Hans Peterson | Every Breath I Sing

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Every Breath I Sing

by Hans Peterson

Powerful stories from the heart accompanied by acoustic guitar and piano, with a generous taste of fiddle.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dream Chasers
3:29 $0.99
2. Healing Water
4:11 $0.99
3. As You Go
4:04 $0.99
4. Ashokan Farewell
2:51 $0.99
5. You Raise Me Up
4:48 $0.99
6. Time to Go to Bed
2:19 $0.99
7. As Big as an Ocean (I Love You)
3:57 $0.99
8. I Wanna Go Back
4:13 $0.99
9. From the Fields of Canby
4:43 $0.99
10. For Heidi (As This Tree Lives)
3:37 $0.99
11. Josefin’s Waltz
3:42 $0.99
12. Every Breath I Sing
3:51 $0.99
13. Midsommarvalsen
3:27 $0.99
14. Lindy’s Grocery
4:15 $0.99
15. Olava’s Song
5:28 $0.99
16. Welcome Home
4:13 $0.99
17. All Thanks to You
2:40 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This collection of songs features some notable regional players including Peter Ostroushko on mandolin and marks a mature new phase in Hans’ discography. These 17 songs explore various themes: delighting in a child as he grows, taking care of Grandma in her last days, and settling on a farm. The album is full of heartfelt Midwestern-centric songwriting, as well as some beautiful interpretations of traditional Nordic tunes.

“Peterson combines musical talents, creativity, leadership [and] a passion for justice.” CHASKA HERALD

“Hans sings songs of loss and healing - always tied to the soil and to the lives he has shared, lost, loved and
laughed about.” PETER MAYER, guitarist for Jimmy Buffet, and special guest musician on Hans’ Every Breath I Sing album

“His ancestors landed in the Sparta/Elroy area of Wisconsin, Scandinavian immigrants. [Olava’s Song is a] beautiful piece.” WDRT Driftless Community Radio, Cabin Dave, host of Sweet Sunny North Radio Show



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playful, reflective, and earthy
Love this CD and this artist! The honesty and rootedness with which Hans explores what it means to be a husband, father, son and dweller in creation is refreshing. The lyrics and music are a beautiful mix of playfulness, reflection, and earthiness connecting the story of his Norwegian immigrant ancestors to the hopes, dreams and joys of his life as a dad and husband. Fair warning: bring the Kleenex box close for As You Go and be ready to be touched at the core of who you are!

Sara Thomsen

Authentic, meaningful, loving
"Soulful, authentic, meaningful, loving. Keep on singing from your soul, Hans Peterson. That's what the world needs. People going inward to their depths and sharing it with others." Sara Thomsen, folk singer-songwriter

Maia Twedt

Filled with Inspiration and Honesty!
Every Breath I Sing bridges the span between the beginning of relationships and the end of them. In "Dream Chasers," Hans sings, "we all start out young, asking questions for fun." In "As You Go," the story moves to the poignant process of saying goodbye to a dearly loved one and the last words a grandchild says to his grandmother. Interwoven in the CD are songs that speak of heritage, with Scandinavian fiddle tunes and songs about being an immigrant. Hans' voice is plaintive at some points and upbeat in others, depending on the stage of life that is being sung about. His lyrics are hauntingly honest, and bring out the beauty in the simple things of life. Hans closes with this prayer of gratitude," The world’s alive with song, and I raise my voice in thanks to join along." As I listened I felt my own life join in song and prayer along with Hans, and I am sure you will, too.


As "real" as it gets
Hans, your music is honest and appeals to the soul. I love that it comes from life experience and a place of integrity. Currently, many artists rely on creating an image or edginess around their work. Your refreshing sound needs none of that fabrication. Witnessing the outpouring of positive remarks made by young adults after Saturday's concert showed me that today's "hashtag", "snapchat" crowd appreciates that authenticity of feeling in their music. Thanks for the incredible concert, Hans!