Strange and Beautiful Things

by Orit Shimoni

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    releases April 5, 2020

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Keep On Running
Song for Townes
George Street
Delicate Times
Sharp-tongued Girl
Still Learning
One Voice
Sweet By and By


Orit Shimoni - Strange and Beautiful Things

Sometimes songs kick around on stage for a good few years before they make it on to an album. They wait until the right time and place to be recorded. Such is the case for the collection of songs in this, my tenth album. Each album I have recorded has been under what I consider extremely fortunate circumstances, in various cities that my road has brought me to, with some of the wonderful musicians who live there. Each studio has its sound, and each recording has had its parameters defined by time, budget and the musicians at hand. I have chosen, for each album, the songs that I felt would suit those parameters best, often wrote new songs for it once a sound was established, to mix in fresh, often unheard material, and each collection has represented a time and place in my touring life. To listen back, for me, is to remember the people and moments involved in the creative process that making a recording entails, as well as the many hosts and homes whose hospitality accommodated my process.
The songs on Strange and Beautiful Things were ones that, from their inception, wanted a full band sound, and Toronto was the place for that to happen. Working with Douglas September at Second Exit Studio was a privilege and pleasure thanks to Douglas’s attentive ear, well-honed engineering and mixing skills, his stylistic consultation and his steady air of calm confidence, professionalism, friendliness and generosity. The musicians I invited to participate on these recordings are all people I am lucky to call friends, each with their exquisite talent and ear.
The album took four years to complete from bed-tracks to final touches, due to the comings and goings of my tour life. And what better collection to mark and celebrate my tenth release into the musical world, to coincide with ten years of living on the road. To say I am grateful is an understatement. The determination and vision of all the musical contributors make me feel like one of the luckiest singers and songwriters on this strange and beautiful planet I call home, and which keeps inspiring me.
To you, my listeners, who have come to my shows, clapped hands, tapped feet, smiled, laughed and cried with me, and who have supported my musical existence by purchasing my music, offering meal or room, or even a hug, I remain eternally grateful.
Yours in song,
- Orit


releases April 5, 2020

All songs written and composed by: Orit Shimoni (copyright 2019)
Album produced by: Orit Shimoni

Orit Shimoni: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar on track 6, backing vocals on track 9
Douglas September: electric guitar on tracks 2,4,7, 10, effects, pedal steel, short wave and electronics on track 3, textures on track 7, electronics on track 6, banjo on track 10, and backing vocals on track 4
Paul Brennan: drums on all tracks except track 5
Bob Cohen: electric guitar on tracks 2, 4, 6, bass on tracks 1, 5, 6, 9, additional acoustic guitar on tracks 4 & 8
Clela Lee Errington: backing vocals on tracks 2, 7, 8, 10
Tim Hamel: trumpet on tracks 1, 3, 8
Steve Keeping: drums on track 5 & 9
Howard Rabkin: bass on track 4, pedal steel on tracks 4 & 7
Christina Rzepa: cello on track 5
Meg Tennant: backing vocals on tracks 2, 7, 8, 10
James Thomson: upright bass on tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 10
Ken Yoshioka: electric guitar on tracks 3 & 8 harmonica on track 3

Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by: Douglas September at Second Exit Studio, Toronto, Canada
Cello recorded by Christina Rzepa at Quiet Keep Studio in Vancouver, Canada
Mastered by Martin van de Vrugt at Ragged Mountain studio in Deventer, the Netherlands
Cover by: Oliver Tamgnini


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Track Name: Strange and Beautiful Things

Look around, all you see are constellations,
Patterns of abuse and patterns of migration
Following the stars, trying to hide their scars,
It’s either magic or it’s not, don’t matter,
The miracle still shines in every splatter and in stroke
Of tragedy or joke,
Strange and beautiful things have come over me –

It’s not a blessing, or a beating,
It’s not confessing or believing,
It’s a “Here I am,” and “There it is”

Look around all you see is inspiration,
Good people and good vibrations coming to your door,
Well, who could ask for more?
And every day’s another combination
Of human being, butterfly, a molecule, a whole damn nation,
Whatever you can see –
Strange and beautiful things have come over me.

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