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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1.
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!
2.
Desperado 03:35
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
3.
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
4.
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.....
5.
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
6.
Captain Kidd 02:22
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
7.
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....
8.
Only You 03:40
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
9.
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
10.
My Star 04:08
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
11.
By My Side 02:51
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.
12.
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
13.
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.
14.
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
15.
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
16.
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.
17.
Hallelujah 04:53
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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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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