Fearlessly, Poetically Don Beekeeper

Have you ever found someone who says something you meant to say but you couldn’t? Or maybe you were not able to think of saying beforehand? True artists are brave. They are not squeamish to open up a wound and study it in all angles.

For weeks now Don Beekeeper has focused on his writing and posted the audio snippets via his soundcloud. I like this unhurried but passionate side of him. He still writes songs every now and then especially the fantastic cover of The Street OF Laredo.

“Streets of Laredo” a.k.a the “Cowboy’s Lament”, is a famous American cowboy ballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song “The Unfortunate Rake“, it has become a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted numerous times, with many variations. The title refers to the city of Laredo, Texas.-Wikipedia

Don breathes  new life into this traditional song and added his own unique touch.  But this post is not really about his tunes but his lyrical talent. His poetry. I think being a true artist is to be fearless. He reads with such candor that makes you believe what he writes about. I don’t trace a sense of ingratiating self-righteous tone there. He reads and writes from the heart. Have you seen his wordpress page? You better. And read the previous issues too because you can find something there that you can relate too.

To be honest I have followed this guy’s career for more than two years now. He always brings something  different, be it his style of music, his writing or the way he lives his life. It’s his understanding of human frailty or sadness that’s really hard to find these days. Just listen to this poem Let it End

Off Your Armour:The Cool Smooth Sound of Haiku


Artist Name: Haiku     Album: Off Your Armour
First/Last Name: Bernard Bulhack
Email address: bj2203@bellsouth.net
Hometown: Hollywood, FL, USA
Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/bernardbulhack
Style of music: Rock/Jazz/Blues

Waiting for high powered melodies in the cloak of smooth jazz and pop rock? You will love! love!love! Haiku . The album is called : Off Your Armour. The silky female vocals glide easily with strong hooks and captivating beats. Such in the case of Take me Home. The track starts with an easy sauntering pace only to climax into an elegant refrain embellished with energetic drums.

The track Walls is truly uplifting. Thanks to the stellar guitar performance of Bernard Bulhack. There are other tracks worth savoring like Grant Me This and Turn Off The Lights. I tell you, there’s no dull moment with Haiku. Everything turns to a bright corner, with the sunny , easy feeling amidst the delicious beats.

Fans of No Doubt and The Cardigans will embrace this music. There is something  eclectic and  Asian about Haiku. Well, as you noticed, the band’s title is based on a Japanese art of writing. How did they come up with this name? The bio will tell you more:

“On a quest to hear, All of life’s sweet melodies, Merged into one. Welcome, this is Haiku” Interestingly enough, the Group Haiku owes its formulation to the mutual study of Torishimaru Aiki-Jutsu a Japanese spiritual path of meditation and martial arts in which Ivan, Bernie and Shannon were all students. The three formed the band Haiku almost eight years ago playing music around South Florida. Throughout that entire time of intense development, Shannon was continually writing and compiling a heavy list of original material. The development of Haiku’s sound was created by mixing together each of the members diverse influences and backgrounds including rock, jazz, blues, alternative and roots music. With constant growth and exploration, Haiku continually works on creating and refining a sound that is uniquely their own. A HAIKU is a poetic form of expression in which the author shares the experience of a single moment or inspiration utilizing a structured form of three lines consisting of 5 syllables then 7 syllables then 5 syllables. And that is what they are expressive, poetic, prolific, organic, and improvisational in the moment all within the structure of musical form and composition HAIKU! ……..

Like I said I love everything that I heard and I am sure you would agree when you get your ears all over this wonderful group.


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernard-Bulhack/165347400264244?id=165347400264244&sk=app_7085335997
Other: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/off-your-armour/id599787663