New album features Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, no less.
By Blurt Staff
The band is Be, and it’s the brainchild of musician/painter David Hawkins, whose second album You arrived on April 8 (and streaming HERE), bringing with it a sense of gorgeous melancholy and buoyant melodies and oftentimes jazzy rhythms. We are rather chuffed to be able to serve up a video for album track “I Get High (On You)” for our esteemed readership, too – check it out:
Hawkins commented on the track, saying,
“This song speaks to the supremacy of Love and praise for its power. It’s both a personal love note and a prayer to the Goddess for persevering and staying positive in the face of life’s struggles, which is a common theme on the album. The song came right at a time when I needed to hear it’s message, which happens a lot in my songwriting; like a dialog with my Soul. The first line floored me when it came. “She came in from above, with her precious bird of love / we can make it all come true, with our little girl and me and you.” A couplet; one line to Spirit, one to Earth. And it spoke right to what I was going through and gave me the answer I needed at the time. It was mysterious and perfect. The rest just flowed from there. I think we captured the transcendent feeling of the song in the recording, and in the video, perfectly. It’s one of my favorite songs on the album.”
Now living in Los Angeles, Hawkins grew up in Central Illinois, not far from where Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) went to high school, both of who would influence him greatly. (A pivotal moment was hearing R.E.M.’s Murmur for the first time, which in turn led him to discover the Velvet Underground.) Following a stint in Maine he wound up back in the Midwest, in Chicago, where he formed the band Hawk. Nowadays, he’s also operating as Be, and he’s picked up a significant following in Europe. The new album was mostly recorded at his rural Michigan hideaway, a barn that he converted to a recording studio on 14 wooded acres, as well as at studios in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.
You also sees Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M., Big Star and the Posies) joining the eclectic group of musicians that make up Be. Stringfellow is also currently recording parts with Hawkins along with drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Elliot Smith) for the 3rd Be album, the next Hawk album, as well as a new project of Hawkins’, tentatively entitled Here Be Dragons.
Hawkins, incidentally, is also an acclaimed abstract painter and co-founder of the avant-garde ‘happening’ group The Black Mountain Collective inspired by the “happenings” orchestrated by John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg and others from Black Mountain College in the 1950s.
On the web: www.beband.net