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Summer Grace

by Jesse Rivest

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Summer Grace 05:06
Summer Grace © Jesse Rivest, 2008 (SOCAN ISWC T9012818949) When they passed by that hot July The blossoms were long ago fell And then by moonlight they kept out of sight And stole those cherries well Once at lakeside the moon did hide Long enough to reveal enough And as they dried they lay side by side And dined on cherries in the buff Yeah they dined on cherries in the buff She woke with a smile on her face The lake and the sky had switched places And the moon, it was diving with grace By mornings gone, the days drove on And the nights repeats of the last They left no trail, just a secret tail Of the summer that the stone fruit crops were taxed Yeah the summer that the stone fruit crops were taxed He woke with a smile on his face The lake and the sky had switched places And the moon, it was diving While the stars, they were shining with grace She woke with a smile on her face The lake and the sky had switched places And the moon, it was diving While the stars, they were shining And their lives, they were thriving with grace


Here's another song I wrote while living in Wellington, New Zealand. I was specifically living in Island Bay in a house up the hillside; I would sit out on the deck and close my eyes to the great view and imagine a scene set in the Okanagan Valley in Canada. I think this story was a longing for home and its summer, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I recorded a demo of it on a little recorder and gave it to my friend Kyle te Kiwi, but that was as far as I went with it.
I think he liked it; I think I liked it, too. I have always performed it since; it just never made it to an official recording. Until now.

After I improved the acoustics a bit in my Little Bakery Studio, I played with the idea of recording a double-tracked performance of the song; just me and the guitar. However, I couldn't do the second take while listening to the first take—too distracting and unnatural to play along with! So, I just played the second take blindly to the click track.
I was impressed with how similar the two takes were—it was clear that my body had muscle memory of playing and singing this song. It was good enough for me; this would be the base of the song. From there I added some bass via piano and some electric guitar in the choruses. Then some Hammond B3, then some percussion. My partner, Jane, gave it a listen and felt it needed a little extra something to accompany me earlier on in the track; I came up with some distant piano counterpoint. That was it! Then some mixing, which took a while.

Like the previously released song, Silent, this song has some grammatical issues which I will mark up to poetic license. I recorded it pretty much as it originally was written; I don't think much changed along the years. I hope you enjoy it.


released August 19, 2021

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jesse Rivest at his Little Bakery Studio in Brasilia, DF, Brazil.
Song written and sung by Jesse Rivest.
Acoustic guitar and electric guitar played by Jesse Rivest.
Programming of drums, drums, synth pianos, and synth Hammond B3 by Jesse Rivest.
Album cover artwork by Lucas Pacífico.
Album cover layout by Jesse Rivest.


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Jesse Rivest Kelowna, British Columbia

Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Brasilia, capital of Brazil. Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia.


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