Everywhere I go, folks ask me about my songwriting, so I finally decided to post some of my original compositions; stuff I recorded with my band The Heddy Brothers back in 2010 (or thereabouts), and stuff I recorded, or re-recorded solo-acoustic. I've also added a bit of context for each tune. Send me an email, let me know what you think...JH
Composed in 2009, this is the first song I ever sat down and wrote, start to finish. Recorded at the Warming Room Studio with The Heddy Borhters.
Another one from the Warming Room with Chris Dogias on lead guitar. Reflective, two-step, country-rock tune.
Here's the solo-acoustic version...this was the second or maybe third song I wrote for the Songs About Life EP. Re-recorded in 2018.
I got in touch with an old friend I've known since the 5th grade. She asked me to write her a song...this one's for you Nina, wherever you are.
"Don't mistake the Finger for the Moon" is from a Zen Koan which for me is a reminder: rejoice in the truth, not the teacher.
At some point I'll dig up The Heddy Brothers version of this tune which in my opinion is one of our most-rockin' tunes...here's the solo-acoustic version.
...or to put it another way, What's looking is what you're looking for. Another in my catalog of songs about spiritual awakening.
Always a favorite at The Heddy Bothers shows. A fun song, intent on getting the crowd moving.
Conceived as a anti-war folk song. In WW I British Soldiers were known as "Fighting Tommy's". Harry Patch was the last one, he died a pacifist in 2009.
A Punk Rock tune. "Freeborn" John Lilburne was jailed in 1639 without due process, his imprisonment began the struggle for Miranda Rights.
An autobiographical tale of unrequited love; some of the lyrics were inspired by Peter Townshend and Abraham Lincoln.
This one's a pop song based on a real conversation I had with a soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. She took me with her but then she kicked me out.
I went back to the Warming Room Studio after the Heddy Brothers broke apart and cut this nihilistic punk-folk tune.
Blues tune based on a conversation I overheard at the Lark Tavern sometime in 2009.
One of my personal favorites. I think this folk song was recorded in 2010
at Black Dog Studio with Chris Dogias.