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Solar Culture Gallery – Waves Crash In

Opening Saturday 8 October 2016

6-9 PM

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I am showing these three new photographs in the gallery. They were used as the album art for the cover of my new music CD, Waves Crash In. All three were taken at the Salton Sea. That is a George Jones LP sitting on the table where it had been left by last owners of the abandoned trailer (Bombay Beach).

Come see the show if you are in town!

Solar Culture Gallery is located at 31 East Toole Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

This is the front cover of Waves Crash In:

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The official announcement for the album is here (showing all album art and CD design).

Waves Crash In is available for purchase right now from Amazon.com here.

Digital distribution is being handled by bandcamp.com where the album is available here (along with my previous three albums).

For more information, contact Mark Hahn at markhahnpublishing@gmail.com.

All images and content copyrighted 2016 by Mark Hahn with all rights reserved.

Man with a Suitcase – Album Available Now!

Man with a Suitcase is available now in physical CD form and can be found on Amazon.com (eligible for Prime and SuperSaver shipping) or directly through my eStore. Digital sales are being handled by bandcamp — the entire album is also available for full preview streaming on bandcamp.

As always, thank you all for the support you give me, it really means a lot!

Also, for my online friends, I am offering a half price promo for the digital album download (discount code: “friends”).

Note: All photography and layout work done by me!

Cedar Rapids, Nowhere

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When I was six, I suffered a memorable existential crisis. I had taken the James Street bus downtown with my mother and sister. We got off under the old iron and glass awning behind the main department store where we were going shopping. I liked going there because they had the last clattering hardwood escalator in town. Riding it terrified and excited me.

Stepping off the bus, I looked up at the awning and the sunlight streaming through the dirty glass. Then across the street at the small park where the winos and bums spent their days. Then I turned around and looked at other buses arriving and dropping off more shoppers.

While taking it all in, I suddenly realized that I didn’t know where I was! I saw everything around me and my mother and sister. I just couldn’t place where we all were. Somehow, a massive break in the perceived linearity of my life had occurred.

What was so disturbing about this was not that I was confused or frightened by not knowing where I was, but that I couldn’t figure out why it actually mattered. I guess until that moment, I thought that the entire world was built up in little blocks emanating under my feet until the totality of everything was connected around me. If I didn’t know where I was, I could no longer construct this orderly world around myself.

My family had just driven across the country, moving me from Bakersfield to Syracuse. Other than my sister and I baking in the back of my parent’s blue Chevy as we drove across the desert toward Hoover Dam and eating saltine crackers, the trip was a complete blur of towns and gas station bathrooms.

My dad was a research scientist and he moved us back and forth across the country for his work. When I got older, I would always be excited at the prospect of a new move. I always imagined that there would be better friends, more fun and new things to do. The reality was that each move turned out to be more disappointing than the last.

My dad died when I was a teenager. My wanderlust grew stronger after this loss. I felt there was nothing tying me anywhere. I moved all around the country and across Europe. When people ask me where I call home, I have to say that I don’t have one anymore. I’ve moved too many times. My home is where I make it. Now I live in Tucson.

After living in so many places, there is now almost nowhere that I can go that doesn’t come with memories or baggage. Whenever a place fills me with emotions, I wonder why it should matter. It’s always just me standing there. The place simply is.

Sometimes it’s just the feelings of being between places. Sometimes it’s the unfamiliar feeling familiar. Sometimes I don’t even know.

Smoke Stacks and Slag Heap – Winkelman AZ

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My heart drifting off into a landscape of beautiful dreams . . . thinking of love.