Song Collection Suggestion: Last Night at the Ha-Ra, Bill Magill
Drink Suggestion: Maker’s Mark bourbon straight up
Last Night at the Ha-Ra marks the completion of my 2012 project to record a new collection of original pieces. There are 11 songs in total and additional pieces now in work may be added in 2014. Unlike my earlier CD – Eskimo in the Sun – the Ha-Ra collection was not backed by a gifted ensemble of musicians or recorded in a professional sound studio. All demos were recorded at Mirabeau Studios – my living room in Aix-en-Provence – and the final mix was polished up by Chris Graham Mastering. The SoundCloud player below allows you to listen to the complete collection without leaving this page. The collection is also available through iTunes and Spotify.
The Ha-Ra is a neighborhood bar in the colorful Tenderloin district of San Francisco. It is a throwback to an earlier era, long before wine bars and micro-breweries, when men were properly appointed in suits and fedoras and women sipped cocktails in real cocktail dresses. The 11 songs from Last Night at the Ha-Ra offer snapshots of life stories unfolding along the bar on any given night in any similar saloon, perhaps right down your street.
I hope that you enjoy!