The Mirror

by Jennis

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The sophomore album from Jennis is called The Mirror. It is a collection of original songs, except for a ‘Jennisized’ version of a Bob Marley song – Get Up, Stand Up. They contain elements of blues, jazz, reggae, rock and exotic/world textures, which are typical of Jennis. Generally, the new songs are a bit punchier than the first album, with Jen on cello, didgeridoo, bass, flute and vocals, and Dennis on vocals, guitars, dobro and harmonica. The Mirror includes contributions from guest artists such as Cécille Doo-Kingué on guitar (track 10), Tannis Slimmon and Shannon Kingsbury on back-up vocals, Tom Wolf on drums and percussion, Oisin Hannigan on bodhrán (track 9) and Chris Dahmer on organ and accordion.

Lyrically, the songs address a variety of topics. The title song, Sneak Past the Mirror, is about how we all feel like youngsters until we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror. You Never Know is about how we can’t predict the future, but it is also about how knowledge itself is an elusive butterfly that is beyond our grasp. Too Much Stuff is a playful commentary on consumerism. Other songs contain social comment, spiritual observations and acknowledgement of reality’s all-pervasive underpinning of love. The general tone of the lyrics is thoughtful but light-hearted, inviting the listener to ‘look in the mirror’ and to take inventory of what is truly important in life.

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released October 4, 2019

Recorded by Brian Hewsonat Escarpment Sound, Belwood, ON and at Jennisound, Guelph & Toronto, ONby Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor

Tracks 12 and 13 recorded live by Gabe Etele at The Artword Artbar, Hamilton, ON

Produced by Jennis
Mixed by Dean Drouillard
Mastered by Jeff Elliott
Graphic and Web Design by Jennifer Gillmor

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Jennis Toronto, Ontario

Jennis (Dennis Gaumond & Jen Gillmor) delivers more sound, variety and fun than one would think could fit into a single touring vehicle. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. Their sound is bluesy, at times funky, jazzy or folky, with a hint of exotic ethnic influences. ... more

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Track Name: You Never Know
YOU NEVER KNOW

You never know what fortune will befall you
Or what turn of events might enthrall you
chorus: You never really know, no you never know, you never know

You never know what’s just around the bend, so just enjoy the show
It could be the beginning, it could be the end, man you never know
Seems like everything we hear is so unclear and misunderstood
But when it’s all said and done in the long run, I think it’s all good
chorus: You never really know, no you never know, you never know

Knowledge is something that we cannot achieve, nothing’s airtight
There’s so much that we can’t perceive because it’s out of sight
The real deal is beyond our grasp because we’re just too dense
But everything is beautiful, even if it’s ugly and it makes no sense.
chorus: You never really know, no you never know, you never know

bridge: The Cheshire Cat is grinning, everything is unstable
The Akashic record is spinning on our turntable
And yet we still don’t know what is false or what is true
But the moral of the story is “Don’t be blue.”

‘Cause nothing is for certain, this might be the final curtain, come and take a bow
Or, we could be in space cars, headed for the stars any day now
Living with the mystery is okay with me, in fact I like it that way
‘Cause what a boring game if it all stays the same each and every day
chorus: You never really know, no you never know, you never know
Track Name: Go Viral
GO VIRAL

Jesus tried to tell us, yes and Einstein too
All we need is love, that’s what the Walrus knew
Ans Martin had a dream, but so did Hitler and Genghis Khan
Tyrants come and go, but still we carry on

chorus
Everything is changing in the universe
Things are getting better, things are getting worse
Maybe it’s a blessing, maybe it’s a curse
Everything is changing in the universe

It’s just another chapter, in the physical realm
Don’t worry ‘bout the new guy, don’t let it overwhelm
“Cause progress is progressing, here in the physical realm
Even though this spaceship, has a fool at the helm

chorus

And if we still can’t see our own reflection – in the mirror
Soon will come a time when we will understand
That we are perfect in our imperfection – it’s getting nearer
And someday we will make it to the promised land

We will always be computing, till the end of time
This is a video we’re shooting, with our collective mind
And soon it will go viral, if it’s our intention
So hang on while we spiral, into a new dimension

chorus
Track Name: Misunderstanding
MISUNDERSTANDING

You better be prepared for the day when you find that magic lamp
You don’t want to blow that opportunity
And when that genie asks for your wishes, you better know what to say
You don’t want to blow that opportunity

If I were you I’d write it all down right here and now
I’d write it on a piece of paper
If I were you I’d work right through the night till I got it right, made it airtight
I’d establish every detail, till it couldn’t fail

‘Cause when the time comes
You don’t want no misunderstanding

You better be prepared for the day when that spaceship takes you away
You don’t want to blow that opportunity
And when those aliens question you, you better know what to say
You don’t want to blow that opportunity

If I were you I’d work out every line well ahead of time
You don’t want to be tongue-tied, after such a ride
And when you represent the human race will you try to save face,
Find a saving grace – or will you ‘fess up all the bad stuff?

Will you be loud and proud, will you be loud and proud,
Will you be loud and proud, or will you be ashamed?

‘Cause when the time comes
You don’t want no misunderstanding
Track Name: Sneak Past The Mirror
SNEAK PAST THE MIRROR


I feel like a youngster, like I’m still in the race
Like all my body parts are, still in the same place
And I sneak past the mirror, so I won’t have to see my face
So I won’t be reminded that my life is flying by at such a pace.

The beginning has ended, and the end is beginning
In the salt and pepper contest, the salt is winning
And I sneak past the mirror, so I won’t have to see
That guy with the crow’s feet and the chrome-dome, that can’t be me.

The future never gets here, as it’s about to arrive
It becomes the past and I, realize that I’ve
Tiptoed past the mirror, so I don’t have to face my fear
So I won’t be reminded, that fateful day is drawing near

They say that time flies, when you’re having fun
But please don’t fly too far, ‘cause my fun has just begun
As I walk past the mirror, I stop and look me in the eye
‘Cause that young boy he’s still in there and he will never die
We will never die.
Track Name: Wide Awake
WIDE AWAKE

Hey Mr. Hollywood superfly, do you know who you’re really employed by?
The stories you tell have got nothing to say
Another shoot-em-up messiah come to save the day

Hey Mr. Anchorman, give it a rest
Must you read all the crap that lands on your desk
Are you an agent for the bureau of lies, trying to pull the wool over our eyes

Chorus: We used to be sound asleep, but now we’re waking up
We used to be a flock of sheep, now we’re thinking for ourselves

Hey Mr. Politician bought and paid, we know the whole thing is just a big charade
Your military power won’t pass the test
Compared to the force beating in our chest

Hey Mr. Bankster, hero of the chosen few
This feast is for everyone not just for you
Hey Mr. Fatcat give us a break, must you eat the entire cake

Now that we’re no longer comatose, now that the fog is lifting
Can we avoid this overdose, now that the world is shifting
Track Name: Too Much Stuff
TOO MUCH STUFF

Too much traffic, I’m getting psychopathic
There’s too many signs man I cannot see the sky
I need more income, I gotta get some
Man there’s too many things to buy
chorus: There’s too much stuff, well that’s enough, there’s too much stuff.

Too many gimcracks, too many knickknacks
They don’t do nothing man but sit up on the shelf
We keep on buying, even though they’re lying
I just can’t control myself.
chorus: There’s too much stuff, well that’s enough, there’s too much stuff.

There’s too much flash, there’s too much trash
What will we do with all those glossy magazines
Too much plastic, it’s getting drastic
There’s too much crap up on those TV screens.
chorus: There’s too much stuff, well that’s enough, there’s too much stuff.

Too many cell-phones, too many ringtones
All these devises, man it’s a crisis
Too much profiteering, too much interfering
Too many shopping malls, too many Barbie dolls
Too much religion, too much division
Too many casinos, and crappafrappacheenos
Too many lawns, and teflon dons……
Track Name: Prison For Myself
PRISON FOR MYSELF

I’ll build a prison for myself, So I don’t have to think and I don’t have to see
I’ll throw my ass in jail in a cell made of nothing but stupidity
Yes I’ll convince myself, that it’s just what I need, it’s really what’s best for me.

It might be a prescription, a total contradiction,
A self-imposed restriction, it might be an addiction,
Might be a whole lotta stuff to own, that I can pay for all the rest of my days
To stay stuck here in this twilight zone, there are so many different ways

To build a prison for myself, So I don’t have to think and I don’t have to see
I’ll throw my ass in jail in a cell made of nothing but stupidity
Yes I’ll convince myself, that it’s just what I need, it’s really what’s best for me.

It might be a holy book, a set of regulations
Or a cool and trendy look, or just procrastination
So that I never have to chase my dreams, I’ll never lose and I’ll never fail
In this Monopoly Game it seems, so much safer here in jail.

I’ll build a prison for myself, So I don’t have to think and I don’t have to see
I’ll throw my ass in jail in a cell made of nothing but stupidity
Yes I’ll convince myself, that it’s just what I need, it’s really what’s best for me.

I need material expansion, to fill my big beige McMansion
All the latest gadgetry, maybe that will set me free
I need some more distraction, can’t get no satisfaction
Whatever’s on the TV, Hollywood celebrities,
I need more & more & more…..
Track Name: There's Only Love
THERE’S ONLY LOVE

If I lose my eyesight, I could still play my old guitar
If I lose my ears, I could still paint a picture
And if I lose my life, I would not need to express myself anymore.

If I lose my hair, I would just grow more face
If I lose my legs, I guess I'd bum around the place
And if I lose my mind, I would no longer worry about anything.

chorus:

If I win, that's okay, If I lose, that's allright
Maybe I'll swim in the water, maybe I'll fly in the sky
This old world of illusion, is like sand in my eye
And when the outrage is finally over, and a new page is about to fall, underneath it all
There's only love.

If I lose my car keys, I guess I'll just have to walk
If I lose my appetite, I'd have much more time to talk
And if I lose my way, I'm pretty sure I will rediscover it someday.

chorus:
Track Name: Family Tree
FAMILY TREE

I was an Afro-American woman, on an indigo plantation
I was an Afro-American woman, in a previous incarnation
The times were brutally difficult, I had the blues running in my veins
Even after emancipation, we were still bound up in chains

I once was an Irish coal miner, trying to feed my family
I once was a young Lakota, till they killed me at Wounded Knee
And now, when I listen deeply, I can still hear the pounding of the drum
When I close my eyes I see traces, of the places that I come from

We are each other, I am you are me
My sister is my brother, The infinite family tree

I am a fractal, a small part of the whole
But also I am fundamental, and the universe is my soul
And you, you are a photon, a particle of light
Hurtling past tomorrow, on an timeless cosmic flight

We are each other, I am you are me
My sister is my brother, The infinite family tree
Track Name: Run With The Wolves
RUN WITH THE WOLVES

They were made from the same dirt, equal in every way
But when he tried to suppress her, she made her getaway
And now she runs with the wolves

She was a hot-blooded woman, with an appetite
So they said she was evil, a demon in the night
Because she runs with the wolves

So when you feel like the world is, about to swallow you
That’s when the spirit of Lillith, will be calling you
To come and run with the wolves

The only deity that they would see, was the father the son and the holy ghost
But then the sisters set themselves free, no longer tied to the whipping post

All you prisoners of dogma, and purveyors of nonsense
It’s time to put it all, in the past tense
It’s time to run with the wolves
Track Name: There In Your Bubble
THERE IN YOUR BUBBLE

I understand, you were surviving there in your bubble
And yes I get it, you were busy coping with all of your trouble
I know there’s not much room left on your shelf
With everything that you’ve been through
But when I’m feeling sorry for myself, silently I’ll ask of you

chorus:

What happened to that painting that I made for you
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it hanging on your wall
And do you know any of the words to even one of the songs I wrote
Sometimes it seems like you never really knew me at all

From where I am I can’t tell if you’re really trying
From where you are you can’t tell if I’m laughing or crying
So we can talk about the weather, or visit a distant memory
Whenever we get together, I’ll have to wonder silently

chorus

bridge:
you used to be my guiding light, my shelter from the raging storm
and even on the coldest night, you’d find a way to keep me warm
Track Name: Mountaintop
MOUNTAINTOP

I’m not close to death, I’m just a little short of breath
Standing on this mountaintop, looking out over my life
Sometimes it tickles like a feather, sometimes it cuts me like a knife

I’m not petrified with fear, the air is just a little thin up here
Standing on this mountaintop, looking out over my life
Sometimes it tickles like a feather, sometimes it cuts me like a knife

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