Amateur

by Isaac Vallentin

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My love to the friends and family whose generosity enables these wandering pursuits.

2015 – 2017
Ottawa – Treviso – Rotterdam – Berlin – Hull – Montréal

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released June 4, 2018

Ben Atkinson — recording
JF Beauchamp — trumpet 07, flugelhorn 09
Philip Shaw Bova — mastering
Robert K. Chapman — recording 01 02 05 07 09 10
Pascal Delaquis — drums 01 02 05 06 09
Dave Draves — mixing, guitar 02
Gabrielle Giguere — voice 07 10
Allie O'Manique — voice 06
Cameron Hill — saxophone 05 07
Keturah Johnson — voice 10
Jeff Kingsbury — drums 07
Rolf Klausener — voice 10
Yolande Laroche — clarinet 05
Mika Posen — violin 09
Michael Powell — vibraphone 10
Allyson Rousseau — voice 10
Velodrones — bass 05 07

Written, arranged, performed and produced by Isaac Vallentin (SOCAN)

Cover photograph by Karim El Maktafi — karimelmaktafi.com
Designed by LOG Creative Bureau — logcb.com

Record Centre Records RCR030
Moment Bienheureux MB007
© ℗ Isaac Vallentin 2018

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Track Name: Carol
Carol, I’ll forever be a frightened boy inside. Tell me your old horror story, liven up my mind. It was hardly forty stories—thought she could survive. Now I wear the darkest garment, mourning by her side.

Let’s all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mum had sent her body soaring through the sky.

Let’s all get up and dance to a song that played in her day, long before the thought could ever cross her weary mind.

Was a quiet girl, with a long braid down her back. Don’t have colour television: head to toe in black. Sing for Carol, seek salvation, salt behind your step. Only Jesus Christ can see the kisses down your neck.

Let’s all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before the pastor deemed it was the devil in disguise.

Let’s all get up and dance to a song in loving memory of your mum, may careful hands protect her beauty better than they did this time.
Track Name: You of Us
She was a character
in an open sea
slipping through the waves
of an address book

Tying shoestrings to her lovers
while the hunger hardly dissipates
she wore her hair in a braid this year

I don’t
You of us

The scene was not illustrious
in her modest room
atop the local bar

It was simply natural selection
to a broken heart
shooting pennies
through an open wound

I don’t
You of us
Track Name: Fire Sale Dream Sequence
Why don’t you buy it?
Why don’t you love it?

Why don’t you carry its weight upon your shoulders?

Why don’t you buy it?
Why don’t you love it?

Why don’t you talk to me?
Track Name: Serve, Protect
Serve, protect your greed and master
Happiness forever after
Dopamine for all your children
Dope ‘em up before you lose them

One more notch upon the table
Headed to complete disaster
Finding peace through endless bruises
Thought it couldn’t hurt to ask you

I am endless, I am evil
I am everything deceiving
Jesus, Joseph, Mary, blasphemy
You stop answering, I stop asking

Holidays in California
Get so wrecked I start to mourn you
Leave the hotel with divorces
Bet she left you feeling worthless

Generation of the cheaters
Take from you and give to me
Then you take so much it hurts to breathe
Well, throw your weight upon your children

I am endless, I am evil
Leave the good to other people
It’s bad enough you gotta teach them
Everything they think is real

I am endless, I am evil
I am everything unequal
I live longer, they die faster
Serve, protect your greed and master
Track Name: Nowhere to be Found
My life’s already over
I’m just waiting for the day my body
Disappears
Into the dark again

If I could do it over
I would dedicate my life to something
Make myself
Into a better man

O, man:
All this time
Felt like I’d already died
Every thought betrays the energy
I spend

O, man:
Was I blind?
I just had to close my eyes
To imagine of the day my body
Disappears
Into the dark
Again

As I seem to grow older
I remember less of happy memory
Everything
Becomes grey in the end

I wish I could afford to travel
Backwards with my arms wide open
Reaching for
The help of my true friends

O, man:
All this time
Felt like I’d already died
Every thought betrays the energy
I spend

O, man:
Was I blind?
I just had to close my eyes
To imagine of the day my body
Disappears
Into the dark
Again
Track Name: Loudest in the Universe
I wish this song was loudest in the universe
And that my voice missed by no set of ears

If that was the case then I would have no choice
But to proclaim what we all need to hear

I love you, stop crying
There’s nothing to fear about dying
Everything is all that you are and ever will be

I love you babe, stop crying

I can’t relate to a single living soul on earth
I think my home must be far away from here

Aren’t you mesmerized by every single one you meet?
Don’t you go blind by the light of your fear?

Good riddance, be silent
There’s nothing inside you but violence
Everything that you’re fighting is a part of you
and a part of me

But I love you babe, so stop crying for a second
I love you, stop crying
Track Name: Flying Pigeon
The banker walks his bicycle to work five days a week. It bugs him because his thighs rub against the inside of his mind.

He lies, and says he takes the path beside the highway where she left him for his brother; he’s a dentist and he’s handsome, even when his hands are dancing on your smile.

The banker is reminded of his failures every day. He’d have no other way, for how else could he organize his mind?

He tries to recount every detail; from the socks that he was wearing, to the tears that he felt falling from his eyes onto the path beside the highway, where she said goodbye.

The banker locks his bicycle and starts another shift. He walks on to the lift and greets the early morning with a sigh.

Behind the counter, counting hours until 5pm, when he unlocks his bicycle and walks it down the path beside the highway where she left him for his brother, and he remembers the socks that he was wearing when she said that she can’t love a man who doesn’t love himself, and doesn’t even care to try.
Track Name: Dancer
I knew this day would come,
for my parents always warned me.

They said you shouldn’t be a dancer,
you’ll be eaten by the dog.

I wish I’d gone to college
and forgotten dreams of dancing,

As the dog is lacking appetite
for those holding accreditation.

Upon emancipation,
baby, I will call you mine.

Be my only friend,
until you rip apart my face.

When you’re finally free
my dancing days will be long gone.

I’ll be just another dancer
in the belly of the dog.

Towards the dog I’m dancing;
bearing teeth, it shares a growl.

Execute expert maneuvers,
but the dog is not impressed.

The leash is nearly broken;
I dance on without condolence.

He’s foaming at the mouth;
I boogie down the narrow street.

Upon emancipation,
baby, I will call you mine.

Be my only friend,
until you rip apart my face.

When you’re finally free
my dancing days will be long gone.

I’ll be just another dancer
in the belly of the dog.
Track Name: Answer Your Call
I will always answer you
Because it’s what I like to do:

Answer your call

I will always think of you
(I will always answer you, I will)
Because you have asked me to
(Because it’s what I like to do)

Answer your

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