Through Private Wars

James Hearne

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  1. 1 Motionsick 04:23 Info Buy
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  2. 2 I'm Afraid Of My Heart 02:35 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Strange the Way 03:14 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Planetstruck 04:22 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Moon Over My Shoulder 05:03 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Eight-State Arms 04:13 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Twelve 05:16 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Guy Fawkes Day 04:39 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Two Lanes 04:22 Info Buy
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  10. 10 On Yer Own 04:30 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Two Lanes (Single Version) 04:17 Info Buy
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JH Recordings

JH is: One-Take Bartlet, Volume II

James Hearne

So I only wrote four songs this year for FAWM (the goal is 14), which is a little lame. I blame the President. But, as a show of my esteem for you, the listener, I'm appending five more tunes that I wrote over the course of last year AFTER February, all recorded in the same scratchy home recording kind of way.

These are all first take recordings (full disclosure: I DID multi-track Today Is Today, because it would have taken me HOURS to nail it live. I'll practice, I promise), so all miscues, swallowed words, dog toenails clicking, and other odd sounds are part of the "fun." Some of these may become beloved members of the canon, others may be stripped for parts and sold on the black market. Time will tell...
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  1. 1 Babes in the Woods 03:52 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Citywide Serenade 04:03 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Running Out the Clock 03:25 Info Buy
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  4. 4 If The Evening's Gone 04:00 Info Buy
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  5. 5 I'm A Stranger Here Myself 03:38 Info Buy
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  6. 6 The Songs I Never Sang For You 04:21 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Today is Today 02:45 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Untitled (February Sunday) 04:28 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Long As We Last 04:17 Info Buy
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JH is: One-Take Bartlet, Volume I

James Hearne

My first attempt at the February Album Writing Month challenge (www.fawm.org). You're supposed to write fourteen songs in the month of February. I wrote... five. Almost had six, but it didn't take. More remarkably, though, I think they're actually all maybe not terrible, and I don't know that I've EVER written that many songs in a row that maybe aren't terrible. Your mileage may vary, admittedly...

These are all first take recordings, so some have decidedly incorrect chords and muffed lyrics; even in the couple weeks since I wrote them, some have already been refined or altered; some may, in time, be revealed to be much weaker than I think they are and scrapped for parts (or taken out back and shot). But maybe when #JHSophomoreRecord starts to take shape, some of these tunes will be on the list.
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  1. 1 Moon Over My Shoulder 05:20 Info Download
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  2. 2 Kentucky Straight 03:21 Info Download
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  3. 3 Live It Down 04:31 Info Download
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  4. 4 Country Highways 03:11 Info Download
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  5. 5 Eyelash Wishes 03:44 Info Download
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Tomorrow's Clothes

James Hearne

Dating girls in New York City is difficult. Moreso when you don't live in New York City. Regardless, it's uphill both ways, particularly when you (like me) don't actually have any game to speak of. It almost worked for me once... almost: I guess drenched in post-gig sweat isn't maybe my most appealing countenance.

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This was recorded for The Way Home's excellent (if I do say myself) record, On So Thin A Line (which you should go get if you haven't: https://thewayhome.bandcamp.com), but was not released for reasons no one remembers anymore. The other ex-TWHers were kind enough to allow me to release this here.
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Strange The Way

James Hearne

Sometimes you make good choices, and sometimes you act upon those choices poorly. This is about one of those times. Another one, as my better half likes to remind me, is referring to her as a horse in this song. But I just like the rhythm of the metaphor, to say nothing of the quiet "Wag The Dog" reference. Or maybe not so quiet...
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Eight-State Arms

James Hearne

The great thing about touring is you get to leave your life behind. The terrible thing about touring is you have to leave your life behind. The important thing to remember about touring is your life doesn't stop while it's back home.

Or: I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller...
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Train

James Hearne

Maybe a little long for a single... but sometimes a brother just has to howl. This song has gone through a few incarnations: it began as a song about drunking bussing in college, got a lyric rewrite in the late oughts, and then an instrumental revamping maybe a couple years ago. You can thank or blame Alec Stewart (who you should really be checking out, too: https://alecstewart.bandcamp.com; check out "Gasoline" from Ipso Facto, then come back and thank me) for my more esoteric experiments with open tunings. If you've been with me awhile, you might already know this one... but this version is better. I think.
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JH Live Recordings

Live at Rockwood Music Hall, 6.24.2017

James Hearne

A matinee on the Lower East Side, this was a rollicking warts-and-all set played to an appreciative audience. Lots of Through Private Wars tracks, with a couple newbies and a Springsteen cover for good measure.
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  1. 1 Strange The Way 02:45 Info Buy
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  2. 2 banter 00:59 Info Buy
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  3. 3 I'm Afraid Of My Heart 02:28 Info Buy
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  4. 4 banter 01:13 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Think It Was 03:13 Info Buy
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  6. 6 banter 00:39 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Planetstruck 04:06 Info Buy
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  8. 8 banter 00:11 Info Buy
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  9. 9 If The Evening's Gone 03:10 Info Buy
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  10. 10 banter 01:31 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Eight-State Arms 03:52 Info Buy
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  12. 12 banter 00:57 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Dancing In The Dark 04:16 Info Download
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  14. 14 banter 01:32 Info Buy
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  15. 15 Moon Over My Shoulder 04:41 Info Buy
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  16. 16 banter 01:02 Info Buy
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  17. 17 On Yer Own 03:45 Info Buy
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  18. 18 banter 00:38 Info Buy
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  19. 19 The Songs I Never Sang For You 03:54 Info Buy
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  20. 20 banter 02:05 Info Buy
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  21. 21 Two Lanes 04:22 Info Buy
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Live at Sidewalk Cafe, 8.23.2015

James Hearne

This warts-and-all live recording was made on a quiet night on Avenue A. I've always loved the Sidewalk Cafe; it's been a warm, forgiving space for a lot of my acts, and this night was no different. Aside from a weird effect making my guitar sound like a 12-string, this was a nice pass through a couple rarer tunes, including one of my favorite songs I didn't write.
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  1. 1 intro 00:34 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Strange the Way 02:25 Info Buy
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  3. 3 banter 00:59 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Tomorrow's Clothes 03:43 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Numbers & Such 02:52 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Planetstruck 04:35 Info Buy
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  7. 7 banter 01:36 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Eight-State Arms 04:04 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Guy Fawkes Day 04:54 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Fallen Soldiers 06:36 Info Buy
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  11. 11 banter 01:22 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Black Irish Heart 06:20 Info Buy
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Live at BSP Lounge, 4.27.2017

James Hearne

This warts-and-all live recording comes from the fabulous BSP Lounge in Kingston. A quiet evening spent with the mighty Jules Taylor and the fantastic Last Daze. Recorded live to my iPhone.
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  1. 1 Strange The Way 02:31 Info Buy
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  2. 2 banter 00:22 Info Buy
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  3. 3 The Thing About This 03:54 Info Buy
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  4. 4 banter 00:07 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Planetstruck 03:50 Info Buy
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  6. 6 banter 01:35 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Eight-State Arms 03:50 Info Buy
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  8. 8 banter 01:39 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Think It Was 03:20 Info Buy
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  10. 10 banter 02:08 Info Buy
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  11. 11 I'm Afraid Of My Heart 02:32 Info Buy
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  12. 12 banter 01:25 Info Buy
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  13. 13 This Old Town 04:04 Info Buy
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  14. 14 banter 01:53 Info Buy
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  15. 15 Moon Over My Shoulder 04:44 Info Buy
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  16. 16 banter 01:56 Info Buy
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  17. 17 Two Lanes 03:57 Info Buy
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  18. 18 banter 00:59 Info Buy
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  19. 19 Wish 02:10 Info Download
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Live at Rockwood Music Hall, 8.3.2013

James Hearne

This warts-and-all recording celebrates a mid-afternoon set in Manhattan (as where else would have a singer-songwriter set start before dinner?). A (surprisingly numerous) positive crowd, a glorious day on the Lower East Side, and a bloodied guitar make for a one-of-a-kind experience.
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  1. 1 The Thing About This 04:12 Info Buy
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  2. 2 To Reason Why 03:34 Info Buy
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  3. 3 banter 00:27 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Think It Was 03:18 Info Buy
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  5. 5 This Old Town 03:26 Info Buy
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  6. 6 banter 00:26 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Aida 04:36 Info Buy
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  8. 8 banter 00:40 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Motionsick 03:42 Info Buy
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  10. 10 banter 00:49 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Train 05:53 Info Buy
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  12. 12 banter 01:06 Info Buy
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  13. 13 My Father's Watch 03:16 Info Buy
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  14. 14 banter 01:04 Info Buy
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  15. 15 Tomorrow's Clothes 03:21 Info Buy
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  16. 16 banter 00:45 Info Buy
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  17. 17 River 03:54 Info Buy
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  18. 18 banter 01:22 Info Buy
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  19. 19 Two Lanes 04:10 Info Buy
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