The Hard Rain Project

In 1986, I saw Dylan in concert at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California. When he came out on stage alone with his acoustic guitar in the middle of the show, 20,000 people hushed and listened. The song that blew me away was "A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall." Upon seeking out the record and reading the liner notes I was captured by his comment that the song had been written during the cold war, and that every line was really the beginning of a whole other song he thought he would never get to write. Ever since, I have thought that writing those songs would be an interesting thing to try to do. I finally took the project on in February 2009 and completed it in January 2016. The recordings presented here are drafts of each of these 37 songs, some are a bit rough around the edges, others are more like finished versions. They are not necessarily an attempt to imitate Dylan (although some clearly nod), not an attempt to try to write the songs he would have written.

You can download a file with all 37 songs using the button below, or go to the bottom of the page to get them as separate collections, mainly gathered by the year I wrote them. The first 14 songs are also available on a CD available through CD Baby and streaming on apple, spotify and amazon.

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Goin' Back Out - Volume 1

The first 14 songs in the set. Written as part of February Album Writing Month (FAWM) in 2009. Also available on iTunes, CD and on the most popular streaming services.

Find the Road - Volume 2

Nine more songs written for FAWM in 2010

Stand With Me - Volume 3

Includes 11 songs written in 2011 as well as two from 2013 and the final song, "Reflect it from the mountains," completed in January 2016.

About Ross Durand

Ross Durand grew up a classically trained musician in Southern California. When he was 16 he started playing guitar so that he and his buddy could start a band. His life changed when he heard Bob Dylan playing "A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall" before 20,000 hushed fans when he was 19. Seeing the raw power of song, even in the absence of volume and groove, inspired him to pursue the power of song as a form ever since. He has played regularly in coffee houses in Orange County California and continues to try to inspire thought, action, and even laughter through his songwriting.