Track Listing

 

  1. Last Day Of The Year
  2. Grass & Dirt
  3. Holding Out (3:07) (w/ Sarah Harmer) *
  4. The Unavoidable Truth ***
  5. Another Kind Of Man **
  6. Starting To Learn
  7. The Sum Of Your Parts
  8. Common Problems **
  9. Paperback Fantasy
  10. End Of The World Small Talk
  11. Orange & Red *

 

 

 

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The Unavoidable Truth
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"Neither derivative nor nostalgic...The Unavoidable Truth, is a work of elegant, understated beauty that juggles elements of plaintive folk, rock and countrified pop while enveloping the listener in the atmospheric glow of his soulful vocals."
- Paste Magazine (4 to Watch)

 

 

"Jamieson's songs are unabashedly crisp (take that, Bonnie Prince!), drenched in wistful piano/guitar melodies, and centered on his satin whisper."
- CNet.com

 

'Well-constructed pop treasures that rival Glenn Tilbrook's compositional prowess and the emotionally potent presentation of Jeff Buckley...gorgeous, unbridled voice beams thoughtful lyrics over a vintage country-inspired band.'
- MilesOfMusic.com

 

'Toronto boy kicks Josh Rouse’s ass crooning indie-soul-country classics all of his own making...your life will be better with this music in it.'
- Americana UK

 

'More than just another promising upstart...rootsy, mellow and honey-sweet.' - Toronto Life

 

'Songwriting smarts and Beatle-bounce share space with the camper waltz-tempo tunes and make for music of many moods....a sweet and short disc of warm tunes and fine singing and arrangements. Lovers of classic quality should acquire without hesitation.
- Comes With A Smile - UK

'Sweetly articulate storytelling melodies...and what a band! Name-dropping aside, The Unavoidable Truth is an engaging listen that provides head-turning moments...Jamieson’s talent becomes more and more apparent with each new effort.'
- Chart Attack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scThe Unavoidable Truth

Reid Jamieson

 

Independent 2004


A full band experience with some very special guests.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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This second full solo album showcases Reid's choirboy ways, therapeutic lyrics and alt-country-flavoured pop hooks. The Unavoidable Truth was recorded in Guelph, Ontario with the legendary Lewis Melville and producer Josh Finlayson (Gord Downie, Skydiggers) featuring the stellar talents of Sarah Harmer, Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco), Peter Elkas, John Southworth, Jayme Stone, the lovely Mia Sheard and more. Piano, banjo, accordion and pedal steel make for a robust recording. His stylized guitar playing and breathtaking harmonies will do wonders for the long drive to the cottage. Let the truth set you free...


 

CREDITS

 

All songs by Reid Jamieson. SOCAN 2004.

Except * by Josh Finlayson & Reid, ** by Carolyn V. Mill & Reid,

*** by Josh, CVM & Reid.

Produced by Josh Finlayson. All bed tracks Recorded by Lewis Melville at the Sound Emporium in Guelph, Ontario. Except 'Starting To Learn' Recorded in The Baby's Room & Produced by Carlos Gouveia. All lead vocals and instrumental overdubs recorded by Reid at Elmarush Music in Toronto. All background vocals recorded by Reid in the Baby's room, Toronto. All tracks mixed at the Sound Emporium, by Lewis Melville.

Mastered at Umbrella Sound by Greg O'Shea.

Executive Producer, CD artwork, Web Site Design & Management: Carolyn Victoria Mill. Photography: Jason Raposo.

 

oacThis recording would not have been possible without the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

 

 


Lyrics / Players

 

1. Last Day Of The Year (2:48)


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.
-
Written by Reid Jamieson
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic guitar
Michael Johnston: Piano - Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar
Dave Clark: Drums - Karen Graves: Violin
Dave Celia: B/G vocal

 


 

2. Grass & Dirt (2:20)


I'm not used to the sun.
I'm not used to the grass and dirt.
When I'm covered by all these things.
You may hear that my heart it sings.
Not a word but a sound,
not a thought but a feeling deep.
No concern for the lack of walls.
Or a ceiling to stop this warm air.
Rising, feelings come, clear your mind.
Share your thoughts, and I will share mine.
I'm not used to a life
where the truth isn't hard to say.
Until now its come and gone
like a heart beating next to mine.
In the dark, in the light, (in the dawn, in the night).
In the days, in the weeks ahead.
I'll be waiting for you, And together
we'll make some sense of time,
All our disasters fade. Fear not.
Share your thoughts.
And I will share my love
-
Written by Reid Jamieson
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic/electric guitar
Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar - Dave Clark: Drums
Jayme Stone: Banjo - Bob Egan: Pedal steel guitar
Mia Sheard: B/G vocal - CVM: B/G Vocal

 


 

3. Holding Out (3:07)


You called to reconcile.
The time that's passed us by again.
Although I'm not on trial.
I've missed your laughing smile.
The years have been unkind.
The loneliness of being wrong.
And with this loss of time.
A voice broke into song...
If holding out means no one wins.
Then hanging on is where we'll begin again.
This sorrow weighs me down.
The loss of friends, the loss of life.
Can it be turned around?
Can we make good in time?
If holding out means no one wins
Then hanging on is where we'll begin.
The love we gave, the faith we lost.
In time we'll learn how much it cost us.
Now.
If leaving is all we have.
I'd go given half the chance
Only to run right out of room...
-
Written by Reid Jamieson & Josh Finlayson
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic guitar
Michael Johnston: Piano, organ
Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar, electric guitar
Dave Clark: Drums - Bob Egan: Pedal steel guitar
Sarah Harmer: B/G vocal

 


 

4. The Unavoidable Truth (3:23)


I've been hearing voices speak inside my head
for years on end.
Calling out the right and wrong, the black and white,
the where and when.
All my fear and insecurity take over me.
Decide on this; decide on that, the voices ask.
Let the obvious through.
Let it soak your conscience and make aware.
The unavoidable truth
will be waiting for you.
No matter when or where you wake up.
Don't discourage all your past regrets
but keep them at your side.
Wishful thinking never ceases to amaze
and hypnotize.
All the weight can spread out evenly
and set you free.
Before the chance is gone for good,
don't hold your breath.
Let the obvious through,
When the only option is running from
the unavoidable truth.
Will be waiting for you
no matter when or where you wake up.
We live our lives like they may never end.
As the feelings deep down are crying out
let the moment begin.
To become your savior and be you're self:
Mean whatever you say.
You'll be left surrounded, supported by
the unavoidable truth.
Will been waiting for you
through thick and thin.
Through love and sin,
no matter when or where you wake up.
-
Written by Reid Jamieson, Carolyn V. Mill
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic/electric guitar
Michael Johnston: Piano - Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar
Dave Clark: Drums - Bob Egan: Pedal steel guitar
Mia Sheard: B/G vocal- Dave Celia: B/G vocal
Jayme Stone: Banjo

 


 

5. Another Kind Of Man (3:04)


Memories set in stone for years.
Chisel out the minerals of morals buried deep.
Unlearning takes a yearning heart.
Perfect is a feeling that I hope to give to you.
So open up your wounds to me,
challenging as it may be.
I'll be trying harder than I ever have before.
Put to rest your weathered fears,
clean the dirt with honest tears.
Build together trust,
I'll show you what I am, I can.
Another kind of man.
You deserve what's never been,
a spirit bursting at the seams.
Listening and learning in the
language that you know.
Growing up but not inside,
the fate of common man.
In spite of this I'll show you something.
That I hope you'll understand.
Another kind of man.
Another kind of man
-
Written by Reid Jamieson & Carolyn V. Mill
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic/electric guitar
Michael Johnston: Piano - Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar
Dave Clark: Drums - Mia Sheard: B/G vocal
Karen Graves: Violin - Kevin Manaugh: Electric guitar

 


 

6. Starting To Learn (2:58)


Tell me, how to understand it.
Feelings, that come to stay sometimes inside.
The places I never seem to know enough about.
But I'm starting to learn somehow.

Fail me, it wouldn't be the first time.
Promises turned into maybe knots.
But the knowledge that maybe it's not under my control. And I'm starting to learn somehow.

Anything stings my heart, in wintertime, or anytime. Pardon my shameless words.
They speak what seems to be true.
Now how could it be true?
Where is the proof?
It's under our control. It's under our...

Tell me how you felt before I.
Let my heart bleed onto your path again.
Cause I've been waiting, what seems forever,
Time and I have fought.
But I'm starting to learn somehow
To learn somehow. To learn...
-
Written by Reid Jamieson
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic guitar
(also available on The Noise In My Chest EP 2003)

 


 

7. The Sum Of Your Parts (3:43)


I've been shining the flashlight of doubt,
Been hiding my questions all in the dark.
The batteries are almost used up,
I'm anxious for daylight to come.
And burn away the night's despair.
Grow fairytales from dark nightmares.
Woken up by the sound of your voice.
Woken up by the wisdom you proudly share.
Selfless and selfish at once.
All the needs, all the wants, all the cares.
I'm lazy but I'm learning how to let go of my tongue.
And tell you how…
I've been adding up the sum of your parts.
And the total is a full flavored heart.
And I'm ready now to take on the world.
It's simple now a boy and girl.
I'm sorry that it's taken years,
But aren't their years to come?
To tell you how...
I've been adding up the sum of your parts.
And the total is a good place to start.
And I'm ready now to take on the world.
It's simple now a boy and girl
make all the pleasure in the world.
Turn all your worries into plans
and never let go of my hand.
-
Written by Reid Jamieson
RJ: Lead/B/G vocals and acoustic/electric guitar
Michael: Piano - Josh: Bass - Dave: Drums/percussion
Jayme Stone: Banjo - Sarah Mcelcheran: Trumpet - Pete Elkas: B/G vocal




8. Common Problems (3:11)


We spend ourselves learning to speak.
The silent movie of the weak.
A quiet tongue betrays, belies,
and grows in size.
Have patterns melted all the words
so often said but rarely heard.
The inner wealth, the outer shell,
to break this spell we change ourselves.

Throw away all your defenses.
Talk them out these common problems.
Tear them down these walls and fences.
Smaller than you think they are.

You can't belittle the unknown,
a work of art without a home.
Habits in place, a mood enslaved,
a passive face...
And stubborn pride will always fail
and lead to silence untold tales.
Believe the smallest words can change,
Turn blinded ways to brighter days.
Throw away all your defenses.
Talk them out these common problems.
Tear them down these walls and fences.
Smaller than you think they are.
Half as anguished and half as far.
A shared disaster teaches when
an open mind and mouth begin.
-
Written by Reid Jamieson & Carolyn V. Mill
RJ: Lead vocal, B/G vocal and acoustic guitar
Michael: Piano - Josh: Bass - Dave: Drums - Mia: B/G vocal
Sarah Mcelcheran: Trumpet - Bob Egan: Pedal Steel


 

9. Paperback Fantasy (3:45)


Here is a story that I used to know.
It's filled with a sorrow but will rise above
any ill feelings.
It started and ended and it taught me well.
How many pages went by wishing they.
Were not unconscious or unclear,
I lost my count.
All this truth, just a fairytale in paperback.
I'll speak to you slowly, I'll pronounce my doubts.
Listen for hopefulness in the grammar
and proofread my folly.
Tenderly press back on my dog-eared page.
Words can only hope.
To express the ageless wisdom printed on my face,
It's hidden well.
All this truth, just a fairytale. In paperback.
So you can fit it in your pocket.
Where did I lose you? Maybe chapter one?
It's only in hindsight.
Should have kept our reading glasses on.
The pages blur. We lost our count.
All this truth. Just a fairytale. In paperback.
So you can fit it in your pocket,
Change the picture in your locket.
The ending came and made no sense at all.
That was a story, that I used to love.
-
Written by Reid Jamieson
RJ, Lead vocal and acoustic/electric guitar
Michael, Piano, accordion - Josh, Bass Dave, Drums
Jayme Stone, Banjo - Karen Graves, Violin - Mia, B/G vocal


 

10. End Of The World Small Talk (1:53)


A crowded room, a crowded head,
Amidst the frowns I smile instead,
But no one understands what I say

It may be black, it could be blue,
It may come from the heart of you,
But no one understands what you say

Please don't ignore your pain,
Please put it on your face,
so I can kiss it away

I don't know you very well,
But you've got secrets I can tell,
Your eyes are searching for an exit

All the treasure in the world,
Couldn't keep your flag unfurled,
And we're still standing in the darkness

Please don't ignore your pain,
Please put it on your face, so I can kiss it ,
So I can kiss it, so I can kiss it away
-
Written by Reid Jamieson
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic guitar
Michael Johnston: Piano - Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar
Dave Clark: Drums - John Southworth: B/G vocal
Mia Sheard: B/G vocal - Jayme Stone: Banjo

 


 

11. Orange & Red (3:00) (for Poppy)

 

With orange and red in the sky,
And the coming of the night,
You were standing
In your Sunday best,
Leave all your worries for the rest
Of this small town
That's big enough to fit all your troubled times
When your struggling is done,
Will you meet me over by the river?
That runs behind your home,
The one I grew up always knowing
Would protect me
Moonlit backyard fire,
And the laughter of the night
Taken for granted
I never got to say that I felt your love
Though no words were there,
I hope understanding reached you somehow
You remind me of someone from 1951
I hear them singing
In my head, my heart, I hope to never be apart
From this feeling
That you brought to the world,
Such a gentle way
And a family who loved
You till the very last day you had
-
Written by Reid Jamieson & Josh Finlayson
RJ: Lead vocal and acoustic guitar
Michael Johnston: Piano - Josh Finlayson: Bass guitar
Dave Clark: Drums - Jayme Stone: Banjo - Gilbert Jamieson: B/G vocal

 

 


 Thank you

 

Love & Thanks to: CVM, Molly Johnson, Carlos Gouveia, Lewis Melville & Tannis Slimmon, Josh Finlayson & Family, Dave Clark, Andy Maize, Michael Johnston, Earl Rosen, All the amazing folks at the Rivoli, the fine crew at MapleMusic, Davis, Daddy-O & Willy, Mumsy & the Mill girls, David Celia, Jason Raposo, Greg O'Shea, my peeps at Chapters, Keiko Ota, Lori Cullen, Kurt Swinghammer, Paul Thorpe, Rhonda Batson, Lois Gehan, Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie, Kerry Doole, Hillside, Boy & Jay, Hazlon, El Hausners, Midtown Repro, 'Uncle' Nick Lowe & Juniper. A round of applause for all the talented Artists who appear on this album, and to kind audiences everywhere, thank you for listening. Generous support from the Ontario Arts Council made this and many other fine recordings possible and I am grateful. Making music makes me happy.