Jonesey | Living in the Old West End

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Living in the Old West End

by Jonesey

This is music that crosses genres and generations. Eclectic, evocative vignettes of a time long ago, yet as fresh as yesterday's rain. From Brill Building pop and folk to hip hop and heavy metal, all tied together by a strong lyrical thread.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fi Pa Hi
2:31 $0.99
2. I'm a Keeper
4:05 $0.99
3. Bunkin' On Ladouceur
3:13 $0.99
4. St François
4:17 $0.99
5. Wellington Street
5:32 $0.99
6. A Band On Every Corner
3:11 $0.99
7. Butchie's Song
4:20 $0.99
8. Speak Right, What Is It?
5:21 $0.99
9. Working At the Beach Foundry
3:43 $0.99
10. Merton
2:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album tells a story of growing up in the old west end of Ottawa, Canada in the 1960s. It's a story told in words and in music. "Fi Pa Hi" is set in the early sixties and it bounces along like a rediscovered Brill Building pop tune. "I'm a Keeper" is all attitude, a young kid rapping about his exploits as a goal keeper in pewee hockey in the days of outdoor rinks, while "Bunkin' on Ladouceur" uses a vintage reggae groove to sing the praises of a winter street activity in the old neighbourhood. Why? Don't know, it just seems to work. "St François" is a montage that evokes the sounds and spirit of the massive church which dominates the old west end, and leads directly to the street wise blues of "Wellington Street". Straight on garage band rock and roll, like it would have been played in 1965, moves "A Band on Every Corner" along. A quieter folk rock elegiac recalls the memory of a lost friend, and reaches out to other lost souls in "Butchie's Song", built around a forty year old musical idea. Funk meets Hendrix meets Akon in "Speak Right , What Is it?", set in 1969, at the end of an era. "Working at the Beach Foundry" is appropriately delivered with a dark, heavy metal thud and the album ends on a wistful, bittersweet note as a new decade and a new chapter begins with "Merton". While intensely local and personal, the music nevertheless resonates across generations and locales. A debut album forty years in the making.



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