Pleasure & Relief: A Live Concert Recording

by Gregory Hoskins

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Recorded in front of a sold out house, on Nov. 29, 2007, at The Glenn Gould Theater in Toronto, Canada, captured impeccably by CBC engineers, 100% live, no overdubs. The concert features The Beggars String Ensemble in 7 of the tracks, an 8-piece ensemble of Toronto's A-list players. A retrospective of songs written/recorded dating from 1994-2007, interpreted by Hoskins and an incredible band. A truly impressive live recording.

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released December 12, 2008

Gregory Hoskins guitar, vocals
Gary Craig drums
Jonathan Goldsmith piano
George Koller bass
Kurt Swinghammer guitar

The Beggar String Ensemble: 
Dan Parr conductor
Roman Borys cello
Ben Bowman violin
Kathleen Kajioka viola
Csaba Koczo violin
Lynn Kuo violin
John Marshman cello
Annalee Patipatanakoon violin
Yosef Tamir viola

All songs by Gregory Hoskins
except “Drowning” composed by J. Goldsmith.
String arrangements by Jonathan Goldsmith.
Recorded by Steve Sweeney and Ron Skinner, Thursday November 29, 2007 at the Glenn Gould Studio Theater, Toronto, CA. 
Mixed by Ron Skinner at CBC Studio.
Mastered by Ron Skinner at Heading North.
Concert and record produced by Gripworks.
Additional support from PS Johnson Ltd.
Photo credits: Cover: Lorenz Calcagno
Inside: George Lazaridis, Ben Roberts, Rick Roberts

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Track Name: Every Day
Every Day
Words and music by G. Hoskins

Well, the spirits moved his feet
To the music that they played
And they wouldn't let him hear it
And they wouldn't let him stray
From the path they set before him,
From the set list that they made
It would confuse him if he knew it,
They could use him more this way
And he said, "How...did I get this way?"

Well, the angels really loved him,
The devils loved him, too.
On a slow night he was lots of fun,
He wasn't Job but he would do
And they loved how he was empty,
And the shapes he'd bend in to
And how beautifully his heart ached,
And he could do it all on cue.
He’d say, "Whoa, how...did I get this way?

When every day, every day, every day,
I chose to stay.”

He had his head shoved so far up his ass
He could see his heart beat
A pile of laundry in the basement so high that he
Needed a Sherpa guide just to look at it
It's the discipline of housework,
The paying of the bills
The taxi-ing of children
And all the things that kill,
And he said "How...did I get this way?

When every day, every day, every day...
I chose to stay."
Track Name: The Devil Deals in Lies
The Devil Deals in Lies
Words and Music by G.Hoskins


A shadow crawls across the room
Just as soon as you leave
And the Devil takes his place at the loom
And begins to weave.

Back and forth the shuttle flies
Burning images on my eyes
It’s a good thing I know
The Devil deals in lies
Deals in lies.
Track Name: Never A Stranger Kiss
Never A Stranger Kiss
Words and Music by G.Hoskins


Never a stranger kiss
When you are spoken for
Never a stranger kiss
Leaving me wanting more

I said the night is a dangerous thing
You said the mornings are worse
For there is no chance to reverse
The consequences daylight will bring

Never a stranger kiss
When you are spoken for
Never a stranger kiss
Leaving me wanting more

The heart is a beggar
It wants what it wants
With no regard for the rules
That guide us and bind us,
That are there to remind us,
Of all one kiss can undo!

Never a stranger kiss...
Track Name: It's Always Something
It’s Always Something
Words and Music by G.Hoskins

There’s something hot about young flesh
There’s something cool about the clothes
There’s something moving in my middle
There’s something calling I should loathe
There’s something ageless in young love
There’s something burning in my breast
There’s something freeing in our contract
And stale beneath our breath.

If it’s not one thing, then it’s another
It’s always something.

There’s something lonely in a crowd
There’s something rich about the poor
There’s something fleeting in the concrete
There’s something locked about that door
There’s something holy in the church
There’s something selfish in my prayers
There’s something cruel about your mercy
And cluttering your stairs.

If it’s not one thing, then it’s another
It’s always something.
Track Name: Illuminate Me
Illuminate Me
Words and Music by G.Hoskins


I lay down
beside
my religion,
On the bed
in the room
at the top of stairs.

Her skin is brown,
she pulls me down
with conviction…
I don’t mind
this kind
of prayer

Illuminate,
Illuminate me.

Somehow the sun
breaks through the window…
It betrays the room’s
unfinished state.
What is grotesque, what is gorgeous;
All this, and everything in between,
The light illuminates.

Illuminate,
Illuminate me.