Terry Morrison

Terry Morrison

BandFolkAcoustic

With streetsmart lyrics and a voice that is rich and soothing . An inimitable musical style that ranges from Jazz to country. 4 albums of original music to date and lots more to come. She has been described as '...one of the most intellectually compelling songwriters in town.'

Biography

Singer Songwriter Terry Morrison is a well loved member of the Canadian music scene. She has been described as ...one of the most intellectually compelling songwriters in town... by Edmonton music reviewer Roger Levesque. An accomplished guitar player, Morrisons unique sense of melody and phrasing create her own inimitable brand of contemporary roots music. Delivered in a rich sensual voice, her songs reflect a compassionate and innate intelligence. Spanning the range from jazzy folk to country, her music both soothes and cuts to the quick.

Morrison has toured extensively throughout Canada and the USA and has performed at many Canadian folk fests including Calgary, Edmonton, Torontos Mariposa Festival, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Frostbite in the Yukon and both the North and South Country Fairs of Alberta. Highly respected as a songwriter she has shared the stage with Janis Ian, Tom Russell, Greg Brown, Victoria Williams and Ian Tyson, as well as performing as the opening act for songwriting icons Louden Wainwright III and Richard Thompson .

Morrison has 4 independently released CDs and her music is played on public radio stations CBC, CKUA in Alberta, NPR in the US and numerous college and university stations across Canada and the US. Her songs have been used in two independent films and by the Fox Network and have been included on four compilation CDs;Hair of the Dog, Smilin Jays Happy Hour, Sounds of Canada , Smithsonian Folkways release,'Wild Roses Northern Lights' a compilation of songs by Alberta Songwriters that puts Terry in the company of Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, KD Lang and Maria Dunn to name a few. 'Songs from the Avenue' has recently been released. It is a compilation of songs written about the Alberta Avenue district of Edmonton and is distributed through Warner Bros.

Terry is also part of the Christmas Carol Project an annual event that takes the Dickens tale and interprets it from the view of a collection of songwriters. The cast includes Bill Bourne, Maria Dunn, Dale Ladouceur, Kevin Cook, Tom Roschkov, Al Brant and Terry with Ken Brown as narrator and Bill Hobson on Drums. This show was produced for television with BRAVO! and a cd of the live performance was released in 2005.

Lyrics

Fine Balance

Written By: Terry Morrison

One more time stepping across a border line
And walking like a tightrope walker
I’ve got a fine balance to maintain
Here I go again gonna keep my eyes wide open this time

Late night talking on a telephone line
Bring your stories home to me
Conversations that serve to stoke a fire
That’s already burning brightly
If you could see my eyes
You’d see how much you make them shine
Here I go again
One more time.

One more time stepping across a border line
And walking like I’m walking on a tight wire
I’ve got a fine balance to maintain
Here I go again gonna keep my eyes wide open this time

I’ve come a long way on my own
I’ve got so much I want to share
When I grow tired of being alone
My time it starts to wear upon me
It’s going to take a while to reconcile
The life you lead with that of mine
It’s gonna take time

It’s gonna take some time stepping across each others border lines
And walking like we’re tight rope walkers
With a fine balance to maintain
Here we go again gonna keep our eyes wide open this time

There are no maps to lead us here
We’re in uncharted territory
Gonna have to be each others mirror
Gonna have to write a whole new story
But if love will see us through
That’s not so much for us to do

Gotta take some time stepping across each others border lines
And walking like we’re walking on a tight wire
With a fine balance to maintain
Here we go again gonna keep our eyes wide open this time
One more time stepping across a border line
and walking like a tight rope walker
I got a fine balance to maintain
Gonna keep my eyes wide open.

Casual Encounter

Written By: Terry Morrison

Casual Encounter
Casual encounter
You know that’s what it’s called
When two people come together
But they don’t allow themselves to fall
Shared looks shared bodies is that all
You know I don’t think so
It’s never that simple
When two people come together
There’s a little piece that stays
And a little piece that goes

Take you and me boy
You know we live in different towns
But we struck a chord together
And now it lingers around
Was it just a casual encounter
Or sharing common ground
We may never meet again
But the time might come around
When we’re walking down the same street
In the same town

Sometimes it’s lonely living life on the road
Traveling town to town that’s our story
So many places different faces only hoping to find
Some familiar, familiar territory

Was it just a casual encounter
The time that we shared
Or something with both needed
Brought us together there
Might have been the laughter or the good conversation
The magic in the air
When we made love by the full moonlight
Stayed up talking half the night
We may never meet again
But the time might come around
When we’re walking down the same street
In the same town
We might never meet again
Oh the time might come around
When we’re walking down the same street
In the same town

Long Dusty Road

Written By: Terry Morrison

Long Dusty Road / Terry Morrison

I’ve been walking down this road this long and dusty road
I can feel the heat burning through the leather of my soles
The crops are brown and thirsty and the well is going dry
And there’s not a drop of moisture in an endless cloudless sky

Somewhere off and to my right I hear a meadowlark’s sweet song
And the ditches have been all dried up for I don’t know how long
And the wind just keeps on blowing it’s taken half the soil away
And the sun just keeps on shining while the Caraghana sways

Rock me gently my sweet mother let me hear the night bird sing
In the twilight of the prairies is this the ending of a dream
This was my fathers’ land before me and his fathers’ before him
All the hopes I had for staying here they’re getting mighty slim

I took a job with buddy driving truck trying to make things pay
And the wife works at the IGA three hours a week half days
The surface rights on this here land the tax man takes away
And it’s coming on three seasons that we’ve not had any rain

So rock me gently my sweet mother let me hear the night bird sing
In the twilight of the prairies is this the ending of a dream
This was my fathers’ land before me and his fathers’ before him
All the hopes I had for staying here they’re getting mighty slim

The stock out in the field their eyes are full of flies
And where once there was a waterhole the mud is cracked and dry
The sun it beats me to the ground the sweat pours off my brow
I’ve been trying to keep on going here I’m just running out of how

So rock me gently my sweet mother let me hear the night bird sing
In the twilight of the prairies is this the ending of a dream
This was my fathers’ land before me and his fathers’ before him
All the hopes I had for staying here they’re getting mighty slim
Rock me gently my sweet mother let me hear the night bird sing
In the twilight of the prairies is this the ending of a dream
This was my fathers’ land before me and his fathers’ before him
All the hopes I had for staying here they’re getting mighty slim
So rock me gently my sweet mother mmhm mmhmm

Discography

'The Breaking Ground' 1995
'No Covers' 1997
'High Mileage Soul' 2003
'Riches and Grace' 2007
- produced by Mike Lent and featuring Mike Lent, Teddy Boroweicki, Lyle Molzan, Mo Lefever, Bob Tildesley, Brent Parkin, Gary Koliger, Jeff Bradshaw, Graham Guest

Compilations
'Smilin' Jays Happy Hour' CJSR
'Hair of the Dog' Drive By Records
'Sounds of Canada' McEnt Europe
'Songs of the Christmas Carol Project' Brass Monkey
'Wild Roses Northern Lights' Smithsonian Folkways
'Songs from the Avenue' Six Shooter

Set List

45 - 50 Minute sets of original songs
Concerts are usually 2 sets
Can perform 3 sets of original music easily.
Also have an extensive Jazz repetoire as a vocalist.