Bob Hunter

Bob Hunter

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Bob’s songs capture big, mature, passionate themes, and bring them solidly to ground through crisp, traditional pop formats saturated with roots, blues, and jazz hooks. The songs sound straight from the radio and distinctly different at the same time.

Biography

The Songwriter: A southerner relocated to Boston, Bob’s sharp observations tie into a cozy bed of universal experiences, with a passion so powerful it would alarming were it not couched in such an open, honest vibe. Finding the right woman, becoming a father, and dealing with a health crisis drew him to find the heart and voice that had become overshadowed by education as a mechanical engineer/MBA and career pursuits that have positioned him as a successful management consultant to biotech clients. Now the heart leads, and supported by a deeply insightful yet practical mind, has created a set of rich yet succinct musical fusions.

The Singer: Starting with a mid-range voice remarkably similar to that of James Taylor, Bob worked with a voice coach to stretch this resonance into higher registers. He later began to appreciate and to deepen the cutting horsepower available in his lower registers.

The Musician: After playing guitar for over 30 years, Bob was inspired to write by the expanded harmonic palette a songwriting workshop revealed in different combinations of the jazz chords that he already knew. Working with professional musicians, Bob in turn inspired them to deliver the tight, rich accompaniment heard on 8 of the 10 tracks. Two solo acoustic tracks demonstrate his fingerstyle and rhythm prowess, and sprinkled throughout the tracks are his contributions on slide and lead guitar. Highlights include:

1. Dance Watching Over You: Swirling, soft trance-rock verses pull in and out of boss nova choruses in this celebration of a father’s feelings of deep love and delightful joy for his sleeping baby boy. “Like the angels dance, I turn and watch over you”. A powerful bridge freshens the format again, and offers another slant on the timeless request to “remember this dance always”.

2. Raining with the Sun Out: Dobro strumming, mandolin fills, and lush male harmonies deliver this expose of the pain and pleasure flashes inherent in ending a tumultuous relationship. Beyond nailing the analogs to the climatic phenomenon so as to make them obvious, the song cuts into the raw emotion of “I’m not addicted to you”.

3. Answer Me: Starting with the chorus which calls “answer me” and “you say there’s a reason for everything”, the direct, emotive lyrics drive this high energy integration of theme/lyric/music. Complete with answering lead guitar and backing vocals reminiscent of Santana’s Supernatural, the song offers real hope for a way to “have it all”.

4. Come Passion: This fusion of acoustic guitar and djembe percussion calls forth the possible relationship between passion and compassion for a spiritual feeling that is really high and yet very approachable.

5. (I Am) The Center of My Universe: An attitude song smacking of the Stones about growing up, taking responsibility, tapping into pride, and following the heart.

Lyrics

Raining With the Sun Out

Written By: Robert G. Hunter

Raining with the Sun Out Robert G. Hunter 12/17/05
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Verse 1: Day breaks open and offers itself
To anyone who will have it
Gave up any chance at sleep
For this dirty little habit
Of thinking how to hold onto you
And myself too

Chorus 1: It was raining with the sun out
Last time I held you
Felt the ecstasy and this doubt
Couldn’t say we’re through
You said the devil was beating his wife
I felt half insane
But now I focus on the light
And getting over the pain

Verse 2: Brought me near the door of paradise
Pretty soon a little won't do
Never really noticed the sacrifice
Thought it was a phase to pass through
Leaving my heart out to break
My first mistake

Chorus 2: I need it raining with the sun out
Like when I held you
Oh the ecstasy and this doubt
Couldn’t say we’re through
Devil beating his wife
Felt half insane
Now I focus on the light
I’m not addicted to pain

Bridge: Bittersweet sun, I’d rather the rain
Wash away the line between pleasure and pain
Oh, it’s only there in vain

Chorus 3: I need it raining with the sun out
Like when I held you
Remind me I can do without
I’m not addicted to you
Devil beating his wife
Still sounds insane
Taking back my life
I’m not addicted to pain

Outro: I need it raining with the sun out
Raining with the sun out
Raining with the sun out

Revival for Survival

Written By: Robert G. Hunter

Take your tools, and get on down here
Dealing with mob rule, it’s a nightmare
Gotta leave at first light
Don’t know when I’ll be home
Gotta do more than survive
Gonna see what I can become
Welcome to survival

Take your tools, and get them ready
Having to re-define the enemy
Mother Nature is pissed
Could have been some of y’all
When you life takes a twist
And your back’s against a wall
Remember how to crawl

Welcome to survival
New paradigm starts today
Wake up to revival
Ain’t nothing else in your way
Welcome to survival

Revival for survival

Take these tools, pitch that tent
Forget help from the government
What’s left after fight or flight
We’re stretched like ancient Rome
Won’t acknowledge our plight
Of the environment as our homes
Denial, then there were none

Welcome to revival
New paradigm starts today
Crisp edge of survival
In a material way

Welcome to survival
Revival for survival
Yeah, we can be angry and peaceful too
Welcome to survival
Revival for survival
Revival for survival
Revival for survival

Come Passion

Written By: Robert G. Hunter

Passion set my heart free
Heaven and back is a hell of a journey
To stay here and wait for my turn
I need a big spark and compassion to burn

Is all I wanna feel on the other side?
Chasing the highs
My worlds collide
I’m tired of waiting on the best situation
Some new direction
A state of perfection
Passion wash over me
Compassion finally set me free

Caught a glimpse of golden power inside
Tried to feel my heart open wide
Imagined love free glowing so bright
Brace myself for the lightning strike

Is all I wanna feel on the other side?
Chasing the highs
At least gave me a guide
But I’m tired of waiting on the best situation
Some new direction
A state of perfection
Passion wash over me
Compassion be the way I breathe

I had the urge to turn
And walk away
My mind stopped and churned
For what to say

Is all I wanna feel on the other side?
Chasing the highs showed there’s
No great divide
I’m done with waiting for the best situation
I’ll ride inspiration
Through pain to perfection

Come passion
Compassion
Come passion
Compassion
Come to me compassion

Close My Eyes

Written By: Robert G. Hunter

Breathe in my sweet imagination
Warm wind blows her hair across my face
The love I feel could save the human race

So I close my eyes
Gather strength inside
When I close my eyes
And I spread love wide
Through waves that pull me on and on and on

I ran life down and it chased me back
Didn’t know I’d end up in outer space
Found a door back to this inner place
Like a sweet vibe says mercy now
Yeah I’ll take you there, in my embrace
The space between us is suddenly erased

When I close my eyes
Everything’s inside
When I close my eyes
And I spread love wide
Through waves that pull me on and on and on

Wide-eyed out there hoping
Doesn’t mean I really see
Vision needs inner focus
Windows open
Clarity moves with the breeze

When I close my eyes
Love won’t be denied
When I close my eyes
When something in me dies
What’s left is sublime
And nothing but time
Make it last as long as
I close my eyes

Breathe in my sweet imagination
Warm wind blows her hair across my face

Set List

1. Raining With the Sun Out
2. Dance Watching Over You
3. Answer Me
4. Come Passion
5. (I Am) The Center of My Universe
6. Too Close to Your Fire
7. Finally Found Her
8. Close My Eyes
9. Revival for Survival
10. Bleeding Edge of Love