Aaron Wrixon

Aaron Wrixon

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A journalist once called my songs "concise, countrified pop ditties" that are "witty, clever, and maybe even timeless." And no, that journalist was not my Mom.

Biography

Aaron Wrixon is a Vancouver-born, Hamilton-bred songwriter who now calls Toronto his home.

His third album, "The Year of Longing Dangerously" is an engaging mix of old-time country staples, jazz flavors, and smart-aleck pop touches that steers clear of musical name-dropping.

And don't hold it against him, but Aaron's disc has... wait for it... a Concept. All the songs share a common theme of unrequited love for an imaginary socialite, Charity Wyeth.

Which is a pretty dicey proposition. Nobody wants to hear a sad sack bleating for 45 minutes about anything, let alone a broken heart.

Fortunately, though, each tune tackles things a little differently, from the no-bones-about-it pleading of "You Should Be With Me, pt. 1", to the quiet beauty of "For You". And there's a healthy dose of humor in the mix.

Chart says "Wrixon’s down-home lyrical style belies a sense of humour and keen eye for structure, as he explores the concept from numerous angles... There’s no better way to encapsulate the agony of loving from afar." Exclaim calls it "a charming concept that’s pulled off successfully."

And Hamilton's View Magazine thinks "Year" is "both clever and catchy, and never self-indulgent or even remotely narcissistic" and "more true to the sweet absurditites of love and loss than 100 top-40 hits... a total winner that'll win over your heart even if it doesn't woo back Charity Wyeth."

Aaron has shared the stage with similarly minded singers like Carolyn Mark, Jim Bryson, Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, both Matthew and Jill Barber, and the Killjoys' Mike Trebilcock — and he'll keep going until Charity comes back.

Lyrics

Hey Beautiful

Written By: Aaron Wrixon

Hey beautiful, what you trying to do?
Make me sad and lonely, break my heart in two?
When I’m lost in your gaze I long for the haze
That hung around my head in the halcyon days.
Hey beautiful, what you trying to do?

Hey beautiful, why you looking like that?
Turn me inside out with a grin like a storybook cat.
You got a smile like a crocodile...
Makes me feel things I ain’t felt in a while.
Hey beautiful, why you looking like that?

How could there be anyone else?
Everyone else is just someone else.
How could there be anyone else?
Everyone... Everyone...

Hey beautiful, want you to help me forget.
I done a lot of crying but I don’t think I’m finished yet.
I miss her lips and her fingertips
And the way that she looked with my hands on her hips.
Hey beautiful, want you to help me forget.
Hey beautiful, want you to help me forget.
Hey beautiful, your money’s on the table by the bed.

Cards and Letters

Written By: Aaron Wrixon

I hope this letter finds you well
Because talking to you is hell.
I try to string three words together but I d-d-dry up.
I guess I’m lucky I can spell.

I’ll let this card show you my heart
Because I don’t know how to start.
I want to pitch the woo but next to you I f-f-freeze up.
I’m scared I’ll shake myself apart

It hurts to go to bed alone.
I want you with me but I can’t pick up the telephone.
So until I find a way to t-t-talk to you better,
I’ll send a card, I’ll write a letter.

It’s so hard to communicate.
That’s why cards and letters are great.
With pen and paper there’s no chance that I’ll just c-c-clam up.
Face-to-face seems second-rate.

It hurts to go to bed alone.
I want you with me but I can’t pick up the telephone.
So until I find a way to t-t-talk to you better,
I’ll send a card, I’ll write a letter.

You Should Be With Me, part 2

Written By: Aaron Wrixon

Things are looking pretty bleak.
I don’t know how I’m going to cope.
I wonder if I’ll last the week.
I’m trying not to but I’m losing hope.
Let’s not call it quits…
We’ve got something we can save.
I’m so lonely I’m having fits.
I know you swore you’d never cave,
But on my mother’s grave,
I promise I’ll behave.

You should be with me.

Things are looking pretty grim.
I see dark clouds overhead.
I don’t know what you see in him,
But can’t you see the same in me instead?
Give me time to show
I can be the better guy.
You said your patience is running low,
But cross my heart and hope to die,
Stick a needle in my eye,
I promise that I’ll try.

You should be with me.

Discography

2004 - "The Year of Longing Dangerously"
2001 (as the Go Downs) - "Love and Marine Biology"
1996 - "Hello, My Name is Aaron Wrixon" (no longer in print)

Set List

Set 1 (30 minutes):
Hey Beautiful
Cards and Letters
Too Busy to be Blue
The Careful Touch
Your Heart and Mine
Lover I'm Waiting
I Count the Hours
Maybe It's Just Me

Set 2 (30 minutes):
Open the Door
Birds
Stockbroken
For You
I Haven't Found it Yet
Smart Like You
You Should Be With Me
Mistake

Covers of Steven Stills ("So Begins the Task"), Neil Young ("On the Beach"), Gram Parsons ("We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning").