MONTRÉAL

by Elizabeth Shepherd

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about

After 4 years of interviews with strangers around Montreal, Elizabeth found herself with countless stories, making up a "people's history" of the city she loves so much - which she then wove into a series of 11 original songs to make up her first bilingual album: MONTRÉAL.

Soulful, groovy, with a touch of electronica, the show is accompanied by a series of videos - a stylized journey of the places and people who inspired each song.

MONTRÉAL is Elizabeth's most ambitious project to date, reaffirming her originality as an artist.

credits

released February 9, 2019

Personnel:
Vocals - Elizabeth Shepherd
Keyboards / piano / samples / percussion (track 5) - Elizabeth Shepherd
Guitar - Francois Jalbert
Bass - Remi-Jean LeBlanc
Drums - Mark Nelson (tracks 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10), Rich Irwin (tracks 3, 4, 6,11)
Trumpet - Jacques Kuba-Seguin (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Andy King (track 4, 9)

Produced by Elizabeth Shepherd
All songs written, composed and arranged by Elizabeth Shepherd

All instrumental tracks recorded by Padraig Buttner-Schneirer at Studio 451, except tracks 3 & 4 recorded by James Benjamin at Breakglass Studio, and track 9 recorded by Howard Bilerman at Hotel2tango Studio
All vocal tracks recorded by John MacLean World Records Studio except track 3, recorded by James Benjamin at Breakglass Studio

Mixed by John MacLean at World Records Studio
Mastered by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound

Cover artwork by Gene Pendon
Album design by Johan Hultqvist (Pinwheel Music)
Photography by Richmond Lam

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Elizabeth Shepherd Montreal, Québec

"wholly unique style that blurs the boundaries
between jazz, R&B, pop, and hip hop" ~MOJO

“A jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility” -Real Detroit Weekly

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Track Name: Tio'tia:ke
Tiotia:ke

Pour l'appeler, faut dénouer
le fil de l'histoire rembombiner
Bien avant de l'habiter
c'était une terre façonnée
consacrée, cultivée 
défrichée, parfois divisée
baptisé par le feu sacré
dénommé Tiotia:ke


Homa
Jean Talon
The Point
Mile End

Le plateau
The ghetto
Le Village
Ville Marie

Verdun
Outremont
The Main
NDG

Park Ex
Chinatown
Ville Emard
Little Burgundy

Moniang, moniang
Dénommé Tio'tia:ke
Track Name: Reine du monde
Ce coeur qui bat si proche du mien
ce pouls nouveau qui t'appartient
ce corps qui prend forme, qui tire du mien
c'est tout; t'es tout

l'amour connu, mes joies vécues,
exaltation et temps suspendu,
bonheur fécond et peines perdues -
n'ont rien, n'ont rien


Mère et reine du monde, Marie des fresques
toi qui existe entre parenthèses
les tomes de femme, jamais racontées
ton histoire à toi, toujours éclipsée

ainsi soit-il
à jamais

Nous les reines du monde, on vous remerci
des status et fresques, du peu de place permis
la garantie du ciel - bien que gentil -
n'a rien sur cette terre, rien sur cette vie

Mon enfant, bien aimé -
en toi j'ai mis mon amour.

Mon sang coulé
mes larmes versées
mon corps étiré
volonté cédée,
mes jours rompus,
mes nuits volées,
n'ont rien, n'ont rien
car:
tout ce que j'ai connu de l'amour, ça vient de toi
Track Name: Suits and Ties
“And ... he said you always gotta make sure you have a 5$ in your pocket, or a 10$ in your pocket when you leave, and I said, “Why?”. They said “because the police would be out in the back in the alley, waiting for their payment.” He said, “And you paid them, or they beat you.”

Mommy's wardrobe - a treasure trove
that floral dress - and the way that it flows
dab of rouge on my cheek
straight to the mirror, steal a peek
high in these shoes, I'm wild and free
dancing beauty: this is me

Suits and ties, suits and ties - for propriety
suits and ties, suits and ties - put them all at ease
suits and ties, suits and ties - make him into a man
suits and ties, suits and ties - some things can't be planned

After work, down at 'Le Mystique'
loosened ties, but we're still discreet
he caught your eye, in a dusty mirror
then brushed your arm, cause it's safe in here
red lips spelling: "Are you new?"
you don't know your name, or what you're supposed to do...

Suits and ties, suits and ties ...
Track Name: The Terminal
Boys, we made it through these Depresssion times
but there's a new divide.
Things have changed here; nothing lasts long
the 22-month stint - well that's an era gone.

I've had your backs for years - but a "white-only" band?
Writing's on the wall now, so play you hearts out on that stand.

Can't help but keep this thing alive
you know I just can't help but keep this thing alive.
Can't help but keep this thing alive,
can't help but keep this thing alive.


25 years on, it's not a reed I use,
but a welding gun.
From bow ties to ballasts -
life's a terminal of a different kind

While the gigs are gone, my work isn't done;
there's the doorbell ringing - "time to play that scale with soul my son"

Can't help but keep this thing alive ...

Take this moment, live forever
Track Name: C'est le temps
C'est le temps qui enlève, et redonne,
qui guérit et pardonne,
qui se force et poussant, nous façonne

C'est à toi qu'on doit nos joies et ravages,
la loi singulière et sauvage
C'est le temps
le vrai guide du destin
qui nous prouve que la foi
ou la science n'ont rien
sur l'inévitable.
Le choix illusoire nous soutien
à travers le chaos, gravité et souffrance.

Et c'est toi qui nous offre
la joie de la quête,
le désir de comprendre,
l'envie de voir,
la sagesse et l'espoir,
la grâce.
C'est toi seul qui les donne
en mesure de ta somme.

C'est le temps.
Track Name: Our Lady
She's been his thing all her life
now closing in on 2 generations
The sweetest words that she heard
were the midwife saying: "love, it's a girl".

"This home makes me ill, this man makes me wild
this child is my salvation"...
It's taken months, but she's planned it well
her deliverance from this hell

Time's come now, don't turn back;
he's out, the bags are packed
Just hail that taxi cab -
you're shaking like a leaf - relief

New life, new song, new breath - gotta keep moving on
New child, fresh start, one chance - gotta keep moving on
He must know by now - gotta keep moving on
He's gotta know by now / he's gotta know ... know about my release.

The sun's high in the sky;
this day I'll memorize;
these faces on the street
know nothing of defeat.


"How did it start, how could you stay?"
you ask me time and again.
So let me put it back to you,
this question lay to rest -

you know that job you couldn't stand,
yet you showed up for years?
If it's so hard to leave your work,
how 'bout the home you've created?

And if I leave it all,
what if they don't believe,
and when I try to call
they send him after me?
Track Name: Jedlika
L'union fait la force tant qu'on n'la force pas
voila ce qui m'a forcé de partir
de la Sibérie je me retrouve dans le grand nord
avec ma guitare et le sourire

Wuand on aime son proche
les règles ne figurent pas
la rigidité puritaine,
me fera pas trahir la plus grande loi

Le dogme, j'en ai vecu - ça a l'air que j'en vis encore
quel destin coquin qui me poursuit
le vrai instinct d'aider ne connaît pas de bornes
la compassion c'est ma vie

C'est l'amour qui me fait vivre
Track Name: La boxe
De quel animal s'agit-il ici ce soir,
engourdi par son instinct batailleur?
Femme méfiantes se présentent tout autour
pour soigne l'infirme et apaiser le dieu.

Est-ce par amour propre ou honneur subtil;
par courage pur ou nature oublié?
Peu importe ce qui t'attire au feu -
c'est grace à la bête noble qu'on se reconnaît.

Ou c'est l'évasion ou la gêne notre plus grand défaut
qui nous fait oublier que tout se termine en k-o

On suit tes pas de près, mais toujours d'à côté
par peur de glisser dans tes empreintes.
Qu'est-ce qui nous mène donc à ainsi frôler
d'un écart certain de la mort, la fin?

Spectateurs divertis, on est témoins
de force brute, de nos ravages.
Rien - et tout - pour apprivoiser
un tel désordre, le grand inévitable.


Ou c'est l'évasion ou la gêne notre plus grand défaut
qui nous fait oublier que tout se termine en chaos
Track Name: Good Lord's Work
Sister, you do it in style
keeping them fueled for the extra mile
the world's cold but the service is hot
so dig in, then give it all you've got

We need hands, we need hearts
but most of all, we need food to start
Sidekick to the holy One
whose mysterious ways have just begun

Man don't live by bread alone
but the hunger makes the battle long
so when the war has got you down
wash your hands, then gather around

Heroes and saints all gotta stay fed
before preaching what the master said
he turned water into wine
I can dish up another kind of divine

Sister, you do it in style
keeping them fueled for the extra mile
the world's cold but the food is hot
so fill up, then give it all you've got

We need hands and hearts to fight
to keep the world in check tonight
your son's gone, but the work's begun
sidekick to the holy one

Can't bring back your Anthony
turn back time on Leslie
police still dose brutality
talking shit and walking free

But we show up day after day
show them it can't stay this way
and when you reach your end sit
at the table, friend.
Track Name: Beau voyage
Un beau voyage, mon bel enfant
où t'emporteront les vagues, le vent.
Je ne sais comment, ni le pourquoi
de ce qui t'attire vers l'au-delà.

D'un souffle doux, j'ai imploré
au Grand Esprit de me donner
un enfant, et tu le fus:
le soleil d'une planète perdue.

Et si lorsque tu y arrives
dépaysée, loin, et ivre
de solitude, dans ton silence
écoute l'oiseau, écoute le vent,

Regarde le ciel, regarde en bas
et dans les eaux, tu me verras -
mon regard tendre, triste, et fier
de ton voyage sur la grande terre
de tes pas doux, sur cette terre.

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