Jan Hauenstein | Romance, Predators, Death and the Universe

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Romance, Predators, Death and the Universe

by Jan Hauenstein

Singer-Songwriter music: Folkrock, Folk, Blues, Rock, some jazzy songs; big voice
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Sharks Don't Sleep
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2. Factual Romance
3:37 $0.99
3. The Moon Rose Over Tulsa
3:55 $0.99
4. Golden Happiness
4:12 $0.99
5. Two Horses
5:26 $0.99
6. Bingabangabongo
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7. Garden Party
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8. Trouble Waiting to Happen
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9. I Can Still Dream
5:02 $0.99
10. Take the Tumor With Humor
2:53 $0.99
11. The Final Trawl
4:04 $0.99
12. Bride 45
2:42 $0.99
13. Sister Mercy
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14. One Big Rumble, One Big Boom
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15. Sachliche Romanze
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16. On a Sunny Day
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Album Notes
This is music that is meant to be listened to with some attention.
The words are as important as the tunes, ladies and gentlemen.
10 original songs, some co-written with lyricists Frederick Grittner, Terry Lee Ransom, Brad DeLong and Joseph Dearie.
6 covers, songs I have loved for years and new discoveries.
Some dark songs, some quirky lyrics, some angry songs, some songs that might soothe the mind.
Charlie Woodward played guitar, Fred Grittner guitar and mandolin, you´ll also hear keyboards, drums, bass, cello, trombone and, oops, banjo.
Enough self-praise. Here´s what songwriters you may know wrote about my music:
I loved the CD you guys made. Very Euro - East Coastal.
John Stewart
You´ve got some quite unique material there, and you´re singing better than ever.
Gordon Bok
It has that rooted European depth that I like. Well done!
Cheers, Harvey Andrews
hey that sounds great, sounds really great. cool.
nice big ole low down voice.
Dave Moore
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.
Martha Ann Brooks



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Brad DeLong

A Direction for our Empathy
It's been an immense pleasure to be involved, even a little bit, in the unique creative process that Jan applies to his musicianship and songwriting. I became aware of Jan's work a few years ago, and have followed him in real time through his last few albums. With each of them, I am drawn anew into his melodies, words, and harmonies, and awaken anew to the depth of the messages he delivers. But if you aren't paying attention, it's easy for the message of the song he's singing to take you unawares because the music itself is so intriguing. But you'll quickly get it, and you'll realize that Jan is telling you something you really should have been able to figure out for yourself - if you'd been paying attention to your own thoughts and feelings. "Golden Happiness," for instance, in this album. So thanks, Jan - thanks for "A Thousand Dead People in her Hair," for "A Fading Light," for "About Time," and for all rest in your previous albums. And thanks especially for the music in this album - a thoughtful collection of covers, collaboration, and original work. In a way, some of the tracks are a reflection and amplification of Jan's earlier work - I'm thinking of "I Can Still Dream," which invokes his earlier "About Time." And "Golden Happiness," which reminds us that we need artists like Jan Hauenstein to keep us in touch with the direction in which our empathy and our efforts should be directed.

Tom Barrett

Jan's newest CD
I got this new CD recently, I'm on the second time through...WOW! Jan's latest effort really showcases his versatility on all fronts: Vocals, instrumentation, both clever and heartfelt song writing, accomplished covers, meticulous arrangements, and super production!

Joe Dearie

Best yet
Title says it all really, I think this is Jan's finest work so far. Some lovely thought provoking songs and a consistently high standard of guitar playing. The album has the usual mix of original compositions and covers of Jan's favourites such as Warren Zevon and John Stewart. Some excellently observed melancholy inspired by Jan's trials and tribulatioms of late but also plenty of that dark quirky humour we know and love. Jan often writes songs on subjects that no one else touches - do you know anyone who has written a song about the possibility of a multiverse? The album benefits from some Scottish input with a cover of 'The Final Trawl' written by the great Archie Fisher and another song on which Jan seems to have had some input from someone with the same name as me! If knew how to add a smiley here I would. The album as whole is well worth a listen.

Terry Ransom

Romancing our prey...
As usual, Jan Hauenstein has produced an album filled with emotion and insight into the multifaceted human condition. His rich baritone vocals are complemented by unexpected instruments and harmonies weaving an engaging tapestry of joy, sorrow, and irony. Picking favorites is a moving target because hearing is colored by one’s own emotional state upon each listening. But, as of this moment only, I resonate with Jan’s own “I Can Still Dream” and “On A Sunny Day” (lyrics by Brad DeLong and music by Jan). Both songs speak longingly to dreams, memories and legacies. Those songs stand in contrast wonderfully and dramatically to the toe-tapping, pulsing “Sharks Don’t Sleep” (Dave Moore) and “One Big Rumble. One Big Boom” (Fred Gritner/Jan). Then, again, “Trouble Waiting to Happen” (Warren Zevon/J.D. Souther) touches on a common theme in our own lives if we would just admit it! And, Jan’s growling vocals on “Trouble” make it even more immediate. Okay, I like the whole album! The production and mastering is top-notch; the lyrics are thought provoking; and the music is varied and very well done. Highly recommended!!!