Lyrics & Poems

Rhythm is everything. A regular concert-goer over the years, loving bands as diverse as The Grateful Dead to Radiohead and admiring Bob Dylan, Jim writes lyrics and co-writes songs with other musicians. He plays harmonica and sings less well than the other members of the song-writing cooperative, Well Spaced Trees. Based in Jasper National Park, Well Spaced Trees founding members include Mike Day and Matt Cushing, co-writers with Jim for the songs Dan Harkness quotes in HYPNOTIZING LIONS (Jim – lyrics, and multi-instrument Mike – music). Other revolving members of the Trees include Pat Mcleod, Randall Purvis, Mike Mitchell, Steve Blake, Jesse Lent and Tony Mastrianni, with guests including Brian MacMillan, David Ronald, Mike Landry, Da’Ari Lisle and Dave Tolley, former drummer for Xavier Rudd.

SONGS FROM HYPNOTIZING LIONS

Jim on Harmonica

As an active member of the Sooke Writers’ Collective, Jim examines the difference between song lyrics and poetry. His song poems appear in Sooke Writers Collective Anthologies and in the seven-poet collaboration ALL THE ELEMENTS.

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