Woodnotes

by Jonathan Meur

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Reviews for Woodnotes

"Meur’s Woodnotes EP is a welcome addition to the burgeoning list of quality made-in-Singapore music", TODAY, 7 June 2013

"... sung by a sandpaper and honeyed voiced Meur, the rest undulating as lovingly composed blends of classical, pop and folk", JUICE Singapore, June 2013

"Meur has managed to pull off a solid effort with winning arrangements and lyrics", Poached, 19 April 2013

"... he definitely has the potential to carve out his own niche, if this strong debut is any indication", Material World, 17 April 2013

"A mix of wistful songwriting, delightful arrangements and a voice that evokes nostalgia, Woodnotes will definitely take you places", Bandwagon, 9 April 2013

"Such is his disarming candour, you're sold", The Straits Times, 5 April 2013

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released April 7, 2013

This EP was made in Singapore between December 2012 and March 2013.

All songs written and arranged by Jonathan Meur, except “I Carry Your Heart” (poem by e. e. cummings). Additional piano arrangements by Elizabeth Saw.

“i carry your heart with me(i carry it in”. Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904–1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.

Jonathan Meur: Vocals, Guitar (track 5), Keys (track 6)
Rachael Teo, The SMU Chamber Choir: Vocals
Les Merquita: Guitar
Elizabeth Saw: Keys
Cheryl Lim: Trumpet
Ngai Jia Ming: Alto sax
Debra Leong: Violin
Zhong Ren Koh: Cello
Seow Yi Zhe: Double bass

Amelia Lee Jing Wen, Valerie Tan Sok Hiang, Petrina Phua Sing Yee, Fiona Caroline Jee, Ryan Chow, Charles Yap Chou Hur, Joseph Tay and Kenneth Yeo Wei Qiang are part of the SMU Chamber Choir and appear courtesy of the Singapore Management University. Les Merquita is part of and appears courtesy of One Hat Town.

Recorded by Ah Boy at TNT Studios (drums), Patrick Chng at The Neptune (lead vocals) and Patrick Chng and Alan Bok at Thom’s Loft (all other instruments). Mixed by Patrick Chng at The Neptune (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7), and Seow Yi Zhe and Ting Si Hao at Home Ground Studios (tracks 2, 4, 5). Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering.

Artwork: Maëva Poupard
Photography: Chia Perq Jon (reddotphoto.com.sg)
Layout and design: Benjamin Cheh Ming Hann
Logo: Archer Alif (archeralif.com)

Produced by Jonathan Meur

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Singapore-based French-Mauritian singer-songwriter addicted to the creative process. A fusion of folk, pop, rock and classical, his music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Kings of Convenience and Regina Spektor.

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Track Name: Islands
Islands

Watch me step into this world
Island of mine, you trigger my defences
Let me leave as quietly as autumn leaves
A season I’ve never seen

Nothing could move me more than islands

Watch me grow up and tall
Island of mine and keeper of sacred memories
Let me bruise my own skin and my own soul
And find what it takes to heal them both

Nothing could move me more than islands

The children of the sea
Aren’t shackled by any land
We’re near and far at the same time
And everywhere

Watch me prove what I can do
Island of mine I swear I’m worthy of your shores
Let me bet my youthful heart
I can make it through anything unscathed

Nothing could move me more than islands
Nothing could move me more
Nothing could move me
Track Name: Strangers In Motion
Strangers In Motion

Trains
Boys on trains and boys on buses
Girls
Girls lost in books and magazines
And then the motion starts

Bruised
I assume their hearts have been bruised
One thing
That’s already one thing they share
And then the motion starts

Strangers stare at strangers
With the ride as the rhythm
Of their silent conversations
They pretend not to look
But strangers stare back at strangers
With the journey as the rhythm
To their silent destinations
To opened doors

Boys, boys like me
Lost in thoughts and lost in sounds
Words, girls whispering words read
And then the motion starts

Trees and buildings and lights flashing by
Can’t compete with curiosity

And then the motion slows down
And then the motion
Stops
Track Name: Calling Wounds
Calling Wounds

I’m four and running again
They’re calling my name but I can’t hear
I’m racing with the wind
And jumping benches

Watch me if I fall
But don’t catch me if I do fall
Don’t you worry about me
I’ll catch myself alright

I’m calling wounds
But I’ll catch myself right up
I’ve done it more than once
And I can do it again
And I’ll do it again

So keen and impatient sometimes
I forget walls and invite you
To call me careless, call me crazy
But don’t call me on it

Or catch me if I fall
Just watch me if I do fall
Why should you worry about me?
I’ve always caught myself

I know you care
I know you mean well
And I thank you for it
But see the strength I have
And the force I am
How I always make it through
Track Name: Telegram
Telegram

Hey, love, how’s it going? (STOP)
I already kinda miss you (STOP)
And you’ll probably think when you get this
“Always has to be so unconventional” (STOP)

But hey, love, hear this (STOP)
Here the cobblestone streets
Seem to know your name (STOP)
And what I know for sure is
I’ll be back in this city
And when I am you’ll be
Right beside me (STOP)

I’m on the other side of the world
But I’ll be back soon, I’ll be home soon

Every little thing here makes it feel
Like a dreamland (STOP)
The buildings have soul
The greys work like colours
Even the heaviest rain
Makes me smile (STOP)
And if you get to thinking
I shouldn’t be here on my own
I’d agree
Wish you were here (STOP)

Here on the other side of the world
But I’ll be back soon, I’ll be home soon

It wasn’t hard to fall for this city (STOP)
A fine nineteenth-century spirit (STOP)
And for a twentieth-century beauty like you
Black stars on a milky white ribbon

I miss you but I’ll be back home to you
I’ll be back soon, I’ll be home soon
Track Name: Someone's
Someone’s

A young girl with a sad look in her eyes
Stares out her tree house window
It’s her favourite place to be
When she’s feeling low and no one gets her
She doesn’t see it, no, she doesn’t see it

She’s someone’s greatest pride
Someone’s daily dose of sunshine
Someone’s blind crush
And maybe not today
But someday she’ll know

A young man with a degree in a rough spot
Torn between passion and bills
Hands down, his favourite dilemma
And not a friend in sight with good advice
He doesn’t see it, no, he doesn’t see it

He’s someone’s guide to success
Someone’s someone new to respect
Someone’s mission
And maybe not today
But someday he’ll know

Someday he’ll know and she’ll know
They’re something to someone

And they’re never out of sight
And they’re never far from some kind of
Some kind of ally

Old souls who’ve given it their all
Not a fear left on their mind
Not running after nothing anymore
They’re just counting down the days They don’t see it, no, they don’t see it

They’re someone’s pedestalled two
Someone’s rock-solid
Someone’s heroes
And maybe not today
But someday they’ll know
Track Name: I Carry Your Heart
I Carry Your Heart

I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart
I am never without it

Anywhere I go you go, my dear
And whatever is done by only me
Is your doing, my darling

I fear no fate for you are my fate, my sweet
I want no world
For beautiful you are my world, my true

And it’s you are whatever
A moon has always meant
And whatever a sun will always sing is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
Here is the root of the root
And the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky
Of a tree called life
Which grows higher than soul can hope
Or mind can hide
And this is the wonder
That’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart
I carry it in my heart
Track Name: Stars (So Be It)
Stars (So Be It)

So be it, the night has taken over
So be it, another sleepless time awaits

Stars watch over the restless kind
Stars watch over

So be it, this work is never over
So be it, be it, we’re puppets to fates

I wish to wish upon one of these stars
And see this wish realised
These artificial lights
That keep keeping us up at night
I wish to see them fade into oblivion
So I can give in to these heavy
Heavy eyes of mine