A selection of 12 winter-themed songs chosen to warm your soul when nights grow cold. Canada’s Reid Jamieson takes a holiday from the usual well worn fare with unique interpretations of Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Nick Lowe, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller Band, Tori Amos (!) and more, plus three festive new originals. Reid sings every note, playing all instruments himself, with the exception of a couple of cameos by fellow Vancouverite Steve Dawson on slide. They say no man is an island, but this particular one could pass for an entire choir when the spirit moves him. Recorded at home, produced by Reid’s wife and songwriting partner Carolyn Victoria Mill. Together they have created an easy pleasing gift for those with a passion for pure listening pleasure. Lush vocal harmonies and spirited guitar playing herald what may become your new favourite (non)Christmas collection.
“I don’t know how I missed it, but somewhere between the release of his debut CD and what could be mistaken for a simple holiday album, Reid Jamieson has become the greatest Canadian pop singer ever.” – NoDepression
SONGS FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT – TRACK LISTING
1. Sentimental Song
– Jamieson / Mill 3:43
2. The Coldest Night Of The Year
– Bruce Cockburn 3:58
– Gene MacLellan 3:20
4. Winter Time
– Steve Miller Band 3:21
– Nick Lowe 3:41
6. This Could Be The Year
– Jamieson / Mill 2:55
7. Song For A Winters Night
– Gordon Lightfoot 3:11
8. Last Day Of The Year (Reprise)
– Reid Jamieson 2:55
9. Canadian Sunset
– Heywood / Gimbel 2:33
10. Pretty Paper – Willie Nelson 2:55
11. Do They Know Its Christmas?
– Geldof / Ure 3:28
– Tori Amos 5:43
All vocals & instruments: Reid Jamieson* except guitar/banjo on tracks 6 & 8: Steve Dawson. Produced by Carolyn Victoria Mill. Recorded & mixed by Reid Jamieson at home in Vancouver, BC Canada. Artwork/photos by CVM.
SENTIMENTAL SONG Written by Carolyn Victoria Mill & Reid Jamieson Written by Reid and his Mrs., this swinging single sums up what remains a rather complicated time of year for them both. While single-parent poverty left its coal-black mark on CVM’s childhood, Reid’s mother’s death on December 22nd meant that, for one teenage boy, the season would never be quite the same. And yet, each year when lights begin to twinkle, and the melodies of Christmas past make their home in our hearts once again. The magic of holiday music can somehow make even the Scrooge in us want to sing along. You know it's not my time of year Too many heart aches and far too many tears Miles apart from the family I hold dear I find it hard to play along While I watch the fire glow Some go hungry, while others play with gold Away in a manger the night is growing cold I find it hard to sing along It's just this sentimental song I haven't heard it in so long But when they put that record on I can believe again In candy canes and mistletoe White lights and wishes tied up with a bow Each time they turn that music low I can believe again You know it's just that time of year Memories play while I try to raise a cheer They hang on the tree just like silent souvenirs I find them hard to string along Sometimes I'd rather be alone I've got my reasons; I just thought that you should know The saddest of seasons since we watched my mother go I find it hard to sing along It's just this sentimental song I haven't heard it in so long But when they put that record on I can believe again In angels dancing in the snow Sleigh bells and reindeer prancing in a row Each time they turn that music low I can believe again It's just a simple melody Pulls at my heartstrings, and sets my spirit free I remember the words, how she sang them to me And so I'll try to sing along It's just this sentimental song I haven't heard it in so long But when they put that record on I can believe again In candy canes and mistletoe White lights and wishes tied up with a bow Each time they turn that music low I can believe again You know it's not my time of year… THIS COULD BE THE YEAR Written by Carolyn Victoria Mill & Reid Jamieson Written as a tongue-in-cheek homage to the Stanley Cup, this twang-filled tune tells the tale of long standing wishes granted, and/or grace in defeat. Featuring the tasty talents of Steve Dawson on Banjo and slide guitar. I've got a feeling, this could be the year I'm gonna get what I wish for I've been good so long I've got a feeling this could be the year I'm gonna get what I wish for I've been good so long and if I've got it wrong there’s always next year I'll be strong till you come home where you belong It’s coming nearer and this could be the year we all get what we long for this feeling can’t be wrong let's raise a cheer for making this the year we all get what we need lord we've been waiting so long and if we get it wrong there's always next year we'll stay strong till we get home where we belong winters come and winters go high hopes melting with the snow I find myself just wishing though for you and me, you never know I've got a feeling this could be the year I'm gonna get what I wish for I've been good so long let's raise a cheer for making this the year we all get what we need lord we've been waiting so long LAST DAY OF THE YEAR written by Reid Jamieson A toast to resolutions and regrets, Reid’s ode to new year’s eve is reprised from ‘The Unavoidable Truth’ as a bit of a midnight tango this time out. Time often spends itself with no concern for mental health. Care how you expend your wealth the last day of the year. Longing and looking back, major change there is no lack, of sacred blessings, heart attacks, the last day of the year. Three cheers it's coming closer, The new beginning You've been yearning. Forward, keep falling forward. The timing's right, you shouldn't fight it, just be delighted. Leave room for little doubt, a lesson's learned, a whisper shouted. Turn your mistakes inside out the last day of the year. Three cheers we made it this far, it's all brand new, this point of view. Heartstrings are played at midnight; they're picked apart, in tune or off key. It's clear can you see? Push hard with all your might. Our resolution starts tonight, to find out where self-pity hides. The last day of the year. The last night of the year. The last breath of the year.
SONGS FOR A WINTERS NIGHT – Reid Jamieson
Independent NOV 2012
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