Imperfections: Unselected '10​-​'11 (2015) [LPx2]

by Jim Byron

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I am proud of these songs.However, none of them are perfect. Each one is characterized by some flaw within. I would likely change something, if not more, about each one. Nonetheless, though, they represent a time in my life that brought on a metamorphosis in me; I became who I am through these experiments. They are raw. They are real. Sometimes I had fun playing them, sometimes they were the only capacity by which I was capable of enjoying myself at all. Over the course of their composition, I was in very frequent communication with a poet named Barry Spacks; he led me to harness the power of a critical eye, and to hold my work to intense scrutiny. During this time, I also joined a group called the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, headed by activist poet Jack Hirschman, with whom I was encouraged and allowed to channel my innermost anger with the injustice in society and convert it to a positive, fulfilling energy in the form of music and poetry. Maybe I was a poet before this period, however this is the time when I was fully surrounded by poetry, letting it permeate my whole being, whether I was a poet or not, I became a poet then.
There is order in the imperfections on this album. Often, the recording process was painstaking; if I couldn't find the right word, I would work for hours, days, months, sometimes years to find something, and still if nothing correct appeared, I invested my effort in making the best mistake possible. Sometimes the mistake was the only thing that sounded passable; it's hard to explain.
Despite the disorder happening in these songs, I love them. They are all mine. They are yours. They belong to my friends with whom I shared these times. Thanks to all of them. My fullest gratitude goes out to everyone involved with the production of this album.

Take care, precious companions.

Cover photo by Miheal Michelle.

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released April 23, 2015

Lyrics and music written and performed by Jim Byron, except where otherwise specified.

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Jim Byron Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Dylan's back, but this time he’s Jameson, aka Jim Byron, who sounds like Youth Spirit incarnate (akin not only to Bob but also Conor Oberst and Daniel Johnston). A kindly soul, likely candidate for the spokesman for his generation, maniac of invention, generating new songs or poems during any good week, his lyrics manage brilliance and innocence with a poignant voice sure to mess up your heart." ... more

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