Jim Hamilton

Jim Hamilton

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Hamilton has been compared to Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy and to Marc Cohn - powerful and soulful. He plays many styles: jazz, blues, pop and contemporary. At times a Billy Joel-like feel-other times Bruce Hornsby. -highly skilled pianist and passionate vocalist, who can tug at your heartstrings

Biography

Jim began playing by ear at the age of 6. He has developed the ability to "...make the mundane profound…” (Liz Harvey-Foulds; Artistic Director of Live from the Rock Blues and Folk Society). Jim has very eclectic influences, from his parents record collection or jazz and crooners, to progressive rock influences like: Toto, Kansas, Deep Purple, to pop artist: Billy Joel, Gino Vanelli. What is amazing with Jim's music, is he can hold audiences of all generations: ). “His Show is Inspiring” (Dee Adrian –General Manager, Capital Centre-North Bay.) Jim’s emotional, soulful vocal style and evocative lyrics will draw you in for sure.

Lyrics

Northern Sky

Written By: Jim Hamilton

Northern Sky

I sit and stare into a dusky dim light sky
Steel buildings block the stars and Mother Nature’s eyes.
In the city I look down like the rest of them
How I long to be back home where I look up again

I taste the culture, play the role and schmooze around
I climb the corporate rungs, but feel anchored to the ground
Not like the rocks I climb on Nanibijou’s back
Soar above the bay, feel the wind tug at my heart-
Then I know I’m back

(Chorus)
In the northern sky I feel shivers
As Aurora dances high over head
In the northern sky I hear whispers
As the loons call out from in their grassy beds

Windows don’t open in the place I lay my head
So I drift off to find a Northern site instead
Warm sand on my skin, water at my feet
The lake soothes my mind I look up to watch the shield stretch high and free

Chorus - end

Raining Perspective

Written By: Jim Hamilton

We shared a ride together he laughed as he showed me his little bald head
Like a globe of pain the treatments marked the roads and all the hospital beds
His father too, sat inside the cab; I can’t imagine that pain that he had
To see his boy go through this fight; the fates can be so heartless

He then went on to say, “Today they’re digging into my bones”
I swallowed hard and wished him luck; he seemed untouched by the fear of unknown
I went to see him my last day in town, they said he’d gone home, he wasn’t around
Even though he just brushed by my life, he left a profound image

It’s raining down perspective; I thought I had it rough
He was so very little and the world just kept on dishin it out

Few months passed I saw his dad; he said the boy was doin OK
I hoped and prayed that he’d be saved, but later that year heaven took him away
I couldn’t go to say my goodbyes: his face, that smile, those sparkling eyes
I know our days are numbered lord but-why take some saints and leave some sinners

It’s raining down perspective; I thought I had it rough
He was so very helpless and the world just kept on dishin it out

Now on those given days, with flat tires and phone bills and red tape and little pills
That can’t cure my middle-aged ache
I see that little boy; his courage it towers over me like the sun on my face….
-and I feel

It raining down perspective; I thought I had it rough
He was so very little and the world just kept on dishin it out
It’s raining down perspective; I thought my days were tough
What if the fates just took me
When I was barely old enough to grab life’s window and look out
To see the trees in my back yard, grow tall and reach towards the stars

It’s Raining Perspective… mmm..woo..

Raining Perspective

Written By: Jim Hamilton

We shared a ride together he laughed as he showed me his little bald head
Like a globe of pain the treatments marked the roads and all the hospital beds
His father too, sat inside the cab; I can’t imagine that pain that he had
To see his boy go through this fight; the fates can be so heartless

He then went on to say, “Today they’re digging into my bones”
I swallowed hard and wished him luck; he seemed untouched by the fear of unknown
I went to see him my last day in town, they said he’d gone home, he wasn’t around
Even though he just brushed by my life, he left a profound image

It’s raining down perspective; I thought I had it rough
He was so very little and the world just kept on dishin it out

Few months passed I saw his dad; he said the boy was doin OK
I hoped and prayed that he’d be saved, but later that year heaven took him away
I couldn’t go to say my goodbyes: his face, that smile, those sparkling eyes
I know our days are numbered lord but-why take some saints and leave some sinners

It’s raining down perspective; I thought I had it rough
He was so very helpless and the world just kept on dishin it out

Now on those given days, with flat tires and phone bills and red tape and little pills
That can’t cure my middle-aged ache
I see that little boy; his courage it towers over me like the sun on my face….
-and I feel

It raining down perspective; I thought I had it rough
He was so very little and the world just kept on dishin it out
It’s raining down perspective; I thought my days were tough
What if the fates just took me
When I was barely old enough to grab life’s window and look out
To see the trees in my back yard, grow tall and reach towards the stars

It’s Raining Perspective… mmm..woo..

Discography

Jim self produced his first CD in 1998 "Winds of Autumn." He is now thrilled to working with The Earth Kings Production Inc, and has released a new CD entitled "I'll Go Walking

Set List

Jim's typical set list will move from heart-wrenching songs like "Raining Perspective" - a song about a boy he met with cancer; to humourous songs like "Domestic Blues"- poking fun at how tight the domestic bubble can get at times, to intellegent lyric from songs such as "River Wide" that metaphorically parallels life and courage to that of a stone finding its way through the river. He works in upbeat covers like "Big Yellow Taxi", Marc Cohn songs, Elton John, current hits like "Weak in the Knees-(Serena Ryder)-always updating his cover songs...