Life As A Lover

by Mike Evin

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    "Life As A Lover" is my new album, produced by JUNO nominee Howie Beck. It's a collection of songs about relationships, family and living life fully. The CD comes in a lovely gatefold card case, with artwork and design by Cheryl Cheung and photography by Emma-Lee. Includes a lyric booklet. The design was achieved by getting ink prints of my hands and manipulating them.

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1.
Have I ever loved? have I only dreamed? how come every love seems to feel the same to me? Have I ever touched? and held her silently? I think of love so much but thinking makes a mess of me CHORUS: Have I ever loved? ... have I? and what do I gotta do before my life as a lover is through? Have I taken long to finally feel like me? old loves feel so wrong and they’re just a memory REPEAT CHORUS
2.
Shake Well 02:19
CHORUS: Shake well, shake well
shake well, enjoy daily In the morning you groggy eyed dreamer or in the evening you foggy fried streamer Woah, yeah yeah yeah CHORUS By yourself with your head full of voices or with the help of the waiting room noises Woah, yeah yeah yeah CHORUS Far away when did you say you’d be back? or if you’re here to stay baby, when you unpack Woah, yeah yeah yeah Shake, shake well shake, shake, shake well ... CHORUS
3.
Alli 02:35
It’s been a long life now I’m lying in a courtyard takin’ in the tank-top autumn day they sip Americanos, but my water’s in my bowl and that’s all I need anyway “Oh Alli,” they said, “life is too complex oh Alli,” they said, “it’s just junk, it’s cheques, accounts it’s labour to our lives can we simplify? but oh Alli, we’re glad you’re still alive” Two weeks ago they carried me down the staircase “Boys, it’s been a fine fourteen years but if I make it to the courtyard we’ve got to celebrate and play some cribbage while we’re here” “Oh Alli,” they said, “life is too complex oh Alli, they’re giving guns away in Texas banks for every new account the world is ending now but oh Alli, we’re glad you’re still around” “Oh Alli”, they said, “sha la la la la ... oh Alli”, they said, “ba ba ba ba ba ... lai lai lai lai lai ... we’d like to simplify oh Alli, it’s good to be alive”
4.
Al Green 02:56
Someday I wanna be in love
and sing like Al Green This love deserves a chance but I feel out of romance I don’t have the fire in me to kiss my sweetheart the way she needs Oo la la la la CHORUS: Someday I wanna be in love and sing like Al Green I don’t want to waste more time nursing a love that doesn’t feel like mine I don’t know where, don’t know how but there’s a real love if I want it now Oo la la la la CHORUS Doo doo doo doo doo ooh ooh Someday I wanna be in love and sing like Al Green Sing like Al Green it’s a love within my reach sing like Al Green I’m gonna sing like Al Green Doo doo doo doo doo ooh ooh
5.
It’s been a few years since we rested our heads on a pillow I’ve been a soldier for the single fellows If I stay this lonely and my search is never through if I stay this lonely am I saved for loving you? I know I’m living my life, I’m making my way without you and I feel like a stranger to have sung about you But if I stay this lonely and my songs don’t ring this true if I stay this lonely am I saved for loving you? If I were to call on you tonight I know that you’d be there But I’ve got to keep on until daylight and try not to be scared It’s goodbye to all of the homes I saw in you through the light time it’s goodbye to the boy who never knew the night-time But if I stay this lonely and my search is never through if I stay this lonely am I saved for loving you?
6.
Lose My Grip 03:07
Remember on the subway, we had style? I played my accordion and made you smile CHORUS: I don’t want to lose my grip I don’t want to lose my grip, girl I don’t want to lose my grip in front of you It don’t take much for me to fall apart one lonely thought can go and break my heart CHORUS Hey baby ain’t I a charming guy when we’re acting crazy? oh darling ain’t I a mess of nerves when the day comes calling? CHORUS
7.
How can I hold you close as if I had no doubts? how can I make the most of what might not work out? when tomorrow’s answers don’t seem to come CHORUS: You might be the one if there is a one and if there is a one we can still have fun How can I be around and maybe not be in love? how can you know you’ve found what you’ve been dreaming of? ‘cuz tomorrow’s magic has yet to come CHORUS I wanna let this love be a love I just wanna let this love be a love be a love, be a love CHORUS
8.
He took his first steps they were there to see and they put him to bed on his first New Year’s Eve First friends in this world they knew all where would he be without his first friends to watch his fall? They gave his first name it made him stand out at every attendance roll and when he first rocked out First friends in this world they gave all where would he be without his first friends to watch his fall? first friends But he slips away every day he finds he knows himself more than they ever will He gets his first call on New Year’s Day “Happy New Year, son though we’re far away” First friends in this world they knew all where would he be without his first friends to watch his fall? First friends in this world they gave all where would he be without his first friends to watch his fall
9.
Darlin’, whenever I find you tell me whatever’s behind you and I will tell you too Darlin’, whenever I kiss you tell me if that’s when I miss you and I will tell you too CHORUS: Darlin’, I’ve been waitin’ you for, waitin’ for you darlin’, I’ve been seein’ it through, seein’ it through Darlin’, whenever I hold you tell me if it’s only the old you and I will tell you too CHORUS
10.
Homelands 07:01
She packed the car and caravaned across the desert she brought her children from Baghdad into Cairo some stayed there for forty years and raised a family some fled early, found themselves near Tel Aviv All their homelands, all their dreams they had their moments, but now it seems it’s been eternity it’s our moment but can you reminisce over bagels and tea with me? She would sit there motionless, silent for hours Until one of her granddaughters asked a question “Tell me, Nonna, dearest Nonna, how you married Was it love and did you dance until daylight?” All her homelands, all her dreams he was a kind man, and she wore his ring as she was expected to but she might have loved him that’s how they remenisce over bagels and tea ‘bout you All my homelands, all my dreams I’m now my own man, but soon I’ll seem watered down too they won’t know me those who’ll remenisce over bagels and tea with you

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These songs were written between the Fall of 2011 and Fall of 2013, mostly in Toronto, Canada. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did writing and recording them.

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released August 28, 2015

Words and music by Mike Evin

Produced by Howie Beck

Arrangement ideas for “Al Green” came from Adam Warner, Ben Whiteley and Howie Beck

Mike Evin - vocals, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Howie Beck - drums, percussion, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, bass vocal
Dennis Mohammed - upright bass
Liam O’Neill - saxophones, flute
Bryden Baird - flugelhorn, french horn

Recorded by Stephen Koszler at Revolution Recording, Toronto and Howie Beck at Studio H, Toronto
Assistant engineering by Jack Clow and Tyler Weston
Mixed by Howie Beck at Studio H, Toronto
Mastered by Joao Carvalho

Cover photograph by Emma-Lee
Album design by Cheryl Cheung

Thanks - Howie, the musicians and engineers, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart, Barenaked Ladies, The Black Pearls, Howard Druckman, Sandra and Carlos from Cafe Con Leche, Charmaine and Zephie, The Russell-Titcombs, Juan and the gang from GTBT (RIP), Ian Mackay, Janine Stoll, Cheryl Cheung, Emma-Lee, Amanda Mabro, Joao Carvalho, Matt Edison, Matthew Burke, Joshua Allen, my family, my Indiegogo supporters, and all my fans for being patient and staying with me

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