Longtime Listener

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released November 25, 2017

Written, recorded and produced by Luc Rinaldi
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
Album artwork by Mathew Borrett

Special thanks to my parents, Adam Rinaldi, Tylor Jay Santos, RJ Obina, Peter Katz, Josh Kunka, the Kunka family, Patrick Roccaforte, Nobu Adilman, and Daveed Goldman

Thank you to the members of Choir! Choir! Choir! who sang with me: Amy Korneluk, Barb McIvor, Cecile Choi, Cecilia Moorcroft, Chris Chin, Damon Li, Dave Tufts, Deborah Hochman, Debra Kaiser, Edie Kim, Jennifer Berney, Karen Stern, Kat Abraham, Kevin Friedberg, Krysti Allison, Laura Hayward, Lynne Provencher, Marine Gobert, Mason Wright, Mira Sirkis, Monica Radovski, Paul Robinson, Piper MacFayden, Renée Gomes, Simone Newstadt, and Sylvia Gibbons Visser

And, finally, thank you to my Kickstarter backers, without whom I couldn’t have made this album: Abdul Samadi, Adam Rinaldi, Alex Baldinger, Alex Rinaldi, Amy Korneluk, Andrew Cabaluna, Andria Knowles-Muller, Angie Gardos, Ankush Sondhi, Annie Milova, A. Navarre, Brady McLeod, Brian Anson-Wong, Caleb Dietz, Cameron Carr, Camilla Chaplin, Cecile Choi, Cherie Oldenburg, Chris Chin, Chris Ruffolo, Christina Gonzales, Claudia Krijger-Mullin, Daniel French, Dave Tufts, David Topping, Devon Daniell, Emily Landau, Erica Lenti, Eva Schäfer, Gabrielle Ene, Gil Rinaldi, Guido Popoli, Heidi Ebert, Hilary McLeod, Ingrid Rinaldi, Iradele Plante, James Sahlmueller, Jeff Chelsky, Jennifer Berney, Jennifer Cheng, Jessica Catton, Joacim Wängdahl, Joanna Celli, John Rugosi, Jonathan Goodwin, Josh Benton, Josh Kunka, Kevin Rabaja, Lara Marjerrison, Leen Kawar, Lisa Bellis, Lisa Coxon, Luca Raciti, Malcolm Johnston, Margot Biermann, Meena Bhardwaj, Megan Jones, Miguel Escobar, Monica Radovski, Nan Love, Patrick Roccaforte, Paul Jarvey, Pepper Ventresca, Rebecca Digby, Rebecca Lui, Robert Biermann, Rosa Mayer, Simon Bredin, Simone Newstadt, Sinead Mulhern, Sirena Ho, Sophie Holdstock, Steve Kupferman, Tim Falconer, Tom Weir, Veronica Maddocks, Vibhu Gairola, and Will Sloan

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Longtime Listener is the indie folk project of singer-songwriter Luc Rinaldi. His debut album is out Nov. 25, 2017.

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Track Name: Only Child
Saves it all for homework
Can't concentrate around others
Gets him anxious
And he speaks a bit too loud

He reminds you of his father
He cannot settle down
You thought that he'd be taller
But he's done growing now

Wears a navy sweater
Two sizes too big
A hand-me-down demeanour
But he's your only kid

You never liked the way he always combed his hair
Or how he squints a bit too often
But he's the only thing that you've got in this world
So you forgive what cannot be forgotten
Track Name: Any Day
Her son’s at school in Halifax, and her mother lives next door
In the house that she grew up in, ’66 to ’84
Her father died in ’83, and mom’s 83 herself
She’s talking to his portrait, the one that hangs above the shelf

Remember when they found him in Tim Hortons
sipping on a coffee that’d gone cold?
He didn’t get why there was such commotion
even after all that he’d been told

Sleepless nights and cable fights kept her company for a while
Then there came the phone call that forced her from denial
Mom called in the afternoon, bothered by something
She said the maid who cleans her curtains must have stole her wedding ring

When it comes, it will not come down quickly
It will eat at her like a child picks at his meal
Any day could be the last she knows you
Any smile could be the last she feels

Everybody knows it, but no one says a thing
As if putting it in words would only give the sickness wings
Well, the doctor’s diagnosis is not something she’ll ignore
She just doesn’t wanna hear it anymore

Aaron booked an early flight when he finally heard the news
At six was in the airport, by 10 was in the pews
Strangers sang their platitudes as they filed in the door
Swapping all the stories that they all had heard before

She bowed her and Aaron leaned in closely
“Remember what I told you when you left?
That everything must happen for a reason
Well, what’s the reason when it comes to death?”

Everybody knows it, but no one says a thing
As if putting it in words would only make the memories sting
She’s not sure if she remembers what it was she thought before
But it’s not the way she sees it anymore
Track Name: Small Talk
Say your name so I can put it to the face
That stares at me when I’m trying to fall asleep
With those deep eyes and that sly smile
That black hair and those sunken cheeks

Well, I’ve been sneaking glances now, honey
And I’ve caught you sneaking, too
So tell me what we’re doing here, baby
I just wanna talk to you

Just to tell you the time or if it’s raining outside
Oh, I know it’s not the best we can do
But if small talk’s my in, tell me where we begin
Was only hoping for an inch of you

I met you once in a dream
We were standing in line and I cracked a joke
There was some kinda problem and the cops were called
You were waiting for me, then I awoke

Well, I’ve been sneaking glances, now, honey
And I’ve caught you sneaking, too
So tell me what we’re doing here, baby
I just wanna talk to you

Just to tell you the time or if it’s raining outside
Oh, I know it’s not the best we can do
But if small talk’s the way, who am I to complain?
I wasn’t hoping for an interview
Track Name: Devil's Deal
How do you tell if a dream is bound to die?
It’s just as well that you quit before you began
Before you get stuck playing gigs and peddling CDs
From the trunk of your friend’s minivan

Say a prayer from the dreamers
For the punks and the schemers
For the kids who won’t quit
For the ones who still believe

Where did it go, that old fire you had inside you long ago?
Now a flicker not a blazing inferno
You never really thought that you could pull it off, so let’s be real
This is not a devil’s deal

Say a prayer from the dreamers
For the punks and the schemers
For the kids who won’t quit
For the ones who still believe
Track Name: Fill in the Blanks
It took me four days to wash the X off my wrist
But I’ve yet to get you off of my mind
And I couldn’t tell if you were honest with me
Or just trying not to be unkind

I’m frightened by what my mind can create
‘Cause I’ve got a habit of filling in the blanks
Piece by piece, the puzzle I make
Is not who you are; it’s not who you’ve been

And I have only ever fallen for one thing
Track Name: Noises Off
We met in Portland, Oregon
Three nights, then I was gone
Was I just stringing you along?

You helped me catch my early flight
Seven o'clock to YYZ
You nestled deep within my head

Should we even be here?

Twenty-two hours in Ithaca
Eleven more in a car
I'm not sure how it got this far

I don't know how to break a heart
I haven't got the wherewithal
I've found it's not much fun at all

Should we even be here?

We took that test on a whim
You lied, but I wrote my real address
I still get letters in the mail
Track Name: Empty Eyes
I was in a grand charade carrying a cross I'd made
'Cross a stone-covered field
Put it on my grandma’s grave so she'd think she's saved
Then I got down and kneeled

Into the ground, her lifeless body lying
Gathered around were all those people crying

With empty eyes
Empty eyes were all they gave and all I saw

I was one of them once, I could stare for months
Statues and pictures and everything
Clutching at a set of beads, praying a Hail Mary
I tried to remember all my sins

Into the ground, her lifeless body lying
Already knew my stable faith was dying

With empty eyes
Empty eyes were all I gave and all they saw

Who am I to make a scene?

With empty eyes
Empty eyes were all I gave and all they saw
Track Name: You and I
You don’t have to say it, you don’t have to say anything
We tried to save it, but we both saw it coming for you and I

You couldn’t contain it, shook you right down to the core
You said, “Why won’t you talk to me? Why don’t we talk anymore, you and I?”

It still eats me up
Track Name: Someone
You text me after midnight
“Are you still awake?”
Well, sometimes I pretend I’m sleeping
But others it can’t wait

All you need is someone

I called you in the evening
The day that your dad passed
You told me that it’s all got you wondering
How long you can last

And all you need is someone

You spent Christmas on your own again
Dodging all your landlord’s friends
Staying safely out of view
Like the china they don’t use

I know I could do better
That I’m not at my best
But sometimes when you just talk for hours
I think I need a rest

Forgive me, I’m half asleep
And I can’t tell what you want from me

All I need is someone

What have they done to you?
‘Cause you were not born like this at all
You don’t deserve this
Track Name: Disappear
When the sun goes down and there’s no one else around
You think of it then when all your friends are having fun
And you’re staying in but you’re not missing anything
Now and again you wonder when you’ll go on the run from everyone

Take me to a place where I don’t know anyone and no one ever phones
Take me to a place where I can lay and be silent
Put me on a boat or a spaceship, I guess even a moat might do the trick
Put me in a lighthouse far away on an island and I’ll disappear

When the days get long and shutting in just feels wrong
Time and again you try and get that old feeling back but it’s just an act

Take me to a place where I don’t know anyone and no one ever phones
Take me to a place where I can lay and be silent
Put me on a boat or a spaceship, I guess even a moat might do the trick
Put me in a lighthouse far away on an island and I’ll disappear

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