MP3 Paul Hipp - Blog Of War
Rock and Roll to soothe the war-news-election-blues-world-weary mind. You''ll dance and sing and cry and swing.
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Born in Philadelphia, Paul moved to New York City as soon as the bell rang on his last day of high school. Paul spent a couple years busking on the streets of Greenwhich Village before eventually landing indoor heated gigs at various clubs on Bleeker Street. Joints like Kenny’s Castaways, The Red Lion and The Rock And Roll Café were jumping and Paul could be found most nights on stage, on bar, on tables... on any surface that would hold him and his guitar. It was during this time that Paul met and started writing songs with Carole King. The two collaborated on songs for her Capitol Records release “City Streets” which featured a blistering appearance by Eric Clapton on the title track.
It was also while playing Bleeker Street that Paul’s acting career took off when he met legendary independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara. Paul would go on to collaborate on several film and music projects with Ferrara including “China Girl” (Paul’s first film acting role) for which Paul wrote the end credit theme “Midnight For You”, " The Funeral” (opposite Chris Walken, Isabella Rossellini and Benicio Del Toro), “Body Snatchers” ( song: “I Want You Back”) and “Bad Lieutenant” in which Paul plays Jesus Christ to Harvey Keitel''s troubled gumshoe and provides the end credit theme along with Ferarra. Paul combined his love of music and acting by originating the role of Buddy Holly in the blockbuster London West End musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”, a performance that earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Musical. The following year Paul took "Buddy" to Broadways Shubert Theater where he opened to rave reviews. Paul was nominated for The Tony Award and won The Theater World Award for Best Broadway Debut.
The next several years saw Paul continue to write music while focusing most of his energy on acting, appearing in over 30 film’s and approximately one billion TV shows. Clint Eastwood cast Paul as “The Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia” Joe Odom, in his film “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil”, a film in which Paul also performs his original composition “Dumpster Love”.
Paul spent a few years learning to surf and play gypsy jazz guitar (spot the tip on the hat to Django on “Blog Of War”) while writing songs for films he appeared in and playing the occasional live gig.
2007 was a busy year musically that started with Paul writing and producing several songs for Hilary Duff, which she performs in the upcoming feature film “War, Inc.” starring John Cusack, Morissa Tomei and Sir Ben Kingsley. Paul ended the year by performing with Les Paul in New York City.
2008 promises to be Paul’s most musical year to date with the release of BLOG OF WAR.
BLOG OF WAR
In the wake of 911, as the country went to war in Iraq, Paul, like many Americans, found himself increasingly frustrated and angry about the direction the country was being led in. Around this time Paul met Arianna Huffington just as she was starting a new venture called The Huffington Post. Arianna appreciated Paul’s passion about current events and suggested he “blog about it”. Paul picked up his guitar and started "blogging". His parody of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that had Cheney singing about the shooting shooting a guy became an Internet sensation. But it was his next song that really took off. Based on The Beatles “I Am The Walrus” Paul’s “I’m The Decider" was immediately picked up by major news outlets all over the country and put into heavy rotation by radio stations from Maine to California and became a regular feature of Randy Rhodes Air America broadcasts. Paul knew he had found his audience. While continuing the occasional parody Paul started writing and performing original “blogs” – instant topical songs sung live in the kitchen to a laptop computer in simple fashion with acoustic guitar ala Woody Guthrie. “Blog Of War” is a collection of many of these blogs plus some unreleased material fleshed out and rocked up with a full band. The CD is a chronicle of a time during which a great country lost it’s way.
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