Craig J. Hansen

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Single Release: Requiem for the Forgotten

This is a somber, reflective song, written in a mostly classical style. It has three distinct parts. It’s nothing new to think about things that pass or things that go undone, but I wanted to combine those kinds of ideas with music to support them. This is to perhaps invite others to reflect or just…

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Single Release: The Thing You Like Most

I wrote this song after reading, some time ago, an article about a Harley biker who used a kit to construct a trike. He did this after becoming disabled. I’ve since learned that there are a number of kits available and custom shops who do this, and that it gives disabled cycle riders a new…

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Single Release: Here We Are

Playing in bars for years has given me the opportunity to make a few observations. While there is certainly a lot of variety, you can’t help but notice the guys who hang around till the bar closes, hoping to make a new friend. Some of them are a little scary, and some of them are…

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Single Release: Kind of Hell

Sometimes I just can’t help writing songs about current events, particularly those that bother me the most. These days, it seems I have a lot to choose from. Anyway, we have all been watching this opioid epidemic unfold for decades now and the accountability falls far short, at least in my mind, of what might…

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Single Release: The Only One

The Only One is an optimistic blues song, if there is such a thing. I’ve resonated with blues music since I first picked up a guitar as a kid, but only played in one band that was devoted to blues. That was one of my favorite band experiences. I wrote this song as a lot…

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Single Release: When I Tried to Forget Her

This is one of those bittersweet lost love songs. It’s based on a particular experience, but I hope that others can identify with the feel of this song. The song is available on all streaming services, and if you do not have a music service, you can access the song on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4c0JVkATNGc If you…

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Single Release: At Dusk

I’ve noticed that on clear evenings, especially in fall or winter, that just before it goes completely dark, the sky has a deep, bottomless blue that merges with the dark. I think that is sunlight from over the horizon lighting up the late dusk sky. I’ve seen this captured in a couple of paintings but…

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Single Release: Hard to Go Back Home

It seems like I spent too much time this past winter in the van traveling north to south or south to north. And it seemed that every trip had a major weather event obstruction. On the other hand, there’s nothing like a road trip in bad weather to make you appreciate the time when you…

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Single Release: Garden

I wrote this song to express my concern about those who are misled by autocrats. It seems to be so easy, and so unfortunate, that some people are easily attracted toward fear and separation. It’s easier to be angry than curious. And it’s easier to be condemning than accepting. Maybe it’s human nature, and if…

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Single Release: On the Ground

While I like a lot of different kinds of music from a variety of decades, I’ve always enjoyed Deep Purple, with their mix of roaring keyboard and top-notch guitar. This song, On the Ground, is a bit inspired by their sound. The lyrics, however, are entirely me. It’s a person saying “I am here.“ The…

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