Todd Hunter

Todd Hunter

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

If Tom Waits were to write an album of songs for R.E.M. the result might sound something like Todd Hunter: STAR.

Biography

“Star”, the debut album by the Todd Hunter Band frontman, is the album Todd thought he might never get to make. Deeply affected physically, mentally, and emotionally by a mystery illness he inherited shortly after receiving a flu vaccination following the birth of his first child, the deeply personal songs on “Star” reflect on life and death, love and loss.

Though the ideas for “Star” came sporadically during a mostly unfortunate period of his life, Todd slowly finished writing the songs during his even slower recovery. Eventually, he realized he had a cohesive album of deeply personal songs that were very unlike the songs that could suit his band’s sound. Luckily, the songs caught the attention of uber-producer Mike Petkau and the two began to meticulously record each song over a year-and-a-half of mostly Mondays. Realizing the songs already had a timeless quality to them, the pair decided to carefully record each song to share sonic qualities with recognizable music from the 60’s to present day by using a myriad of vintage, hand-crafted and modified studio equipment and instruments, along with modern-day standard gear.

Mastered by the legendary George Graves (U2, Peter Gabriel, Feist), “Star” is both a cinematic memoire and celebration of life through music that takes the listener on an emotional odyssey while lovingly recalling signature sounds from the last forty years of popular music.

Lyrics

I Don't Want To Go Home

Written By: Todd Hunter

If ever you want to see how much I want you I’ll give you everything
If ever you need to see how much I need you tell me that you
Think about me thinking of you wondering just how much I love you
I will show you once you let me through

If ever you seem to admit that you need me too I’ll hang on every word
If ever you start to see how slowly you’re killing me, and how deep a man can
Hurt. I’m falling further under every spell you’ve put me under
Don’t release me, make me cry for you – ‘cause every time you do

I don’t want to go home (3)
Alone.

If you don’t want me tell me you’re done with me, I will be alright
You’ve kept me on a leash so tell me your done with me so I can sleep
Tonight I’m ready to run from you, trying harder not to love you
I’ll be leaving once you say we’re through – and every time you do

I don’t want to go home (3)

Give me a sign – say you don’t need me, tell me it’s over, tell me you used me, tear me apart, shout it out loud a lot, tell me that this is not a love that we have got

©2003, T.Hunter

Now I Know

Written By: Todd Hunter

There are so many things that can hurt
That you don’t want to feel
No you should never feel those things for real
Some things can make you cry
Sometimes you’d rather die
Than to let another tear fall from your eye

And some things make you wonder about the God you’re living under

But now I know
I feel as though I can recover slowly
And now I won’t take life so slow
I’m seizing every moment now
Right now

You’d like to hide from all of the news
Then safe and sound you’d choose
To avoid the words of life’s unhappy views
You’d like to put the world on hold
And never let it go
And never let it suffer anymore

When some things make you wonder about the God you’re living under

But now I know
I feel as though I can recover slowly
And now I won’t take life so slow
I’m seizing every moment

Now I Know (repeat)

Life Is Good

Written By: Todd Hunter

Life is hard when you’re down and alone
When life just waits for you to stand on your own
But given time you will see that even life wants you to see that
Given hope you will find all you need is deep inside

Life is good, life is great, life is asking you to participate
Life just wants to be loved just like everybody else does

Life won’t mind, take your time until you are strong
Let the years slowly mend all that went wrong
But when the sun starts to rise and the all tears escape your eyes
Lift your head to the sky and let the beauty be your guide

Life is good, life is great, life is asking you to participate
Life just wants to be loved just like everybody else does

Life is good, life is great, life is begging you to participate

So get on up (repeat)
'cause life is good

You Are A Star

Written By: Todd Hunter

You are a star and you can do anything that you want
But you can't do anything that you want if you're not out and visible
You're paid a price with a lot of zeroes to be miserable

You are a star

You got your things - you've got flat black and white tv's
And so much more, more than you'll ever really need
And you're so young, you're oh so young
Though sometimes you feel your time is almost done

You are a star

You're so young, you're oh so young
You're so young, you're so young, so young

You are a star

Love Me Still

Written By: Todd Hunter

I have not told anyone that I was weak while you were strong
and I would sleep while you watched my whole world for me

I can't confess to anyone I'd lost all hope while you kept on
Had you come to accept I might be leaving?
You never said a thing...

Do You Love Me Still?

I did not like what I'd become
Wouldn't wish myself on anyone
I was hurt and scared and paranoid and angry

I could not hide what I'd become as I talked down to everyone
And I could feel you getting anxious from my preaching all that I'd been reading

Do You Love Me Still?

Lost

Written By: Todd Hunter

My life is sound but I feel lost
My future's sound but I feel lost
There was a price I would not pay at any cost
I made it through but I feel lost

My heart still beats but I feel spent
And I'm still here but I feel spent
I felt the sting of all the emptiness and then
I made it through but I feel spent

I feel lost here without you
I feel lost in your arms
Even when I'm looking deep into those searching eyes of yours
And I know you're looking for me
Am I a shell of what I was?
I'm desperate to get back but I feel lost

All this pain, all this time
Inching closer to this line
I do not fear crossing over but I'm not
I'm still here but I feel lost
Yes, I'll stay right here but I feel lost

Sometimes

Written By: Todd Hunter

Oh sometimes you can not cry anymore
Even though you try
And sometimes you cannot fight anymore
Even when you are right
But you go on and you'll go on
When your heart feels strong

Oh sometimes you feel a world of pain
Oh what have you become?
And sometimes you feel a world of shame
Oh for all you've become
But you go on and you'll go on
When your heart feels strong

Still you go on and you'll go on
For your heart
Your heart is strong
Yes, your heart is strong

Do That

Written By: Todd Hunter

Wake up the sun, a new day dawns
Let’s make the most of every one
I wrote this song, come sing along
Join in the chorus, join in the fun
Let’s sing it all day, we’ll sing while we play
Strum the guitars and bang on the drums
We’ll sing it loud, to lay it down
And I’ll send it to Nashville when it is done

I wanna do that, I wanna do that
I wanna do that and more (repeat)

When this day’s done, another comes
And I’ll start over ‘til I’m the one to
Run 26 miles, bench 400 pounds
And jump more than 3 feet off of the ground
I’ll win this fight then order a pint
Then order another when it is done
And when I’m home, oh when I’m home
I’ll kiss my girls and tell them we won

I wanna do that, I wanna do that
I wanna do that and more (repeat)

©2009, T.Hunter

Trust No.1

Written By: Todd Hunter

I trust no one no matter what they do
I trust no one since all that I went through
I trust no one I have no reason to

I trust no one no matter what they say
Not now not tonight nor will any day
I trust no one no not in any way

Except for you (repeat)

I trust no one no matter who they are
No friend no foe no doctor no czar
Can’t even trust myself with my guitar

©2009, T.Hunter

Whatever

Written By: Todd Hunter

If you can't forgive me I will understand
Whenever you do whatever you've planned
But if you can forgive me, leave me where I am
And I will do all that I can
Yes I will do for you

Whatever you want whenever you want whatever you want...

©2009, T.Hunter

Discography

LP: Star (2009)
LP: Life Is Good (2006)
LP: Remember (2004)
LP: Cold Winter Days (2000)
EP: Feel Good (2002)
Single: "Perfect Kid" on the Somebody Needs A Timeout compilation