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Songs For A Winter's Night

by Reid Jamieson

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SENTIMENTAL SONG You know it's not my time of year Too many heartaches 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…
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Snow can wait, I forgot my mittens Wipe my nose, get my new boots on I get a little warm in my heart when I think of winter I put my hand in my father's glove I run off where the drifts get deeper Sleeping Beauty trips me with a frown I hear a voice, "You must learn to stand up For yourself 'cause I can't always be around" He says, when you gonna make up your mind? When you gonna love you as much as I do? When you gonna make up your mind? 'Cause things are gonna change so fast All the white horses are still in bed I tell you that I'll always want you near You say that things change, my dear Girls get discovered as winter melts Flowers competing for the sun Years go by and I'm here still waiting Withering where some snowman was Mirror, mirror, where's the crystal palace? But I only can see myself Skating around the truth who I am But I know, Dad, the ice is getting thin When you gonna make up your mind? When you gonna love you as much as I do? When you gonna make up your mind? 'Cause things are gonna change so fast All the white horses are still in bed I tell you that I'll always want you near You say that things change, my dear Hair is grey and the fires are burning So many dreams on the shelf You say I wanted you to be proud I always wanted that myself When you gonna make up your mind? When you gonna love you as much as I do? When you gonna make up your mind? 'Cause things are gonna change so fast All the white horses have gone ahead I tell you that I'll always want you near You say that things change, my dear Never change All the white horses aah-aah Mmm-mmm

about

‘Songs For A Winter's Night’ by Canadian singersongwriter Reid Jamieson is a selection of winter-themed songs especially chosen to warm your soul when nights grow cold. Reid takes a holiday from the usual well worn fare with a couple of festive new originals, plus interpretations of Bruce Cockburn, Nick Lowe, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Tori Amos (!) and a few special surprises. Reid sings every note, playing all instruments himself, with the exception of a couple of cameos by fellow Vancouverite Steve Dawson on banjo and slide. Recorded at home, all songs were chosen by Reid’s wife and musical partner Carolyn Victoria Mill, who also co-wrote two of the three original songs on the record. Together they have produced an easy pleasing gift for those with a passion for pure listening pleasure. They say no man is an island, but this particular one could pass for an entire choir when the spirit moves him. Lush vocal harmonies and spirited guitar playing herald what will likely become your new favourite Christmas collection.

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Tracks / Lyrics


1.Sentimental Song (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.


2.The Coldest Night Of The Year (Bruce Cockburn)

A tribute to Reid’s hometown (and one of Canada’s finest songwriters), in all its grey glory.


3.Snowbird (Gene MacLellan)

A bluegrass take on this classic Canadian gem.


4.Winter Time (Steve Miller Band)

The haunting refrain of this seventies selection makes the perfect soundtrack for the solstice. Note: the only other voice besides Reid’s on the entire record makes an appearance here with CVM on ‘So chill’.


5.Freezing (Nick Lowe)

A huge fan of Nick Lowe, it was with great pleasure that Reid took on this perfectly croon-able track, where he begs the listener to ‘come inside, into the warm’.


6.This Could Be The Year (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.


7.Song For A Winters Night (Gordon Lightfoot)

The record’s title track sums up the mood of an album meant for sharing with the ones you love, near or far.


8.Last Day Of The Year ~ Reprise (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.


9.Canadian Sunset (Eddie Heywood / Norman Gimbel)

A weekend in Whistler provides the back drop, while Reid reincarnates the rat pack in this doo-wop ditty about scoring smooches on the ski trail


10.Pretty Paper (Willie Nelson)

Willie Nelson had a huge effect on Reid growing up, and this song of his, made popular by another big inspiration – Roy Orbison – was a pleasure to record. It highlights the holiday season as seen by the man on the street, asking us to please take notice of those less fortunate.


11.Do They Know Its Xmas (Bob Geldof / Midge Ure)

In 1984 Band Aid made Christmas an incredibly generous global effort, in 2012 Reid revisits this tender tune


12.Winter (Tori Amos)


Not many of fellas would be so bold as to take on a Tori Amos tune, but this song’s exploration of loss and transitioning to adulthood fit Reid so very perfectly that it became part of him by the end of recording.

credits

released November 9, 2012

All vocals & instruments: Reid Jamieson*

Produced by: Carolyn Victoria Mill

Recorded & mixed by Reid Jamieson at home in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS

*except guitar and banjo on tracks 6 & 8: Steve Dawson.

Design & photo: CVM

Thank you to our Vinyl Cafe pals for the inspiration as usual.

Dedicated to Brenda & Vi Jamieson.

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Reid Jamieson Vancouver, British Columbia

“Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul” – Globe & Mail. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us. Known for appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café to recording with Cowboy Junkies, they shine with compelling originals, plus killer covers. The latest is a new original album ‘Me Daza’ recorded in Ireland, and with a timely tribute to John Lennon JOHN 20:20. ... more

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