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Cloud Ten

by Jenifer Jackson

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pen to paper 03:17
Pen to Paper When twilight falls again and stars fall down upon my heavy heart and i wonder as i write when will life start when night throws shadows on the day i ride across the town to hear some music play it makes no difference where i go or what it is i do my thoughts keep coming right around to you so i’ll put pen to paper write an old fashioned letter what i’ve been thinking and some questions in my mind i’ll order one more whiskey let the words flow freely what i want tell ya i’ll tell ya clearly i guess we know each other well but i wonder if it’s plain for you to tell that to be close to you and really feel you hear is what my heart is wanting dear
river road 02:45
take me down to river road back where i come from when the light is getting low tell me all the sweet things we will find oh time and places run together and i will meet you any place or any time take me down to river road shape the memories of my mind days go slow on river road life’s a long road yet to ride sunlight dawns on a brand new day then shines up just like stones on the river side thoughts and feelings run together but i can feel you all the time take me down to river road shape the memories of my mind
Nothing Like Gravity Time flies away but you can make it stay if you hold it in a memory the night we spun round and round with nothing like gravity holding us down i close my eyes to see you on the inside and to feel you hold me so close under the stars again again again the words fall from pen recollecting a time that never will stray very far
sabor a mi 03:15
Sabor a Mi by Alvaro Carillo Tanto tiempo disfrutamos de este amor nuestras almas se acercaron tanto así que yo guardo tu sabor pero tú llevas también sabor a mí. Si negaras mi presencia en tu vivir bastaría conabrazarte y conversar tanta vida yo te dí que por fuerza tienes ya sabor a mí. No pretendo ser tu dueño no soy nada yo no tengo vanidad de mi vida doy lo bueno soy tan pobre, qu'otra cosa puedo dar. Pasarán mas de milaños, muchos mas yo no sé si tenga amor la eternidad pero allá, talcomo aquí en la boca llevarás sabor a mí.
Only in Dreams The other night I fell into the most beautiful dream Dreamland is my favorite place where time stands still and free Summertime was heavy when our love began to be And everything was new for you and me Only in dreams only in dreams Just what it seems Only in dreams We walked along the rooftops of that tired town made a wish and toasted as the sun went down then the moon turned everything a thousand shades of blue and later on you told me when your wish came true Close your eyes take my hand and we fly Close your eyes take my hand into the night into a dream
love me best 03:08
Love Me Best The way your eyes shine when they meet mine the way our laughter rings out to song i know it won’t be long until you realize that you love me best the weight of your hand on my shoulder makes my life feel younger and older than i am the touch of your hand soon you’ll realize that you love me best this feeling is strong though it all happened a long time ago i still feel everything i was feeling on that cold night far from home with a heavy heart then you smiled my way an my heart lifted like a bird to the sky
coriander 03:33
Coriander you’re clouding up my mind you’re keeping me so heavy and high Coriander when evening surrounds with a thousand perfumes and a never ending sound i ought to come down but i want to stay up high floating on a cloud with the velvet waves below Coriander when you say my name my heart begins to flutter like a bird inside my brain coriander with all the things you know and all that you inspire i love you so
cloud ten 03:10
Cloud Ten Cloud Ten is so sublime much higher than cloud nine holding you in the atmosphere’s devine I was way down on cloud one not having a lick of fun then you two stepped up and you took me to cloud two cloud three and four and cloud five flew on past something about your smile keeps lifting me higher and higher while we were on cloud six we got all our kicks being with you sure feels a lot like heaven cloud seven was good for me and i sure hope you agree oh baby i agree and to me i know cloud eight was great cloud ten is so sublime …….
como fue 03:17
Como Fue by Eduardo Duarte Cómo fue No sé decirte cómo fue No sé explicarme qué pasó Pero de ti me enamoré Fue una luz Que iluminó todo mi ser Tu risa como un manantial Regó mi vida de inquietud Fueron tus ojos o tu boca Fueron tus manos o tu voz Fue a lo mejor la impaciencia De tanto esperar tu llegada Más no sé No sé decirte cómo fue No sé explicarme qué pasó Pero de ti me enamoré
Mother Nature Destiny keeps keepin us apart monday night the empty bar was quiet i was bored and feelin rather tired just before i paid the barman and turned my head to go i heard your sweet sweet voice and my blood began to flow Destiny keeps keepin us apart all the ways your love leads me to your heart winding roads won’t always let us choose Mother Nature will win and Destiny will loose then you walked me to the parking lot outside out to my car beneath the flickering street light when you took my hand in your hand the light burned out above slowly i kissed the lips of the one i think the world of
wondering 03:14
Wondering Just before the dusk fell along the muddy trail i walked out at the end of winter green a cold wind from the northwest blew in across the plains and carried all those clouds far far away when does it all begin when are you really in not just standing on the outside writing poetry when does it all begin when are you really in not just standing on the outside wondering the last time that i saw you we drank some real good win you told me you were still in love with me but your life’s got you all tied down and my life’s here in Texas now and so i’ll pass the time imagining


CLOUD TEN liner notes

The plushly ambiguous cover image
Jenifer Jackson's latest and tenth album, aptly titled
Cloud Ten,
speaks volumes. Look closely and you will see a furry cat!
There's a
feline grace, and playfulness, and warmth, and hominess to
cutting-edge Americana songcraft and performances on this
irresistibly unpredictable new collection of songs. As a
bonus, Jenifer
plays not only her usual guitar but also piano, drums and
for the
first time, ukulele.

Curmudgeons beware:
Jenifer's going to
get you smiling like a big Texas sunrise, and asking
yourself in
astonishment, “Did they really just play what I think they
whether you like it or not. Which isn't what you might
expect from
someone with such an extensive back catalog of thoughtfully
often melancholy songs. Her career's taken her from
Beatlesque nuevo
bossa nova, to harrowing folk noir, to classic Brill
Building style
pop, slinky psychedelia,  blue-eyed soul, and now the
she's been mining for such
rich results
over the last few years. Joining the brain drain out of New
City, her move to Austin in 2007 jumpstarted a career that
critics swooning but had reached critical mass in the big
city. Cloud
Ten reconfirms how fertile the Texas landscape has been for
one of
the most prolific, irrepressibly fun and unselfconsciously
tunesmiths working today.

The innumerable little touches
this album. You might expect to hear multi-instrumentalist
Fuchs' good-naturedly purist honkytonk guitar in the
vintage C&W
sway of Pen to Paper, but probably not his glimmery Mad Men
vibraphone - but you get both! The Texas shuffle groove and Jackson's own
with classic Beatles allusions in  Love Me Best; hints of
Canyon psychedelia and coy 50s exotica in the bossa-flavored
Coriander; a little later, Jenifer and Kullen duet's
coyly aphoristic
duet on the album's title track makes gently narcotized
uke indie-pop
out of a classic western swing theme. 

Some touches are somewhat more
traditionally oriented to the various styles Jenifer expands
on here,
but no less apt. The elegantly rippling George Harrison
Abbey Road
lead guitar amidst Jackson's vividly summery
fingerpicking in the
Britfolk-tinged River Road; Kullen's deep floodwaters of
throughout Gravity, a lilting lullaby. of longtime Johnny Cash collaborator Earl Poole Ball
elegant slip-key piano mingles with glockenspiel, enhancing
the gently
crepuscular ambience of Only in Dreams; Jesse Ebaugh's
pedal steel
deep-sky pedal steel on the sharply lyrical Wondering, which
back to Townes Van Zant outlaw balladry. Perhaps the
album's most
striking if shortest track is the wary, austere Birdy's
Kullen's melodica taking the song into surrealistic
early 70s
folk-rock terrain. Its most period-perfect is Mother Nature,
spot-on evocation of early 60s honkytonk.

Jenifer draws on the
fabric of her adopted state with two songs in Spanish: the
bolero-tinted Sabor a Mi and the gentle Bahia/Veracruz
mashup Como
Fue, Kullen's trumpet sailing overhead. It's as
heartwarming as it is
just plain fun to hear this genuine American treasure
continuing to evolve and keep us entertained: if there's
any album
released this year that makes you reach for the repeat
button, this
is it. Enjoy!

Alan Young/New York Music
Manhattan, 2016


released February 12, 2016

produced by jenifer and kullen
mixed by brad jones
phil spencer
brad jones
patrick sansone
earl poole ball
jesse ebaugh

cd art layout tony rogers. photos of sven and wordk holly kinski .
my headshot photo david fox


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Jenifer Jackson Austin, Texas

Jenifer Jackson is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist known for crafting intimate, understated pop songs. She embraces elements of old fashioned country, bossa nova, and folk in her writing and singing, and always with great soulfulness.

"I write about interactions with life, love, nature, time, loss and longing. "
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