Full Circle. Presenting a collection of Re-dos, Remixes and B-Sides.
Deni’s old fan favourites from “Man About Town” and “i (am) hope” reimagined and re-recorded, 3 b-side songs that got away, and a precious lullaby Deni wrote for his first little girl ten years ago. These are the songs that needed a home. And now we’ve come Full Circle to the beginning, back to the early days. Old fans will love the reimagined back catalogue and new fans will have an opportunity to explore these songs in a new light.
Why You Run Away - Passenger, B-side. For obvious reasons, it didn’t fit in. It took way too long for me to figure out how it was going to turn out. It incubated for far too long and finally emerged from the proverbial cocoon as one of my favourites on this album. Kids run for fun when you chase them, and then they just run… but you still have to chase them. I’ll always know why.
I (am) hope - i (am) hope, Dre Remix. Me, “I’m going to remix a few songs while I wait for Quiet Town to get finished.” Dre, “Oh ya? send it to me when you’re done.” When I got the mix back my wife sent Dre a picture of a wizard shooting lightning out of his fingers and told Dre that's how he must look when he mixes my tracks. It’s true, he does.
Not Too Far From Here - i (am) hope, remix. I always knew I could do better. I had my friend Glenda down from California while I was recording for that album and she sang angel voices, as usual. Years after it’s release, my buddy Bill came up with the flute line. I revisited the drums and bass and boom, we had a remix.
I Need You - i (am) hope, remix. Always a fan favourite from i (am) hope. I still play it live to this day and I knew I could do a much better job of recording of it. I resurrected all of Mr Twinkles' beautiful piano parts and played and sang around them to the benefit of the song, I think. The bridge is a line I stole from Mike Knott’s “This Is The Healing” and used with his permission. "This is the healing, wipe the tears from all your bitter years…” It still gets me choked up.
Do It For Love - i (am) hope, remix. The title is influenced by a song from one of my all time favourite bands, The 77s. This one never came out right, it once almost became a McDonalds commercial in Australia, and I believe I’ve finally done it justice.
Not There Yet - Man About Town, remix. My very first single from Man About Town, my first solo album, also my first music video with Red Rubber Studios. The song trended on YouTube and was in the top five most watched Canadian music videos for a couple of months after it’s release. That’s when I knew I hit the big time and went shopping for a Bentley. I came home empty handed though because there were’t enough “oooooo’s” in the song. I’ve finally rectified that.
Ours To Choose - Quiet Town, B-side. I wrote this one a few months after tracking all the other songs and sent it to Dre. He called me one day, “BEEP! BEEP! you hear that?” Me, “Huh?” Dre, “That’s the money truck backing up, wait 'till you hear what I did with your song.” And it was beautiful! Just not for Quiet Town, and so we shelved it, until now.
Why Don’t You Call Home - Passenger, remix. Dre, “I had to take all your crazy noises out of those mixes you sent me.” Me, “What about The ones in Why Don’t You Call Home??” Dre, “Especially that one.” So we put them back in. I hope you like noises.
Times Were Tough - Unreleased, B-Side. Ang and I got into an argument, like any married couple does, and naturally, I wrote a song. I pictured our kids all grown up and us growing old and eventually passing on. I’m not sure I’ve done life the easy way, but then, I’m not sure I’d change it either. Not sure I’d change a thing.
Between Me And You - Between Me and You. I wrote this for my daughter because she was super into a kid's album that Our Lady Peace did “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on. I’m all like, “Ya, well, your old man is a rock star too, so watch this! (She was three). I recorded her a whole kid’s album. This was the little lullaby I wrote for her on the end. Now you can sing it to your kids too.
released April 26, 2017
All songs engineered and Produced by Deni Gauthier at Second Records. Except for “Ours Too Choose” Arranged by Andre Wahl.
Mixed By Andre Wahl at the Little Girls Room. Except "Times Were Tough" Mixed By Deni Gauthier.
Deni uses LaCroix Acoustics and Fender Electric and Bass Guitars.
Steve Koning (Mr Twinkles) - Keyboard magic.
Luke Roes - Lead Guitar on "Why You Run Away"
David Faris - Lead Guitar on “Not Too Far From Here"