Parade Day

by SUSSEX

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Sussex is the brainchild of Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes. The two renowned musicians were childhood friends and high school bandmates in New Brunswick. After graduation, they went their separate ways—Michael to Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris, where he made a name for himself as a world-class jazz percussionist and composer; Lutes to Montreal, where he has recorded six albums and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters and roots performers.

Reunited in 2012, the pair began to write together for the first time in 20 years. Encouraged by the results, they decided to make a record. Enlisting the services of some of Montreal’s finest players, including Benoit Charest (guitar), Josh Zubot (violin), Sage Reynolds (bass) and Ivanhoé Jolicoeur (trumpet), they went into the legendary Studio Frisson in Montreal in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 and recorded Parade Day.


"...a truly great evening...energy, intricacy, texture, nuance, expressiveness, and power, but all with great subtlety. Suffice to say, a great show."
- Thom Meredith, AD, Sainte-Anne Blues Cafe


Featuring a unique mix of instruments on 11 compelling and diverse originals and the Randy Newman gem “Dayton, Ohio, 1903,” the album represents a modern day love letter to the early jazz, blues and folk music that were their primary musical influences.

In a live setting, this new ensemble calls on its diverse talents and extensive experience to spin this mix of genres into an inspiring and surprising musical experience.

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released November 12, 2015

1. Hollow Log (Lutes) ‒ 3:56
2. Truth and Lies (Lutes) ‒ 2:31
3. Little Baby (Lutes) ‒ 3:52
4. Superman’s Escape (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 4:04
5. Dayton, Ohio ‒ 1903 (Randy Newman - ) ‒ 1:59
6. Ginger (Lutes/Emenau/Riedel) ‒ 3:27
7. Eagle on the Moon (Lutes/Riedel) ‒ 3:27
8. Dare to Stumble (Lutes) ‒ 2:25
9. Listen to the Wind (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 4:04
10. Sparkle Blues (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 2:25
11. Up on the Wall (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 5:16
12. What is Piano (Emenau) ‒ 1:39

Produced by Michael Emenau, Rob Lutes and Fred Bouchard

Recorded by Fred Bouchard and Michel Pepin at Studio Frisson, Montreal
Mixed by Fred Bouchard
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
Design and Photos by James St Laurent
www.sussexmusic.ca
Lyrics available at www.sussexmusic.ca/lyrics
Contact: sussexrootsmusic@gmail.com
Rob Lutes plays Blueberry Guitars


Front cover painting " La Minerve” by Etienne-Gaspard Robert (1763–1837)


Sussex is :
Rob Lutes Acoustic guitar, vocals
Michael Emenau Vibraphone, percussion, piano

Special guests :

Ben Charest Electric guitar
Ivanhoe Jolicoeur Trumpet, flugelhorn
Sage Reynolds Upright bass
Josh Zubot Violin

Additional percussion on Up on the Wall Fred Bouchard

A very grateful thanks to Ben, Ivan, Sage and Josh who brought their diverse musical talents to these songs; to Fred who understood the direction of the project and was a huge part of realizing the vision; to our friends, families and musical communities for encouragement along the road; and to Kate and Monique for their insight, love and support.

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SUSSEX Montreal, Québec

Lutes has released six full-length albums, including 2009’s acclaimed Truth & Fiction, which earned him a CFMA nomination for Songwriter of the Year and 2013's The Bravest Birds which spent seven months in the Roots Music Report top 10 and hit #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart. ... more

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Track Name: Hollow Log
Hollow Log (Rob Lutes)

I set out walking like a beast into a fog
Talk talk talking like a chain talking to a dog
With a heavy mind and a heart like a hollow log

I carried everything I found all along the way
Thinking you never know what you’ll need from day to day
My load got heavy but I held on anyway

Always worried what was coming up around the bend
Every turn could’ve been my final end
When you ride on the river, change is your only friend

Tried to find some escape on the drugstore shelf
To feed the ghosts and relieve my mental health
But you run long enough you’re gonna run into yourself

I never could make it sweetly through the night
My mind has a wheel turning left and turning right
It never stops ’til the crack of the morning light
Track Name: Truth and Lies
Truth and Lies (Rob Lutes)

We all get our clothes stolen, baby we’re all naked on this lake
We get a little rage swollen, then we feel it break
When everything’s a wave rolling, everyone’s a wake

But it’s only really heavy when you hold it in your mind
Everything weighs nothing when you leave it far behind
Watch how every step gets lighter right on down the line

Oh the storms in the skies
Tell you truth, tell you lies
The mistakes will make you wise.
Surprise, surprise.
That’s the only little prize

You flew far above the hills and when you breathed the open air
The bounty gave you chills when you took the simple dare
To let your mind be still until you found yourself aware

We all get our clothes stolen baby we’re all naked on this lake
We get a little rage swollen, then we feel it break
When everything’s a wave rolling, everyone’s a wake

Oh the storms in the skies
Tell you truth, tell you lies
The mistakes will make you wise.
Surprise, surprise.
That’s the only little prize
Track Name: Little Baby
Little Baby (Rob Lutes)

Oh little baby won’t you take me home
I’m lost and I can’t find my way
The sun has gone down and the trail has gone cold
And I need some help today
Oh little baby, I’ve wandered so long
And I’m not sure where to turn
To find the way to where I belong
Have all the bridges been burned?

Oh I’m gonna come to you soon my love
I know your feelings of fear
The truth is we are walking the same old road
The truth is I am always near

Oh little baby I hear your voice
It’s coming from deep within
It says when I am cornered and I don’t see a choice
That’s when the journey begins

Oh I will be there so soon my love
I’d never leave you to waste
Until I get there, you’ll have enough
I’ve seen it there in your face

Oh little baby you won’t believe
I was only turned around in the dark
I knew you’d come, I could hold your sleeve
That was the seed of the spark
That pulled me out of the dark
Track Name: Dayton, Ohio - 1903
Dayton, Ohio – 1903 (Randy Newman)

Sing a song of long ago
When things were green and movin' slow
And people stopped to say hello
Or they'd say hi to you

Would you like to come over for tea
With the missus and me?
It's a real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio
On a lazy Sunday afternoon in 1903

Sing a song of long ago when things could grow
And days flowed quietly
The air was clean and you could see
And folks were nice to you

Would you like to come over for tea
With the missus and me?
It's a real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio
On a lazy Sunday afternoon in 1903
Track Name: Ginger
Ginger (Lyrics: Rob Lutes/Monique Riedel)

Let’s open our hearts and write our fable
Eat this feast that’s on our table
Fill our heads with loving words in rhyme

Baby life’s so short let’s never worry
We’ve got time if we don’t hurry
Let’s not rush right to the finish line

Oh we all take some tumbles it’s not fun
Sometimes we need to lean on someone
When we’re gonna flip and fly and fall right through the air
I’ll be there when it gets dark
Singing to your heart

Darling you’re a pearl
My most precious find
You bring wonder to my world
With your perfect mind

Let’s take a walk, let nothing guide us
Let the wild unfurl inside us
Pluck each perfect moment off the vine

Just like the birds in silent motion
Let the wind blow every notion
Out to sea with these romantic lines

Darling you’re a pearl
Oh the deepest rarest kind
And this weird and weary world
Is sometimes blind

Baby let’s let love reign down its thunder
Across the world of seven wonders
One for every way I love you dear

Head and heart and soul and smile
Walking talking down the aisle
Lips to whisper these words in your ear

Darling you’re a pearl
I can’t quite believe you’re mine
You bring wisdom to my world
With your perfect mind

Darling you’re a pearl
The deepest rarest kind
You bring wonder to my world
With your perfect mind
Track Name: Eagle on the Moon
Eagle on the Moon (Lyrics: Lutes/Riedel/Emenau)

Most of it you let go
But you could still use a little less
Your heart’s still trying to shake off
All the pains inside your chest

You tell yourself you’re just a dusting
Of fine snow on a rail
You’re gonna come and go like shadows
On a branch beside the trail

But then midnight comes a stumbling
Like an eagle on the moon
With a memory like a steel trap
For a famous fiddler’s tune

You climbed over the mountains
You couldn’t really do your best
But you hunted for your daily bread
And you kept yourself well-dressed

Now you rest in the evening
With your eyes up on a shelf
You’re staring at the shadows
On the pictures of yourself

And then midnight comes a stumbling
Like an eagle on the moon
There’s a barn burning on the skyline
And it’s looking like high noon

BRIDGE
And you stand there at the gate
You see it’s not too late
What you have carved into your mind
Isn’t all there really is for you to find

Most of it you’ve let go
But you could still use a little less
Your mind is slowly learning
To put out the fires in your chest

The fuel that gets them started
Is less than what it seems
But all those old infernos
Still haunt your restless dreams

And then midnight comes a stumbling
Like an eagle on the moon
A life in lower gravity
The freedom makes you swoon
Track Name: Listen to the Wind
Listen to the Wind (Lyrics: Rob Lutes)

I listened to the wind, I touched the ice
I said love’ll be my shadow if I treat it nice

I followed every shiver that made me swoon
A little indecision was a lead balloon

I wandered and I worshipped and I scratched it down
I chased it like an echo from the underground

But the only time I get it is when I let it get away
Heart in hand without a plan for how to make it pay
Far out on an ocean that never hits the shore
Once I know there’s nothing else, I don’t need nothing more

I said, oh baby, don’t be rude
Don’t believe in every little thing you do

Because everything goes up and down
Its gonna take you somewhere but you’re gonna want to turn around

But the only time you get it is when you let it get away
Heart in hand without a plan for how to make it pay
Far out on an ocean that never hits the shore
Once you know there’s nothing else, you won’t need nothing more

I carried on a while like a drunkard’s son
I said it wouldn’t be a good game if everybody won

Then I coated up my heart in stainless steel
So I could rescue everybody on the battlefield

But the only time I get it is when I let it get away
Heart in hand without a plan for how to make it pay
Far out on an ocean that never hits the shore
Once I know there’s nothing else, I don’t need nothing more
Track Name: Sparkle Blues
Sparkle Blues (Lyrics: Michael Emenau)

I’m thinking about moving back home
Roaming, roaming, roaming no more
It would really be so nice,
I should take my own advice
I should pack up and head there today

I’m thinking about moving back home
Sliding, riding, gliding, biding my time no more
It would really be so nice
I should take my own advice
I’m gonna pack up and head there today

The sparkle in your eyes
It drew me there before
That sparkle from deep inside
made me, made me want you more

Oh but I won’t
I wish I could but I won’t
For I have left and gone away
Track Name: Up on the Wall
Up on the Wall (Lyrics: Rob Lutes)

I will drink like a demon so I’ll bounce like a ball
I want to get up on the wall
I will scale shaky ladders, I will bleed and I will brawl
I want to get up on the wall

Just to see how the view is out across those hills
Where the shadows roll under the clouds
There’s a vast new horizon that I aim to fill
Once I get free from the crowd

So i cling to the mortar in a slow desperate crawl
I want to be up on the wall
I would steal the wings of angels and I’d take the devil’s call
I want to get up on the wall

If my head could be quiet I could leave this parade
But I can’t quite step out of the line
There’s a deep voice that’s calling me out of the shade
Like a heartbeat under the whine

Well you build it and you climb it and you climb it ’til you fall
I want to get up on the wall
Do you even remember, do you even recall
Why you want to get up on the wall

Just to see how the view is out across those hills
Pull your mind out of the clouds
There’s a vast new horizon that you aim to fill
If you can just get yourself out of the crowd