The Mirror

by Jennis

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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
2.
Go Viral 04:56
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
3.
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
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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.
5.
Wide Awake 04:23
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
6.
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……
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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…..
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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:
9.
Family Tree 04:28
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
10.
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
11.
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
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Mountaintop 04:51
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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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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