Jan Hauenstein | Dreams and Nightmares

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Dreams and Nightmares

by Jan Hauenstein

Folk, Folkrock, Blues, jazzy songs, Berlin noir - 16 songs, 61 minutes, songs that will make you laugh, smile, maybe cry, maybe think.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Little Bear Lusconi
2:39 $0.99
2. Moonlight Dream
3:25 $0.99
3. Walking Down the Corn
5:25 $0.99
4. Two Beasts Biting
4:08 $0.99
5. Margarita
4:52 $0.99
6. Just a Little Pink Gun
2:47 $0.99
7. In the Fading Light
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8. Toy Balloon
3:42 $0.99
9. Predrag Pasic´s Claim to Fame
5:18 $0.99
10. Hanford
3:53 $0.99
11. Runaway Train
3:46 $0.99
12. Fairytale of Affluence and Need
2:14 $0.99
13. Stone and Wood
4:16 $0.99
14. West of Baghdad, East of Rome
5:04 $0.99
15. On Raglan Road
4:47 $0.99
16. Der Kleine Baer Lusconi
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Album Notes
'Dreams And Nightmares', 16 Songs, 11 originals. A song co-written with Fred Grittner, who also mastered the album and played lead guitar on that song, one co-written with Terry Lee Ransom, one with Brad DeLong. Covers - two John Stewart gems, two great songs by Harvey Andrews, one by Bert Jansch. Folk, Folkrock, the Blues, jazzy songs, Texas Rock, Berlin noir.
Some will make you laugh, some smile, some may make you think.
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Joe Dearie

A real grower -no throw away music here
A well chosen title for this collection which is quite melancholy but thoroughly enjoyable and rewards each listen. As Martha Ann says in her review ‘let it sink into your bones’.
Little Bear Lusconi
A jaunty wee tune which could be about corruption in a certain country in southern Europe propagated by the bear. Only mildly libellous.
Moonlight Dream
Another of Jan’s covers of one of his favourites, John Stewart and it is really well done with a nice arrangement.
Walking Down The Corn
Another of Jan’s news type songs a la Phil Ochs which tells the story of young people doing a dangerous job for low pay while the company makes huge profits. The boys lost their lives but the company keeps the cash. As always. Crimes of greed indeed.
Two Beasts Biting
Smokey blues with Jan’s voice getting really low in parts. A cautionary tale of boozing and how much you can lose.
A romantic piece about a couple parting after one last dance during wartime. A sad, though lovely mood piece. Did he return? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Just A Little Pink Gun
This good be an anthem for the NRA bit only because they are too stupid to recognise irony. Another cheery tune which belies the seriousness of the subject matter. Play alongside Eric Bogle’s ‘Keeper Of The Flame’
In The Fading Light
Fine guitar parts in this rather sad song of a dying woman thinking back over her life.
Toy Balloon
A love song about the freedom of flight on travels to who knows where.
Pedrag Pasic’s Claim To Fame
A tale of redemption via football from the days when Yugoslavia still existed and how everyone could get on before nationalism raised it’s ugly head. Pedrag ran a football school during the siege of Sarajevo and attracted boys of all creeds and faiths, dodging snipers and danger. Jan has written many of this type of song which not only make you think but publicises the strength and achievements of people like this.
Contrast and compare. This is about an area of rural beauty but with a disused armoury left uncleansed for reasons of money still presenting a risk to the human raise. A dangerous paradise.
Runaway Train
Nice muted electric playing on another John Stewart song about the loneliness and dangers of the road and what the future might hold for the people you find there.
Fairytale of Affluence And Need
A song for the 99% and another bluesy tune on the disparities of wealth and poverty and how things never change. But this reminds rich people that they die too.
Stone And Wood
Another reflective song with some lovely guitar playing. The wood and stone being in a church and it’s graveyard. ‘Young Man’s lust to old man’s pain’.
West of Baghdad, East of Rome
Bruce Cockburn could have chosen this title and the music strikes me a cross between BC and Mark Knopfler. Lyrics about the dangerous place the geographical area of the title has become with the help of the west. Unfortunately this is likely to remain topical for many years to come.
On Raglan Road
Patrick Kavanagh’s well known masterpiece covered from everyone from The Dubliner’s to Van Morrison, Billy Bragg et al and now by Jan. A song well suited to Jan’s deep voice.

Kate Snow

Another Wonderful Album
Each of Jan's albums is special in it's own way. This one seems a bit more thoughtful than previous albums, dealing with issues of life and what it means to live a good one. I have some favorites--The Little Bear Lusconi (in both German and English), Fairytale of Affluence and Need with its lovely sax solo, In the Fading Light, Margarita--but each song builds on the others and the atmosphere is touching and reaches the heart. An excellent album!

Martha Ann Brooks

This CD is a Dream, not a Nightmare
Jan's music continues to develop and unfold, giving the listener quite a wonderful journey with some unexpected twists and turns. This CD is a treasure. I have enjoyed Jan's past CDs but this one is his best effort in my very humble opinion. The humor is still there, the poignancy is there, the great lyrics, the instrumentation…all the pieces fit but they just seem to be locking into place better than they ever have. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD. Don't do drive-by listening. Sit with it and let the songs sink into your bones. This is great contemporary Folk music and you deserve to be blessed by it.

Terry Ransom

Best Yet!
I admit I am a big fan of Jan's music! Plus, I occasionally collaborate with him to craft new songs. Biased? Of course! But, I also recognize good music when I hear it. Dreams And Nightmares is very well crafted and contains a feast of new tunes and covers that stretch your senses and strike at the heart. Even the ones that make you laugh will also reveal a darker side. It is a mature mix of genres that makes you think and want to listen repeatedly. And, isn't that exactly what music should do? Buy this album! You know you want to!