Stories from the Landscape

by Joseph Tennant

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Stories from the Landscape chronicles a long winter. As the outside cold begins to turn one bitter the beauty of a once gorgeous landscape becomes monotonous and the season becomes a prison sentence. The stories and songs represented in this album are meant to hold the hand of a listener through seasons of death and sorrow. These five quirky folk songs have the ability to transport the listener to a vastly different emotional landscape, shedding small rays of hope on the dark season of winter.
Stories from the Landscape is a salve for a bitter winter's day, a reminder that spring is on its way.

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released April 25, 2019

Recorded at Evergreen Sound - Calgary, Alberta

Guitars, Vocals, Banjo, and Harmonica - Joseph Tennant
Programming, Percussion, and Guitar on 5 - Mark Troyer
Accordion on 1 - Mike Little
Piano on 3 - Denis Baptista
Background Vocals on 5- Kearstin Pfeifer

Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Mark Troyer
Executive Producers: Mark Jonah, Denis Baptista & Stephen J Rendall
Mastered by Jeff Dykhouse at Jephtha Studios

Artwork & Design: Joseph Tennant

All songs written by Joseph Tennant

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Joseph Tennant Calgary, Alberta

Joseph Tennant is a songwriter and musician based in Calgary, Alberta. His music covers a wide variety of emotional landscapes, from deep melancholy to tongue-in-cheek humour. A defining feature of Joseph’s music is his ability to take the listener on a journey. With lyrics that are quirky, yet full of meaning, he invites listeners into each new tale. ... more

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Track Name: September 1st, Public Park
leaves dance with the sun instilling thoughts of hope
bubbling brook beside a traveller with no home
i’m breathing, beholding, solitude
september first, public park, i’m wandering within

winds brush past my face as if to whisper news
clouds above my head begin to change their hues
i’m pondering, pervaded, restlessness
scrambling, frantically, a labyrinth within

autumn’s thinning air announces winter’s birth
the future’s mind is blank and past’s remains a blur
i’m pacing, panicking, bewildered
nervously, stifling, anxiety within

rising from my soul uneasiness appears
yearning for a song with words that share my fears
i’m healing, hoping, tranquility
i’m seeking, finding, epiphany within
Track Name: Athabasca Falls
thin mists grace the banks of athabasca
they swirl and skirt between the driving snowfall
ice sheets shift above the coursing river
part ways beneath the boulder's grating pressure
agitated by the snow
the cold is gnawing on my bones

mom prays earnestly to travel safely
while dad fights the winter with a coffee
asphalt hidden by a glassy glacier
our car shudders like a nervous dancer
captivated by the falls
watch the road you'll kill us all

spruce trees dance beside the freezing water
ghastly beneath a blanket of macabre
it's strange to be so tense amid creation
eyes wide in wonder and in trepidation
trembling upon the wheel
four thousand pounds of screeching steel
gripping panic, I react
at least our limbs are still intact
Track Name: The Marks on the Road
would it be a safe comparison
that the marks on the road are a narrative
a story of my embarrassment
(and) the streaks left behind in my arrogance
i'm in need of an ambulance
my tears are awash in the dissonance

oh please
don't mean to bother you
oh help me
my weary limbs won't move

crumpled as discarded canvases
i feel the pain of the consequence
bite my tongue, i’ve failed at portraiture
and this sketch i've made is so amateur
i'm in need of an artisan
who paints with a grace and a diligence

oh please
don't mean to bother you
oh help me
my weary limbs won't move

would it be a safe comparison
that the marks on the road are a narrative
Track Name: Winter's Teeth
winter's rage stops to say hello
tendrils of his cold and wizened soul
a long white beard, and antiquated cloak
his booming voice, the way his laughter floats
he digs his nails beneath my woollen sheets
and with a smirk leaves me here to freeze

winter's teeth glisten as he grins
the song he sings, sends shudders through skin
calloused hands precisely weave his piece
foul breath, travels with the breeze
he digs his nails beneath my woollen sheets
and with a smirk leaves me here to freeze

winter's tears trickle from his pain
in agony writhing in the rain
he bites his tongue determined not to scream
with what's left composes one more scheme
he digs his nails beneath my woollen sheets
and with a smirk leaves me here to freeze
Track Name: Help Me Through
landscape’s draped in monochrome it haunts me much too long
the swirling snow disorients this season’s far too long

jesus jesus, i need jesus
oh my lord, help me through

pockets worn with poverty dawned fraying threads too long
daily bread is thinning out covering ache too long

jesus jesus, i need jesus
oh my lord, help me through

jesus jesus, i need jesus
oh my lord, help me through

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