paisley jura

paisley jura

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

An “old-soul chanteuse with savvy pop sensibilities”, Paisley Jura is Canada's double bass toting indie darling. Her stunning live show and whimsical recordings feature rich and intense arrangements, velvety-smooth vocals, and quirky songs catapulting her to #1 on college radio and festival stages.

Biography

“Uncompromising artistic vision and confident sophistication -- sweet and dainty on the surface, yet bold and robust at its core.”
-- Exclaim! Magazine

“An old soul chanteuse with savvy pop sensibilities”
– The Globe & Mail

“An unadorned voice that rings clear and true”
– NOW Magazine

“Bring a box of Kleenex”
– Edmonton VUE Weekly

“A folksy collection of starry melodies”
– Vancouver Courier

“One of the most promising lights above the Canadian music scene horizon”
– Kamloops Daily News

New Release: Time Is How You Spend Your Love

A full-length debut from Canada's double bass toting indie darling. Rich and intense arrangements, velvety-smooth vocals, whimsical and quirky songs. Produced by multiple Juno-winner Michael Phillip Wojewoda.

Biography

Paisley Jura comes to pop music through the side door, bringing her two hundred year old double bass with her. These days Paisley and her bass hop from plane to train and automobile (as well as the occasional canoe) as they traverse Canada. She takes her bass with her almost everywhere, but it’s not to play in a classical orchestra this time around. Now she calls the tune – and the tunes are her own collection of sophisticated pop songs delivered with a voice as clear as a bell.

Paisley grew up as the lone artist among a pack of health professionals where it was assumed she would follow suit in the family business. After taking up the double bass at age 12 (because girls did not play bass!), her squeamishness for the grittier side of medicine prevailed and she found herself in an occupation where her hands are always squeaky clean - music: playing, teaching and managing. Her resume includes degrees in music and education, training at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO) and the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, management positions at both the NYO and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and years of experience performing in professional orchestras, chamber groups and pit bands.

Paisley’s songs are hooky vignettes with twists of sophisticated harmony and subtle orchestration that steadfastly refuse categorization. She flips easily between Canadian folk, cabaret, jazz, Celtic, country and pop, tying it all together with her compelling lyrics and rich vocals. You can hear the wide palette of Brahms, Sibelius, Bach, Stravinsky, Mahler, and Kurt Weill contrasted with the simple stories of Johnny Cash or Emmylou Harris. Her voice has the innocent quality of a young Ella Fitzgerald; her songs can mimic the open acoustic jangle of Pat Metheny Group; the rawness of Tom Waits; or the directness and later experimentation of Jane Siberry, Joni Mitchell and Bjork. She is, according to The Globe & Mail, "an old-soul chanteuse with savvy pop sensibilities."

Paisley’s debut EP Time In Between (released January 2009) received extensive radio play on CBC and college stations, reaching Number One at Toronto’s CIUT and breaking the Top 10 at CFBX in her hometown of Halifax. Produced by four-time Gemini-winning film composer Robert Carli, Time In Between featured an all-star cast of Toronto musicians including Kurt Swinghammer, Davide Direnzo and Andrew Downing. The critics loved it, calling the record “a sweet respite in this brief restless life” (The Globe and Mail) and “a folksy collection of starry melodies” (Vancouver Courier), with Toronto’s NOW Magazine praising Paisley’s “unadorned voice that rings clear and true”, and the Edmonton Vue Weekly advising “bring a box of Kleenex.” Invitations to perform at festival stages across Canada soon followed, including the East Coast Music Awards in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, North By North East and Yonge-Dundas Square.

Two music videos from Time In Between (‘Sweetness’ and ‘Timing’), produced and directed by Gemini-nominated film editor Paul Day, are in rotation on Bravo and Paisley has been featured on CBC Radio’s Fresh Air, City TV Calgary’s Breakfast Television, and Bravo’s Arts & Minds series. Her single ‘Forgotten Ones’ is still in rotation on a dozen Canadian commercial radio stations.

Paisley Jura’s newest release is the full-length album Time Is How You Spend Your Love (October 2010). Working with Barenaked Ladies’ producer and multi-JUNO winner Michael Phillip Wojewoda, Paisley created a collection of enigmatic and transporting songs that arrive like wind sifting through branches, gently brushing past and raising gooseflesh.

At times lyrical and whimsical, other times flat-out gorgeous and heavy with sadness, Time Is How You Spend Your Love takes up the cinematic thread of Time In Between where hope and sorrow inexorably intertwine into a state of wonder and serenity.

Arrangements on her new record break pop rules time after time – minimalist patterns à la Steve Reich build and overlap and then break back down into groove; avant-garde montages create soundscapes more familiar to listeners of Boulez than Bublé. Several songs are accompanie

Lyrics

Sweetness

Written By: Paisley Jura

The icicles are crying
tears falling on snow
Trying to change to season
against the flow
The regal jay comes flying by
looking for seed
Laid there by an old woman
time has freed

She goes on,
searching for the sweetness
Of larks in the meadow,
memories so fine
She goes on,
searching for the sweetness
Of wings at her window,
through the turning of time

These icicles keep crying
their tears into the snow
Inside I am dying
Cause I let you go
But I can’t keep my promises -
I’m ahead of the spring
Always in the wrong season,
that’s what your love brings

So I go on,
searching for the sweetness
Of your hands on my belly,
my song in your ear
I go on,
searching for the sweetness
Of your eyes that know me
through the turning of years

You wake up Sunday morning
and your youth is all gone
Consulting with the mirror
the truth has flown
But outside your windowpane
the jay sings:
Time frees all of us,
his song rings

So you go on,
searching for the sweetness
Of his hands on your belly
your song in his ear
You go on,
searching for the sweetness
Of wings at your window
through the turning of years.

The Gown and the Moon

Written By: Paisley Jura

Her gown stands up in the corner
Pale in the indigo light
Another whiskey and sleep may come
But the gown wants to dance all night

So she pours herself a lullaby
Softly clinking out the tune
She sings of dragon scales and butterflies
And howling at the moon

She always howling at the moon
She’s always trying to find the tune
She’s always getting there too soon
Howling at the moon

And he drapes his arm across her back
She feels it settle in
Twenty years of looking back
Is threatening to begin

She’s always scared to look away
She’s always scared of what they say
She’s always getting there too soon
Howling at the moon

And the moon slides down through the window
Whispers “dance” to the gown
They draw themselves together
Pirouette all around

Do, do, do, ooo

The gown sits down in the corner
Pale in the indigo light
Another whiskey and sleep may come
Tonight

Timing

Written By: Paisley Jura

Just wanted to hear your voice tonight
So restless and uneasy, I don't feel right
Casting around for a line to the shore
Salty taste in my mouth,
heartbeats pound on the door

A good song is just timing,
you said
But if I wait for timing to come,
I'll be dead
We are victims of circumstance
And the timing is off
It's a one-legged dance

So I swallowed my pride
and confirmed you're alive
Your voice came down the line
Through the weather and light conversation
My heart could hear your hesitation
I knew we were off one more time

Cause a good song is just timing,
you said
But if I wait for timing to come,
I'll be dead
We are victims of circumstance
And the timing is off
It's a one-legged dance.

Palmteller

Written By: Paisley Jura

Palmteller

Palmteller, you sit there
With golden sequins in your hair
Your bangles, they jangle
Till all the men must stop and stare

A slice across my palm
And I am falling in a well
The branches on my lifeline have me
Heading straight for Hell

But your luminous murmuring
Brings on a hush, brings on the dawn
My gangrenous wretchedness
We’re thick as thieves
We’re golden and gone

Dream reader, you’re with me
Our shadows passing through the wall
You snuff out the candle and
Bedlam claims us all --

Your luminous murmuring
Brings on a hush, brings on the dawn
My gangrenous wretchedness
We’re thick as thieves
We’re golden and gone

Soothsayer, your vision is clear behind your clouded eyes
Your black teeth and foul breath can’t hide the truth’s disguise
But one day we will sail across the seven salty seas
And you and I will vanquish day and fall down on our knees

Your luminous murmuring
Brings on a hush, brings on the dawn
My gangrenous wretchedness
We’re thick as thieves
We’re golden --

Your luminous murmuring
Brings on a hush, brings on the dawn
My gangrenous wretchedness
We’re thick as thieves
We’re golden and gone

Circle

Written By: Paisley Jura

[can’t go forward…can’t go back…]

I circle round and round again
and every time I near the end
I grasp the edge and I look down
and then I lose my nerve and then
I go around again

daylight comes another day
I drink my coffee make my eggs
another bombing on the radio
but your voice is gone so off I go

and I circle…

the people out on the street -
where do they go? how did the meet?
can they see my heart broke open wide?
is the tv on when they’re inside?

I’ve got so many sisters living through me
so many dreams coming to me
I try so hard to hold it all but then I
lose my nerve and down I fall I fall

I circle round and round again
and every time I near the end
I circle round and round again
and every time I near the end
I circle round and round again
I circle round and round again
I circle round and round and round and round
and round and round and round
again

[I…can’t…do…this]

I circle round and round again
every time I near the end
grasp the edge and I look down and then I
lose my nerve lose my nerve lose my nerve

26 Degrees

Written By: Paisley Jura

So I waited there for you
all through the night
but you could not get through
and bit by bit flake by flake it became clear
I was running dry

it was 26 degrees
on the wrong side of zero
and the snow was coming down
like a child’s feather pillow
torn open and flung to the sky

cattails and mitten strings
cumulonimbus things
mufflers and rabbit fur
buried me alive

in the snowstorm in my mind
my thoughts freeze before they hit the ground and shatter
and the snow makes me blind
sometimes it’s good sometimes it’s better to be blind

it was 26 degrees
on the wrong side of zero – wrong side

Hard Times

Written By: Paisley Jura

Down in the dell the farmer sits
kicks off his boots and checks his wits
up in the house the farmer’s wife
cuts off the tails with a carving knife
will it really be this way?

hard times are here to stay
hard times are here to stay

And there he leans upon his axe
no going on no turning back
no matter how much wood is split
the rains won’t come the prices hit
rock bottom and they stay

hard times will be the way
hard times will be the way

How fast the change can come
how soon we come undone
when fortune turns her eye the other way
lady luck has changed her mind

hard times are here to stay

And has it really come to this
this ancient land this hard rock kiss?
stripped of its timeless forest coat
she gave you life but now you float
on the sea of day to day

hard times are here to stay
hard times are here to stay
hard times are here to stay

Hamlet

Written By: Paisley Jura

How is it the clouds hang upon you?
how is it the clouds still hang on you?
I am too much in the sun
but break my heart for I must hold my tongue

The time is out of joint
and I have lost all my mirth
doubt that the stars are fire
doubt that the sun moves
doubt the truth the be a liar
but never doubt my love

When sorrows come,
they come not one by one
but in battalions

If it be now tis not to come
tis not to come it will be now
you would play upon me
pluck the heart of my mystery
there is so much music in this organ
yet you cannot make it speak
you may fret me but you cannot play me

When sorrows come,
they come not one by one
but in battalions – battalions

I have bad dreams
I have bad dreams
I have bad dreams

Time Is How You Spend Your Love

Written By: Paisley Jura

JMP and MGG went away on a trip
across the land and over the water
they greeted future sons and daughters

And the clouds were like smoke from a train
and the trees said come back again
with arms open wide to the sky
and the gulls flew in circles above
the fresh new green of their love
and for a while they forgot how to cry

Time is how you spend your love
time is how you spend your love

And now they live in a box that’s on top of another box
that’s on top of the box that’s on the bottom
and the dishes pile up in the sink
they don’t have time to think
that dreams are soon forgotten

Time is how you spend your love
time is how you spend your love
time – time is how you spend your love

But the clouds were like smoke from a train
and the trees said come back again
with arms spreading wide to the sky
and the gulls flew in circles above
the fresh new green of their love
and for a while they forgot how to cry

Time is how you spend your love
time is how you spend your love
time - time is how you spend your love

Im Garten (Nur Ein Wort)

Written By: Paisley Jura

Schrieb ich heute nur ein Wort,
so richtig groß an deinen Gartenzaun
Ich schrieb es glatt ein Meter hoch,
Rosen rankten sich hindurch
Was w?re wohl mein Wort? Wie erkl?r ich dir meine Welt?
Wann wird sie sich mir offenbaren?

W?r mein Wort die Z?rtlichkeit,
ich malt es gelb so wie Narzissen sind,
Doch w?r mein Wort die Einsamkeit ich n?m gewiss ein Blau
Doch hier in dei’m Garten all‘ die Farben uns’rer ganzen Welt
Singen im Chor ein Lied für dich

Ich wollt mein Wort gehaun in Stein,
mit Moos das dicht darüber w?chst,
Es zeigt der Liebe Gnade die so unendlich ist
Denn hier in dem Garten
umgeben nur von Efeu und grünem Farn
Steht da mein Wort im Mondenschein – Wahrheit

//

If I wrote a word today
in great big letters on your garden wall
if I wrote them two feet high
let the roses trail through
what would that word be? how do I define my philosophy?
when will it be revealed to me?

If my word was tenderness
I’d paint it yellow like the daffodils
if my word was loneliness I could only paint it blue
but here in the garden all the colours of the universe
sing in one choir a song for you

So let my word be carved in stone
and let the moss grow o’er its’ face
let it be a testament to love’s unending grace
cause here in the garden
surrounded by the ivy and the maidenshead
let the moonlight shine upon my word – truth

Discography

Time Is How You Spend Your Love (2010)
Circle
26 Degrees
Mama
Time Is How You Spend Your Love
In der Garten (Nur ein Wort)
Hard Times
Gravenhurst
Simple
Palmteller
Once Upon A Time
Dans Le Jardin
Hamlet
Winter 1819

Time In Between EP (2009)
Forgotten Ones
Timing
Looking for Something
The Gown and the Moon
Sweetness - video mix
The Long Black Veil
Sweetness - studio mix

Streaming on myspace.com/paisleyjura
Forgotten Ones
Looking for Something
Timing
In the Garden

Radio airplay:

Commercial:
Forgotten Ones medium rotation on 13 Canadian AC stations (2010)

Specialty Radio Chart Numbers:

#1 CIUT (Toronto) 3/2/09 Time In Between
#10 CKDU (Halifax) 17/02/09 Time In Between
#26 CFBX (Kamloops) 31/3/09 Time In Between

#3 CJAM (Windsor) 6/12/10 Time Is How You Spend Your Love
#8 CKXU (Lethbridge) 6/12/10 Time Is How You Spend Your Love

CBC Radio One/Two/Three

Videos in rotation on Bravo
Circle
Sweetness
Timing

Videos on YouTube
Circle
Sweetness
Timing
Secret Rooms Premiere

Live from Hugh's Room - Circle, Gravenhurst

Set List

Originals:
Sweetness
Gravenhurst
The Gown and the Moon
26 Degrees
Forgotten Ones
Circle
In the Garden
Garbo and Hemingway
Simple
Palmteller
Liza
Winter 1819
Timing
Wishes
Looking for Something
Time is How You Spend Your Love
Mama
Two Moons
Amber
Hamlet
Hard Times
Once Upon a Time
True Love

Covers:
Long Black Veil (Baez, Cash)
All the Diamonds (Cockburn)
Wondering Where the Lions Are (Cockburn)
Both Sides Now (Mitchell)
Chelsea Morning (Mitchell)