Mr. Hardin….


When people talk about Counter Culture Oregon… invariably Ken Kesey comes up, along with The Pranksters of course. I suggest another vision: One who touched many more people than Ken: Tim Hardin. Songsmith, Lyricist, Rambler, Bohemian, Junkie. Tim was all of these, and much more. I will be running some of his works past you in the next few days, and maybe you’ll catch the thread of how wonderful this man was.
Bright Blessings,
Gwyllm

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On The Menu:

Links

Quotes Of The Day

In The Land Of What If

Tim Hardin: Reason To Believe,

Hang on to a Dream,

Red Balloon

Wiki – Timothy James Hardin

William Burroughs: Spoken Word

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Quotes Of The Day:
Ogden Nash | “People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.”

Matt Frewer | “Never knock on Death’s door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!”

Bertolt Brecht | “Why be a man when you can be a success?”

Bertrand Russell | “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”

Tom Robbins | “If little else, the brain is an educational toy.”

Samuel Goldwyn | “Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.”

Charles De Gaulle | “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”

John Ruskin | “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.”

Johann von Neumann | “You wake me up early in the morning to tell me I am right? Please wait until I am wrong.”

Rita Mae Brown | “I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

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In The Land Of What If:(not that it would help….)


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Tim Hardin has been one of my favourite artist for many a year… I was pleased to find his stuff on Youtube, and thought I would share these with you… more to come along this vein…

Tim Hardin: Reason To Believe

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If I listened long enough to you

I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true

Knowing that you lied straight faced while I cried

Still I look to find a reason to believe
Someone like you makes it hard to live

Without somebody else

Someone like you makes it easy to give

Never thinking of myself
If I gave you time to change my mind

I’d find a way to leave the past behind

Knowing that you lied straight faced while I cried

Still I look to find a reason to believe
Someone like you makes it hard to live

Without somebody else

Someone like you makes it easy to give

Never thinking of myself
If I gave you time to change my mind

I’d find a way to leave the past behind

Knowing that you lied straight faced while I cried

Still I look to find a reason to believe

Still I look to find a reason to believe

Still I look to find a reason to believe

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Tim Hardin / How can we hang on to a Dream

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What can I say, she’s walking away

From what we’ve seen

What can I do, still loving you

It’s all a dream
How can we hang on to a dream

How can it ever be the way it seems
What can I do, she’s saying we’re through

With how it was

What will I try, I still don’t see why

She says what she does
How can we hang on to a dream

How can it ever be the way it seems
What can I say, she’s walking away

From what we’ve seen

What can I do, still loving you

It’s all a dream
How can we hang on to a dream

How can it ever be the way it seems

How can we hang on to a dream
What can I say, she’s walking away

From what we’ve seen

What can I do, still loving you

It’s all a dream
How can we hang on to a dream

How can it will it be the way it seems

How can we hang on to a dream
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Tim Hardin: Red Balloon

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Bought myself a red balloon,

And got a blue surprise,

Hidden in the red balloon,

Pinning of my eyes,

It took a lovelight from my eyes,

Blue, blue surprise.
We met as friends and you were,

So easy to get to know,

But will we see one another again,

Oh my, I hope so.
I played with toys for children,

As a child I got,

I haven’t any time for children,

Although I’ve got a lot,

It took a lovelight from my eyes,

Blue, blue surprise.
I bought myself a red balloon,

And got a blue surprise,

Hidden in the red balloon,

A pinning of my eyes,

It took a lovelight from my eyes,

Blue, blue surprise.

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From Wikipedia:
Timothy James Hardin (23 December 1941 – 29 December 1980) was an American folk musician and composer.
Hardin dropped out of high school at age 18 to join the Marine Corps. After his discharge he moved to New York City in 1961, where he briefly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was dismissed because of truancy and began to focus on his musical career by performing around Greenwich Village, mostly in a blues style.
After moving to Boston in 1963 he was discovered by the record producer Erik Jacobsen (later the producer for The Lovin’ Spoonful), who arranged a meeting with Columbia Records. In 1964 he moved back to Greenwich Village to record for his contract with Columbia. The resulting recordings were considered a failure by Columbia, which chose not to release them and terminated Hardin’s contract.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1965, he met actress Susan Yardley Morss, and moved back to New York with her. He signed to the Verve Forecast label, and produced his first authorised album, Tim Hardin 1 in 1966. This album saw a transformation from his early traditional blues style to the folk style that defined his recording career. This LP contained “Reason To Believe” and the ballad “Misty Roses” which did receive Top-40 radio play.
Tim Hardin 2 was released in 1967 and contained one of his most famous songs, “If I Were a Carpenter”.
An album entitled This is Tim Hardin, featuring covers of “House of the Rising Sun”, Fred Neil’s “Blues on the Ceilin’” and Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man”, among others, appeared in 1967, on the Atco label. The liner notes indicate the songs were recorded in 1963-64, well prior to the release of Tim Hardin 1 by Verve Records. Tim Hardin 3, released in 1968, was a collection of live recordings along with re-makes of previous songs; it was followed by Tim Hardin 4, another collection of blues-influenced tracks believed to date from the same period as This is Tim Hardin.
In 1969, Hardin again signed with Columbia and had one of his few commercial successes, as a non-LP single of Bobby Darin’s “Simple Song of Freedom” reached the US Top 50. Hardin did not tour in support of this single and a heroin addiction and stage fright made his live performances erratic. Also in 1969 he appeared at the Woodstock Festival where he sang his famous “If I Were a Carpenter” song. He recorded three albums for Columbia–Suite for Susan Moore and Damion: We Are One, One, All in One; Bird on a Wire; and Painted Head–none of which sold well. His output as a songwriter decreased and eventually ceased during this period, a circumstance blamed on his ongoing drug problems.
During the following years Hardin moved between England and the U.S. His heroin addiction had taken control of his life by the time his last album, Tim Hardin 9, was released on GM Records in the UK in 1973 (the album did not see a US release until it appeared on Antilles Records in 1976). He died of a heroin and morphine overdose, and is buried in the Twin Oaks Cemetery in Turner, Oregon.

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