Friday, March 07, 2014

Living For The Process

part one 

The Back Story of the Title song, Forty Years.
By Bruce Hibbard

Creating music ideas and songs has always been a part of my life. Since my late teens I've had a drive to make music. Most of the time it's a labor of love without too much monetary gain from my efforts. But that's OK, I consider making music an art. As with most artistic
individuals, the creation process is where I thrive. After the process, the release of emotion and sense of accomplishment is the payoff.  Most artists come up short when promoting their own art. This would be true for me as an artist as well!  With that being said, the story begins.

The creation of Forty Years

The project started with a song that had its bones designed back in 2002. Forty Years was bought into existence and roughly crafted just after the world-changing 911 tragedy. The lyrical concept for Forty Years was conceived, mapped, and brought to fruition by this underlying truth - as dark and hopeless our world may sometimes appear, at our core we long for love, healing and wholeness. At one time or another, most of us have been able to relate to the Moses experience. Moses thought he was heading for the promise land when he left Egypt. Instead, he wandered around in the desert for forty years and died without ever realizing his promise. Forty Years borrows this biblical story and applies it to our current life. It reveals one man's frustration pursuing these high held values and goals, and how the pursuit can be an endless circle of disappointment and futility . The silver lining in the song is the hope that we will one day stand together as one, without the hatred and division that keeps our world torn apart.

Musically, Forty Years was no less of a journey. It laid in a dormant demo form until 2009 when I dug it up and discovered its potential.

John Willis originally played guitar, and most of his work remains an integral part of the song. Bass additional guitar parts as well as keyboards were recorded by Bruce Hibbard.  Brandon Fields lays down some amazing soprano sax parts. Lenny Allen returns on this album as percussionist.

Forty Years
Word and Music Bruce Hibbard
Copyright 2014 Vizor Music

Sitting here upon this rock
Contemplating waves of sand
Drinking from a silver cup
Should I go, or should I stand
I swear by the moon
And all the stars that hang so elegantly
I won’t be my father’s fool
Blood stains the city walls
Where bricks once were made from clay
Could have been my destiny
Would have been if I had stayed
Buildings rise, and subways break the silence of night
I feel like Moses in the modern world

Endlessly, round and round in circles
Chasing my sanity, this might take forty years
Endlessly, searching for that enigmatic fantasy
This might just take forty years

Evening falls, time won’t wait
Moonlight paints the desert night
Planning out my big escape
Reminiscent of an ancient night
Crazy thing how just one moment can become
The defining moment of a man’s life

Endlessly, round and round in circles
Chasing my sanity, this might take forty years
Endlessly, searching for that enigmatic fantasy
This might just take forty years

Sometimes you don’t know where you’re going
It’s so hard to see, and when you get there
It’s not always what you thought it would be
Somewhere there’s an answer to our prayers
An end to all the struggle, of war and enmity
One day, we’ll walk together through that door
And when we emerge, we’ll be side by side

Endlessly, round and round in circles
Chasing my sanity, this might take 40 years
Endlessly, searching for that enigmatic fantasy
This might just take 40 Years

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's been such a long time since my last post. Several things to mention. The last three years I've been working on a music project for myself.

Forty Years was released in mid June of this year. It's an album containing nine new Pop / R&B songs written and produced by Myself and Lenny Allen. Also appearing on the album are Brandon Fields (sax), Hadley Hockensmith (guitar), John Willis (guitar), Lisa Verzella (horns), Sandy Wright (vocals), Nissi Allen Walls (vocals), Liesa Speegle (vocals and writer),  and of course Lenny Allen (drums, percussion and producer).

                                                                The Great Salt Lake

Two videos are forthcoming. A music video for Love Is Gone is set to be released by the end of October. Most of the filming for the Love Is Gone video was shot at or around the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The picture above was taken on location! A video for Will We Get Together should be ready for release by the end of the year.

My project studio in Salt Lake

Most of the recording was done at my project studio in Salt Lake, as well as my older Park City residence. Also John Willis' studio and The Castle in Nashville, and Brandon Fields Studio in L.A. were used for overdubs. To top things off, Richard Dodd of Nashville mastered the project.

You can go to to get all Bruce Hibbard's music. Get lots of updates and info at my Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spring 2013!
A short video featuring two great hang gliding sites in Utah.  Vlaudies in Park City, and Point Of the Mountain in Salt Lake.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

First 2013 Randolph Flight

Flying close to a controlled burn
 A few pics from flying today at Randolph. 
I decided to drive up alone today, and luckily met two PG pilots who
offered to drive my car down from launch.  Turned out to be a very impressive day.
 Climbs to 11k were easy. 
Snaky Bear river

11k over the Crawfords

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Change In The Wind

Oh man! Can't believe it's been almost three months since my last post.  I usually don't go so long without throwing something out there.  I have mainly been finishing up on the remodel that was started over 18 months ago.  The place is looking great, and I must say, the time has been well spent.  As always, I  remind myself after a remodel - "man that stuff sure takes a lot of time".  And as soon as the words come they are forgotten. 

I have been able to get out and fly through this busy year, and quite a bit.  I had some respectable XC flights, one of which topped out at 80.6 miles.  This flying season I have flown the Crawfords more than any other year.  Due in part to the closures of several sites, but also because The Crawfords are just amazing mountains.  Last weekend Cody and I got to over 10 grand several times and landed in one of the best LZ's you could ever imagine.  Hopefully next year we'll get Inspo's bail out LZ back.  And maybe the repairs on the road up to Francis will be finally complete.  Until then, I'm content with the alternative.

One other huge development is the addition of new family member!  My daughter Melissa gave birth to her own daughter this year.  I never imagined me being a gaga grandad, but it's happened.  Sophie is here and life has once again morphed into a new shape with brand new goals, hopes and wonder.  Thank God for the brand new beginnings we sometimes get to be a part of. 

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

King 2012

July 9th through the 16th I attended the king Mountain Hang Gliding Championship.  As always, King is one of the most incredible places to fly on earth! With that being said, King can be one of the most frustrating places to fly due to summer thunderstorm activity.  This year the comp was plagued by daily storms.  But there were a few days that provided great flying.

       Our driver Sharron Lepardi and flying mate Lisa Verzella.

       Looking uphill at upper launch.  Approximately 65 competitors this year

        Upper launch.

       On one of the many off days, we explored Craters Of The Moon National Park

     Sharron. striking a pose at a really cool petroglyphs site.

      The 2012 King Mountain Championship winners. Yea that's me.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

80.6 miles

After several skunks at Heber this year, yesterday yielded 80.6 miles from Heber, Utah to Mt. View, Wyoming. 

Lisa V and I launched within minutes of each other - around 12:45pm.  We didn't hang around launch too long.  Lisa was out on route at 13k, 15 minutes after taking off.  Unlike many Heber XC days where a pilot is hanging out in turbulent air waiting for the right thermal to get high enough to leave, the air was relatively smooth and great thermals were abundant.  I was 15 min. behind Lisa, and on glide for the cement plant (a great thermal generator 5 miles over the back) after climbing out to 11.5k.  Lift was consistent all the way to Coalville (22 miles out), with climbs to 13+k.  Lisa stayed ahead of me most of the flight, but our flight path to Mt. View was pretty much identical after discussing it later.  At Coalville I got a bit low, but found good lift that took me from 7900 to 13k.  I drifted back into Chalk Creek and worked light, unorganized lift until finding a solid core close to Porcupine Mt.  I drifted NE as the thermal I was in gained strength finally topping out at 15k.

The lift was over this desolate area NE of Porcupine was solid enough, that I felt confident to go on glide for Evanston. I arrived at Evanston (60 miles from launch) never getting below 13k.

At this point the route follows I-80 due east from Evanston.  We both had no problem making Oyster Ridge with plenty of altitude to spare.  There are gigantic wind mills scattered all over this area.  They were indicating a definite westerly flow.  We followed I-80 east, only to find strong west winds and little to no lift.   We safely landed close to the Mt. View exit, a few miles apart in 30+mph Surface winds.