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Songs (audiocards) that Bill has been recording since 2012 for a new compilation titled “Last Night at the Ha-Ra” are finally available. Enjoy!

Bullet Made of Gold

Suggested Song: Bullet Made of Gold, Bill Magill
Suggested Drink: Jefferson’s Bourbon served neat or over a cube

You caught me, staring at the sun
I was paralyzed, my trigger finger numb
I had nowhere to hide, and no time to run
from your bullet made of gold

gunslingerI wrote a piece about heartbreak last September (click here to go there). It was a work of self therapy and reflection on the creative potential of painful experiences. We can let these things destroy us, or we can mine them as artists for the purity of raw emotion they bring to the surface. And we are all artists in one form or another, at one time or another.

Bullet Mad of Gold was the positive product of this difficult moment and I was lucky to have been so inspired. It is the latest addition to the growing collection of songs for Last Night at the Ha Ra, 16 now and counting. If you’re a fan of my music keep an eye on my Soundcloud site (click here to go there), as new songs for Last Night … are in development and planned for release through the year.

Happy listening!

 

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Posted by on January 28, 2017 in Music

 

Linger With Me

Suggested Song: Linger With Me, Bill Magill
Suggested Drink: warm herbal tea served bedside

stay close to me
don’t let go
fingers gently
whispers softly
so close to me

linger2Our modern lives run on hyperdrive these days it seems. Too few of us take time to truly appreciate the important things: a great home meal enjoyed with close friends or family, a long Sunday walk, getting caught up over a cup of coffee or tea, or resting warmly, intimately with someone we love deeply. It’s one of life’s divine pleasures, but too often cut short as we scurry off to rejoin the tedium of our daily quotidien. We need less GO!, more linger.

Linger With Me is the latest addition to the growing collection of songs for Last Night at the Ha Ra, 15 now and counting. If you’re a fan of my music keep an eye on my Soundcloud site (click here to go there), as new songs for Last Night … are in development and planned for release through the year.

Happy listening.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Music

 

Audio Postcard – Strange

Suggested Song: Strange, Bill Magill
Suggested Drink: Slow Fade cocktail, mescal, blanc vermouth, Campari, elderflower liqueur, Angostura bitters

plant your kiss upon my head
then lay me back upon our bed
and when I’m dead, the love you see
will never be
strange

Strange is the latest addition to the growing collection of songs for Last Night at the Ha Ra, a musical theatre piece in development. A central character has just learned something that we all fear deeply; her occasional forgetfulness is actually the early stages of something much more sinister. The song is a request for merci to her husband. Please don’t let me slip away like that.

If you’re a fan of my music keep an eye on my Soundcloud site (click here to go there), as new songs for Last Night … are in development and planned for release through the year.

Happy listening.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Music

 

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Audio Postcard – Mad

Song Suggestion: Mad, Bill Magill
Drink Suggestion: Absolut Passion #2: Absolut vodka, passionfruit, sugar, superfine

show me what you need
spend my final dime
tell me you need more
and I’ll gladly turn to crime

Flamenco DancerMad is a rockified remake of a song on my 1995 CD titled Eskimo In The Sun (to listen to the original version click here) and latest addition to the Last Night at the Ha Ra collection. It’s an ode to the rash and reckless behaviour that stems from a mad passion for someone, someplace, or something. I think most all of us have considered it, some have embraced it, and if you have no idea what the song is about then you’re not diving deep enough.

If you’re a fan of my music keep an eye on my Soundcloud site, as new songs are in development and planned for release through 2016 (… and that sounds like a New Years resolution!).

Happy listening.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2015 in Music

 

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Audio Postcard – She’s My Babe

Song Suggestion: She’s My Babe, Bill Magill
Drink Suggestion: Adam and Eve cocktail: forbidden fruit liqueur, gin, brandy, lemon juice

Adam held the apple red
lifted it to his lips and said
Lord I love your garden green
but Eve is my baby

Adam2She’s My Babe is my first audio card since early 2013 . Does this mean a new series of releases is pending? I’d love to think so. The well is full but time availability is limited. You can listen to the song directly in the embedded player below, or click the hot link above to listen to more Bill Magill.

A big thank you to Wayne Ditizel for playing lead guitar on She’s My Babe.  He’s a great musician and long time collaborator, playing lead and helping shape the sound of the Eskimo in the Sun album, recorded in 1995. We also had fun playing clubs together in San Francisco many moons ago.

I hope you enjoy the new song.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Music

 

Audio Postcard – Last Night at the Ha-Ra

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 in San FranciscoThe 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!

Bill Magill
Aix-en-Provence

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Music

 

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Audio Postcard – Sea of Dreams

Song suggestion: Sea of Dreams, Bill Magill
Drink suggestion: Full Sail Amber Ale

Sea of Dreams is the most recent upload to a compilation of new songs I started to record in 2012. The SoundCloud player below allows you to listen without leaving this page.

south pacificSome Enchanted Evening is one my favorite songs from my all-time favorite songwriting duo, Rogers & Hammerstein. That “you may spot a stranger across a crowded room” who changes your life forever is an incredibly romantic notion to all of us I think. Sea of Dreams comes nowhere close to matching their mastery, but it was inspired by this song that I so love.

There were no crowded ballrooms in my youth, but plenty of Saturday nights spent at the high school gymnasium attending loud and often intense sporting events; basketball and wrestling primarily. There was little else to occupy one’s time, trust me on this. The interlude in Sea of Dreams refers to spotting someone across the court, and the possibility that one’s life would never again be the same. I hope that you enjoy.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Music

 

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