Jazz – A New Poem

New poem out, thanks to the fine folks at Feminine Collective for the post/publication. This one is called “Jazz,” but you know it’s about more than that. Read on and enjoy!

Autumn Leaves and October News

Hoekstra Autumn Leaves and October News – Words & Music

.Yes, we know it’s hard to believe that October is here, but that means the holidays are around the corner and never too early to start that early shopping, may we suggest a copy of 2021’s The Day Deserved new music by Doug Hoekstra or Ten Seconds In-Between (new short stories by Doug Hoekstra)?    Or a gift package that includes both.   And,  you know it is always better to own the physical copy for posterity.  Btw, there are also still some backstory booklets on The Day Deserved left at Bandcamp as well, which includes full song exposition, extra photos, and bonus poems.

The Day Deserved is a welcome return to song from one of Nashville’s most lauded songwriters…you’ll see Doug Hoekstra’s name on various end of the year best of lists…” (Ink 19)

In other news, a new spoken word piece just dropped at Soundcloud.  This one is a flash fiction titled “Essence,” from Ten Seconds-In-Between, a tale about gaining through subtracting.  For the recorded piece, Hoekstra says “I used found sound, in the same way the character is having “found” experiences. I’d also been thinking John Cage a lot and the idea that all sound is music. So, I recited the piece to a loop (which was mostly edited out later) and then added non-musical elements – a stopwatch, a pocket alarm clock, my parents old mantelpiece clock, the insides of a video cassette recorder, just letting them play out – randomness at play.”   More also at Soundcloud Hoekstra.

“….Hoekstra writes evocatively of real characters often knocked off centre from their comfort zone, and ‘Ten Seconds In-Between’ reveals a multi-layered, versatile writer of haunting talent.” (John Clarkson, Pennyblack Music.)

In other multi-media news, the Hoekstra Creative Team trotted out six videos for this latest record over the past five months, with premieres on both sides of the pond (We Own This Town, Big Takeover, Vents, Americana Highways, Pennyblack Music, Ink 19, Americana-UK, Glide) and some replays in other spots such as Ditty TV and Baseball  Bard.   You can watch them all in sequence, at the website or on You Tube.  In the latter event, sign up and follow, because we hope to drop one more before the

 “….this is far from the usual singer-songwriter fare. Delve into Hoekstra’s real and imaginative worlds, bask in his words, and enjoy the full experience….” (Glide Magazine) 

In other groovy news….

Americana Highways.   Great full-length interview with John Michael Antonio, on the book, the music and “life.”

–Rock ‘n Reel (UK/print magazine), which ran a 4 star review of The Day Deserved in their May issue, later featured “Carry Me” on their issue #88 sampler commenting on Hoekstra’s “distinctive albums…a blend of imagination, invention, and poetic songwriting.”

Cover to Cover     Radio interview with Jovelyn Richards 94.1 at KPFA Berkeley 8/31/2021, as she asked great questions and read an excerpt.   We are at 30:30 in!

The Big Takeover.   TBT was the premiere site for the “Outside Looking In” and they are back in the October issue, with a review of “Ten Seconds In-Between” “Hoekstra has a way of examining life that few can put down on a page. You can read the book in a hour…and you will, several times, drawing something new each time.” 

Nashville Scene.   It’s always good to be called a polymath, so thanks to Ron Wynn for a great chat and subsequent press, covering both “The Day Deserved” and “Ten Seconds In-Between” – 

“…an ambitious and distinctive new album The Day Deserved is diverse and intriguing idiomatically.  While the solid rock foundation and writerly lyricism are dominant features, Hoekstra explores many other musical areas, ranging from vintage dub reggae to edgy and politically potent soul on Elements of jazz and folk are integrated into the basic framework, with Hoekstra’s hushed singing voice and assured authorial voice binding them together…the book’s material is no less diverse or compelling.” 

Aldora Britain.  Chuffed to some new love for the back catalogue chestnut album “Blooming Roses” up at  AB Records Magazine out of the U.K. “there is a wistful, almost cosmic feel to Hoekstra’s songcraft here…Blooming Roses is a brilliant modern noir alt country record…”    Rest of it on page 49 right here:  Bit.ly/aldorabritainrecords-magazine-57

Now, we could go on about the five-song EP that will drop this winter, the new songs that are being written/demoed and/or the gigs (we hope) to come.  But you’ve read this far, the bonus cut is a brand new poem dedicated to all the Beatniks at heart.  It’s called Then and Now and you’ll find it on the website along with a snap of the Fire Tower that inspired it.  Enjoy. 

 “…bound to land on many ‘best of 2021’ lists..the arrangements on this album are impeccable….ten  beautiful underground pop songs executed to perfection…this man has a totally killer understated manner of singing that is instantly appealing….The Day Deserved is an album that will surely stand the test of time. Resilient, smart and different. This one’s a modern-day classic. Highly recommended.”(Baby Sue)

“ The Day Deserved is a ten track record that skirts the line between Americana and the more slowcore indie movement like Low, Mazzy Star or Slow Dive. The songs are steeped in storytelling and leverage similar instrumentation to the Americana world but the feeling of embarrassing earnesty that is common to the genre is absent here…” (We Own This Town, Nashville)

Then and Now – New Poem

“Then and Now”

On the top of Beech Mountain
stands an old abandoned fire tower,
reminding me of Kerouac
Abbey.  Snyder.  Others
eager for time to write, think, and be

Overlooking vast forests and blue lakes
they closed their eyes and heard….nothing
except an occasional motorboat
or a distant car
much as we do today

But even then they thought
civilization was encroaching
capitalism had run amuck and
the skies were filled with electric lights
blocking all the stars

the real stars

there had to be a better way

they were right

Wonderland

Rogerthecat really digs this new poem of mine, “Wonderland,” which just appeared in the latest print edition of Blueline, a fine literary journal out of the Adironacks. Hope you enjoy it as much as he does

Wonderland

Sitting by the swollen river
on fireplace remains
the wonderland hotel
an old abandoned line,
I hear nothing but the wind,
scattered leaves a-crinkling,
voices of a couple
approaching from the distance,
either lovers in the moment or
ghosts rising from the past

(Doug Hoekstra, 2021)

Buster Keaton, Doug Hoekstra, and the Bay Area Mindfulness Center

No, the title is not a long lost psychedelic band from the 60s, it is the thing to tie together all the news that’s fit to send, re; The Day Deserved CD and Ten Seconds In-Between book.  The July recap follows….

First up, a new recording, answers the question… what do Buster Keaton, Tippi Hedren, and the Bay Area Mindfulness Center have in common? Answer – they all appear in “Silently,” a flash fiction that’s also included in Doug Hoekstra’s latest book, Ten Seconds In-Between. The tale takes a walk with two cousins, immersed in endless competition, and the game of expectations, the recording stands between song and spoken word. More July press, radio, and video news from the past month includes…..

–Nashville Scene.   It’s always good to be called a polymath, so thanks to Ron Wynn and the Scene for the nice feature, covering both “The Day Deserved” and “Ten Seconds In-Between” –excerpt:  

“…an ambitious and distinctive new album The Day Deserved is diverse and intriguing idiomatically.  Whe the solid rock foundation and writerly lyricism are dominant features, Hoekstra explores many other musical areas, ranging from vintage dub reggae to edgy and politically potent soul on Elements of jazz and folk are integrated into the basic framework, with Hoekstra’s hushed singing voice and assured authorial voice binding them together…the book’s material is no less diverse or compelling.” 

Writer’s Voices interview is live and posted(radio/podcast), on the book and the record, with live reading included. Writers Voices is a cool show, Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn run the ship; online and broadcast on KOHE 90.5 FM in Fairfield Iowa and KICI 105.3 LP in Iowa City.

–Lust For Life (Netherlands/print magazine) ran a nice 4 star review of The Day Deserved, with praise for the record, a spotlight on the closing track, “Outside Looking In,” and a shout out for musical compadre Dave Coleman. The wrap is that “the music of Doug Hoekstra is worth listening to, as a singer and an important poet.”

–Rock ‘n Reel (UK/print magazine), which ran a 4 star review of The Day Deserved in their May issue, featured a track from the record “Carry Me,” in the current CD sampler/edition (#88), showcasing Hoekstra’s “blend of imagination, invention, and poetic songwriting.”

–Midwest Book Review weighed in on “Ten Seconds In-Between”, testifying that it’s a  “memorable, thought provoking and original collection about connection….deftly written and a thoroughly absorbing read…especially and unreservedly recommended.” 

Baseball Bard posted Outside Looking In,” a video from The Day Deserved that premiered at Big Takeover.   The Bard is a fine hardball poetry site, also featuring Hoekstra scribblings in the past.

WMOT 89.5 Local Brew/Roots Radio continues to feature tracks from the Day Deserved, so special thanks to Ana Lee for keeping it going.  In case you missed it you can read the accompanying interview at Liner Notes Liner Notes WMOT Murfreesborowith that quote we love –

“The Day Deserved is the kind of record that draws you back again and again, and with each listen comes a new discovery in the stories he sings. Songs like, “Gandy Dancer”, “Seaside Town” and “Higher Ground” could each be a Netflix or Hulu series.”