Aletheia

by James Kinne

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"My brother Christopher, a professional musician living in Nashville, Tennessee, is fond of saying that truly great songwriting is only obtained through intense suffering and personal pain.

While I have disputed his statement over the years, I grudgingly will admit that, in the case of a new sonic project from one of the Mad River Valley’s most prolific and hardest-working musicians, my brother may very well be dead on.

Let’s say you’ve been through a rough personal patch, and need to figure out some way of making sense of it all.
Many of us embrace therapy of one sort of another – a healthy response, to reach out and seek some support.

Multi-talented musician James Kinne practices his own form of personal therapy.

To say that Kinne is perhaps the biggest holistic musical talent in the Mad River Valley – as an instrumentalist, a writer, a vocalist, and a producer with some remarkable ears - is probably a bald understatement (and I speak from personal experience, having performed with him for several years now.)

Simply put, Kinne makes music. Damn fine music. From soup to nuts. Here’s how he works.

He writes all the songs

He plays all the instruments.

He records and mixes the whole project in his own home Stillwater Studio.

And then, he puts his music out there for the world to hear.

“Aletheia” is Kinne’s third solo effort, and it is easily his most ambitious project to date, comprised of no fewer than seventeen songs.

OK, so back to music and personal suffering.

“Aletheia” is built around the collapse of Kinne’s young marriage several months ago, and his resulting journey towards healing and a deeper understanding of this complicated project we call “living.”

I know what you are thinking. Sounds intense. And it is.

Yet, Kinne has managed to craft a CD of songs that is hopeful, forward-looking, and manages to be at once deeply personal and big-picture universal.

“This Side Of,” the CD’s first track, kicks off the project with some edgy electric guitar power chording, as Kinne anchors the listener in a transitional moment. “In Spades” and “Games,” tracks 2 and 3, both come out of the gate with some infectiously hooky bass and electric guitar grooves. Kinne has a tremendous ear for melody, and is able to build ear-engaging arrangements around a variety of riffs with ease. Quite impressive.

My favorite track (#7) is a tune called “All I Know,” in which Kinne sings of loss, redemption and moving on. “You could have been the one to save my life, point me in the right direction,” he observes. “I could have been the hero in your life, if not for this lost connection.”

And then the kicker.

“Even though the path was overgrown,” he concludes, “I’d rather have grown old with you…than be alone.”

Indeed.

I could on for pages about the virtues of each of the seventeen songs on this CD. Suffice to say, Kinne’s writing, his musicianship, and the arranging on this CD are first rate. A short review can do it little justice.

“Aletheia” has to be heard to be believed

-Rob Williams - The Valley Reporter

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released November 19, 2009

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All Instuments and Vocals performed by: James Kinne
Recorded and Mixed by: James Kinne @ Stillwater Studio, Warren VT
All Music & Lyrics: James Kinne / SC68 ASCAP

Mastered by: Jim Bowen - Wavelength Masters
Artwork by: Dan Turcotte - Turcotte Designs

Special Thanks to: Jacob Blodgett, Jim Bowen, Dan Turcotte, Curtis Savard, Drew Whitney.

James uses Taylor Guitars and Knucklehead Strings exclusively.

This album is dedicated to Geoff Turner.
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Track Name: This Side Of
She went down by the water
In the hopes that she maybe could
Be understood for the first time
In a long time

Wrote words down that could change the world
But underneath all her words
This poet girl
Was still hiding

You've always had walls around you
You've always had guys in tow
You've always had those who love you
When always doesn't seem to translate with you

I could scream myself to madness
Just trying to reinforce this rightful course
We were put on

Never thought we could be here
Never though things could fail
I never thought I'd see this side of
You never thought anything at all

You've always had walls around you
You've always had guys in tow
You've always had those who love you
When always doesn't seem to translate with you
Track Name: In Spades
Always under the impression that they knew best
And mistakenly thinking that they might fill in the rest
Started over many times that I grew tired
Of watching the ones I'd trust turn into liars

So I don't need no reasons
I should have just kept this for myself
When friends just change with the seasons
I should have just kept this for myself

It isn't ego that I'm tripping over in spades
It's just that I'm really fed up with all the needless delays
I appreciate the efforts that they gave me
But it was in the end result we did not agree

So I don't need no reasons
I should have just kept this for myself
When friends just change with the seasons
I should have just kept this for myself

In quiet times
I realized
In these hopeless wings
It'd be my voice that'd sing

So I don't need no reasons
I should have just kept this for myself
When friends just change with the seasons
I should have just kept this for myself

In quiet times
I realized
In these hopeless wings
It'd be my voice that'd sing

So I don't need no reasons
I should have just kept this for myself
When friends just change with the seasons
I should have just kept this for myself
Track Name: Games
Mist on the water
Hope down the drain
Every time I redirect
It always ends in pain

Gotta listen to reason
And stop assigning blame
That's the core of why you still play games

All I did was try for you
Did everything I could do
Wish you could have seen us through
All I did was try for you
Did everything I could do
Wish you could have seen us through
'Cause all I did was try, for you.
Track Name: Shoulder
Barely through
A life near lost
And uncomfortable
In all it might have cost

Sometimes
I miss having your shoulder
Chips on mine just grow older
Things I wish I had told her
I miss having your shoulder

So hear me now
'cause I'm ready to be heard
When I spent so long trudging down doomed paths
Never thinking they wouldn't last, oh no
But now I see…

That sometimes
I miss having your shoulder
Chips on mine just grow older
Things I wish I had told her
I miss having your shoulder
Chips on mine they grow older
Wounds that deep just get colder
I miss having your shoulder
Track Name: Stuck Still
If you would've told me
That I would be
Writing a song about this when
I was 23

I would have said no way
That can't be
I've got too many promising things now
Right in front of me

But I'm stuck still
And I really thought I would have made it there by now

If there was a reason
Other than my own
As the cards were laid out upon the table
And tears in the fabric sewn

Then I would have been able
To keep it all stable
And travel on my own
But I lost my direction
The wrong intersection
Thinking I was owed

But I'm stuck still
And I really thought I would have made it there by now
Track Name: Better Now
Hey little angel
Why do you close your eyes?
Are you tired of seeing all our little white lies?

I know where you're going
I've been where you've been
It's the same road I'm still stuck within

But oh
Is this really over?
Oh no
This can't be over…

I must be dreaming

See all the Christmas lights decorate the town
Trying to mask everything that has fallen down
I'll sing myself to sleep but you won't be listening
And I hope you're better now

But oh
Is this really over?
Oh no
This can't be over…

I must be dreaming

Hey little angel
Why do you close your eyes?
Are you tired of seeing
All my little white lies?
I'll sing myself to sleep but you won't be listening
And I hope you're better now

But oh
Is this really over?
(I must be dreaming, I must be wrong)
But oh
Is this really over?
(I wasn't dreaming, I wasn't wrong)
Track Name: All I Know
All I know
Is I would have given you everything
Soul to soul
What I felt wasn't in my head

You could've been the one to save my life
And point me in the right direction
I could've been the hero in your life
If not for our lost connection

All I know
Is I would have given you everything
All alone
Writing this down, alone in my bed
All I know
Is I can now live with your ghost instead

You could've been the one to save my life
And point me in the right direction
I could've been the hero in your life
If not for our lost connection

Even though the path was overgrown
I would've rather grown old with you than be alone
Track Name: Already Under
The news today
Depicts pain
Suffering
Just more of the same

So lock the door
At the end of the day
Pass one around
And fade away

I'm already under
Track Name: 3am
How'd you go?

3am and I sit glued
To the thought of other arms now holding you
You're running still from the demons in your past
And you left me here with mine and the minutes are so vast
Alone…

How'd you go?

3am and I sit glued
To the thought of other arms now holding you
You're running still from the demons in your past
And you left me here with mine and minutes are so vast

3am and I'm still glued
To the thought of those arms surrounding you
You're running still from the demons in your past
But you left

Me

Alone…

I loved you, you know…
Track Name: When I Finally Wake
Dig deep, dig deep down inside
And find the answer
This addiction's hold on me
Cannot last ever after

But oh,
Come with me
I'll give you the darkness you seek
Oblivions allure is so sweet
Then own your soul and see you in a week

Depressed, Repressed, Regressed
Until the world swims grey
Depressed, Repressed, Regressed
Pain is worse when I wake

When I Finally Wake

Alone, and hurting
Nothing's changed
I'm still alone and hurting

But oh,
Come with me
I'll give you the darkness you seek
Oblivions allure is so sweet
Then own your soul and see you in a week

Depressed, Repressed, Regressed
Until the world swims grey
Depressed, Repressed, Regressed
Pushing life further away
Deep Breaths, Repressed, Regressed
Please God hear me say
Depressed, Repressed, Regressed
Pain is worse when I wake

When I Finally Wake
Track Name: Carry Me Away
Used to be strong
Used to be light
I should have listened
Because you were right

The struggle inside
And the grey in the day
Wondering why

Why haven't you carried me away?
Why haven't you carried me away.. so I'm done?

Another day ends
Alone with my ghosts
Hard to decide
What hurts the most

The pain all around
Or the damage inside
Losing my will
And care for this life.
Track Name: Eighteen Months
How many lies did it take you to finally come clean in the end?
You fed me the words that would keep me…
..like you were just confused but still a friend

But actions spoke louder than words
When you told the whole world you were his
Thinking that I'd stand by the vows I spoke
Even though you broke ours eighteen months in

But I kept holding on
To a life I thought would last longer
I kept holding on
To a marriage I assumed was stronger

Just for the record, this isn't anger
'cause anger now won't help solve anything
besides you're gonna have enough to dwell on
'cause we both know that I gave us everything

But actions spoke louder than words
When I found from someone else you were his
Assuming that I'd stand by the vows I spoke
Even though you broke ours eighteen months in

But I kept holding on
To a life I thought would last longer
I kept holding on
To a marriage I assumed was stronger

I've been there and done that now.
Track Name: Little Reminders
Same ceiling today
A little darker and a little more faded
Same wind in the trees
The damn days I spend outside raking
The same sound on the phone
The crack in the glass of my Grandmother's picture
So many here but alone
I hate those days when I wake up and feel it's

A disappointing life
A disappointing life, sometimes.

Struggle to find the words right
More and more often I cannot remember
Why my alarm needs to scream
To make sure I'm awake, but not living
The days that feel like a month
The people you trust and eventually hurt you
It's just those days in-between
Those little reminders of how this can be a

Disappointing life
A disappointing life, sometimes.
Track Name: Shards of My Former Self
Spent time down some wrong roads
Turned my back and it nearly took off my head
Grown tired of my hurt soul
And learned to step around shards of my former self

Tell me all the truths you made up at school, my angel
'cause truth changes all the time in the depths of your mind
My schizophrenic angel

I thought I was safe home
'till world came and ripped me apart from inside
Life changed while I was busy
Keeping head above water while chained to a rock

Tell me all the truths you made up at school, my angel
'cause truth changes all the time in the depths of your mind
My schizophrenic angel
Track Name: Song for a Quiet Room
Take me in from outside
There are things out there, like me, but bite and hide
Honest efforts spent keep telling me
That if I can't make this work, it's flirting with insanity

Out of these safe walls I don't belong
Apparently beyond my soul feels wrong
Regretfully wrong

It was never like a loner stride
When who I was within was printed clearly on the outside
I'd be lying if I said it hasn't bothered me
But apparently this choice isn't up to me

Out of these safe walls I don't belong
Apparently beyond my soul feels wrong
Regretfully wrong

Out of these safe walls I don't belong
And apparently beyond my soul feels wrong
I can rest now knowing I gave people my all
But apparently beyond my soul feels wrong
Regretfully wrong.

So take me in from outside
Cause even here, where my soul wants to be, and they still bite and hide.
Track Name: Up Control
Lay it down love, lay it down it's time
'cause I can feel the fire
Taking up control
And running on it's own

Set it down love, set it all alone
Let it ride it's path
'cause I'm tired of standing by

When all I know is that I've come this far
Staying true to who I am

Write it down love, write it down 'cause I
I have found the reasons why
And I'm pulling at the roots
And rewriting all the rules

Hold me down love, hold me down in place
Remembering the face
Of a long misplaced best friend
Echoing

All I know is that I've come this far
Staying true to who I am
Track Name: Aletheia
There was a time they say
When I didn't play these games
And I didn't hold onto the things that weren't true

There was a chance I had
That I cannot get past
As the others have passed by
In a backwards view I was

Blinded no more
'cause I'm done with living tired and sore
with open doors leading to the wrong thing

I somehow found the will
To remember who I was before
The dreams in store
Down the path the right way

The negativity is over now
I will not let you stand in my way now

I broke it down to parts
And combined my broken hearts
Came clean with the pain
And the defects of my game

Found the strength I'd lost
Still tallying the cost to pay
Just day by day
I'm coming around again

The negativity is over now
I will not let you stand in my way now
I can see the path ahead more clearly now
'cause I've laid it all on the line here for you now
Aletheia