In a Line

by Jess Vaira

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These songs are my heart and soul learning how to explore and expand.

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released March 25, 2016

All songs* written and performed by Jess Vaira.
*Slip written with My Electronic Friends.
Produced and Engineered by Mario Vaira and Jess Vaira.
Mixed by Master Fader.
Mastered by CPS Mastering.
Artwork and Design by Mario Vaira.
Photography by Angela Fama.

Mario Vaira all instrumentation except:
Jess Vaira Acoustic Guitar on Clarity, Koh
Ryan Stewart Live drums at Wine Cellar Music.
Robyn Hardy BGs on Koh
Alex Maher Sax on Beautiful Day, Indecisive, BGs on Slip
David Morin Vox on Slip
Scott Tucker Bass on What it Is, Koh, Tire Swing
James Calvin Thompson Bass on Porch, Overactive Mode
Jay Davies Bass on Beautiful Day, Indecisive, Slip
Photography by Angela Fama
Hair and Makeup by Marie Pierce

For my parents who gave me an incredibly musical and creative childhood running through the woods and puling carrots up from the garden. You always encouraged us to do what makes us happy, so here I am.
For my brother who is and always has been my anchor. For dear sweet Robyn and Aria whom bring me so much joy and laughter. For Randy who always stood right in front snapping his fingers. Thanks to all the wonderful amazing musicians and artists who contributed to this album and for all my beautiful family, business partners and friends who have inspired and supported me as I live this creative life.

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Jess Vaira Vancouver, British Columbia

With an honest, sound that ranges from round and soulful to light and airy, Jess is a live performer, collaborator and session artist in much demand for her dynamic and engaging loop pedal performances.

If Eddie Vedder and Ella Fitzgerald were making Sunday brunch for Ani Difranco, Imogen Heap and Erykah Badu, they might be listening to Jess in the background.
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Track Name: What It Is
Now what is this?
I got to look inside this little box
inside my head.
To see what it holds.
To see if I've folded its contents into
something I once said

And now how is it
that these remnants don't match,
what's in my chest?
There seems to be a lack of communication
between the two.

Because I started out and I started through.
With all these thoughts in my head
of what I thought I should do.
Now I've got to try and figure out
what it is that I want
and what it is that I need from you.
Now I got to try x 4

And I have got to,
reconcile these edges because they're
pullin' me in two.
two different directions which leaves me
Tearing at the seams.

Because I started out and I started through.
With all these thoughts in my head
of what I thought I should do.
Now I've got to try and figure out
what it is that I want
and what it is that I need from you.

And it's slowly sinking in.
That I can't plan every second because
because you never know what a day will bring.

Because I started out and I started through.
With all these thoughts in my head
of what I thought I should do.
Now I've got to try and figure out
what it is that I want
and what it is that I need from you.
Now I got to try x4
Track Name: Slip
Too easily addictive
that twinkle in your eye.
I shouldn't even let myself
look back and wonder why.
No matter, how many
times I write it down,
Or say it to myself
or even say it right out loud,
it slips through my memory.
That you're no good, you're no good for me.

Small doses doled out over time.
Is all I want to take
instead of give you all of mine.
Because I don't have
all that much to spare.
I know you'll just end up
taking more than your share.
You slip, in with your fancy words.
Vaguely like something I've heard.
Ohhh. Something I've heard.

You are not and everyday thing.
When I'm already over saturated.
I've been full then I've been drained
just to be topped up again.

La la la la la la la la la la la la

A step in your direction
sets an easy place.
A downward momentum
that leads to just one place.
The quickest line
between A and B.
A being you
and B being me.
We slip, underneath.
A real, I said a real easy reach.

Rationality suspended,
they're somewhere
been misplaced.
And all my firm resolve's
been temporarily erased.
There' no need to justify,
until the morning when I open my eyes
and slip,
out from under your spell.
How easily I fell.

You are not and everyday thing.
When I'm already over saturated.
I've been full then I've been drained,
just to be topped up again.

La la la la la la la la la la la la
Track Name: Glaze
Walking through my day,
As if, well as if, it were, a dream.
And aware of things,
that have already been.
Should I tie a string around my wrist
to remind me,
not to let my focus wane.
Oh yeah.

Like some sort of sugary coating.
Opaque, the same.
Keeping the safe sweetness,
of the mundane.

And maybe I should move,
my alarm. My alarm, across, the room.
So that when it goes off,
I have to move more than my arm.
Cuz lately my bed has been feeling so warm,
that I can't get out,
without trying more than twice.
I've got to wipe this sleep from my eye like,

Like some sort of sugary coating.
Opaque, the same.
Keeping the safe sweetness,
of the mundane.

Tomorrow I'll get up.
But for today,
for today I'm going no where.
Tomorrow I'll get up.
But for today,
for today I'm going no where.
Tomorrow I'll get up.
But for today,
for today I'm going no where.
Track Name: Tire Swing
My foreground is reliably
predictable, just wait and see.
Because I'm coming around the bend,
just as my momentum starts to descend.

I don't know why I insist on running round in circles.
I'm wearing a groove so deep it's up to my ankles.
And there's a comfort to be found in things that are familiar
but something tells me I'm taking it too far.

Do you know that feeling on a tire swing
where you're winding it back up again?
And you've already, just spun the other way,
and you're hoping it'll set you straight.

I don't know why I insist on running round in circles.
I'm wearing a groove so deep it's up to my ankles.
And there's a comfort to be found in things that are familiar
but something tells me I'm taking it too far

I know I'm reluctant to try because I feel unprepared
for the moment.
So when, will I finally
find my nerve?

My foreground is reliably
predictable, predictable just you wait and see.
Because I'm coming around the bend
just as my momentum starts to descend.

I don't know why I insist on running round in circles.
I'm wearing a groove so deep it's up to my ankles.
And there's a comfort to be found in things that are familiar
but something tells me I'm taking it too far.
Something tells me I'm taking it to far.
Something tells me I'm taking it to far
Something tells me I'm taking it to far
Track Name: Fix It
The whole doesn't add up to its parts.
There's a hairline fracture threatening to start.
I know I don't need to, but I just have to try
to fix and make it better though I don't know how or why.

So don't ask me if I'm mad
it'll only made me madder.
So don't ask me why I'm sad,
it'll only make me sadder.
I'll fix it.

When I'm feeling like this, logic has no place.
I run with an emotion till it's all that I can taste.
Just leave me be to figure it out.
Sort through all the pieces you're not what this is about.

So don't ask me if I'm mad,
it'll only made me madder.
So don't ask me why I'm sad,
it'll only make me sadder.
I'll fix it.
I'll fix it.
I'll fix it.
I'll fix it.

And you could blame it on plenty of things.
That's including you, including me.
If you want the truth it's that I dissect things until,
they're something else completely.
Something else completely.
Completely, completely, completely, completely.
Track Name: Beautiful Day
Well it's early in the morning and the sky's already warming.
It's a beautiful day.
There's nothing can be bringing me down because i'm singing.
It's a beautiful day.

Well I don't know where I read it but I swear somebody said it.
It's a beautiful day.
And if life is what you make it there is no need to fake it.
It's a beautiful day.

Even if clouds roll on in,
These lips oh can't contain my grin.
Because my shoulder's feel so light.
And this melody is sounding so right, so right.

When you're doing what you loving without pushing or shoving.
That's a beautiful day.
Then the light that lives within you shines bright and only for you.
That's a beautiful day.

Even if clouds roll on it,
my lips oh can't contain my grin.
Because my shoulder's feel so light.
And this melody is sounding so right, so right.

Beautiful beautiful day.
Beautiful beautiful day.
Beautiful beautiful day.
Beautiful beautiful day.

Well it's easy to get caught up in all the stuff you bought up and forget
it's a beautiful day.
Just take it in a stride not everything's an easy ride.
It's a beautiful day.

Even if clouds roll on it,
my lips oh can't contain my grin.
Because my shoulder's feel so light.
And this melody is sounding so right, so right.

Well it's early in the morning and the sky's already warming.
It's a beautiful day.
There's nothing can be bringing me down because i'm singing.
It's a beautiful day.
Track Name: Porch
The mildness strikes me, yay
sitting in the complete night.
And everything is covered in an almost tangible gray
and features are highlighted in concord grape.

Well and the sky pulses,
the veins in the clouds,
rhythmic and soft
with the same energy that hums in my ears.

Flaring bits of light, like you just opened your eyes
invite the shadows to mesh into and in-between.
It's almost like you're looking across a fire rushing pebble and salt.
There and gone all in the same.

Well and the fire pulses,
with the heat of the flame.
With the same energy
that hums in my ears.

And the leaves were like plastic.
Demanding your detail.
So surreal,
like part of a play.
Like part of a play.

And the ground pulses
right under my feet.
With the same energy
that hums in my ears.
Track Name: Indecisive
I am tired of changing my mind.
It moves with the weather.
It changes with the time.
And I don't know how I feel about you.
But on the other hand
I do.

I, I never call you.
And we both know that's a lie.
I'm changing my decision
and it happens all the time.
I'm indecisive
I can't make up my mind.

And yes I'll go,
and no I won't.
Just wait 5 minutes
I'll be putting on my coat.
Cuz, I hold on tight
to things that just float 'round my head
until another floats by
and I'm grasping it instead.

I, I never call you.
And we both know that's a lie.
I'm changing my decision
and it happens all the time.
I'm indecisive
I can't make up my mind.
Track Name: Routine (Clarity)
I feel like writing all these little moments of clarity down.
In permanent ink, on the mirror above my sink
so no condensation could bring them down.
So every morning I could see them on my face,
and I could always write them up my arm
if I need the extra space.

You motivate me when I'm listless.
Recharge me when I'm weak.
How easily I slip back into my old route.
Ohh my old and safe routine.

Though it may be familiar
there's one thing this blanket lacks.
It's room for two and I'd surely burn out without you.
A wick is nothing without its' wax.

You, you motivate me when I'm listless.
Recharge me when I'm weak.
How easily I slip back into my old route.
Ohh my old and safe routine.
My old and safe routine.
I slip back into my old and safe routine.

When will you come follow me?
When will you come follow me?
When will you come follow me?
When will you come follow me down?
Oh down? Down? Da da da da down
Da Da Down.
Down. Down da da da da down.
Track Name: Koh
The sea she flows right through me.
So many shade of blue.
I want to bottle them up so I can take them home.
Sleep with them under my pillow.

Waves reflect the clouds,
while the clouds they cast their shadows.
She laps upon the oatmeal sand reaching out to me
and drawing me near, then falling back.

Leaving her silvery kisses in a line.
Slowly evaporating and slowly sinking
'till she beckons once more.
All this in a moment. Oooohhhhh.

My love affair with the ocean,
well its' waves from far away
Destined to fall upon my shores.
She sings me a song so soft it lays beneath.

The space between my thoughts
whispers advice already within.
The lesson that she holds in her salty belly,
then falling back.

Leaving her silvery kisses in a line.
Slowly evaporating and slowly sinking
'till she beckons once more.
All this in a moment. A moment.

With the ebb and flow.
Give and take.
Forwards and backwards.
The sea she flows right through me.
Track Name: In The Middle of Me
The light pokes through the limbs of the tree lined street.
Dark silhouettes form a lattice work against a blue, blue sky.
Almost as blue as your eyes, framed by lashes
that lower you said to break the spell.

Thankful to be sitting for I could feel something settling
in the middle of me.
My knees weak.
You're the person I always hoped I'd meet.

I have always been able
to say what I"m thinking, to look without blinking.
I wonder why all of the words I can find to describe you
feel clumsy and lacking sentiment?

Thankful to be sitting for I could feel something settling
in the middle of me.
My knees weak.
You're the person I always hoped I'd meet.
You're the person I always hoped I'd meet.
You're the person I always hoped I'd meet.
You're the person I always ohhhh.
Ohhhhh.
Track Name: On My Mind
A glimpse of a memory clear and strong.
The colours blending, fading gone.
A glimpse of a memory clear and strong.
The colours blend.

The soft smell of red raspberries
sits in the air.
Mingling with the summers' breath of
fresh mown grass and blue sky

But all the same it's always you that's in my mind.
But all the same it's always you that's in my mind.

A glimpse of a memory clear and strong.
The colours blending, fading gone.
A glimpse of a memory clear and strong.
The colours blend.

As my mind drifts to you face
not yet familiar.
Some lines are still left
unmemorized.

Noises from the street.
Fifteen stories below
sing us our lullaby - oh why?
As the sun pours in the window.

But all the same it's always you that's in my mind.
You're always in my mind.
But all the same it's always you that's in my mind.
You're always in my mind.
If you don't mind,
will you be mine?
Ohhh.