Friday, May 27, 2011

New from Hagen Music: No I Never

No, I never

(music & lyrics by Brent D. Scheihagen)

I was out there on the road
Bitten by the cold of loneliness
You came to me one day
When I was led astray by ash and bone

No, I never ever thought I’d see
The day that love would come and conquer me

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Work in Progress #2: May 22, 2011

More news from Hagen Music

1.  IN PRODUCTION: First, you'll notice the rather fancy design with Brent's name both in English and Chinese.  This is the front side of his name card which has been designed with the assistance and talent of a young Taiwanese artist named 陳青琳 (Chen Chinlin).  She will also be helping in the design of Brent's first soon-to-be published CD.  

Chinlin (or Kim) does excellent work and Hagen Music was fortunate to be introduced to her and work via 李虹慧 Lee Honghui, who will be assisting with translation of the album information and, later, some of Brent's song lyrics into Chinese.  Hagen Music would like to recognize and promote the talents of such good friends.  And so...

2.  MAKING CONNECTIONS: Starting soon, Hagen Music will be starting a new series of posts featuring artists, musicians and other talented friends that we would like to help introduce to a wider audience.  The first will be a feature on Dallas Bluth (of Los Angeles, CA) and "The Monkey Zone." (Click if the anticipation is too much for you!)  Let's just say that without Mr. Bluth, you probably wouldn't be reading this now.  Stay tuned...

3.   "CARRY ON":  As mentioned in our first issue of "Work in Progress," Brent was working on a new song for Amnesty International Taiwan's 2011 "Voice for Freedom" Competition. We're happy to report that the song was completed and mailed on Tuesday.  A heartfelt thanks again to all the help from several friends who joined Brent in singing the chorus.  READ & LISTEN HERE if you missed it last time or want to hear it again.  Share it with friends, too!  

4.   NOW ON FACEBOOK:  And last, but especially important, Hagen Music is officially launching it's facebook page with the very simple and easy to use URL:  (Again, thank you, Dallas!)  This will be the best place to keep up-to-date on Brent's performances, so check it out and 'LIKE' our new facebook page.  We hope you will!

That's all the big news for now from Hagen Music.  Thanks to everyone whose joined us so far; it's been a wonderful experience and we're looking forward to seeing you further on down the road.  

For more information, email me:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New from Hagen Music: Carry On

Carry On      

(music & lyrics by 
Brent D. Scheihagen)

Carry on,
the darkest hour is just before the dawn.
You're not alone,
so get along and 
pick up all your stones.

One by one, we come undone.
Two by two, me and you

dragged and kicked and 
ground down by a heel.
It's no big deal,
just another turning of the wheel.

Three by three, you and me.
Four by four, we speak no more
         and as the silence fills our ears
         the stones disappear.

Heaven comes,
so shed your skin and leave behind your bones.
Yes, heaven comes;
it won't be long, it won't be long, it won't be long...

Carry on,
Carry on,
Carry on,
Carry on…
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This song was recorded for Amnesty International Taiwan's "2011 Voice for Freedom" Songwriting Competition.  Image 1 is from Brent's notebooks.

Brent would like to thank 
Zora Lee (虹慧), 
Joanne Lee (李明芳), 
Jason Lee (李柏緯), 
Dana Wu (吳佳臻), 
Eric Scheihagen and Michael McGregor 
(who took the accompanying photo) 
for the additional vocals.  

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Work in Progress #1: May 12, 2011

Here's the current news from Hagen Music:

     1.  Brent is currently working on a song for Amnesty International Taiwan's songwriting competition.  The song is titled "Carry On" and an early version can be seen here on YouTube.  The recorded version will be very different from the one on Youtube, featuring an electronic backdrop that ends up sounding like dance club music.  Be sure to listen when it's posted in the coming week.

     2.  Brent is also in discussion with an artist for his first published music; an 6 song EP featuring tunes that have all been posted on YouTube, but again sound very different from the recorded versions.

          1 - Tap Out
          2 - Is this love?
          3 - Taiwan Girls
          4 - M-pahiya (Tomorrow Never Knows)
          5 - No I never
          6 - Morning

Check out 'Tap Out' on Soundcloud if you missed it the first time or hear it again.  Look for 'Taiwan Girls' to posted soon.

     3.  Lastly, check out the Fan Links page to check out all these songs in the barest, most stripped down forms as published in 2008 during my "52 Songs in 52 Weeks" project on YouTube.

That's all for now from Hagen Music.  If you like what you hear, share it with your friends!

For more information, email me:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Waves #2: The Tenuous Strand

"Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores 
      of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread  but eat not from
     the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let
     each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though 
     they quiver with the same music."

          - Khalil Gibran, 'The Prophet' -

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To Make Amends
(music & lyrics by Brent D. Scheihagen)

Hello again, how have you been?
It’s been so long since we last spoke
And I’ve had something on my mind since then
I hope you have some time to spare.
It’s nothing real important but it kind-of is
 - well, I don’t want to bring you down…

I missed you when you went away
But I had made a real mess of things.
I should have known it from the start
And, well, maybe I did…
But you don’t know what’s in my heart
And how hard it’s been to let go
Of the past …

And I’m afraid to go back 
     to where love’s taken me
   - and I think you’d take me there -
So I keep taking the easy way out
And in the end it’s a lonely place to be

And I just want to say I’m sorry
For all the hearts 
      I’ve broken on my way.
I’ve become my own worst nightmare
So please believe me when I say
I’ll do the best I can…

… to make amends.

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Photo #1 is a detail from a sculpture the artist of which is unknown to Mr. Scheihagen.  Should anyone recognize it, please send us an email - hopefully, the artist won't mind its use.  Photo #2 was taken by Kyle Jeffcoat on the beach in Fulong.  Photo #3 was taken by Brent Scheihagen on the coast near Xinzhu.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Waves #1: Words... ords... rds... ds... s

A simple principle - the pitter-patter of speech -
     electrifying yet illuminating
     illuminating yet evaporating
     evaporating yet finding firm purchase
          as it sinks into your subconscious mind...
This is the power of the spoken word
This is the power of the universe revealed
          as well as its emptiness

                          - 29th April 2011 -

                                              The Sacred Word
(Music & Lyrics by Brent Scheihagen)

Would you give me peace if I gave you my life?
Can you give me love on a torn, yellow page?
I thought I’d recognize just what you mean to me
There, behind my eyes your image is laid

…and still, you’re so far away,
And I just can’t find what I’m trying to say

Will you be all things that I want you to be?
Could you be an answer in a matter of time?
Half of what I make of you is how you’re taken
How much of what I give will be given by you?

…and still, you’re so far away,
And I just can’t find what I’m trying to say

I run, run, run for a place in the sun
As you run, run, run off the end of my tongue,
And we run, run, run …

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"Sacred Word" was recorded as part of the Electric Monk project undertaken by my brother Kyle (pictured above) and myself a few years back. 

vocals: Kyle Scheihagen
bass: Chris Rogers
organ: Lucinda Meredith
all other instruments: BDS

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