Tim is a real enthusiast who just loves to love... stuff.
He's got great taste; I couldn't agree more about his choice of Joe Henry's 'Our Song', like a disaffected Carver short that breaks your heart; as does Joni's rework of 'Case of You' which is incredibly moving; and old lady's retelling of a youthful tryst.
I also confer on Marc Jordan's inconsistency; one minute jazzy schmaltz, the next he's nailing it with beautifully rendered ballads: 'When Rita', 'Lula, The Acrobat', 'I Must Have Said Your Name Out Loud' 'Tell Me You Love Me' and (the clincher for me) 'Tears of Hercules'.
Anyway, here's Tim...
TORONTO TIM SAYS:
The last surviving independent record store closed up last week here in my home town... it was kind of sad. I've spent thousands of hours in similar little shops over the years, scouring the bins for that last CD that fills a 'hole' in a certain artist's discography, something recommended in Mojo, Uncut, Paste, Q or other music rags; heard in a movie/TV/sat radio; or just instinctively looking for something that may be a secret treasure... sometimes just by album art, producer, familiar name... haphazard blind purchases. Of course, it's a trivial pursuit; Amazon is so easy (maybe too easy?), but there's a certain adventure in weeding through thousands of CD's, being careful not to flip past what may be something precious. Memories too:
First 45: "Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond)
First LP: "Best Of The Guess Who" (Guess Who)
First CD: "Shamrock Diaries" (Chris Rea)
First EP: "Love & Regret-extended version" (Deacon Blue), and countless in between...
I felt kind of guilty, like a vulture picking the bones of a dying animal. A final visit, leaving with a random handful of CD's and one DVD. As usual, surely a few disappointments off to Goodwill, and hopefully a few pleasant surprises!
He never had any success even here in Canada, so he then became something of a "gun for hire" songwriter for the likes of Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross and ugh... Cher and David Hasselhoff! Yeah, sounds pretty treacly and unpromising doesn't it? But I remembered that Cassidy loved Marc Jordan, and the great lyric, "I wish this pain would just go away, I wish that dogs had wings..." So when I came across "Make Believe Ballroom" I hesitantly added it it to my stash. Turns out to be a solid jazzy album, and 'When Rita Takes The A Train' is a marvelous track! Thanks for the tip off, TJ!
MARK JORDAN - "WHEN RITA TAKES THE "A" TRAIN"
MARK JORDAN - "LITTLE LAMBS" (video)
JOE HENRY - "OUR SONG"
ELECTRONIC - "LATE AT NIGHT"
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD - "LAST WORDS"