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Something I Said

by Jeannette Lambert

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1.
Something I Said Was it something I said to you an hour ago that makes you blue and stare at me so? a careless phrase from a glass of wine I held Was it something you heard from friends you've trusted before? A hint or two, a dress that I wore? A secret sight on a starlit night, so blue Could the something I said to you mean all the love you had is gone and here you are with words of so cold and eyes of steel. And everything I've done is lost Is there something I could do to hold the this love that we knew? a way to keep suspicions from you? A kind of spell I could cast so well on you
2.
Daydream in the Snow He said he never thought he'd see the sun again that every day he saw would dwindle into rain and everyone he knew would leave the minute he arrived He said he heard a voice that called him from afar that no one even knew what distant voices are and only he could see the dark of night before it came He said I'd never understand these little things I'd never the know the sorrow winter brought into his mind all the dreams he had before the sadness held him so And now I'm standing watching as he turns away I can't think how I'll make it through another day how all I've ever learnt seems like a daydream in the snow as he goes
3.
Another Winter The things that you've always held so dear have drifted the thoughts that had always been so clear have shifted now, as the snowfall hides the day you've forgotten what to say as his image fades away and the winter comes again calling you what could you do?
4.
Territoires de Pontaugas Thinking of yesterday when the wind cried hauntingly near you were gone, with a song whispered slow and long to me on the day you return I will wait for you with a breeze no one sees telling me of all you've done those missing hours alone if you ask how I am try to just understand how it was to know you were there with so much to do never listening to winter's wind
5.
Far From Home We never turned to look back at the port we had left no return we sailed away so far from home if we had we were bound to recall all the dreams we'd left behind so long ago as we turned with our eyes to the sea and the mist all alone, chilled to the bone, so far from home we saw land through the fog and the spray of the sea and that was when our lives began
6.
Until Today 04:51
Until Today I thought that summer light would never shine on any room of mine, no single ray till today I thought that I would always be alone romance could be unknown until today should I say? how can I be sure that you were really meant for me? I never planned to fall so swiftly into love but now I know there's nothing more to live for how could you do it all with such a smile in such a little while, I'll never know what made you come my way what made you stop and say you'd like to stay
7.
Was It Your Song Was it your song I heard on Sunday morning as the wind swept the leaves in a quiet breeze Was it your song that pulled me out of my gloom as I turned and I saw you alone in our room as the sirens outside rushed through the rainstorm and I ran just to see you but you never heard me was it your song I heard that tired Monday evening as I spilled all the wine from a crystal glass and your song I heard as I cried on my pillow an old letter beside me and your hand in mine
8.
Forget Me Not When every word has been spoken every silent thought has been announced you'll be standing so quiet and so heartbroken every word gone by when every smile has been given every hour has drifted past you'll be waiting, so tired ready to give in every tear asks why why I ever thought of parting with you why I held another, how was I so untrue?

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released April 15, 2021

Jeannette Lambert, voice
Reg Schwager, guitar
Jonathan Goldsmith, piano
Steve Lucas, bass
Michael White, trumpet
Perry White, saxophone
Michel Lambert, drums

Recorded January 18, 19, 1992
Studio 306
Recorded by Robert Cobban
Produced and mastered by Jeannette Lambert
Sequenced by Jérôme Lambert
Photos by Michel Lambert




Once upon a time, I used to sing in jazz clubs six or seven nights a week until the wee small hours of the morning. And then I’d pull myself together Monday mornings and head off to my day job in the pink collar ghetto

Anyway, I had a lot of trouble suspending my disbelief in my day job, utterly confused by why the universe wanted me locked to a desk all day long. I started to daydream of having a record label. It was what got me through the dramas of day to day and there were many.

And so I banded together with my husband Michel and my brother Reg and we started our music label, Jazz from Rant, making small runs of cassettes

I found this cassette back recently and I have been able to restore it to sound the way I wanted even then. It’s interesting as a recording because of the compositions it contains. I am proud of the collection of songs I gathered from the musicians. Writing lyrics for their songs was a fun creative project plus I even dared to include one of my own, Was It Your Song?

Not long after recording Something I Said I did leave my last day job, retiring into self-unemployment and never looking back. Two years later to the day exactly we recorded Ask Her and produced it as a compact disc, this crazy new format at the time. Little did we know what was in store for us next.

Visit my blog to learn more about this recording.
nette.ca/jeannette/2021/04/14/something-i-said/

Also why I prefer to sing music I have composed or co-authored:
nette.ca/jeannette/2021/06/27/documenting-jazz-online-conference/

Excerpt for a review at La Gazette Bleue: "... Le velours éclairé du guitariste élégant et inspiré, la douce folie intérieure qui déborde des peaux et bronzes sollicités par le toujours discret mais présent batteur/caresseur, que complètent magnifiquement des vents généreux, amoureux du beau et pas avares de belles histoires à raconter, une assise confortable du piano vagabond, une contrebasse toute en rondeur qui chaloupe, et, bien sûr, la voix claire de la fée Jeannette qui nous chantonne dans le creux de l’oreille des contes à ne pas dormir avant la fin, rien que pour nous ; une voix de grande petite fille plein de malice vaporeuse, de sourires gracieux et enchanteurs, avec une assurance et un placement qu’apporte le talent en devenir avec la certitude d’être sur la bonne voie, naturellement...."
Read the full review here: lagazettebleuedactionjazz.fr/jeannette-lambert-3

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Jeannette Lambert Montreal, Québec

Living creatively through jazz and intuition guides my life as a jazz singer and composer. As a Dutch-Indonesian immigrant raised in Northern Ontario, free jazz, sound poetry, and dreamwork allows me the greatest creative expression. My latest project, Genius Loci North, is instantly composed with my trio, Reg Schwager on guitar, Michel Lambert on drums and percussion. I live in Montreal, Quebec. ... more

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