (guitar) will be NYC saxophonist Geoff Mattoon. Also, later that night after the fireworks, we will reconvene at Molly’s in Southside Bethlehem and play from 9pm-1am. I am really excited to see what this quartet is capable of. Hope you can make it.
I just released a new house music single called “You and I.” This is a bit of a different avenue for me but I’ve been trying to spread my creativity across different genres in order to keep it flowing. Hope you enjoy it. Be on the lookout for an EP of house/electronic/dance music to be released in the near future. Preview/purchase the new single here:
I am excited to announce that my latest recording has been released for consumption. It is an ambient/meditative album called “Dreaming of Being – Vol. 1.” I, at one time, was an active Shiatsu practitioner and I have had a dedicated Yoga practice for almost 20 years. Creating music that draws from those disciplines has been something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have combined piano, bass, voice and synthesizers to create an etheric soundscape customized for meditation, yoga, massage or any other relaxation-based exercise (it purposefully clocks in at one hour in length). It is slow and steady, vibrationally dense and positive in its intention. You can download it here:
Thank you. Enjoy…..
Preparing for a busy weekend…..I will be playing duo with guitarist B.D. Lenz Friday, March 1st at Artsquest in Bethlehem from 8-11pm. Then, the coveted double on Sunday beginning with Jazz bruch (solo) at Easton’s Sette Luna. Later that night I will be performing with my newest incarnation, Node, at the Funhouse in Southside Bethlehem. Node is a trio (for now) consisting of myself, guiatrist B.D. Lenz and drummer Kevin Soffera. It’s a bit experimental as we are all fooling around with some different pedals, groove ideas, etc. We are playing a lot of songs from my original repertoire and evolving the remainder of the set list as we go along. Hope you can check it out, I am excited about the possibilities.
I just finished a new, conscious hip-hop single, “Bitter,” and am offering a free download to fans. All I ask is that you consider joining the mailing list (widget to the right). I average about one update per month so I will not be flooding your inbox with junk. Just wanna keep you in the loop. Download here: http://doughawkproposition.bandcamp.com/
I have just finished my new Christmas EP!! This project started as a tool for learning the in & outs of my new recording software as well as a unique way to create Christmas presents for my family. It is dedicated to the memory of my late grandmother, June Grube, who was my first “music teacher” (she taught me to play simple Christmas songs on her electronic organ). It is a 5-song EP with some traditional tunes as well as a few twists. I played all of the parts in addition to recording, mixing and producing the album. Special thanks to Jim McGee at SpectraSound Solutions for mastering and to Ernest Ibarra for the CD design. You can buy it here: http://doughawkproposition.bandcamp.com/album/yule-dig-this-a-doug-hawk-christmas
Love someone with all of your might. Why fight?
Be free and easy – a positive being.
Living just to live every day. Take whatever comes your way.
In the end it ends just the same.
No way to make up for what is lost. Can’t change the role you played
When the sun sets on your days
So take a chance and try to be good. Just ’cause you should.
A ghost dies every time the man that is his host tries
to elevate the level of his most highest self. Illuminated I.
The future sets a space for your fears
The past projects its ways — affecting your present state.
Delaying what you ought to become
don’t run be someone not less. Don’t guess.
Become a testament to what we can be
An improvement on currently.
What we’re conditioned to believe is propaganda
running deep in your heart. Don’t let it pull us apart.
It’d be so nice if everybody payed for things with no price.
Eliminate the middle man. Embrace life.
We can do so much better than where we’ve been.