High Winds

by Francis Voignier

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Francis Voignier is no stranger to exacting incredible music in a studio or before a live audience. He is the consummate professional at both instrumentation and vocals. He has a definitive style that cannot be copied nor replaced. There are few musicians that match his expertise on electric guitar and man it shows. With 15 albums under his belt from 1978 to 2010, Francis Voignier has continued to lead the way in cutting edge albums.

His newest release "High Winds" is certainly no exception. Released just this year, 2011, Francis Voignier dazzles us with his phenomenal abilities on the electric guitar. But this man also plays bass and does the horn arrangements as well as lead guitar. Francis is simply brilliant ! It seems everything he touches turns to gold. It certainly did on this album. His distinctive vocal style attracts and holds the listener from the first note till the last. The lyrics on each track are well written, taking you on journeys deep within emotions and experiences. It dawns on you immediately that you are in the presence of someone special. I have a huge amount of respect for Artists who reach the level of expertise I hear on this album. Francis Voignier reigns supreme!

Joining Francis Voignier on this album are Eric "Slide" Larmier. who plays slide guitar on "How the world was saved" and "Crazy". Also Alan Redmond, who plays bass on "High Winds" and Alejandro Del Toro on drums. Together, they have put forth one of the most memorable albums this year, perhaps this decade. Francis Voignier makes magic on those strings. His style is smooth yet raunchy and hard hitting. The recording and mastering of High Winds is exceptional. I am sure by now, you can tell I am impressed by Francis Voignier's work. The proof is in the pudding. High Winds is brilliant!

The 3 tracks I have singled out are:

1 - Crazy - This track got my attention right off the hop. Strong instrumentation and song writing skills, makes this song a winner. Francis Voignier nails it to the wall! I loved Francis's vocals.

2 - High Winds - Title track. This instrumental track showcases Francis Voignier's extraordinary talent on electric guitar. For those guitar enthusiasts, Francis shows you how its supposed to sound. He certainly makes that guitar sing. Well done.

3 - Tricks In The Bag - This is an electric guitar lead, upbeat, rockers dream. Vocals are exceptional and song writing talents shine through making Tricks in the bag a huge success. Once again instrumentation is off the wall. Brilliant song!

Overall, High Winds, has something for everyone. Most impressive indeed! It is refreshing to hear the electric guitar played with such expertise. Matched with amazing distinctive vocals but not overtaking them, it is a marriage made in heaven. Reminds me of when music of the 70's & 80's in the UK reined supreme. My hopes are high now that Francis Voignier has reminded me, it is still out there. Keep rocking Francis, we love you!

And that's how I see it
Shashona
Indie Showcase
www.indieshowcase.net 2011

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released 01 February 2011

Francis Voignier: Vox, lead and rhythm guitars, bass, horn arrangements
Eric (Ericslide) Larmier: Slide guitar
Alan Redmond: Bass
Alejandro Del Toro: Drums

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Francis Voignier San Francisco, California

I started my first band in 1967 and never looked back. I moved from Eastern France to Paris and then London where I made my professional debut. I worked in NYC
as a sideman between 78 and 82 before heading for SF where I did 10 years in the trenches with more bands than I can remember. I now live in Arcata, California.
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Track Name: Master Plan
Music and Lyrics by FRANCIS VOIGNIER 02/24/2010
© 2010 FV Music, United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress,
Washington DC
MASTER PLAN

SURVEYING THE WORLD AT LARGE
THE WATCHER NOTICED
SOMETHING SLIP AWAY
SOMETHING SLIP AWAY

SOMEHOW THE ELEMENT OF GREED
HAD TIPPED THE SCALES
IN FAVOR OF A FALL
THE END OF IT ALL

SOMETHING MUST HAVE CORRUPTED
THE MASTER PLAN

THEY ACTED ON THEIR OWN FREE WILL
CHOICES WERE MADE
THE EXPERIMENT FAILED
TIME TO TURN THE PAGE

SOMETHING MUST HAVE CORRUPTED
THE MASTER PLAN

DEEP INTO THE FARTHEST REACHES
THE LIGHTS ARE FLASHING
Track Name: The Tricks in the Bag
THE TRICKS IN THE BAG


YOU CAN’T ALWAYS TRUST WHAT IS SAID
OR ALL THE MOVES THAT ARE MADE
WHAT YOU MAY THINK IS WISE
COULD BE RIDDLED WITH LIES
SURE YOU KNOW WHAT’S ON THEIR MINDS
ONLY TO FIND YOURSELF THE CLOWN
IN A RING OF CHARADES
BEWARE OF WHAT IS LAID

TRUE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HIDE
FROM THE TRICKS IN THE BAG
SOMETIMES YOU’RE UNPROTECTED
BUT AS YOU LOOK AROUND
YOU SEE MORE THAN ONE MAN
WHO’S BEEN MANIPULATED

AS YOU TURN THE KEY IN THE LOCK
ARE YOU SURE YOU RESET THE CLOCK
WHAT WAS BETWEEN THE WALLS
MAY NOT EXIT AT ALL
SO YOU FOLLOWED THE YELLOW LINE
IT TOOK YOU WHERE DESTINY LIED
DID YOU EVER WONDER
WHY THEY HAD ALL THE POWER

TRUE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HIDE…

SO THE RULE OF THUMBS MY FRIEND
IF YOU’VE BEEN FOOLED IN THE END
IS TO LOOK DEEP INSIDE
FOR THE CAUSE OF THE CRIME

TRUE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HIDE…





Music and Lyrics FRANCIS VOIGNIER November 21, 2009
FVMusic © 2009 US Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Track Name: How the World Was Saved
HOW THE WORLD WAS SAVED

LITTLE JOE FELL OFF THE WING
CRASHED UNTO AN EMPTY STREET
HE GOT UP
AND THEN ASSESSED THE SITUATION
ALL HE KNEW WAS STILL BEHIND
IT LOOKED LIKE HELL HAD SPREAD AROUND
NO REFERENCE
HE WONDERED WHAT HE HAD FOR OPTIONS

HE THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD BE ALRIGHT
IF HE COULD JUST CALM HIMSELF DOWN
NOT WHAT HE EXPECTED WHEN HE SIGNED ON THE LINE
TOO LATE TO TURN THINGS AROUND

LITTLE JOE FELT SOMEONE NEAR
WAS IT FAKE OR WAS IT REAL
SOMETHING FOR SURE
WAS BREAKING THE RULES OF PERCEPTION
HE LOOKED FOR ANSWERS IN THE SHADE
BEHIND THE BROKEN AND RUSTED GATES
WHAT HE SAW
COULDN’T HAVE BEEN AN ILLUSION

SLOWLY NIGHT WAS CLOSING IN
A SENSE OF DANGER LIVED WITHIN
HE’LL HAVE TO WAIT TIL MORNING
IF HE SURVIVED THE NIGHT
FOR NOW THINGS WERE NOT LOOKING BRIGHT

ASSIGNED TO STEP INTO A ROOM
STRAIGHT TO THE OLD MAN IN THE CHAIR
TO MAKE SURE NO TRACES WERE LEFT
WITHOUT A MARGIN FOR MISTAKE
NO-ONE WAS TO BECOME AWARE
OF THE INTRUSION AND THE THEFT

LITTLE JOE RAN OUTSIDE
OUT OF BREATH DEATH STEPPED INSIDE
HE CLUNG
TO WHATEVER WAS LEFT OF COMPREHENSION
QUICK TO CONNECT WITH LIFE SUPPLY
HE GAVE WHAT HE TOOK TO THE SKY
IN ANSWER
HE WAS RETURNED TO THE STATION

SO IT IS HOW THE WORLD WAS SAVED
LITTLE JOE WAS MADE TO FORGET
NOBODY REALIZED IT WAS NEARLY THE END
BUT ALL IS ALRIGHT NOW…


Words & Music by FRANCIS VOIGNIER
January 17, 2010
© 2010 US Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Track Name: Easily Swayed
EASILY SWAYED


YOU CAME DOWN HARD
CAME DOWN HEAVY
YOU CAME DOWN IN FLAMES
YOU BLAME IT ON THE WHISKEY
AND YOU BLAME IT ON YOUR FRIENDS
YOU BET THE BANK
AND LOST IT ALL
YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD IT MADE
YOU CAN’T CURSE THE HEAVENS
AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A SAINT

YOU FELL OFF THE SIDE OF RESPONSIBILITY
NOW IT’S ALL THE FAULT OF THE DARK ANGELS VISITING YOUR DREAMS

YOU TUMBLE DOWN
TUMBLE ROUND
YOU’VE GONE WEEDS AND THORNS
YOU CAME OUT OF THAT CHURCH
LIKE SOMEONE HAD STOLEN YOUR SOUL
FULLY LOADED
SLURRING WORDS
ON YOUR WAY TO RAISE HELL
YOU KEEP GOING THAT WAY
BEFORE LONG YOU’LL BE DEAD

YOU FELL OFF THE SIDE OF RESPONSABILITY
NOW IT’S ALL THE FAULT OF THE DARK ANGELS VISITING YOUR DREAMS

SOMETHING’S GONE WRONG WITH THE RIGHTEOUS
AND HIS FAITH
THE MAN OF OPINIONS WAS TOO EASILY SWAYED
(IT TOOK NO EFFORT AT ALL)

YOU CAME DOWN HARD
CAME DOWN HEAVY
YOU CAME DOWN IN FLAMES
YOU BLAME IT ON THE WHISKEY
AND YOU BLAME IT ON YOUR FRIENDS
YOU LOST THE JOB
AND THEN THE HOUSE
THE FAMILY HAS FAILED
NO POINT TELLING YOU ABOUT
THE BAD CHOICES YOU MADE

YOU FELL OFF THE SIDE OF RESPONSIBILITY
NOW IT’S ALL THE FAULT OF THE DARK ANGELS VISITING YOUR DREAMS


Music and Lyrics by FRANCIS VOIGNIER
January 11th 2010
© 2010 United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Track Name: High Winds
©2010 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Circles & Dust
CIRCLES AND DUST

SHADOW IN YOUR EYE
THE DARK OF THE MIND
EXTERIORIZED
EVERY WORD YOU SAY
WILL ALWAYS BETRAY
THE WAY YOU ARE
ALL THE CIRCLES YOU MAKE
AND THE DUST YOU RAISE
MAY CONCEAL THE LIGHT
BUT ONLY FOR A WHILE
IT WILL NEVER LAST

YOU TRIED STRATEGY
PLAYED THE TRAGEDY
OF THE HUMAN KIND
YOU IMPRESS THE CROWD
USE TRICK AND DEVICE
TO GET AROUND
YOU MAY ERASE YOUR TRACKS
WEAR AN IRON MASK
BUT YOU CAN NEVER HIDE
FROM A MILLION EYES
OR A SINGLE CHILD

HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?
YOUR LIES ARE BOUND TO COME UP SHORT
HOW DEEP ON TIME IS YOUR CLOCKWORK?
SO THAT YOU CAN SPREAD THE OUTCOME OF YOUR WORDS

FUNNY HOW IT GOES
WHEN THE BIGGEST FOES
EXIST INSIDE
YOU CAN CHEAT YOUR WAY
CLEAR THROUGH THE DAY
WITHOUT A SIGN
BUT SOON COMES THE NIGHT
AND DIM GOES THE LIGHT
SHADOWS SPREAD WIDE
QUESTIONS AWAIT
REASONS MUST BE LAID




Music and lyrics by FRANCIS VOIGNIER
04/20/2010
© 2010 FV Music, US Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Track Name: Tied To the Game
TIED TO THE GAME

BOUND TO
BOUND TO THE LINE
WITHOUT A NUMBER
WITHOUT A FUTURE
YOUR FATE INTO THE HANDS
OF THE HEARTLESS AND THE CARELESS

DON’T YOU SEE THEY’VE GOT YOU ON THEIR SIDE
TO MAKE SURE YOU NEVER CROSS THE LINE
YOUR MISERY IS CANDY TO THEIR EYES
TO WATCH YOU CRAWL AND UNABLE TO FIGHT

TIED TO
TIED TO THE GAME
OF THE BROKER AND THE CHEATER
BLIND TO
BLIND TO THE WASTE
OF CONSUMPTION AND EXTORTION

DON’T YOU SEE THEY’VE GOT YOU ON THEIR SIDE
TO MAKE SURE YOU NEVER CROSS THE LINE
YOUR MISERY IS CANDY TO THEIR EYES
TO WATCH YOU CRAWL AND UNABLE TO FIGHT

BUT YOU FEEL ALRIGHT
TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM YOU GO
AND WORK THE TIME AWAY
AS LONG AS YOU GET
TO SPEND WHAT YOU EARNED
ON ALL THE THINGS THEY INSIST YOU DESERVE

LED TO
LED TO THE GRIND
BY THE MASTERS OF DECEPTION
LEFT TO
LEFT TO ARISE
FROM THE ASHES OF DESTRUCTION

DON’T’ YOU SEE THEY WANT YOU ON THEIR SIDE
TO MAKE SURE YOU NEVER CROSS THE LINE
YOUR MISERY IS CANDY TO THEIR EYES
TO WATCH YOU CRAWL AND UNABLE TO FIGHT

BUT YOU FEEL ALRIGHT
TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM YOU GO
AND WORK THE TIME AWAY
AS LONG AS YOU GET
TO SPEND WHAT YOU EARNED
ON ALL THE THINGS THEY INSIST YOU DESERVE


Music & lyrics by FRANCIS VOIGNIER March 31, 2010
© 2010 FV music, US Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Track Name: Lucy & Jack
©2010 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Crazy
CRAZY

CRAZY, YOU DON’T KNOW CRAZY
‘TIL CRAZY GETS YOU
MEAN, YOU WOULDN’T KNOW MEAN
UNTIL MEAN HITS YOU
CONTROLLING, SUCH A FINE DANCER
WHO CIRCLES YOUR CAGE
ABUSIVE, WHEN YOU TASTE THE BLOOD
IT MAY BE TOO LATE

CRAZY, CRAZY SPINS THE WHEEL
THE ONE YOU SIT ON
CRAZY, CRAZY MAKES YOU FEEL
THE CRAZE IS YOUR OWN

CHEATER, YOU DON’T KNOW CHEATER
UNTIL ALL IS GONE
USER, YOU THINK ALL IS RIGHT
UNTIL YOU FEEL WORN
DECEPTIVE, FIRES UP YOUR HOPES
UNTIL YOU CRASH DOWN
TRAGIC, HAS THE DRAMA QUEEN
POISONED YOUR WINE?

CRAZY, CRAZY SPINS THE WHEEL
THE ONE YOU SIT ON
CRAZY, CRAZY MAKES YOU FEEL
THE CRAZE IS YOUR OWN
SOME MAY HAVE SAID WE ONLY LEARN TWICE
FROM WHAT I SEE WE GO ROUND AND ROUND
AS WE SILENCE THE SOUND OF LAUGHTER
CAN WE WEATHER THE ROLLING THUNDER?

MARTYR, IT’S ALWAYS YOUR FAULT
BUT SHE DOESN’T SAY
BLAMING, YOU ASSESS THE COST
WHEN JUSTICE IS SLAYED
GREEDY, YOU’VE GOT NOTHING LEFT
BUT HE STILL WANTS MORE
EVIL, DO YOU KNOW EVIL
WHEN HE’S IN YOUR CORE?


CRAZY, CRAZY SPINS THE WHEEL
THE ONE YOU SIT ON
CRAZY, CRAZY MAKES YOU FEEL
THE CRAZE IS YOUR OWN
SOME MAY HAVE SAID WE ONLY LEARN TWICE
FROM WHAT I SEE WE GO ROUND AND ROUND
AS WE SILENCE THE SOUND OF LAUGHTER
CAN WE WEATHER THE ROLLING THUNDER?

Music and lyrics by FRANCIS VOIGNIER
© 2010 FVMusic
US Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Track Name: Banned
BANNED

TELL ME MY FRIEND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
YOU CAME IN WALKING ALL ALONE
DID I JUST HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?
YOU CAN’T BE FROM THERE?
THAT BRIDGE BURNED A LONG TIME AGO

SAY YOU MANAGED TO MAKE IT THROUGH
WHAT IT WOULD TAKE SURE COULD KILL YOU
BUT YOU’RE NOT THE LYING KIND
YOUR STORY RINGS TRUE
DID YOU HAPPEN TO CATCH THE NEWS?

THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE YOU
NEVER REALIZED
THE EXTENT OF THE MISTAKES
AND THE DAMAGE DONE

THE ONES WHO STAYED HAVE LOST THEIR MINDS
SOME SWAPPED THEIR WINGS FOR THE WINE
THOSE WHO MIXED WITH THE CROWD
HAVE LOST ALL THEY HAD
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO TURN AROUND
FOR YOU ARE BANNED, MY FRIEND




Words and music by FRANCIS VOIGNIER
September 9, 2010
© 2010 Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Track Name: Dream
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