Jack Hoban

Jack Hoban

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Easy listening, adult-oriented pop jazz that will make you happy, sad, then happy again. Influences include Chris Rea, Michael Franks, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett.

Biography

Jack is a New Jersey based musician who has played the Shore circuit and New York City Clubs since the early 90's. He is know for his unique sound - both vocally & on the guitar. He writes a wide range of music, from stirring ballads to the funky, bluesy music of his band, Rogues on the run. The Rogues are currently playing the Jersey Shore, and have opened for BB King. They have 2 CDs out and a new one on the way.

Previously, Jack was co-founder, with Gene McCormick, of "Jersey Blue" (Bernard Purdie on drums). Before that he was a member of Philadelphia-based "Windfall," who opened for KISS.

Jack has a new solo CD out in 2006 entitled BellaMar.

Lyrics

Halfway To The Moon

Written By: Jack Hoban

About the song:

We have become so wealthy, many of us, that we are insulated artificially from the realities of the important things—life, death, love. I know many people who live in a near perfect world with every material and social comfort, yet feel that they are missing something very fundamental in their lives. And I have met destitute (from our standards) Indian families living deep in the rainforest who don’t suffer this ennui and are much happier than most of us.

Lyrics

Moonlight on the sand
Woman looks at man
There is a tranquil sea
Only vintage wine
The music is sublime but
They have separate dreams
Comfort has a cost
Something's always lost
Taking the easy street
You lose a beat
Candles are all lit
But something doesn't fit
And they sigh...

Halfway to the moon
They fell in love too soon
They could have reached the stars
But they were way too far
Hastening romance
They should have learned to dance
Will love stay
Halfway
To the moon

From the day they met
Everything was set
Their lives made perfect sense
A million stars above
But so few words of love
Not in the present tense
Passion not required
Why should they get mired?
In all that sticky stuff
When form's enough
And so they go to kiss
But something is amiss
And they sigh...

Four Days (Four Nights)

Written By: Jack Hoban

About the song:

Pete “finger in the nose” Morgan where are you? Pete and I shared an apartment together in San Diego when I was in the Marines. We took quite a few trips to Mexico together, although this was a bit perilous for Pete. As I recall, he was on the run from some Mexican politician whose daughter Pete had left at the altar—I think that was the story. It makes me wonder if that was his real name. Anyway, Pete just couldn’t stay out of Baja and I was his witting accomplice. This song is in memory of those crazy days. I miss you, Pete, and the Sunday morning eggs and scallions washed down with Piña Coladas listening to Fats Waller.

Lyrics

At first I thought it so enlightening
Now I think it rather frightening
I never thought I might have to throw this race
One I got is rather choosy
The second one's a real floozie
Three's got the body and four’s got the face

Four days Four nights
Four women to hold me tight
I've got a one-way ticket to paradise
But the ticket is stamped for two
Now what am I gonna do?

I thought myself a normal man
So how did I get in this jam
I guess I went and spread myself a bit too thin
The picking process starts to stump me
To stay alive I'm gonna have to dump three
I shudder at the mess I've gone and got me in

Four days Four nights
Four women to hold me tight
I've got a one-way ticket to paradise
But the ticket is stamped for two
Now what am I gonna do?

And I know that my situation seems sad
But I wonder if it's really all that bad
I know I may get killed but what a way to go
So I'm living in the eye of a hurricane
I function with a brain that is barely sane
But I get way more nookie than the average Joe

Four days Four nights
Four women to hold me tight
I've got a one-way ticket to paradise
But the ticket is stamped for two
Now what am I gonna do?

Secrets

Written By: Jack Hoban

Secrets
In the moonlight
Kisses
By the sea
Walking
On a sandy silver beach
Lovers
You and Me

Remembered resonations
The moment we first met
I know I recognized you
When or where, I forget

Looking in your eyes a
Panoramic view
Waiting for the music
Whispering to you

Again we would be lovers
Again we will be friends
Until the end of time we circle
Over and over again

Secrets
In the moonlight
Kisses
By the sea
Walking
On a sandy silver beach
[Toasting
With a smoky Cabernet]
Lovers
You and Me