Music is back at Aster Cafe!
An evening with Tim Mahoney $20
Saturday, June 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tim Mahoney, who calls Minnesota’s Twin Cities home, found himself in creative territory vastly different from the love-and-breakup pop songs that have been his calling card for more than two decades. A former contestant on The Voice, Mahoney tapped into his socially conscious muse to write “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” an impassioned cry for peace and humanity in a world increasingly tolerant of gun-fueled bloodshed.
“This song is a first for me,” says Mahoney. “I believe in every word I’m saying. I’m really hoping it just helps unite and bring people together. This can sound cliché, but I think it really needs to start with one person – you and me with this song.”
The gripping, stripped-down mood of “We Should Be Shooting Stars” further punctuates its point – that we should be shooting for dreams, not shooting people, and that we need to rethink, rebuild, and reunite. Recorded in Mahoney’s home turf, “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” ready for digital release February 25, showcases the singer-songwriter’s emotive vocals and his solemn piano playing as well as strings and arrangements from Tommy Barbarella.
Also on the song is a portion of a speech made by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whom Mahoney met and befriended at a fundraiser. Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the highly charged George Floyd murder case, gave Mahoney permission to use his potent words to close “We Should Be Shooting Stars.”
“Tim Mahoney does it again,” says Ellison, “with another soul stirring song.”
Mahoney, with 15 studio albums to his credit, has enjoyed a varied career. He was a TV fixture on season one of The Voice as well as another reality television show, INXS: Rock Star in 2006. He parlayed that into teaching a course at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis appropriately titled, “Nailed It! How to Audition for The Voice and Other Vocal Competitions.” He released an instrumental piano EP of holiday tunes, Peace of Winter, in late 2014. He also had two of his performances on The Voice released as iTunes singles garnering more than 50,000 download sales.
Now comes “We Should Be Shooting Stars,” a composition that Mahoney emphatically calls “the most important song I’ll ever do. This is all about uniting people of all races starting now. We have made almost no movement since Martin Luther King. That is not Ok with me. This song moves us in that better direction. It might be small, but it’s a start.”
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