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Jamie Bonk

Guitarist/Songwriter

All We Can Be

Here’s another tune (“All We Can Be”) from my upcoming album. I’ve always loved writing tender, quiet ballads — songs that are fragile. This is one of those songs. I hope you like the music.

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“All We Can Be” — Words & Music by Jamie Bonk

Verse

Hold you close
Lightly with love
Whispers of hope
Fall from my breath

Nothing between us
I touch you softly
With dreams of a life
Always beside you

Chorus

I’ll give all to you
And you all to me
Together we will see
All we can be

Verse

Yours and mine
Words no more
Here as one
In love we are

Chorus

I’ll give all to you
And you all to me
Together we will see
All we can be

I’ll give all to you
And you all to me
Together we will see
All we can be

© 2015 Bonk Productions

Me and You

Here’s another tune (“Me And You”) that’s going to be on my upcoming album. I think most of us have had to deal with relationships that didn’t work out for one reason or another. “Me And You” is about that friction, but it’s also about loss. How someone is no longer in your life the way they used to be. I hope you like the song.

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“Me And You” – Words & Music by Jamie Bonk

Verse

The trouble with
What you say is
I know
It’s true

You can play this game
And I can too

I guess that’s the way it has to be
At least
At least for

Chorus

Me and you
For me and you

Verse

We can fight about this
Morning and night

In the end
Neither of us
Will be right

And all I really want to know is
What
What about

Chorus

Me and you
About
Me and you

Bridge

It’s the way we walk
The way we talk
The way we
Are

And who we are together
I see I still care for

Chorus

Me and you
For
Me and you

Verse

The easiest lie I can tell
Is the one to myself

It can feel good
But you’re fooling no one else

But the truth will always be that
I miss

Chorus

Me and you
Miss
Me and you

© 2015 Bonk Productions

Bob Dylan – “Chronicles (Volume One)”

Chronicles (Volume One)

Sometimes your expectations can play with you.  That certainly was the case when I started reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles (Volume One).  I figured with the book titled Chronicles I would be reading a mostly point A to point B, story of my life biography.  Well, I figured wrong.

Chronicles certainly has its fair share of “and then and then and then”.  Most biographies have at least some degree of that sort of thing.  But Dylan also leaves significant gaps in his story line.  Gaps big and odd enough that I actually went back and looked to see if I had missed something.  Or whether there were missing pages. The book also follows a circular structure – early life/career – middle life/career – early life/career.  Couldn’t help but think of Pulp Fiction and how the film used a similar method to tell a story.  Maybe Dylan was thinking about that too.  Or maybe not.

It’s no secret that Dylan is a good songwriter and musician.  Chronicles gives us a glimpse into just how well studied he was.  He read, listened to and watched just about everything.  He learned song after song after song.  Played loads of gigs.  He worked hard.

I learned a lot from reading Chronicles.  Dylan has a brilliant way of looking at something and shifting perspective.  Quite a few times I was left thinking, “Now that’s a unique way to think about that.”

Happy I read Chronicles (Volume One) and hoping for Chronicles (Volume Two).

God’s Counting On Me, God’s Counting On You

I saw a video of Pete Seeger singing this song (“God’s Counting On Me, God’s Counting On You”) four or five years ago and it knocked my socks off. The way he was able to connect with the audience was absolutely amazing. It’s exactly what good folk music should be and should do. It’s also somewhat rare to find a positive protest song. A song that acknowledges there are huge problems in the world and still believes in hope. If you like the song, go and check out the version Seeger and Lorre Wyatt recorded with Bruce Springsteen — it’s great!

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GOD’S COUNTING ON ME, GOD’S COUNTING ON YOU
(Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt)

Verse
When we look and we see
Things are not what they should be
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

It’s time to turn things around
Trickle up, not trickle down
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Verse
And when drill, baby, drill
Leads to spill, baby, spill
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Yes, there’s big problems to be solved
Let’s get everyone involved
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Verse
Now don’t give up, don’t give in
Workin’ together we all can win
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

What we do now, you and me
Will affect eternity
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Verse
When we sing with younger folks
We can never give up hope
God’s counting on me
God’s counting on you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Chorus
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Hoping we’ll all pull through
Me and you

Who Said It Was Easy?

Here’s another tune (“Who Said It Was Easy?”) from my upcoming album and a part of an ongoing series of videos I’m calling The Sofa Sessions. The lyrics are below…. I hope you like the tune!!

“Who Said It Was Easy?” – Words & Music by Jamie Bonk

Who said it was easy?
Cause it sure wasn’t me
Give what you can
And still you see

That’s just the way it goes for some
It can make you feel like an unlucky one

Who said it was fair?
Cause it sure wasn’t me
Back of the line
Is a tough place to be

That’s just the way it goes for some
It can make you feel like an unlucky one

Instrumental Bridge

It can be better
That’s what I know
All comes down to whether
You can let go

Sometimes you just have to trust
And know that you are a lucky one

© 2015 Bonk Productions

New Pedalboards

Over the last 35 or so years, I’ve gone through quite a few pedalboards.  From literally having pedals velcroed to a piece of plywood in the 70’s/early 80s to a rack of gear with MIDI switching in the 80’s/90’s to having four different pedalboards until recently.  I lost those four boards this summer.  The upside (if there ever is an upside to getting robbed) is that you are forced to look at what you need.  And right now, I need less.  My two new “pedalboards” in the photo below (acoustic on the left and electric on the right) are pretty darn minimalistic and I’m going to try to keep them (mostly) that way.

New Acoustic and Electric Pedalboards

For This One Time

Here’s a version of a song (“For This One Time”) I’m putting on my upcoming album. Like many writers, I don’t always like to define exactly what my songs are about.  But for me, this song is about caregivers and the challenges they face.  Maybe it’ll have a different meaning for you.

I’ve had quite a few questions about the gear I’m using in the video, so here goes… The guitar is a new Simon & Patrick Showcase Rosewood Concert Hall.  Absolutely love the guitar!  It has a beautiful, rich tone and sonically it sits nicely between my parlor and dreadnought guitars.  The mic is an Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina.  I’ve only had the mic a short while now, but it continues to impress me.  It sounds the way I hear.  I went out the mic into an Apogee Duet interface and then into Logic.

I hope you like the tune!


“For This One Time” – Words & Music by Jamie Bonk

For this one time
Could you be mine
And let me be
All you can see

For a while that’s all
Just a time to breathe
Just a time for me

That’s all I need

I know you care
Want what is best
So let this be
A moment for me

For a while that’s all
Just a time to breathe
Just a time for me

That’s all I need

Just a time for me
That’s all I need

So you now know
What I won’t show
I ask of you
To only love me

For a while that’s all
Just a time to breathe
Just a time for me

That’s all I need
That’s all I need

© 2015 Bonk Productions

Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina

Received my Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina yesterday and man do I ever love it!  Sounds as great as it looks.  I need to play around with it for a bit to figure out what its strengths are, but my guess is, it’s going to give me exactly what I was hoping for — a natural, unhyped sound.

Jamie Bonk with Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina Jamie Bonk -- Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina (1)Jamie Bonk -- Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina (2)

Late 80’s Video Shoot

In the late 80’s, after I graduated music school, I did all kinds of different music related things.  I played freely improvised music, wrote and recorded guitar based fusion and I did studio work for a number of Toronto artists.  I would generally play/record all of the instruments on a track (guitar, keys, program drums etc.) and occasionally a video would be made of a particular song.  The photos below are from one of the video shoots I was lucky enough to be involved with.  And no, I’m never growing the hair back.

Jamie with a great big lid Jamie with a great big lid (2)

The Grateful Dead’s Laid-Back, Yet Surprisingly Shrewd, Business Plan (NPR Music)

Gotta love it… They do everything “wrong” and still do phenomenally well…

The Grateful Dead’s Laid-Back, Yet Surprisingly Shrewd, Business Plan (NPR Music)

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