John Bottomley | Blackberry

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Blackberry

by John Bottomley

This is a roots recording.it sits well on the ground.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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2. You Lose and you Gain
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3. Long Way To Go
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4. She is Mine
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5. Klee Wyck
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6. Brother To The Sea
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7. Spirit of Love
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8. Saint Psalm
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9. Fly with your Shadow
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10. Battle of the Trees
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A Needle to the North Emerald

Deep calls to Deep

By some mysterious and tremendous guild
the trees stirred as an easterly wind
carried messages from tree to tree
all over the globe
a wireless message
where the trees are the great swift carriers
the trees have sensations
how they drink from the fading sunshine.

The day waxed and Rev.Pen beards thoughts were far away
Blind for the love of a language
a call blew into his house
feeding his ambition
nourishing his dreams,hopes,desires
deciding his vocation
soothing his deepest moods.

The story of a man begins when the woddland ghouls had
succeeded in keeping the track dark.
A quickbeam of moonlight became a lamp to Rev Penbeards
feet.He is among God's animated sentinels.Shadow skirts
of black and purple
a perpetual whisper with a million soft lips of green
he feels the inner humming of a quiet life
they draw his to themselves
he sees night doves and follows them into the wood
(some say night doves lay silver eggs)
he could see in the depths of the forest a flickering
golden branch

'Oh Rown mine,i see you shine.'he begins to sing
'away from the steel and the mill wheels'
is not the tree a musician's treasure?
On his face came the look of youth
I guess songs like trees bring fruit in their time
and in there own way,he thinks to himself.

A bolt of thunder peels and Rev.Penbeard took shelter
under a group of trees known as the seven sisters
a quiet ancient place
here for a thousand years
a great soul,land without ruin
now the spirits want him to do some work for there world
the forest murmers,it dreams,sleeps,broods
takes its time under the mountain
the spirits have made an exact replica of him carved from an ax! a twin a changeling
The giant oak meekly recieves the hero into the bark
the spirit descends from the ladder in safety and comfort
like the old folk tale the dove falls in love with the new
prince.

Yes the day waxed and the new Rev.Penbeard
walked back into this world
singing a lullaby from the enchanted wells of his thought
behind him now was a flapping of great sails
a kiss to the stars
a bellowing of victory to the winds
wind songs.........


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dean west, a canadian fan


One of my all time top ten favorite albums. Intelligent lyrics, captivating storytelling, a great voice, and great music not really like anyone else. This album is less rock and roll than say Red Rider Neruda, but more than Mae Moore Bohemia or Sara Mclaclan Surfacing. Maybe something like REM before they ran out of ideas?
A very hard albun to categorize, try it and see. Dont pass this one up.

Rick Salt

Engineer/guitarist
I think I've listened to this CD for ten years,
it is timeless .A brilliant group effort ,song writing ,delivery,producing ,and mixing,mastering.
One of the finest post 1990 albums.This kind of thing doesn't happen very often.

Nick Krewen for The Hamilton Spectator


"...Blackberry represents a gigantic leap forward for one of Canada's truly underestimated songwriting prophets.
His best stuff ever!......"

The Record


There's a richly literate sub-text here for those inclined
to dig for it,but the great thing about the Vancouver-based
singer's new album is how he's finally found a musical comfort zone roomy enough for the masses.The airplay numbers
posted by You Lose and You gain point the way,and Long way to Go,spirit of love and The River are primmed to follow.
Canadiana buffs will get a giddy rush from the propulsive Klee Wyck,a tribute to the eccentric genius Emily Carr.
Yet the Blueberry Hill-style piano in Brother to the Sea
and the early Big Pink groove of Fly with your Shadow are
the most indicative of this albums beautific beauty.

Kim Hughes for Now Magazine


If previous solo disks found the onetime Tulpa agent cought
in a no-mans land between rootsy rock,stargazing folk and creaky fables borrowed from the fith dimension,his third,Colin Linden-produced collection bundles the desparate bits together with elan.Nimble stories take flight high above earthly instrumental foundations,spearheaded by Bottomley's low register gurgles.Just sit back and watch the loopy anthemic first single,You Lose and You Gain,rack up radio support-and favourable comparisons to folk/rock urchin
Tom Petty.

Jeff Bateman for Canadian Musician mag


"Bottomley,the songwriter,again flashes his potent ability to recapture a sense of wonder and mystery that's woefully missing from contemporary life.But Blackberry is his breakthrough because of the music-warm,rich and accesible enough for radio to embrace in a heartbeat."

Kim Hughes for Now Magazine


If previous solo disks found the onetime Tulpa agent cought
in a no-mans land between rootsy rock,stargazing folk and creaky fables borrowed from the fith dimension,his third,Colin Linden-produced collection bundles the desparate bits together with elan.Nimble stories take flight high above earthly instrumental foundations,spearheaded by Bottomley's low register gurgles.Just sit back and watch the loopy anthemic first single,You Lose and You Gain,rack up radio support-and favourable comparisons to folk/rock urchin
Tom Petty.

Larry Leblanch/Billboard Magazine


A potent Songwriter.