Between

by James Kinne

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"Rarely an artist comes along that combines raw emotion, masterful command of songwriting and an exceptional performance. James Kinne has reached that plateau on his first solo release, Between. Kinne composed, arranged and played all the instruments (save some backing vocals). That would spell doom for most musicians but Kinne's talent and experience shines through on well-crafted songs that reveal an intimate look into the heart and mind of this singer/songwriter. Acoustic-based with flavors of electric mixed in, the guitar is the driving force with tasteful drum complements reminiscent of Toad the Wet Sprocket yet less sorrowful/dark and more readily accessible.

The disc starts with an upbeat song that begs for driving, "Molly." "Better Things" is a look towards brighter tomorrows. "Passerby" also looks ahead and provides a mission statement - heading out on your own and creating what comes naturally for yourself. "Reaching Towards Dawn" combines a great vocal melody with some quick finger-picking acoustic work. A tad bit of reggae influence on "Find My Way" and the rocking "Reach Down" add more stylistic variety. The disc wraps with a stunning live performance of "Before" (puts all questions aside if he is as good live as he is on record) and a hidden track, "Angel Eyes," which is simply breathtaking and emotionally gripping. I've listened to over 200 CDs released in 2002, this is my favorite hands down."

-Brad Parmerter, FYE.com

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released March 9, 2001

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Track Name: Molly
It all started out
on an empty road
along side a highway
she made up her mind
that things were gonna change
and never be the same again

Before long it took it's toll
on everyone around her
Stuck inside her life in a silent scream
that no one ever noticed

But she would not listen
and she could not see
the answers right in front of her
laughing in her face
they seemed another question

Hey now,
hello,
this is only the beginning of all you need to know
Hey Molly
it's all right
if you say so
then we'll go

Hey now,
hello,
this is only the beginning of all you need to know
Hey Molly
it's all right
I'll go
And I'll leave you there alone

Once you come down and look around
you will know what's going on
look inside and you will find
everything you left behind

Feeling like you've lost your way
and you've lost some faith again
but I can't help you now...

But you still won't listen
and you still can't see
the answers right in front of you
always in your face
they'll always seem a question

Hey now,
hello,
this is the beginning of all you need to know
Molly,
it's all right,
you said so,
so we'll go

Hey now,
hello,
this is only the beginning of all you need to know
Molly,
Molly,
Sweet Molly,
I'll leave you there alone

I'll leave you there now
walk away somehow
starting right now
Track Name: Reach Down
This stretch of road is longer than we had imagined
we pass by people on the shoulder
lost & tired

The tail lights we had trailed behind
they faded somewhere
guided by what we hold inside

Reach down
and pick up all the pieces of our broken dreams
Once, twice and still not tired
forever moving closer to the place we should be

The evening falls with an elegant grace
that's mesmerizing
We'll look up in hopes to see a falling star
but the clouds have not broken

All our paths lay clear
coming into focus
while our dreams lay near
still we

Reach down
and pick up all the pieces of our broken dreams
Once, twice and still not tired
forever moving closer to the place we should be

Holding on to everything we see
don't worry, that is not what I need
anymore..
Track Name: Better Things
I'm looking for better things
things that I have not found
in a place where I can speak freely
and safety lies all around

I'm looking for better things
things hidden away by fright
the longest night might hint to them
but then they'll never seem right

Oh, we'll spend this time together
Only to be ripped apart
Oh, we'll keep climbing that ladder
Only to fall from the top

I'm looking for better things
things that will never break
we'll borrow them from our fairy tales
and hope that they're not fake

I'm looking for better things
all those things always one step ahead
Maybe, just maybe they may come tomorrow
So I'll wait for that instead

Oh, we'll spend this time together
Only to be ripped apart
Oh, we'll keep climbing that ladder
Only to fall from the top

I'm looking for better things
I'm looking for better things
Still looking for better things
We're all looking for better things
Track Name: Passerby
At a loss for words once again
feeling deja vu setting in
chaging all the rules so I can't win
watch them pass me by

Holding on a thought from yesterday
dayreaming more and more
I may just have to change the games I play

Still running on indecision
still trying to find clearer vision
I won't stop until I listen

I won't stop holding out for sign
to take the next step forward
I might just catch my breath

Holding steady don't walk away
you might be just in time to
steal this feeling from me

Always thought that someone else would know
a more effective way that I should go
I wound up getting lost & my gas was low
another passerby

But things are getting clearer now it seems
no longer chasing someone else's dreams
I'm no longer chasing anything

Still running on indecision
still trying to find clearer vision
I won't stop until I listen
and keep burning down

Holding out for sign
to take the next step forward
I might just catch my breath

Holding steady don't walk away
you might be just in time to
steal this feeling from me

I'm still running on indecision
trying to find my clearer vision
I have stopped and I am listening
to myself
I will find a new direction
plow through all your indiscretion
It sounds so sweet, I'm finally listening
to myself
Track Name: Reaching Towards Dawn
Streetlight shines off the wet street
the storm is calm again
but the light is still far off

A lone car passes by
with a lonely driver inside
where, I cannot tell

Until I
can be
what it is
that you need me to be
Until you
can see
what it is
that's inside of me..
Undone

Under the sign stands a person
involved in nothing
sightless & invisible

And to my surprise
something stirs inside
it's not close enough
it's never close enough

Until I
can be
what it is
that you need me to be
Until you
can see
what this is
that's inside of me..
Undone
Track Name: Find My Way
I have a problem
that I've been struggling through
and I haven't even come up for air

I have no problems
admitting when I'm wrong
but people need to keep me there

I almost made the cut
on the team that always won
but I've never been the most desireable choice

Out of that box I had shoved my life into
& trying to reclaim my voice

With you, you could help me find my way

Things seemed so simple
when we started out
I don't know how things got here from there

Lost and distracted
always overwhelmed
the roadmap gets fuzzy
the longer I stare

Taking deep breaths
choosing every fight
the smoke will start to clear in the end

Follow the path
while holding your hand
feeling the wounds beginning to mend

With you, you could help me find my way
Track Name: Before (live & acoustic)
It's happened too many times before
that I can't recall
the stupid things I've said
right before the fall

It seemed everything was all right
until we slipped into the fight
and I couldn't see anything at all

It all faded from my reach
I tried to learn but no one would teach me
there's things inside that still burn
there're things inside that are hard to turn away

Sorries wear thin real fast and
I don't blame you
when all I wanted to do is last
I cannot keep you
I cannot keep you

Inside my head it's growing clear
too far now, it's too late
now there's nothing
now there's nothing
now there's nothing left to fear

It all faded from my reach
I tried to learn but no one would teach me
there's things inside that have opened doors
there're things inside I've never seen before