John E Mausen

John E Mausen

 Sunnyvale, California, USA
BandRockCeltic

John Mausen: Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer. Styles include Retro Hard Rock a la Bad Co/Deep Purple, Celtic, and Bluegrass. Performs both as a solo act or with a band. 3 CD's (2 solo) to his credit. Lyrical content is spiritual in nature, with a positive message and life lessons.

Biography

John has 20+ years in the business, classically trained as a youngster and steeped in the hard rock tradition of Bad Company, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dio, Humble Pie, and Tom Petty, with a dose of Southern influence from the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Raised in the country outside a small town in Oregon John's childhood influences were Bluegrass and Celtic music. He has lately incorporated these influences into his writing to achieve a unique blend with a rock hard edge that hearkens back to early Led Zeppelin acoustic/rock and Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road."

A classically schooled singer, he does most all the vocals himself, overlaying rich textures of harmony that offset the rough-hewn edge of his classic rock guitar stylings.

John's guitar specialty is slide, both electric and acoustic.

John has organized and fronted countless bands: Salty Dog, Rocky Road The Checker Brothers, The Choirboys, Siren, Hot, Blue & Righteous, and Holy Smoke, to name a few. He has also been a sought-after session man as well as a 6-string slinger and singer for hire through much of his solo career. In 2005 he was thrilled to be chosen as the guitarist and singer for country band Memphis Exchange for their "Prayer for a Soldier Tour," in which he played for our valiant troops of The United States Marine Corps in Japan. Venues included concerts, clubs, and live radio airplay.

John is equally at home performing as an acoustic soloist, with a full blown band, or playing to tracks, which he produces himself. While most of the time in his set list he plays his own original music, he has a vast repertoire of classic cover material ranging from the '60's thru the mid-90's. John puts his own stamp and style on the cover material to keep it fresh.

John's music is unique in style, yet carries very familiar overtones to the listener, coupled with a positive vibe, message, and feel.

Lyrics

Never Surrender

Written By: John E Mausen

I’ve seen your face before: I know your name
I’ve seen you out there on the street
Know what you’re lookin’ for—I feel your pain
I know what it’s like to take the heat

You try to leave it all behind you
You try to find a place to hide
Someday the past may come and find you
It might just take you for a ride

You got the hammer down; You’re drivin’ blind
But you’re just runnin’ from your dreams
You push the envelope with one foot in the grave
You always take it to extremes

Your apprehension is a bit too premature
How far you think you gonna fall
But in the hand of God you just might find the cure
And read the writing on the wall

A touch of Heaven is exactly what you need
The price you pay is not your own
Sometimes you win the fight and sometimes you might bleed
But never surrender. Never surrender.
You got to go hard or go home

Cry…………desperate heart; The voice of breathless night
You need a brand new start and you know the time is right

Sometimes you’ve been betrayed; a Judas kiss
And now the battle has begun
From time to time you’ve prayed; from the abyss
And that’s the first step toward the Son

You’re sweatin’ blood, you’re stranded here in no-man’s land
Don’t let your past wash you away
To be victorious you got to take command
And take it all to judgment day

Music and Lyrics: John E. Mausen
Copyright 2006 Midnight Watch Music ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

High Road to Heaven

Written By: John E Mausen

Forty years in the wilderness; Forty years on the run
Forty years spinnin’ out of control; I am the Prodigal Son

Forty years in the ashes; Forty years in the dust
Put my faith in Heaven above; Someone I knew I could trust

I’m on the high road to Heaven; My Father’s callin’ me home
A sinner who’s been forgiven; Back to where I belong
On the high road to Heaven; A man can tell right from wrong
It’s a long, long, road
With help from Heaven above
I keep carryin’ on.

Forty years on the highway; Forty miles of bad road
Forty years with no exit; Thirty days in the hole

Forty years in the shadows; Forty years in the dark
Forty years of searchin’ deep in the night; Tryin’ to strike a new spark

I can hear Heaven callin’ my name
I keep my eye on the sky
My destiny isn’t fortune or fame
And now I understand why

Forty years in the tempest; Forty days of hard rain
Forty years of just keepin’ it real; With just my passion and pain

Forty years in the wreckage; Forty years of blind rage
Took a power that was greater than me; To bust me out of this cage.

Music and Lyrics: John E. Mausen
Copyright 2006 Midnight Watch Music ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

Walking Wounded

Written By: John E Mausen

Somebody callin’—my name
As I lie bleedin’—on the fields of pain
Somebody callin’—In the thunder and the rain
Somebody callin’—my name
Lost my faith in Heaven, lost my fear of hell
Lost my hope to think I could be saved
The Voice said “Don’t you fear”, Ain’t gonna leave you lyin’ here
Now get up! ‘cuz you ain’t ready for the grave.”

It’s just a flesh wound
But I can stand a little pain
I been to hell and back, but don’t dress me up in black
And’ I don’t think I’ll be goin’ back again

‘Cuz now I’m back on my feet; I’m walkin’ the wire
I’ve got a date with destiny
It’s a long way back when you been through the fire
I’m walkin’ wounded
But I’m not walkin’ alone

Tore me up, tore me down
Tore me all apart
Took me out and left a nasty scar
Here in the danger zone I’m gonna make a brand new start
I’ve only lost a battle not the war

It’s just a flesh wound
This ain’t the end of the line
The stroke of midnight’s come and gone
I’m just waitin’ for the dawn
I’m only out of luck, not out of time

Music and Lyrics: John E. Mausen
Copyright 2006 Midnight Watch Music ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

When the Shadows Start to Fall

Written By: John E Mausen

Well it was foggy up in Oregon and the snow lay on the ground
And it shrouded the old graveyard, and I still can hear the sound
Of when you took my hand and whispered don’t let ‘em take me down
And in the silence of the midnight, my sorrow made me drown

It was a lonely one-horse funeral under the valley’s misty sky
Will the circle be unbroken; And we all sang “Bye and bye”
It was an epic wake and proper, But when closin’ time was nigh
It was a little after midnight—my sorrow made me cry

I can still hear the cedars of Lebanon swayin’ when the south wind comes to call
And the heart of the fire in the kitchen’s still cookin’ while my back’s against the wall
And tho’ I’ve not dropped by to see ya; in fact I never come by at all
My soul keeps wanderin’ back there—when the shadows start to fall

Well life on the road is hardcore but I never had a clue
That the angels came a’callin’ and they said your time was due
When I jumped off of that carnival ride I and found that it was true
I stopped long enough at midnight—for my sorrow to freeze me through

I can still hear the cedars of Lebanon swayin’ when the south wind comes to call
And the heart of the fire in the kitchen’s still cookin’ while my back’s against the wall
And tho’ I’ve not dropped by to see ya; in fact I never come by at all
My soul keeps wanderin’ back there—when the shadows start to fall

Here I am—Hey Mama, what you think o’ me now
Here I am—I travel in good company now
But with all my toys thru all the noise I can’t escape the sound
‘Cuz every night at midnight—my sorrow drags me down

It’s just a little tiny tombstone in a little tiny town
But you’d think that I might find a way to sometimes come around
And every night when twilight falls, I think about that ground
And a little south of midnight—my sorrow comes tumblin’ down

When I finally get to Heaven, and you ask me “Where ya been?”
I guess I’ll have to tell ya “I don’t know where to begin.”
But I know you always prayed for me to save my soul from sin
And a little after midnight—my sorrow will take it on the chin

I can still hear the cedars of Lebanon swayin’ when the south wind comes to call
And the heart of the fire in the kitchen’s still cookin’ while I’m up against the wall
And tho’ I’ve not dropped by to see ya; in fact I never come by at all
My soul keeps wanderin’ back there—when the shadows start to fall

Eye of the Hurricane

Written By: John E Mausen

I’m in a typhoon twister
A whirlwind is soundin’ the alarm
Ridin’ on a cyclone sister
Dancin’ in the eye of the storm

It’s like a runaway freight train
Pedal to the metal on the fly
Drivin’ through the hard rain
Thunder and lightnin’ crackin’ the sky

I was born in the eye of a hurricane
Under a blood-red ragin’ sky
It ain’t no journey for the faint of heart
And I know that it’s a game of do-or-die

Evil winds warnin’ yeah yeah
Deep inside the shadows of the night
Red sky in the mornin’
Think I might not make it but then again I might

Lookin’ for a rainbow
Every step could be my last
Got not time for sorrow
Flirtin’ with disaster got to leave it in the past

I was born in the eye of a hurricane
Under a blood-red ragin’ sky
It ain’t no journey for the faint of heart
And I know that it’s a game of do-or-die

My determination’s on call
Got to keep on reachin’ for the sky
My destination, stand or fall
Got to leave it all behind me, wavin’ it good-bye

Discography

CDs:
Solo...Not Alone (solo artist--self produced) 2008
Shine Like Gold (Holy Smoke--Christian Rock Band) 2002
Feel the Fire (solo artist--co-produced) 1995

Soon to be released: Retrospect: (self produced) Autumn 2010

Singles:
"When You Close Your Eyes" Hot, Blue, & Righteous
KGON "Future Classics" CD
Portland, OR promo CD
1992
"I'll Be at Home" The Choirboys
KGON "Homegrown" Album
Portland, OR promo vinyl
1992
"Jubilee on Fire" (guitar) Brian Waller
Jubilee Christian Center
2002
"Completely Yours" (guitar) Steve Swanson
F.O.B. Ministires
1998
"A New Move" (guitar w/Caleb Quaye)
Steve Swanson
F.O.B Ministries
1997
"Prepare the Way" (guitar) Steve Swanson
F.O.B. Ministries
1996

Set List

John usually draws from his repertoire of original music in concert, but he also is known to throw in a cover or two from his incredibly large repertoire of covers that extends from the 60's through the mid 90's and beyond.

Originals:

Eye of the Hurricane
Lay Down Your Arms
High Road to Heaven
When the Shadows Start to Fall
Never Surrender
I Heard Love
Vagabond Road
Unsuspecting Heart
No Man's Land
Walking Wounded
That's How Much
Invitation
Hold On Children
No Man's Land
Gypsy Wind
Last Train Home
I'll Always Be There
Storm the Gates of Babylon
Shadow of the Man
When I See You in Heaven
Feel the Fire
Roll the Stone Away
Keep Pushin' On
Angel on Fire
Dangerous Man

Sample List of Covers (Secular):

Livin' on a Prayer
Refugee
The Waiting
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With or Without You
Pretty Woman
Hush
Shakin' All Over
Credence Clearwater Medley
Reach Out, I'll Be There
Walk Away Renee
Copperhead Road
All Along the Watchtower