Passick Projec-Hobon City Limits 1
Hello and welcome to: The Passick Project Volume 1, Hobon City Limits. What or who is The Passick Project... and where or what is Hobon City? Hang with me awhile and I will explain... First, let me describe my responsibility on this project. It was my charge, self-imposed, to bring this collection together from current/completed masters and those yet to be done. I also contracted with my partner, Mark Passick, to present him with the final collection for possible release. During this period of development, I had the opportunity to co-write three of the tunes presented here (Freedom, Changing and Again); and do the lead vocals on those and Honky Tonkin.' With the collection now complete, you may judge the music of Mark Passick and the contributing artists. Mark's contribution has been massive. He had a major role in nearly all of the studio productions and plays several instruments in many of the tunes. The majority of mixing and track vocals are also his. In fact, Mark and his music were the main impetus for my decision to attempt to produce this collection. Mark is a multi-talented person and can play several instruments. In fact, he even plays a mean 'coffee can.' I remember one night he was without his guitar, bass or drums so he played a coffee can for quite some time--until his hands were sore. Man, we bongo-rocked that night and had a ball. Now let's talk vocals. He has a smooth, unique sound that can be applied to just about any song and when he is done, he has made it his own. I actually made Mark an offer he could not refuse. The offer was to put his music together, in a top of the line, professional, salable package and present it to him. I did. He accepted and now you have it. Each tune has a life of it's own and is unique in it's presentation. The Passick Project is Mark's music with a complement of several very talented artists. This, then, describes what the Passick Project is. Now for Hobon City. This is very cool indeed. Hobon is a state of mind and, hopefully, you will arrive there many times while playing our CD. During the formative stages of the project, Mark and I would listen to many tunes. When a musical passage was so good that it would give you goose bumps and make the Hair On the Back Of your Neck rise up----that was a Hobon. So, for a quick silent message, from one to the other, we would point to the back of our neck, which indicated that this was a great sound. Now, Hobon City becomes a place in your mind, to be visited often. Thus, Hobon City Limits. Mark and I believe we have 16 winners here. The tunes we selected cover a large span of musical tastes. If you want to rock, you'll enjoy: Again, Baby Please Don't Go, Mysterious Ways & more. Exceptional blues tunes in our package include: Rollin' n Tumblin', Good Morning Blues (a Leadbelly tune) and Take Me Back Baby (written by Sun legend Billy Lee Riley). If you seek something very different, check out Honky Tonkin' written by Hank Williams Sr. (definitely not your father's Honky Tonkin'). For something beautiful, haunting, and mellow: How Can I Tell You (so moving it's hard to accept when the song ends) and Where Will The Children Play could create your first Hobon! Rock the Fifties with Be Bop A Lula (the best version I have ever heard) and Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly would be proud). These, and the rest, are all our babies and you can enjoy a Hobonic Feeling by checking out the sound clips for the whole group. -Jack Seiler aka JackOmusic.