a daughter. an album. a CD release at the National Arts Centre.
that's what the spring brought to me.
and now it's summertime and i can't quite believe it.

thanks to all those who have been a part of the story. 
if you're new here, read on to find out more.

oh, and see you at the ottawa folk festival on september 11th. :)







Wow.
It is amazing what can be produced.
As I type this now, to my left, there is a beautiful baby girl. (Don't worry, I didn't steal her. She's mine...  Violet is now three months old.) To my right, there is a beautiful brand new CD, that is right around the same vintage.


Allow me to say again, THANK YOU, to everyone who supported getting this album made.

I had no idea whatsoever how successful the Indiegogo campaign would be... with your donations going over $12,000 that allowed me to finish the album. And beyond your money, there were your words of support, your funny comments, and your willingness to share.

For all of that, again, thanks thanks thanks.


Jill.


PS For those of you wondering more about the album...

So what's this album all about anyway?

You may notice that on the album cover (the work of Emily Chen, by the way) that my name is spelled out in reel-to-reel tape. That's because of this tape:



...one that I found in my parents' basement, that had sat unnoticed for almost 40 years.

Edward Clynton... or Eddy Clynton... was my uncle.

My Uncle Ed was a member of the Canadian band “Witness Inc.” in the 1960's and 1970’s. After a series of radio hits and opening for Roy Orbison, the group was doing well. 

But Ed eventually left the band to embark on a solo career. Sadly I never met my uncle, as he was killed in a car crash in Northern Ontario before I was born.

But on that reel I found in my parents' basement were, unbelievably, never-before-heard demos of him performing his own folk and country tunes. And the mystery of that moment got me thinking about what we DO in fact leave behind, when we pass on. This album scratches away at that question, and others. How do you connect to someone who’s no longer here? What about all the questions that remain unanswered? These songs came out of that journey.

Two of the songs on the album are in fact covers of my uncle’s work. Other songs use lines of Ed’s works to jumpstart new songs. And then there are songs of mine that seemed to fit the theme of the album, examining how we carry on after any loss.

But, as I mentioned, the album is called "small matters of life and death". So it's about life, as well.

I've got a new one of my own to celebrate. :)

Hope you like what we've done here...

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