Liner Notes for Warm Rain and Lightning

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(c) 2006 Red Hawkins
All music and lyrics written by Red Hawkins
Guitars and vocals on all tunes performed by Red Hawkins
Other instruments performed by Red Hawkins or Don "Ziggie" Zeitler, as indicated for each song.

1. Guide Me Upon My Way 4:12
Notes: The song is written in a southern Appalachian-mountain gospel style, and expresses the desire to have a legitimate basis for testifying about grace and lucidity, informed from what Red's muse fondly calls a Buddheo-Christian perspective.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Banjo: bass guitar and fiddle, Don Zeitler

2. Freedom Song 2:40
Notes: This is memory of those who have suffered from the enclosure of the commons, both territorial and psychical. Those who define boundaries become prisoners. Those who strive to safeguard their own actions from negativity have the potential to become free.
Guitar, dumbek and vocals: Red Hawkins
Banjo, fiddle and shakers (eggs): Don Zeitler.

3. On My Way Home 4:03
Notes: Thanks to Woody Guthrie. This was written after listening to Woody, and was at first titled "Hobo's Lullaby Revisited".
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Banjo: Don Zeitler.

4. Drinking Up Sunshine 5:02
Notes: Be careful what you drink, you don't know what might be in it. It might make you grow, it might make you shrink. Not even Grace Slick could predict. Either way, the sixties were a hard tide to buck, and despite their reputation, truly a tough time for "Love". Some of what happened back then makes "tough love" look like a party game for suburban children.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Banjo and harmonica: Don Zeitler

5. Freedom 's on the Wane 3:45
Notes: The hand of pure evil is now upon our land. The oligarchy's global empire is being threatened at every turn and has begun to implement a fall-back strategy for self-preservation. At this very moment, it is recruiting the highest bidders to share oligarchic ownership of North America. The tyrannical methods traditionally used by oligarchs include torturing "the disappeared", including citizens of their own lands. When one sees that happening in real life, one must announce their arrival and resist them.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Slide guitar and harmonica: Don Zeitler

6. Foggy Mountain Top 2:06
Notes: This one was written in an old-timey Appalachian mountain style, after watching the movie starring Gregory Peck about the life of Sergeant York, a real-life pacifist war hero who came from those mountains. The images are from Red Hawkins' memory of real life in those same mountains.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Fiddle, mandolin, banjo and lamellaphone: Don Zeitler

7. Lay That Hoedag Down 2:11
Notes: The song is written in the style of a southern chain-gang gospel chanty. This song is based on Red's experience as a young man planting trees in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. The hoedag is a tool similar to an adze, actually shaped and weighted like a railroad pick that has only the cutting blade and not the spike blade. The person planting trees loads up the human version of saddlebags full of saplings on a waist belt and heads out onto the plantation. To plant a tree, you take a step while swinging the hoedag, sink the blade into the earth, pull it back to open the hole, drop the sapling into the hole, step forward to close the hole with a boot heel, then step on into the next swing. If the terrain permits, this movement establishes a hypnotic rhythmic groove. The song tries to convey that groove.

A cappella vocals: Red Hawkins

8. Picture Without Any Sound 3:06
Notes: A lonely-hearted Texas waltz that usually draws forth a few chuckles from the performers.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Bass guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, drum pad: Don Zeitler.

9. In Church on Sunday 6:33
Notes: Scenes from Red's experiences contemplating his experience hanging out with his neighborhood Christian congregation, with prayers reflecting his Buddheo-Christian perspective.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Bouzouki: Don Zeitler.

10. I Was Walking 5:12
Notes: Sometimes love has too long a reach and too strong a grip. It holds on to that which it cannot possess. When exhausted from the vanity of that exercise, it must let go and turn away.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Banjo, Don Zeitler.

11. Settling Snow 4:46
Notes: A lamentation in recognition of our mortality, written after two back-to-back deaths of elders in Red's family.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Guitar: Don Zeitler.

12. I Dig a Grave 5:23
Notes: (from the lyrics): "What I know from planting charnel grounds: we can't keep nothing when we go".
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Electric guitar: Don Zeitler.

13. We Were Dazed 6:39
Notes: This slow-rolling hypnotic dirge, evoking a funeral procession was written in the week following hurricane Katrina, while people were still stuck in the convention center. It blends images of post-Katrina New Orleans with reference to traditional tunes about things like "dem old bones" and the cruel "wind and rain". Red thinks that it may be wisest to wait until the present cycle of global-warming is over before choosing to fully restore New Orleans. Whatever happens, it will never be the same.
Guitar and vocals: Red Hawkins
Bass guitar, slide guitar and fiddle: Don Zeitler.

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