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Hawk in the Sky

Hawk in the Sky

  • By Taxi John
  • Release 5/09/2006
  • Music Genre Country
  • Media Format CD
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YOU DECIDE What kind of music do I play? Who do I sound like? How do you categorize the songs? What label do you put on them? Joe Wand says I play country-and-city music. Phil tells me I should call some of the songs pension-punk. When people ask me I either say I play country-blues-folk-pop or else I tell them I play roots rock. These terms may give you a vague impression of these songs but not a clear idea of what they sound like. So I'll explain a bit. When I first started playing guitar, I wanted to sound like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Then I wanted to sound like the Byrds. Then I was influenced by the Kinks and the Velvet Underground. Then I heard the country music of Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings. At the same time, I was listening to the blues of Jimmy Reed and later on I heard the bluegrass of the Stanley Brothers. You may hear some of these influences in these songs but I don't sound like any of these guys. A friend said my first CD sounded like rock-and-roll Leonard Cohen. Someone else said my second CD sounded like Tom Waits but more melodic. But these terms could be misleading. I heard a Tom Waits CD in a bar a few nights ago and he was very melodic. Hawk in the Sky is my third CD. I suggest you listen to the songs and decide for yourself how to categorize them. Here are a few notes on each song. 1. Sugar Momma. I started writing real songs in the late seventies. I was driving a taxi in Toronto and I wrote many songs about that vocation. Two of them, Cab-driving Blues and I Need A Boost, are on my first CD (Anerican Movie). Sugar Momma dates from the same period. It's not directly about cab-driving but it does reflect the life I was living at the time. 2. I Quit You and I Quit Drugs. From a few years later, in the early eighties. I was listening to country singers like Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck, and I wrote some songs around those chord changes. I Quit You is one of them. Another, I've Been a Fool Again, is on my second CD, Hark the Herald Barrel of Oil. 3. Don't Misuse My Love. From the late seventies. There was this girl I had a crush on. I was listening to country music but she told me she liked rhythm-and-blues. So I listened to that music and this was my attempt to write a soul song. I don't think this version qualifies, and it's too bad that Wilson Pickett is gone. But someone like Percy Sledge or Solomon Burke could do this song at a faster tempo and sing it in a higher key, and it might work out as a soul song. 4. I'm Not Gay, I'm Sad. From the winter of 2004. I had the idea for the song years ago and I had written the first chorus. But I couldn't get a focus on the story. Then, in the last few years, I met an obnoxious individual who kept bugging me. 'I know you're gay like me,' he kept saying. When I told him I was working on this song, he got so upset that I was motivated to finish the song. Aside from that guy, I have nothing against gay people. We're all in this together. 5. Niagara. On my second CD, there's a song, Canadians in Cowboy Hats, in which I chide certain Canadian performers who sing about the United States instead of their own country. So here's a song about the Niagara penninsula in Southern Ontario, the land where I grew up. 6. Hawk in the Sky. From the late nineties. The words came quickly to me and I'm not sure what they mean. At the time, I was listening to the Stanley Brothers and playing around with an open tuning on the guitar. Those were the musical influences. 7. Snowstorm Woman. A true story about temptation from the winter of 2003. I kept walking but I did stop and look back a few times. 8. Reel Me In. From the late seventies, one of the first real songs I wrote. There was this girl I was hung up on. The song states the way I was feeling at the time. 9. Runaway Weather Balloon. A true story from the late nineties. I was following the events through the newspapers. My friend, Gordie McGee, was watching the footage on TV, and we wrote the song together. I got a lot of the words right from the newspapers. Some reporters were having fun with the story. 10. Behind the Veil. From late 2004. When I was a kid, I saw cartoons from the thirties on TV. I always liked the snake-charmer music that would play whenever a scene evoked the mid-east. De-de DAH de-DAH. De-de DAH de-DAH. That cartoon music was the inspiration for this song. 11. The Morning Star. From 1998, the year my Mom died. The song describes what happened that night. At the time, I was listening to Gene Clark. His tunes might have influenced the melody. 12. Just Might Fall in Love Again. From just after the millenium, 2000/2001. I was going out with this woman who kept nagging me about my music being angry and sarcastic. 'Why don't you write a nice song?'she whined. So I tried and this was as close as I could come at the time. In a raging rainstorm, someone decides to fall in love again. But be careful what you wish for. After I wrote the song, I did fall in love again (not with the nag, with another woman). But the love didn't last that long. Maybe I should have wrote, Just Might Fall in Love Again With a Woman Who's Willing to Go the Whole Distance With Me. But that might be too many syllables. Anyway, you now have some background information and you can listen to the songs. If you come up with a snappy label for this music, you can let me know by e-mail at TaxiJohn1@lycos.com. I hope you enjoy the music. Cheers, Jon Awde (i.e. Taxi John)

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Artist: Taxi John
Title: Hawk in the Sky
Genre: Country
Release Date: 5/09/2006
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 777320133229
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