Juniper = Carolyn Victoria Mill + Reid Jamieson. Vancouver acoustic duo who make music that matters and moves us. Mostly plant-based but always on the lookout for a proper pint to pair with dairy free fish and chips.
Fellow Canadian Reid Jamieson pays tribute to living legend Joni Mitchell with this tender but joyous acoustic take on her track All I Want, the opening track from the album Blue on its 50th anniversary. Recorded for Joni’s 75th.
I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling Looking for something, what can it be Oh I hate you some, I hate you some, I love you some Oh I love you when I forget about me I wanna be strong I wanna laugh along I wanna belong to the living Alive, alive, I want to get up and jive I want to wreck my stockings in some jukebox dive Do you want, do you want, do you wanna dance with me baby Do you wanna take a chance on Maybe finding some sweet romance with me baby, well come on All I really really want is our love to do Is to bring out the best in me and in you too All I really really want our love to do Is to bring out the best in me and in you I wanna talk to you, I wanna shampoo you I wanna renew you again and again Applause, applause, life is our cause When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws Do you see, do you see, do you see how you hurt me baby So I hurt you too Then we both get so blue I am on a lonely road and I am traveling Looking for the key to set me free Oh the jealousy The greed is the unraveling it’s the unraveling And it undoes all the joy that could be I wanna fun, I wanna shine like the sun I wanna be the one that you want to see I wanna knit you a sweater Wanna write you a love letter I wanna make you feel better, I wanna Make you feel free Hm hm hm, hm Wanna make you feel all free I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling
HEY BIG KID – An Ode To Stuart McLean, Vinyl CaféThought y’all might want to join the rest of Canada in celebrating the return of Vinyl Café this summer! The late great Stuart Mclean will back on CBC Radio this summer for a 10-week season, starting June 30th. Each episode will air Wednesday evenings at 11pm and Sunday mornings at 11am. We celebrate Stuart and all that he meant to Canada with this ode to its cherished storyteller. Stuart also took great pride in was introducing the rest of Canada to independent musicians. From the Good Lovelies to Danny Michel, many found a new, more appreciative audience. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson played a somewhat unique role as part of the official Vinyl Café Orchestra (with badge to prove it) and was brought on to feature in special episodes such as The Train Show (recorded onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian) and ‘Stuart as a Boy’ (with tales of his growing up in Montreal). Always a challenging gig, as not only did Stuart continue to write and edit the stories up to the last minute, he also changed his mind about which songs should accompany the stories…keeping Reido very much on his toes! Reid also created the original artwork for the posthumous CD box set ‘Unreleased Stories’…which reminds us, they have a new book coming out this fall ‘The Vinyl Café Celebrates’. And couldn’t we all use something to celebrate this year? 😊
It’s just a wee tiny song (under 2 minutes!), so please consider giving it a wee spin…
I remember the first time I heard you On the radio I started driving slow Through tears of laughter and sympathy You made the scenery seem more real to me How could I have known? That one day we would share this road Makin words and music together Bring it to the people through all kinds of weather
Hey big kid, caught you playin’ with your words again You let them spill across this country And you made yourself a million friends Hey big kid, all your travels will they never end? So if you’re lookin’ for a jukebox you can call your own All ya have to do is tune me in! And hey big kid, you just made yourself another friend Hey big kid, we caught you playin’ with your words again Hey big kid, I hope this story never ever ends…
Stuart will be missed by all that were touched by his kindness, charisma and curiosity.
Sending big love to the whole Vinyl Café and CBC family.
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a Leonard Cohen themed Lovestream? We will be singing tunes form our Dear Leonard collection, plus more choice tunes from the master of song’s catalog. Better call yer mom and book the date now. Sunday May 9th, 2021. 4pm pst / 7pm est.
Hello (Lionel Ritchie) Hold Me Now (Thompson Twins) Better Be Home Soon (Crowded House) Love is a Battlefield (Pat Benatar) In Your Eyes (Oeter Gabriel) Only You (Yazoo) I Cant Go For That (Hall & Oates) China Girl (David Bowie/Iggy Pop) Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks) Dont Answer Me (Alan Parsons Project) Overkill (Men At Work) Come Back And Stay (Paul Young) Nothing But Flowers (Talking Heads) Here Comes The Rain Again (Eurythmics) The Boys of Summer (Don Henley) In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) You May Be Right (Billy Joel) Crazy For You (Madonna) Aint Nobody (Chaka Khan) Time after Time (Cindi Lauper) The Promise (When In Rome) Islands in the Stream (Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton) When Doves Cry (Prince) The Best (Tina Turner/Bonnie Tyler) Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen) Under Pressure (Freddie Mercury/David Bowie) Take On Me (A-ha)
Saddle up for a little mixed bag of hurtin’, hope & harmonies at our Old Country themed lovestream! Sun Apr 18 – 4pm pst / 7pm est Make requests and register for a reminder here: https://reidjamieson.com/lovestream/
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Waltz Across Texas I Guess I’ve Come To Live Here I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine He’ll Have to Go She’s Got You Walking After Midnight Lovesick Blues Sixteen Tons So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad In Spite of Ourselves She Thinks I Still Care El PasoBlue Moon Of Kentucky I Fall To Pieces Help Me Make It Through The Night Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer Stand By Your Man I Walk The Line The Man In Black Not Making History * Crazy
Join us for a 60s themed Lovetsream this Sun April 4 @ 4pm pst / 7pm est Admission by donation. Pay before or after, nobody turned away for lack of funds. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/reidjamiesonmusic e-transfers to reidjamiesonband (at) gmail (dot) com – with much gratitude.
Get Together Young & Innocent Days Lay Lady Lay Everybodys Talkin I’ve Been Loving You Never My Love Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Both Sides Now I’ve Just Seen a Face In My Life Here There & Everywhere Nights in White Satin I Just Dropped In (to see What Condition my Condition was in) Will You Still Love me Tomorrow? Natural Woman Kathy’s Song The Sound of Silence God Only Knows Unchained Melody
This March 14, 2021 our beloved island luthier turns 80 years young, and we just couldn’t let this milestone go by without a little fanfare….
Rufus Stewart has been building and repairing guitars for over five decades now. He has been looking after instruments for professional musicians such as Valdy, Jesse Winchester and Reid Jamieson for as long as some folks have been in the business. Back in the day Rufus also toured as a guitar or audio tech for numerous acts such as Supertramp and The Tragically Hip. Now located in Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, over the years Rufus has started shops in Halifax-Nova Scotia, Kingston-Ontario, and Montreal-Quebec. And yes, the shop in Vancouver is named after him. An authorized Martin repair guy for many decades, folks should consider bringing their precious vintage guitars to him for a tune up while they still can as he has yet to find a replacement.
Sharing a birthday with Einstein and Quincy Jones, Rufus was born March 14, 1941 in Buckinghamshire, England, and came to Canada as a child. His mother was French-Canadian and he considers himself an Acadian, East Coaster, West Coaster, and road warrior always in search of new vistas and communities. About as humble as a man can be, Rufus has never been one to seek center stage. Always learning, he is as comfortable tinkering with boats and trucks as he is with stringed instruments. Known to enthusiastically lend a hand to anyone who needs the help, he has been doing an annual ‘repair tour’ to see to the needs of remote communities as far east as PEI. Tho the tours are on hold for now, Rufus continues to work at his craft, and currently lives happily with his weaver wife Charlotte in Parksville BC. Rufus’ Island Guitar Shop https://www.rufusguitars.com
Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson has broken a year long pandemic induced songwriting paralysis – and he has Rufus to thank. It’s not the first time this hardworking luthier has had an impact on this particular artist’s musical life. When Reid and his songwriting partner and wife Carolyn (who incidentally shares a bday with Rufus) first moved to BC back in 2005, they connected with Rufus immediately as the best person to tend to Reid’s jumbo Taylor steel string. However, that big beautiful guitar soon found its way to Craigslist. It was after trying a cheap well worn second-hand nylon string guitar in Rufus’ shop (back when it was in Cook St. Village) Reid’s musical output was changed forever. Something about what happens to an instrument after this luthier has made his adjustments left it feeling like a long lost friend. Transformed now into a nylon string player, Reid adapted to a whole new way of playing and has since toured North America, with the likes of Stuart Mclean and the Vinyl Café, and the little beaten up guitar that could. Written by Reid and Carolyn the week before Rufus’ 80th, ‘The Ballad of Luthier Rufus Stewart’ is a tip of the hat to someone who has touched many and isn’t done yet. Our elders bring wisdom and knowledge, and sometimes much needed inspiration. Happy birthday Rufus – long may you run!
THE BALLAD OF RUFUS STEWART
Written by Reid Jamieson & Carolyn Victoria Mill
Here’s your story,in all its glory, thoyou’ve never been onefor center stageBombs in your backyardLosses taken hardGone forever,turn the pageFound a broken wingSet it right, made it singClaimed a callingand a wageFrom Montrealto the Maritimes where mermaids callYou rise, you fallin Kingston and its music hallsTo Vancouver islefrom the Valley to Victoria
In every songthere is a note for us thatmust ring trueYou made a life out ofkeeping all of usin tunePart of every song that we create well it was made by youTinker, sailorMartin, Taylor boat or bow the wood will bendSongwriter's saviorCracked neck, failureFret not my friendfor bridges mendAt your bench nightlywith strings wound tightlySecond-handis new again From Montrealto the Maritimes where mermaids callYou rise, you fallin Kingston and its music hallsTo Vancouver islefrom the Valley to Victoria
In every songthere is a note for us thatmust ring trueYou made a life out ofkeeping all of usin tunePart of every song that we create well it was made by youFound your weaver wifeHer web a happy lifeAnd still the sea and highway callFrom Montrealto the Maritimes where mermaids callYou rise, you fallin Kingston and its music hallsTo Vancouver islefrom the Valley to Victoria
In every songthere is a note for us thatmust ring trueAnd you made a life out ofkeeping all of usin tuneA part of every song that we create well it was made by youHere’s your story,in all its glory, thoyou’ve never been onefor center stage...
A wee tribute to that legendary lady Yoko Ono on her 88th birthday. OH YOKO live from the tubby! Written by her love John Winston Lennon and performed by Reid Jamieson. She remains inspiring and oh so unique. #longliveyoko (from the Lennon tribute album JOHN 20:20)
We filmed this video with Bruno on a chilly day in November in Stanley Park…tiny crew of 2…using a VHS camera to capture and pay tribute to the classic home movie videos of John and Yoko back in the day. Took some courage to release this…no fancy sets or costumes, no big budget or stylist, just a day in the life…and some very REAL LOVE. Please let us know what you make of it. thanks, eh? xocvm+reido
REAL LOVE Written by John Lennon. Performed by Reid Jamieson. From the album JOHN 20:20 more at https://reidjamieson.com/john2020/ Filmed (on VHS) and directed by Bruno Martin del Campo https://imvisuals.ca . Filmed in Stanley Park Vancouver BC. Supported and made possible by the fine folks at Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia