MILESTONES (Mothers​.​.​.​Mystery​.​.​.​)

by Kendall Partington

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    A compilation of original and cover music, ...the songs reflect a sense of my roots, a recollection and connection of wistful wishes... Kendall
    It's rooted in east coast Canadian country-folk influences that seem to colour almost any genre Kendall does when the style borders on that sound.Then be thrown for a loop by a big band rendition or a power ballad worthy of Jim Steinman. Kendall adds a little variety and uniqueness to his voice within every style he sings.
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MILESTONES theme is a wrap up of Kendall's 25 year span of time playing as a one-man band throughout his various cities and venues and echoes a nostalgic look at the past and the sense of melancholy that comes with wishing we really could "Do it all over again". The songs are well chosen and fit the concept like a glove and even though there is a decidedly eclectic mix of styles and genres, they are done with genuine passion for the music and it shines through.

It's a special treat to hear 3 of the artists own original songs and two from his parents album that was a predecessor to this release 35 years ago. It's a great blend of songs and a generous amount of tracks. Standouts are "Hallelujah" which surprisingly made the song sound real and fresh without being ostentatious or over-sung which is difficult to do when it's been done to death. "Fields of Athenry" was quoted on the radio by DJ Blain Henshaw of Seaside FM in Nova Scotia (105.9) as being the best version he has ever heard of the song. "Give me the Strength" is a surprisingly different bluesy-rock sound that really could have hit potential in the right markets and similarly the easy listening ballads are very easy on the ears with ones like "My Star" having special note of being a classic and a wonderful tribute song to his mother as a fellow singer and of course, parent who was instrumental in his career. But not to leave out his father, he paid tribute to him by re-recording a song written by him and performed on their "Waters of Iona" Cd. Hal Bruce and Alex Meade did a superb job on the mixing and mastering and it sounds very professionally recorded so a big tip of the hat goes to their expertise in finalizing the finished product. Milestones will be a CD you will likely play in the car on a drive, up at a cottage or even home just having some wine by the fire. Enjoy!

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released September 25, 2017

Producer Hal Bruce

Recorded at Moustache Music, Quinpool Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lead Vocals by Kendall Partington

Vocals on duet "By My Side" by Cathy Partington
Backing vocals on "My Star" and "Give us back our Yesterdays" by Lisa Comeau-McDow

All instrument sounds reproduced by Kendall Partington on AUDYA keyboard using styles or midi based music
(except added acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and sound effects as well as extra backing vocals by Hal Bruce on various tracks)

Lead electric guitar on Give me the Strength by Gordie Sampson -(Recorded on demo at Fred Lavery's Cape Breton studio-All rights reserved)
Lead electric guitar on Give us back our Yesterday and My Star by Doug Blaise from the Toronto based duo Blaze & Glory

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Kendall Partington Toronto, Ontario

Singer/keyboardist - 25 years live music performer within Canada & international. Just recorded first true CD. Mix of originals & 'Fave' Covers for the faithful fans.
Kendall's parents were musicians in Nova Scotia. His dad played guitar and his mom sang. They owned and performed at the Privateers coffee house in Halifax. Gordon Lightfoot, John Allan Cameron and others started early careers
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Track Name: I'll Do It All Over Again
Was I right? Was I wrong

A little too weak - a little too strong?

Was it them? Was it me?

Oh I guess I'll never know.....



Well you're up, then you're down

Oh but the world keeps turning around

Ain't it hard... to find... Something to hang on to


(Chorus)
But I know, ( Yes I know ) that my heart will mend

And I know, ( Oh I know ) that I'll smile again

I'll get back, on my feet and then...I'll do it all over again


Some you lose, some you win.

They say that's the way it's always been

First you laugh, then you cry. Oh but I guess that's life

So you live, and you learn, and never look back at the bridges you burn

And you change, somehow . Oh I'm a little bit wiser now

(Chorus)
But I know, that my heart will mend

And I know, that I'll smile again

I'll get back, on my feet and then

I'll do it all over again...


But I know, that my heart will mend

And I know, that I'll smile again

I'll get back, on my feet and then

I'll do it all over again. I'll do it..all over..again!
Track Name: Desperado
Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
But I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the queen of hearts was always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Desperado, you know you ain't gettin' younger
Your pain and your hunger, are drivin' you home
Oh..and freedom, oh freedom well, that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're losin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it's too late
Track Name: Save The Last Dance For Me
Well you can dance-every dance with the guy
Who gives you the eye,let him hold you tight
and You can smile-every smile for the man
Who held your hand beneath the pale moon light
But don't forget who's takin' you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin' save the last dance for me

Oh I know that the music's fine
Like sparklin' wine, go and have your fun
and Laugh and sing, but while we're apart
Don't give your heart to anyone
and don't forget who's takin' you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin' save the last dance for me

Baby don't you know I love you so
Can't you feel it when we touch
I will never, never let you go
I love you oh so much

You can dance, go and carry on
Till the night is gone
And it's time to go
If he asks if you're all alone
Can he walk you home,you must tell him no
'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
Save the last dance for me

Oh I know that the music's fine
Like sparklin' wine, go and have your fun
Laugh and sing, but while we're apart
Don't give your heart to anyone

And don't forget who's takin' you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darling,save the last dance for me

So don't forget who's taking you home
Or in whose arms you're gonna be
So darling, Save the last dance for me

Oh baby save the last dance for me
Oh won't you make a promise that you'll save,
The last dance for me
Save the last dance, the very last dance for me
Track Name: Folsom Prison Blues
I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin' on
But that train keeps a rollin' on down to San Antone..
When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..

I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
But those people keep a movin'
And that's what tortures me...

Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that's where I want to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.....
Track Name: New York New York
Start spreading the news
I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York

These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York

I wanna wake up in a city
That doesn't sleep
And find I'm king of the hill
Top of the heap

These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York

If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you
New York, New York

New York, New York

I want to wake up in a city
That never sleeps
And find I'm a number one
Top of the list
King of the hill
A number one

These little town blues
All melting away
I'm gonna make a brand new start of it
In old New York

And if I can make it there
I'm gonna make it anywhere
It's up to you
New York, New York, New York
Track Name: Captain Kidd
Near the town of Chester on Nova Scotia's shore
A treasure once was buried boys many years before
Beneath the towering Oak trees never to be found
Captain Kidd's great treasure lies buried in the ground

Now listen to my tale boys and gather close around
For if its gold you're looking for I'll tell you where it's found
Far beneath the turf it lies Oak Island's where it's hid
Buried many years ago by Captain William Kidd

(Chorus)
Captain Kidd, Captain Kidd a treasure he did hide
Many men have searched before and many men have died
Captain Kidd, Captain Kidd a treasure he did hide
Many men have searched before and many men have died

While standing on the gallows these last words Kidd did say
If I had my freedom this price to you I'd pay
I'd give you all my plunder it's buried in the ground
Enough to make a chain of gold around all London town

The rope was placed around his neck he would no more set sail
Nor set his foot upon the deck or lean across the rail
His secret he took with him as they watched him choke
That's why they'll search forever on that island known as Oak

Chorus

and one more man will die
Track Name: Yesterday's Dreams
Yesterday's Dreams, Like birds in the winter

Have gathered together and flown to the sun

Yesterday's promises....like shells in the ocean

All shattered and broken. Like Yesterday's Dreams....


You are my harbor. My dream of tomorrow..my promise of sunshine

My shield from the storm.....

My sweet companion...will journey together...

And not be defeated, by Yesterday's Dreams...

(Interlude)

Yesterday's Dreams, Like birds in the winter

Have gathered together and flown to the sun

Yesterday's promises....like shells in the ocean

All shattered and broken. Like Yesterday's Dreams....
Track Name: Only You
Only you can make all this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone
Can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you can make all this change in me
For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you

Only you can make all this change in me
For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you
Track Name: Independence Day
Well she seemed all right by dawns early light
Though she looked a little worried and weak
She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' again
But daddy left the proof on her cheek
And I was only eight years old that summer
And I always seemed to be in the way
So I took myself down to the fair in town
On Independence Day

Well word gets around in a small, small town
They said he was a dangerous man
But mama was proud and she stood her ground
She knew she was on the losin' end
Some folks whispered and some folks talked
But everybody looked the other way
And when time ran out there was no one about
On Independence Day

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay it's Independence Day

Well she lit up the sky that fourth of July
By the time that the firemen come
They just put out the flames, and took down some names
And sent me to the county home
Now I ain't sayin' it's right or it's wrong
But maybe it's the only way
Talk about your revolution
It's Independence Day

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay it's Independence Day
Roll the stone away
It's Independence day
Track Name: My Star
Maybe we could stay forever close in our hearts
It was so easy as a child. Now I'm older and I feel more apart

I know the life we had will never fade away
and now the time has come to wipe the tears away..because..

(Chorus)
We'll always be together just you wait and see
I'll still be there with (for) you and you'll be here with (for) me
No matter what we say or do, no matter where we are
I'll always love you, and you'll always be my star

Together we've been through it all, and I was guided by you
Whenever I would stumble you never let me fall
I don't know how we made it through

But then you let me go to give my wings a try
How sad you must have been to see your baby fly..just remember

Chorus - Instrumental

We'll always be together just you wait and see
I'll still be there with (for) you and you'll be here with (for) me
No matter what we say or do, no matter where we are
I'll always love you, and you'll always be my star
Track Name: Cathy and Kendall Partington - By My Side
There's so much breaking up
Folks who won't fall in love
Put up shells, guard themselves, build walls
And it makes me cry sometimes
'Cause people live lonely lives
They don't want to try
They don't want to live at all

[Chorus:]
But I'm not gonna be afraid
To give up my heart that way
'Cause I need you, I need you by my side
And I'm not gonna say I'm strong
Out here in this world alone
Cause I need you, I need you by my side

And when you find someone
Someone you really love
It makes life easier to bear
But some folks live on their own
Shut themselves in at home
They never find out
What love's all about
'Cause they're scared.

[Repeat Chorus]

'Cause I need you I need you by my side.
Track Name: Those Were The Days
Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And think of all the great things we would do

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.

La da da da da da ....La da da da da da
La da da da da......... La da da da da daaw

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern
We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

La da da da da da ....La da da da da da
La da da da da......... La da da da da daaw

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely fellow really me

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days


La da da da da da ....La da da da da da
La da da da! La da da da da da daaw../

La da da da da da ....La da da da da da
La da da da da......... La da da da da daaw

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh my friend we're older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days


La da da da da da ....La da da da da da
La da da da da......... La da da da da daaw
Track Name: Give Us Back Our Yesterdays
People fading into the past, never staying long
Gliding around like ghosts out in the rain
Whispering about forgotten songs
Time has left us all behind

(Chorus)
Take away our tomorrows, Give us back our yesterdays
I would be glad to see one remembered smile we had made

They say you can't live in the past and I guess that it's true
But you can't put your trust in the future as easily as we used to do
Oh ...

Chorus

(Bridge)
Maybe this world is gonna die.
We'll be sorry we aged it before it's time
All we can do now is stay alive
Pray to God who will help us if we try....Whoa

(Chorus with counterpoint)

I would be glad to see one remembered smile..we had made.
Track Name: Fields of Athenry
By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling
Michael, they have taken you away,
For you stole Trevelyan's corn,
So the young might see the morn
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay

Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling
Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free
Against the famine and the crown,
I rebelled, they ran me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity

Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely harbor wall, she watched the last star falling
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
So she'll wait and hope and pray for her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry
Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

It's so lonely...round the fields..of Athenry
Track Name: Give Me The Strength
As I sit here all alone, I wish for a better day
But no matter how hard I try..the pain won't go away

(Chorus)
Oh lord. Give me the strength. To help me find my way.
If you hold my hand and walk with me I think I'll be okay
Oh Lord..Give me the strength

I remember yesterday, when we shared love so strong
But there were too many broken promises, and now that love has gone

Chorus

Instrumental break/key change

Why did you just leave without saying goodbye
Not a thought for me left alone to cry

Chorus

Oh lord.....Give me the strength
Track Name: Sweeter Years debuts here in '82 - My parent's album - The Sweeter Years
Here comes your second life. Your work is done, your children have gone

Old friends... you used to know...are memories now.

You've watched them all go.

And who will listen to the sound of a tear and who will know of the Sweeter Years.


Here comes your second chance to live those dreams of thrown out schemes,.

Places you used to go. Have been replaced without a fond trace.

And who remembers the laughter and cheer ... these days are different, then the Sweeter Years.


(BRIDGE)
And time...has mellowed your soul. Though your hands grow weak. Your face it speaks..of a wisdom untold.


Here comes your second wind.

Your life begins to be your own again.

And who will listen to the sound of a tear..

And who will know...of the Sweeter Years.
Track Name: Hallelujah
Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this..The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do you?
but remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there's a God above..but all I've ever learned from love was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
It's not a cry that you hear at night .. it's not someone who has seen the light. It's a cold. And it's a broken Hallelujah.

Chorus and repeat once more...

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