Dan Hazlett

Dan Hazlett

 Warren, Michigan, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Heartwarming, humorous, musically accomplished, uniquely gifted and frequently soul-stirring, Dan Hazlett weaves his musical magic through his original folk, jazz and down-home bluesy genres to please audiences of all ages.

Biography

Dan Hazlett is truly the epitome of a modern day musical Renaissance man – it’s simply impossible to place his body of work into a pre-defined musical niche. A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and businessman, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes. His performances are at once heartwarming and moving, quirky and humorous, and are always presented in Dan’s unique style that appeals to audiences of all ages – and always while wearing his signature red high-top sneakers!

“Dan’s unique vocal styling is paired with excellent guitar playing and thoughtful lyrics. His guitar skills add a great dimension to the original, imaginative lyrics, coming together into a complete package of musicality.” (Andrea Hill, Singer Magazine)

“Dan writes his heart’s stories, weaving them into a lyrical web of beauty, courage, childhood memories, old automobiles and family trees.” (Maggie Ferguson, The Old Front Porch Radio Show / Concert Series Presenter)

For more than 30 years, Dan has performed and toured throughout the Midwest. His seven previously released CDs have received airplay throughout the United States as well as internationally, and have been praised by everyone from musical colleagues to concert hosts to radio DJs. Dan has been nominated multiple times for Detroit Music Awards, and has achieved recognition for his work in events such as the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Contest, and the Billboard Songwriting Competition. He has appeared on stage and/or opened for such notables as Chuck Brodsky, Mustard’s Retreat, Cliff Eberhardt, Joel Mabus , Dick Siegel and Jack Williams, and for seven years hosted his own folk radio show, Local Folks, at WXOU-FM (Oakland University). Most recently, Dan performed in a musical production he wrote, Tumbledown Town, which has opened to positive acclaim throughout Michigan. His eighth and latest CD is a Tumbledown Town cast album.

TUMBLEDOWN TOWN - THE PLAY

For anyone looking for a unique and entertaining event, there is Tumbledown Town, a light-hearted, two act musical comedy for the whole family. Presented and performed in much the same manner of radio plays of the past, Tumbledown Town is a small town love story full of intrigue and innuendo, humor, corporate espionage, tragedy and murder most foul. It's an opera, it's folk songs, it's folky opera, it's folkra!

With the cast of four players taking on a total of ten roles, the play focuses on the zany and intriguing events in the lives of the denizens of the small Mid-Western town of Tumbledown. Because of its family-friendly nature and stripped down presentation using no sets and limited props, Tumbledown Town can be performed in a variety of concert settings ranging from any traditional music venue to libraries, churches, Civic Centers or Community and Dinner Theaters.

Synopsis

The residents of Tumbledown, a small Midwestern town with one blinking light, are worried about the rumors they're hearing. Will Tumbledown Town cease to exist as we know it? Is there a killer running amok amongst the locals? Are some folks planning to leave town? Who's got a secret stash of money and where did it come from? These are some of the musical questions asked in the play. Find out the surprising answers when you attend a performance of Tumbledown Town!

To view Tumbledown Town performance videos, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TumbledownTown?feature=mhw4

Lyrics

Well Worn Heart

Written By: Dan Hazlett

WELL WORN HEART

I like my things worn:
this pen with some of the letters rubbed off
where it’s held between finger and thumb,
these blue jeans with their knees both gone
from horsing with our son,
the places where the wood is grooved
as my fingers caress my guitar,
the scratches that speak of every town
I’ve passed through in my car.

I like my things used:
these shoes whose scuffed up soles have tapped
a thousand restless beats,
and wandered nightly down so many
dark and lonely streets,
the jacket that I stole from you
with the creases on the sleeves,
it feels just like you holding me
when the wind knocks down the leaves.

Come on and hold me,
like the shore holds the sand.
Hold me, and like a tool in the hand,
that has been useful, I will be able to say
I have a well worn heart,
at the end of the day.

I like my things marked:
a passage in a cherished book
that speaks to my secret place,
the lines revealing every care
upon an aging face,
the path that snakes beneath my feet,
winding down to my favorite view,
the line around my finger
where my ring binds me to you.

Come on and hold me,
like the shore holds the sand.
Hold me, and like a tool in the hand,
that has been useful, I will be able to say
I have a well worn heart,
at the end of the day.

Guess My Name

Written By: Dan Hazlett and Beth Lodge Rigal

GUESS MY NAME

I’m the thing you find when you’re born,
you might search for me all of your life.
I’m as hard and as tempered as unpolished steel,
I will bend like a sapling in May.
I will bloom and I will fade,
I will haunt your nights and brighten your days.

Guess my name.

Rare as an orchid in Tucson,
Common as the moss by a brook,
Shiniest gemstone that’s ever been found,
you may toss me away like a rock.
You might pick me up again,
hold me close, I’m as true as a tender friend.

Guess my name.

Everybody’s heart is a riddle.
Everyone is larger than all of their schemes.
Everybody’s sleep is a blanket of dreams.
Everybody wakes to the sun.
Everybody loses their way in the dark of night.
Everybody wants to find their own light.

I’m the answer to every mystery,
you might not understand me at all.
Only I can be freely given away
I will cost you all that you own.
I can sure tear your world apart,
I, only I, only I will break your heart.

Guess my name.

I’m as deep and as full as the ocean
I’m a thirst that can rarely be quenched,
Precious pearl in a world you will yearn for forever,
I’m a gift, I am hard to accept.
I’m the promise of another day,
when you come, when you go, it’s I who will stay.

Guess my name.

Try The Beginning Again

Written By: Dan Hazlett

TRY THE BEGINNING AGAIN

Turn the last page of your novel.
Looks like you’ve come to the end.
Just when you’re cursing the author,
try the beginning again.

Every good story has trials,
bad breaks and true or false friends.
Every good hero gets knocked down,
try the beginning again.

I’ll be your first page, your last hope,
your hand up that steep slope.
In strange lands, a known face,
the light in your dark place.
I’ll be your first star, your last wish,
the prize at the finish,
a cool breeze at days end,
and I will be your best friend.

Running in races is easy,
with fresh legs and wind at your back.
But the further you go,
the more your load grows,
and the world lets you know
what you lack.

Just when you figure it’s over.
The end of your rope is at hand.
Down on your luck for the last time,
try the beginning again.

I’ll be your first page, your last hope,
your hand up that steep slope.
In strange lands, a known face,
the light in your dark place.
I’ll be your first star, your last wish,
the prize at the finish,
a cool breeze at days end,
and I will be your best friend.

I’ll be your first thought,
the last word,
good news that you just heard.
A bridge over rapids,
dry road when your wheel skids.
I’ll be the first blush of daylight,
the last stroke at midnight,
the rain for your garden,
and I will be your best friend.

Secret Tattoo

Written By: Dan Hazlett

SECRET TATTOO

Can you draw me a picture of a heart,
darker than the backroads where young lovers go to park,
where evening breeze blows warmly like a promise of July,
and fireflies adorn the lawn, a thousand hopeful sparks?
Help me to recall when we could not be kept apart.
Can you draw me a picture of a heart?

Can you sketch me the blossom of a rose,
that opened when we first believed this passion would not fade,
before I picked those wild flowers found on every hill?
They all grow in sun, roses love the shade.
How could I have known you'd be the only one of those?
Can you sketch me the blossom of a rose?

It's the past that forms the lines and shapes,
our dreams fill them in,
all the roads we've traveled,
drawn deeper than the skin.
The way the light falls from your face
when you turn back to me,
paints a secret tattoo
that only you can see.

Can you render an old and splintered cross?
It should look hard and heavy like the one I made you bear.
Put it on the part of me I show to you alone,
where thunder speaks in tongues and lightning splits the air.
I will carry one for every precious minute that we've lost.
Can you render an old and splintered cross?

It's the past that forms the lines and shapes,
our dreams fill them in,
all the roads we've traveled,
drawn deeper than the skin.
The way the light falls from your face
when you turn back to me,
paints a secret tattoo
that only you can see.

Can you draw me a picture of a heart?

Homemade Stuff

Written By: Dan Hazlett

HOMEMADE STUFF

I like makin’ waffles when I mix ‘em up from scratch,
I like frying up the biggest perch that I can catch,
I always sand by hand, take off the corners that are rough,
I like goin’ my own way and I like homemade stuff.

I like wooden handles, I like hangin’ on to friends,
I like how the best ones never break, but only bend,
I laugh at jokes the hardest when they’re made up off the cuff,
A simple life’s what I prefer and I like homemade stuff.

You strolled down the aisle in a dress your Mama stitched,
I recall your homegrown smile that day that we got hitched.
I like how our little house has always been enough,
I love this life I built with you and I like homemade stuff.

I like still holdin’ hands on our anniversary day,
I like the way we raised our kids to mean just what they say,
we taught ‘em to be gentle, we taught ‘em to be tough,
I like growin’ old with you and I like homemade stuff.
I like growin’ old with you and I like homemade stuff.

Outrun Your Heart

Written By: Dan Hazlett

OUTRUN YOUR HEART

You can duck for cover, you can turn on your heel,
hang onto those secrets you swore not to reveal.
You can fly from my arms just like a bird on the wind,
but you can never outrun your heart.

You can change direction, you can stop on a dime,
leave my door quicker than changing your mind.
Like a roller coaster, you go screaming downhill,
but you can never outrun your heart.

Before the sun goes down,
you will know it’s true.
Sure as this world spins round,
there is a plan for you.

You can jump in your roadster, you can stomp on the gas,
flash your lights wildly till they all let you pass.
You can sprint till your pulse pounds wild in your chest,
but you can never outrun your heart.

You need a faster bike,
you need a bigger car,
you wanna bungee jump,
you wanna close this bar,
you got a restless mind,
you got a reckless streak,
you’re gonna ride this train
until your knees get weak,
you need a smarter phone,
you need a cooler tat,
you don’t feel safe alone,
must be an app for that,

you want to own this town,
you never feel complete,
you need a limousine,
you need a penthouse suite,
Velocity is something you’ve got plenty of,
but nothing moves faster than the speed of love.

Before the sun goes down,
you will know it’s true.
Sure as this world spins round,
there is a plan for you.

You can duck for cover, you can turn on your heel,
hang onto those secrets you swore not to reveal.
You can fly from my arms just like a bird on the wind,
but you can never outrun your heart.

Discography

Tumbledown Town Cast Album (2010)
Just A Guitar (2008)
Water Over Stone (2004)
Plugged (2004)
Family Album (2001)
The Hood Ornaments (1998)
Our Little Secret (1996)
Island of Our Song (1994)
Heartland (1992)

Set List

All original for listening audiences.

Tumbledown Town:

The play is presented in two acts. Approximately 45 minutes per act.