John D Hastings

The Songs

New song release! "These Are Your Tears" is written for people who were cut off from family and friends due to the pandemic. For anyone feeling alone and fearful. The effect of such isolation is devastating for many of us, so as the lyrics say "I will defend you, love and protect you, I'm always right behind you". Let's all be behind those who need us to provide comfort and support.

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My tribute to World Environment Day 2021 earlier this yearI wrote “When It’s Gone” due to the dreadful fires caused by arson in my hometown of Eston, North Yorkshire where I spent happy childhood days. Cleveland Archaeology Trust (CAT) runs not-for-profit projects in Cleveland, North East England, raising awareness of environmental issues. 

Please support CAT’s Eston Hills rescue project and community work. We will make a donation from website sales to the project. Download it here:

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This is Eston Hills on fire, a natural landscape being destroyed by arsonists ...more

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A song inspired by the loneliness people felt during lockdown. The impact of the pandemic has affected us all, so let's show compassion, love and support not just today World Mental Health Day, but 365 days of the year. Thanks to Jamie Brown for a fantastic guitar solo on this track! Full song and video! ...more

 

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My first single since lockdown restrictions removed. I wrote this song about having a voice to express your opinions. Identity is at the heart of this song, about being accepted for who we are no matter our heritage or background. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2021, it drives the message that not everyone in the World has freedom of speech or indeed, freedom itself....more

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The different facets of love inspired me to write this song. Love can take us by surprise. You think you are “just good friends” with someone until a twist of fate shows a different light on the situation.  The song is saying: life is short, take a leap of faith and don’t be afraid, “it’s only love”!      ...more

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Mini-album special release of retro '80's songs:   

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Special To Me is a mini-album of songs with a distinct 80’s vibe, selected from my back catalogue of recordings. It was an exciting decade, and gives you a taste of what’s to come over the next few months. And the title track was a favourite of my Mam’s! ...more

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The songs here follow my journey as a singer songwriter. You will find diverse genres here: pop-rock, British power pop and love songs. More songs to be added to my repertoire so sign up to follow my music adventures with me. 

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The Stiletto Years

Back in 1977 I joined a band as lead singer and songwriter, singing covers at clubs and pubs across the North of England. We tried out my own songs, they went down a storm and The Stilettos was born! Line-up: Me, lead singer songwriter and rhythm guitar, Tommy, lead guitar and backing vocals, Cliff on drums, his cousin Alan on bass. Digitised from cassettes (remember them?!) these songs are part of my back catalogue, about life from an industrial working class perspective. The raw sound and energy of '70's British power pop, these songs are about class divisions, identity, love and life! And we can all relate to that can't we?

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There's no time to hesitate in the human race to slow climate change. It impacts the poorest world communities, many are suffering and are impoverished as a consequence. This is about using your voice especially on World Humanitarian Day. It highlights to governments the dangers of the climate emergency for the world’s most vulnerable people and ensures that their voices are heard. Be the "front runners" to get their needs top of the agenda at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.  Duration: 4:06 minutes...more

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An album-worth of our songs recorded in one take. Play the song medley in the Sample Audio. ...more

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Fantastic rock mix which captures the cauldron of teenage emotions and angst. The bubbling effect of Mellotron keyboards create that feeling to perfection....more

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Trust is hard to gain and so easily lost. Sometimes we simply mess up and hurt the person we love the most, and you need to rebuild that trust. ...more

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When does “teenage love” mean more than a crush or phase we go through? ...more

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How when we are young we are in such a rush to do everything, we have so much energy. ...more

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When you know deep down a relationship is over because of the way he’s treated you. Yet you’re holding on to the feelings you once had. ...more

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It’s about an ambitious, ruthless, attractive woman who will do anything to get what she wants. ...more

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Sometimes you can have everything, yet nothing at all. Like being alone even in a crowded room. ...more

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One of my first "sentimental ballads", I love it's simplicity and dreamlike mood. ...more

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Come on, take a leap of faith and let me into your life! ...more

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Getting dressed up, going out, dancing and romancing if you were lucky that night! ...more

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