The Current

by Jennis

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When long-time Toronto indie-scene bassist Jen Gillmor picked up the cello and joined forces with the newest creative incarnation of award-winning blues musician Dennis Gaumond, Jennis was born. The duo tickles ears with an uncommon sonic blend of vocals, electric, acoustic and resophonic guitars, custom-tuned harmonicas, cello, didgeridoo, flutes, jawharp and percussion.

Songs celebrate the mysteries and poignancies of life, rooted in a faith in peace and love as the highest powers. Their unusual rootsy sound is at times bluesy, at times funky, jazzy or folky, with a hint of exotic ethnic influences.

This is their debut album.

credits

released June 16, 2014

Dennis Gaumond: lead vocals, electric, acoustic and resophonic guitars, harmonica, native american flute, percussion

Jen Gillmor: cello, bass guitar, backing vocals, flute, didgeridoo, jaw harp

Tom Wolf: drum kit, djembe, bongos, congas, percussion

Vince Maccarone: all hand drums & shakers on "Never Been You"

Gary Diggins: Trumpet

Produced by Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor, 2014.

All songs written and arranged by Dennis Gaumond except “Take Me Some Time,” written by Dennis Gaumond and Dominic Di Gravio.

Cover painting by Dennis Gaumond www.whyislife.com.

Cover design by Jen Gillmor www.jengillmormusic.ca.

Photo of Den & Jen by Sandor Ajzenstat.

Recorded at Smith & Dragoman Studios, Guelph, ON.

Jen's parts recorded in her Toronto bedroom.

Drums recorded by Nik Tjelios at Eccodek Studios, Guelph, ON.

Mixed by Den & Jen.

Mastered by Noah Mintz at The Lacquer Channel.

Special thanks to:
Mike Dragoman, Gary Diggins, Tom Wolf, Vince Maccarone, Yuri Gorbachow, Enza Gaumond and Sandor Ajzenstat.

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When long-time Toronto indie-scene bassist Jen Gillmor picked up the cello and joined forces with the newest creative incarnation of award-winning blues musician Dennis Gaumond, Jennis was born. The duo tickles ears with an uncommon sonic blend of vocals, electric, acoustic and resophonic guitars, custom-tuned harmonicas, cello, didgeridoo, flutes, jawharp and percussion. ... more

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Track Name: I'm Not Here
I’M NOT HERE ANYMORE

I used to be here but then I just, vanished into thin air
I used to be here but now I can’t, find me anywhere

You’re knocking at my door, but I’m not here anymore,

I used to be here but now I’m gone, and I don’t know where I went
Please can you tell me have my messages, all been heaven sent

You’re knocking at my door, but I’m not here anymore,
What are you looking for? I’m not here anymore

The picture right before my eyes is pixilating
The dots are swirling all around till the picture comes undone
It won’t be long and now’s the time for celebrating

The old world is dissolving, a new world has begun

Can’t find my voice for even one word, there’s no more to be said
I can’t be seen, I can’t be heard, it’s all hangin’ on by a thread

I used to be here but now I’m lost, I don’t think I’ll ever be found
The flood waters keep on rising, while I’m heading out for higher ground

This comedy of errors, is just a curtain call
Nothing is the way it is, and nothing stays the same
The humble ones will rise up, and the greedy ones will fall.
But right now I can’t remember my name

cuz I’m not here anymore….
Track Name: Closer To Me
Ninety-three million miles from here
That’s such a long, long way
I think I’ll pull you down much closer to me
To brighten up my day
My solar friend why must you be so far away
I’ll bring you closer with my will
And when you set in the evening please stay near
So I won’t ever feel that chill

Chorus:
I need you close to me
Warming me endlessly (2nd time – Charming me endlessly,)
So I can stay wild and free
Close to me always (x2)

Two hundred and forty thousand miles away
That’s quite a distance from here
My force of gravity will pull you from that cold place
Magnetically I’ll draw you near
My lunar princess let me sleep with you
Here in my bed I’ll stroke your face
And in the daytime please don’t go too far away
So I can always feel your grace
Track Name: Perfect Thing
Don’t bring no hatred, don’t bring no fear
You’ll just drive the vibe, straight away from here
Don’t bring no gossip, and no bigotry
Just bring that special thing to elevate me

Don’t bring no poison, to my paradise
Just bring some funky music, that’s my advice.

It’s the perfect thing to bring to my place
It’s the perfect thing to bring (X2)
Just bring me something from your sugar bowl
Your sweet sweet lovin’, will sooth my soul

Don’t need no attitude, no permanent frown
Just bring some soul food, so we can get down
Your negativity, is not welcome at my door
Your creativity, is more fun to explore
Please bring your magic mix, and that twinkle in your eye
And don’t forget your bag of tricks, and let’s get high

Where do you come from, such a long time ago
Where are you going to, don’t you want to know
When you look in the mirror, down deep in your eyes
Can you see the golden wings, underneath your disguise?
There are no imposters in my paradise
Just bring your true true self, that would be nice
Track Name: Wind In My Hair
I’M A GYPSY MAN, AND I CAN’T STAY HERE LONG
WITH A BRAND NEW PLAN, AND I WON’T BE HERE LONG
I LIVE MY LIFE, JUST LIKE A ROCK AND ROLL SONG

I’VE GOT THE WIND IN MY HAIR (X3)

AND I’M HEADED OUT SOMEWHERE TO FIND MY BABY

COME ON BABY LET ME BE YOUR GYPSY MAN
WE CAN STEAL AWAY WHILE THE MOONLIGHT FLOODS THE LAND
I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BABY IN THE BACK OF MY CARAVAN

I’VE ….HAIR (X3)
YEAH BUT I AIN’T GOIN NOWHERE WITHOUT MY BABY

MY NORTHERN BELLE SHE CAST A SPELL ON ME
WITH LOVE LIKE A VEIL TILL I CAN’T HARDLY SEE
NOW MY ROCK & ROLL SONG IS JUST A DISTANT MEMORY

I HAD THE…HAIR (X3)
NOW I CAN’T GO NOWHERE WITHOUT MY BABY
Track Name: Eyes Wide Open
EYES WIDE OPEN

If a Mac truck hit me I could safely say
I have had a good life I have had my way
If I find myself standing at the Pearly Gates
Won’t be a moment too soon, not a moment too late
When it’s my turn to go there’s one thing I’m hopin’
I’d like to make the journey with my eyes wide open.

As long as I can sing and play some twangy tune
I know rigor mortis won’t set in too soon
I’d like to smell the roses and I’ll tell you why
I’d like to go on living till the day I die
When it’s my turn to go there’s one thing I’m hopin’
I’d like to make the journey with my eyes wide open.

Whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s day or night
Whether it’s happy or sad, whether it’s black or white
No matter what awaits me, no matter what I find
I just don’t want to go there blind.
Track Name: You Know What I Need
You know what I like babe, you know what I need
You know what I want babe you know what I need

I need somebody who can show myself to me
So very gently while she loves me tenderly

I love it baby when you fly me to the moon
And feed me humble pie with a silver spoon

You know me from the inside out
You love me when I’m happy, love me when I’m blue
You hear what I’m talking about
I trust your intuition, I trust your heart is true
You see me as a beam of light, but you love my dark side too