Sean Hayes’ New Album ‘Be Like Water’ Offers Pathway from Worry

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“Oh, the e book stated, it stated, ‘Be like water, be like water,’” and that is so far as it might ever go. Then I began taking part in that James Brown tune, “Sex Machine” — “Get up! Get on up!” So lastly, I acquired “You acquired to stand up, stand up to get down,” which is water as properly, as a result of water is continually recycling. It’s pulled up after which it comes down, pulls up and comes down. It’s simply reminding your self to not maintain on too tightly — to let individuals assist you, to let the world assist you. So I write songs to type of bear in mind little non secular, philosophical concepts. I like these little mantra trances.

What in regards to the music “Invisible Weight”?

The greatest approach to describe that one is: one thing’s bothering you, like an episode from 15 years in the past. “Did that go down that method? Do I must really feel dangerous about that?” And then ultimately, “Do I must name that individual?”

That music’s nearly making that cellphone name and coping with that invisible weight that you simply could be carrying round. You’ve acquired to cope with these moments as a result of they maintain coming again. That’s a part of creation for me, carving out the stuff that is festering and wishes to maneuver out. That’s a beauty of songwriting is it lets you do a few of that work.

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Petaluma-based blues musician Sean Hayes sings a music from his new album, ‘Be Like Water.’ (April Dembosky/KQED)

So with the songs on this file getting launched, has that cleared out your drawer? Given you a clear slate?

I’m nearly there. The different factor I’m doing proper now could be some covers. I’m hoping to place out a bibliography of the file that I simply made, which is all of the songs I’ve been taking part in for the final 5 – 6 years which have influenced these songs. It’s actually cool to see the influences and to pay extra consideration to that as I’ve gotten older, to see the place these items are literally stemming from.

There are songs from Hank Williams, from completely different blues artists the place I can level precisely to the way it influenced the songs on Be Like Water. Artists like Little Walter, the blues harmonica participant from the ’50s, and Junior Kimbrough, he’s a blues artist from Mississippi. I actually love uncooked recordings, and there is considered one of him taking part in “Meet Me within the City,” it sounds prefer it’s on slightly cassette tape. I performed that music so many instances that it influenced the guitar taking part in on “Faded.” That’s a enjoyable music for me. I get pleasure from that one.

That one is the toughest one for me.

Yeah. There’s numerous me being unhappy with the place I’m at in that music, and reflecting on your self in unfavourable methods and struggling. I similar to the place it lands on the finish: “Something about you, and me,” the way in which it ends on this little love music, despite the fact that the entire thing isn’t.

Do you establish extra with being a musician or a poet?

It’s attention-grabbing, I do not permit myself to be regarded as a poet, however I might most likely establish with it way more in numerous methods, as a result of the phrases imply quite a bit to me. My music could be very easy and really folky, and often the lyric is the factor I’m battling. I do not essentially consider myself as a poet, however I most likely consider myself as phrases first, music second.

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The title observe of Sean Hayes’ new album, ‘Be Like Water,’ was impressed by the I Ching, the Chinese e book of divination, and the James Brown music “Sex Machine.” (April Dembosky/KQED)

Why are you no more well-known?

There’s one million solutions to that query.

From an business standpoint, it is simply me placing out the music. It’s very hand-to-mouth, so when you discover out about this file, it is as a result of anyone who appreciated it and handed it on to you. I’ve had moments the place the celebs popped out slightly bit, however there’s by no means been a machine behind it in any method, form or type. I simply stand up and work on the music.

I believe it is tougher to get recognized than individuals understand. We type of have this romantic factor of, when you just like the music, then all people should learn about it, proper? No, by no means. There’s so many individuals within the Bay Area who do not know I exist in any respect. I meet them day by day.

Is there a part of you that hasn’t fairly wished it?

There could also be some psychological stuff happening there. I do have a bizarre tendency, if I meet anyone who can provide me one thing, I’ll run the other way. I used to be actually dangerous at that in my twenties and thirties. If you have been a elaborate reserving agent or a cool supervisor, I might simply assume ‘I do not wish to discuss to that individual,’ as a result of I do not wish to need or want something. So that is my downside. I’ve simply by no means been part of that large business, my mind simply does not work that method. I’m a people musician, actually grassrootsy. I consider I’m proper the place I ought to be, and other people discover the music when they’re supposed to seek out it.

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