Portraits

by Brett Wildeman

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Portraits
Derived from. mid 16th century: from French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French portraire 'portray'

Portraits Promo Video: youtu.be/FNyf8aHpiWY

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released March 20, 2012

Produced by James Law & Brett Wildeman
Engineered & Mixed by James Law
All songs written by Brett Wildeman
Recorded at Cedarside Studios, Roberts Creek, BC
Mastered by CPS Mastering

Brett Wildeman: Vocals, acoustic guitar, & percussion
Tegan Ceshi-Smith: Vocals, violin, & cello
James Law: Percussion & bass
Graeme McGillivray: Electric guitar, lapsteel, & vocals
Chelsea Sleep: Cello

Additional Vocals:
Julie Wildeman | Claire McGillivray | Jessica Stephens-Whale


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℗©2012 Brett Wildeman (SOCAN)

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Brett Wildeman is a guitar strumming, nature loving musician and cyclist who shares his passion for music and the environment through his unique projects and creative initiatives.

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Track Name: Midnight Snack
So dark outside no windows to look through
Grey hair grows like the pupils of a few
Bag lady sleeps in the booth with a view
Company is company no right to refuse


Be who you are, be who you are being
Be who you are, be who you are being
Be who you are be you you are be who you are being
Be who you are be you you are be who you are being

The alcohol rolls in as the wallets roll out
Changing piling up, a sum an amount
Four blood shot eyes cannot count this count
Oven streamed bread screams, begin to shout

Get home safe tonight he says to me
Don't forget who you are and where you want to be
Even stars at night are constrained by gravity
So be who you are, be who you are to me
Be who you are, be who you are to me
Be who you are, be who you are to me
Be who you are, be who you are to me
Track Name: October 25th
Lost two girls to their families
Where is my family tree
The army has disappeared
Allies sent running in fear

Who am I, not one to judge
Who am I, just looking for some love

Clouds so low the blue in the sky can be felt
Feel it out, feel it now
Rain so pure, a saline cry
Do or die, and some die to do

Others loose themselves, try to find themselves
Others find themselves, when loosing someone else

My lady is gone, but I love her
And she loves me so
Track Name: 1 Year Pass
This feeling inside of me
Grows like a cancer
Won’t flicker in the wind
Like the flame of a candle
Never fading out
Yet provides no answers to me, this time
We must return to that land
Where we can be free

Just breathe with me, take another breath
I feel like we have just started, and got so much left
Gas tank may be running low, but we can get by on petty theft
Money doesn’t even really matter any more

Lets take this train
Through the morning rain
Until the sun rises over those hills
Not count lumber mills
Just barbeque grills
Where hopeless sheep are
Waiting to be killed
Chickens may flock with a squawk
Asking questions to one another
Wondering what this weather is going to bring
As cows begin to sing

Just breathe with me, take another breath
I feel like we have just started, and got so much left
Gas tank may be running low, but we can get by on petty theft
Money doesn’t even really matter any more

Freshly ground coffee is a brewing, and in this democracy
I have the right to choosing you
Pour a cup let it sit a little
You are the string to my fiddle
Question to life’s every day riddles
Pop a question like a birthday balloon
I promise we will be together soon
When that plane lands,
Everything has gone as planned, but it never did
Track Name: Old Woman's Mind
Where does time go in this world
Living on the west coast as a small town Albertan girl
Life is an upstream battle, in cold dark waters
South from the Columbia
Where the caribou where once slaughtered
Here I stand now, for the past sixty odd years
The number is not important, no I came here with many a fear
No one spoken to, no eye contact made
Fresh off the west bound Grey Hound, a few dollars saved
Dreamed of heading out west, with a close companion of mine
Packed our bags to Vancouver
It was myself I was trying to find

The snow dust circles, the memories of late
Wondering down this vineyard path of fate
So take my hand, lets walk with ease
Do the same tomorrow, whatever I may please

Where does time go in this world
Living on the west coast as a small town Albertan girl
Time has no substance, the present equates to the past
Eating food substance, the preservatives will make me last
The smoke in the air comes, and it never seems to clear
While my family come and go, they come and go
Always seemingly to disappear
These people they come, never knowing what they want
Pill pockets are stacking up, creating shadows that do haunt
Here I stand now, in my rocking chair I do rock
Peering out the window of this fourth floor apartment
As the grandfather clock clocks

My old woman's mind
Its got me lost
And I am searching for time
Track Name: Roosters on Red
When pain is out of reach and difficult to grasp
Looking upwards gripping onto that flask
No one surrounds you except a sea of black
Never feels to late, the sails have past
An ocean of struggles, a sea of tasks
Stacking up like dominoes of Halloween masks
No more sugar highs, its all downhill from now
No longer in Edmonton, no sidewalks to plow
Moments on White seem like a distant time
When tree transplants roots unwind
Thoughts will think and thoughts will dwell
Bartender shouts last call on the ocean swell

Fade away, fade a little now
Into the darkness shade of grey

Dogs may run, cats may scurry
Under night fall rats will bury
Heads in the ground wondering down the hall
Animals in white sketched onto the wall
Words painted in blue, red and yellow
Phases turn into screams no conversation is mellow
Complicated dialogue and over dilute salutations
Car stuck in reverse, headed to the station
Time is of essence, every breath is a test of patience
Conductor yells last call, no more hesitation

Home, home, home
I want to go home, home, home

In a small town between two hills
There are some bushes that will pay the bills
The dogs have not been fed for a while
Never got to adopt a small african child
The snow sounds silent, like nothing at all
Floors are clean with artwork on the wall
The wind in this windowless room hits the face like a whip
Your the lone passenger on this soul seeking grave ship

Home, home, home
I want to go home, home, home