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.
They say that war is undeniable
A necessary part of life
Well, I’m not so sure
‘Cause they’re making profits from the fight
That ain’t right
They hang a flag just above their heads
next to their trophies on a shelf
But don’t be fooled by appearances
there’s one concern and that’s themselves
They pay no mind to our living hell
Because they’ve got more murder to sell
Collecting claims that they could never take
If loved ruled those who habitate
This world. A place where our energies
Should be put into good
Trying to save save instead of to maim
All this destruction done in our name
Well, that’s about to change
War is a game that those in power play
But they write the rules so they never lose
Brush the pieces on the board away
They’re replaceable by millions more
It’s not our cause that we’re fighting for
Always getting less while always giving more
But who the hell is keeping score? And what for?
Isn’t this war??
Check out the full band this Friday (8/3) at Musikfest. It’s opening night at the ‘Fest and we’ll be playing 7:30-9:30 at the TD Bank Town Square Stage which is located just outside the Artsquest building. Special guest Randy Kapralick (trombone) will be part of a lineup that includes myself, Mike Lorenz (guitar), Greg Kettinger (bass) and Paul Wells (drums). Lots of new material and plenty of new CD’s for purchase. Hope to see you.
Yet another positive review for the new album. I am eternally grateful for the positive response. If you haven’t purchased it, yet, you are obviously missing out!!!
Eleven Alive: The Doug Hawk Proposition Ascends to Greatness
by Jason Hedrington (as submitted to www.thevalleybeat.com)
The Doug Hawk Proposition is a true musical trifecta: they stimulate body, mind and spirit. Tight grooves move you and thought-provoking lyrics feed your head as they uplift the soul with tales of advancing the human condition.
ELEVEN ALIVE (recorded live) presents itself as a perfect Saturday night soundtrack to set the low light and wine scene for gettin’ it on. Except that the lyrics constantly demand your attention and prevent the mellow grooves from becoming background music.
The supporting cast Hawk has amassed (Mike Lorenz, Lee Clarke and Paul Wells) to lay down the smoothness beneath his strong philosophic stances is a rock solid unit. In fact, if there is any complaint casual listeners may have it is that they are flawless…flawless to the fault that untrained listeners may believe the songs all sound the same. The DHP formula is unflashy pocket drums that do exactly what they’re supposed to, classic jazz-funk bass that is often felt and not heard, rhythm driven by steady keyboards rarely comping beyond eighth notes, and brilliantly understated guitar that rarely steps into the spotlight.
But that is hardly criticism: being perfectly and professionally in the pocket.
Besides, DHP brings the heat when necessary. Journey to album’s end and you’ll be rewarded when the band finally unleashes with old-school Jazz-Rock-Fusion riffs and hard-driving Disco Funk. Why put the best last? Maybe the concept is that the best things are worth waiting for–like Hawk’s lyrics that promise the best is yet to come if we practice right thinking and action as he takes flight with flowing scat vocals that serve notice to all other singers in the valley that the bar has officially been set for what a voice and lyrics can do.
Indeed, these extremely talented musicians have traded rock adventurousness and egotistical soloing to focus on bringing messages to the masses, and Hawk definitely seems destined to disseminate the most important possible information upon the populace. Lyrics are often a band’s Achilles heel, but Hawk’s poignant lyrical gamut flows from proper diet amidst a broken food industry to death of family members to the most controversial of political and religious thought. Even the CD cover art (rows of robot monkeys) speaks to Hawk’s thoughts on the state of Americans (delivered in minimalist environmentally-conscious packaging). He even journeys into bold conspiracy theory in “Kings” when he calls out our warring leaders and pulls out the stops with a David Icke soundbite that points the blame for our sorry state at world bankers. It’s a refreshing and exciting brave move.
But amidst his rage against the machine and rise above consciousness, Hawk can also masterfully get on his knees in humbleness to ask “Teach Me Please” as delicate guitar perfectly compliments his honest lyrics. And whether ruminating on our slave nature, cabbalistic mass indoctrination, unempathetic bloodlines poisoning the planet or the nature of love, Hawk does not just SING these lyrics. The listener FEELS the effortlessly conveyed yearning, frustration, loss, anger, pain and ascension via Hawk’s vocal skills.
The bottom line here is just as Hawk sings in “NASA” when he pines “Remember when we used to do things good? Remember when we used to do good?” Some of us remember and are cheering along to this master lyrical manifesto in the hope that Hawk continues to lead the charge to change the world for the better. The Doug Hawk Proposition is not just worth catching live–most importantly they are a band whose spiritual mission is more worth your support than any other band on the scene.
Check out the Five-Piece Proposition at Black & Blue’s Anti-Cinco de Mayo Party this coming May 5th at 9pm. Human piñatas, wild coyotes and bean farts!! Special guest Koofreh Imoren on trumpet and flugelhorn.