Raymond Hayden and the September Sky Band

Raymond Hayden and the September Sky Band

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Raymond Hayden is nothing if not a lyrical muse injecting his compositions into the souls of his listeners. His piano and vocal work spans a library of CD, DVD and movie recordings as well as live performances all over the U.S. and throughout Europe.

Biography

"beautiful music...very inspiring"
- Liv Hawn, Producer/Morning Show, Television: KCPQ 13, Seattle, WA

"Raymond...you are AWESOME!"
- Pat Cashman of...Pat Cashman Show, Radio: KOMO 1000, Seattle, WA

If you want your inspiration revival as poetic and powerful as Pink Floyd and as deep and illuminating as George Winston, but with just a little more enthusiasm, this Northwest soloist with a seasoned back-up band has you covered.

Raymond Hayden is nothing if not a lyrical muse injecting his compositions into the souls of his listeners. His piano and vocal work spans a library of CD, DVD and movie recordings as well as live performances all over the U.S. and throughout Europe. Highlights of his career include concert openings for headliners such as Blue Oyster Cult, April Wine, Nazareth and Berlin; writing, producing and arranging his own solo albums; co-writing seven albums for "Lean and Fit" with acclaimed guitarist Rob Rigoni for Century Fitness and recording on other artists albums such as Montgomery Park, Budapest
West and Stephen Minor.

Raymond’s the latest addition to his Northwest-infused repertoire is “September Sky” – a reflective album that dares us not to revel in his poetic, contentious essence.

It’s a Pink Floyd-meets-George-Winston (with a dash of Chicago and Michael W. Smith for good measure) feast for the ears. Raymond takes the listener on a journey through the pain, devotion and hope of his dissolving marriage and causes us to dig deep into our own fears and aspirations. Ultimately we all come out of the album experience reconciled with the world and ourselves. A powerful message wrapped great hooks and sing-along-the-first-time-you-hear-it music.

Sharing real estate on September Sky is the power ballad cover hit Mad World written and recorded by 80’s greats Tears For Fears. This is a must-listen piece that rounds out the anguish and commitment that Ray so passionately and successfully relays to his listening audience.

Other suggested selections on the album are the title track (and full-band power number) September Sky. Obvious hits also include the ardent and hooky By Your Side as well as the emotionally charged new-age pop number Mystic Rhythm. Ray burns through the album’s inspirational odyssey like an illuminating torch. Take a listen: its soon-to-be-celebrated performance is not a stunt, it’s all a part of Raymond’s authentic calling to be the artist and inspirational muse to the world he’s meant to be.

Lyrics

September Sky

Written By: Raymond Hayden

Can’t you see? You’re not the only one…
Who walks away…and claims he’s not afraid.
But deep inside, there’s a struggle to stay alive…
Hold onto your dreams..yeah…imagine who they’ll inspire you to be

It’s not as hard as you make it to be-
-As long as you’re willing to see…

September Sky
When the days begin to fade
September Sky
When the rains comes back to play…
And you will find…that we all share your same pain.
September Sky
When the old life fades away…

Can’t you see? You’re not the only one…
Who walks away…and claims he’s not afraid….

September Sky
When the days begin to fade
September Sky
When the rains comes back to play…
And you will find…that we all share your same pain.
September Sky
When the old life fades away…

Mystic Rhythm

Written By: Raymond Hayden

Buried in the confines of your mind,
Your reality, sometimes, is hard to find.
You keep on slipping further down…
When all you need, in life, is all around…

Everyone keeps telling you to follow the sound,
A mystic rhythm, that separates the here and the now.
Shattered Lives waste away,
Broken Dreams from yesterday,
Un-answered prayers, we lost our faith…never to be found.

We failed to see where we went wrong,
Un-written stories are like un-finished songs.
We choose an ending, we hope will lead the way,
On the wings of disparity fading away

Everyone keeps telling you to follow the sound,
A mystic rhythm, that separates the here and the now.
Shattered Lives waste away,
Broken Dreams from yesterday,
Un-answered prayers, we lost our faith…never to be found.

By Your Side

Written By: Raymond Hayden

Where would I be without you?
Guiding me each and every day…never letting me stray…
Too far from the truth…I just can’t hide…
No matter how much I live this lie,
I simply can’t deny.
I need you now…show me the way.
I’ll never rest until I feel…the love which you must reveal.

Oh oh oh
Mm mm mm

Sometimes I dream…about a place…
Where everybody knows your face,
And willing to let you be,
A part of their life…they hold you up.
Won’t let you fall back to the ground,
You’ll never live without a sound

This place exists within your heart.
This place exists – look to the stars.
Close your eyes,
Feel the love around you –
I’m right there by your side…

Where would I be without you?
Guiding me each and every day…never letting me stray…

This place exists within your heart.
This place exists – look to the stars.
Close your eyes,
Feel the love around you –
I’m right there by your side…

Close your eyes,
Feel the love around you –
I’m right there by your side… mmm….mmm.,,

Discography

My Own Solo CD's:
A Doorway Through Your Tears 02' (Solo Piano)
September Sky 07' (w/band)
DEMO: Try to Imagine

CD's w/Rob Rigoni:
Lean and Fit DVD (7 Albums)
Letters from Afar (Instrumental)
Other Times, Other Places (Full Band/Vocals)

CD's w/Stephen Minor:
Love / Hate
Viva Olivia

Set List

1 September Sky
2 Mad World (Tears for Fears)
3 By Your Side
4 Mystic Rhythm
5 Fly With Me
6 Time to Say Goodbye
7 Where Are You Now?
8 Speaks to You
9 A Metaphor
10 To Be Free
11 I Want You to Know
12 Walk With You
13 Take Back Your Smile
14 The Dark Road
15 Goodbye
16 A Dream of Hope
17 One of a Kind
18 Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
19 Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
20 Friends (Michael W. Smith)
21 How to save a Life (The Fray)
22 A Doorway through your Tears
23 In the Shadow of a moment's light
24 Lift You Up
25 Will I Ever Find Love?
26 Masquerade
27 Do You Love?
28 Don't Wait
29 Angel
30 Sing Along With Me
31 Walk Away
32 Lost in the World
33 I Believe
34 Hollow Eyes
35 Love Will Let You In
36 Music is the only Thing
37 Lullaby for September
38 Laughter and Smile
39 Inspiration in C Major
40 Out of the Dark
41 Without a Sound
42 Time
43 Baby Girl
44 Colour My World (Chicago)
45 Obsession in Abm
46 Song for Guy (Elton John)
47 The One