PATHS

by Jenifer Jackson

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1.
Things I meant to tell you Amber light in a shadowy room Dusty shapes that feel like home Photographs. Curios. Things I meant to tell you The road of life with all its turns Coming home after wandering Something deep in the soul A song that keeps repeating Things I long to hear Things I long to say Show them in another way
2.
The first bird The first bird of morning Sings before the dawn Breaking up the darkness with her beautiful song I wait for you I wait for you Her melody is simple True and very strong Guiding the daybreak with her beautiful song I wait for you I wait for you Wake up wake up love Devine Wake up wake up and free a worried mind The gentle light of morning The softness of the air You said just look for me and I’ll be there I wait for you….. chorus
3.
Back Home 02:58
Back Home I took a trip far away from all the things I know Set out in the darkness all alone The wind it blew so cold Chilled me to my soul And I wondered if I D ever get back home I took a trip far away from all I love to do The silence nearly make me lose my mind Well the silence was so loud Fell on me like a shroud And I wondered if I’d ever get back home I sing to my good friends on high The ones who came to look for me and call my name The kindness that you showed me The love that you bestowed on me Help me find my way back home
4.
Travelled Together I remember the first time we met Or the second sometimes I forget Anyhow I’m so glad for the time we travelled together A world full of beauty to see We could be who we wanted to be So we flew ever higher never worrying about Where we landed Last night in a dream I picked up the phone and called you and you answered me Your voice Was different and far away I could tell you had gone from my life On to another place another place
5.
Sultry Memory Once I had a friend A natural friend the way two people come together We would laugh and sing and time was like a feather floating silently and never touching down We set out in the world I can’t begin to count the miles that we travelled The horizons and the daybreaks that we marveled Always found a melody Seasons turn and and people change What was easy becomes strong Still the world keeps spinning round and round Summer’s here again I hunt for shadow till the southern night descends Nighttime music brings him back to me again In a sultry memory
6.
Hey 01:36
HEY Hey my friend Tell me how you been It’s been a little while I sure do miss your smile Me I’m OK Lots of change has come my way I’m still looking for the sliver in this crazy cloud I’m living in Bababababababababaabababa Though we’re far apart Know you’re always in my heart You never know what life will bring We might just sing together again When all the grey clouds are gone
7.
Written in a stone Do you think that anything can stand the test of time Do you think that two can stay aligned like a rhyme Lately I’m so far away and feel so all alone written in a stone Do you believe the things words that you use Can you stand behind the ones that you choose Do you pick the pretty ones when asked to respond Is your love for me written in a stone Is your love for me written in a stone lalalalallalalalaallaalallalalalalalalalaallaalalalalallalalalalalalalalalalal Here at the end of the sea and the land The big moon paints a path along the sand Things keep repeating as the changes come and go My love for you…… lalalalalalalalala
8.
What Good's a Memory What good’s a memory if it only makes you blue What goods remembering if it breaks your heart in two Think about the fun times The days of wine and sunshine What goods a memory if it only makes you blue Something you once said stays up in my head Cuz no-one cracks me up the way you do The years go rolling past Time moves on so fast But in my heart there’s still a place for you Chorus A path down to the river’s edge Stepping stones across a bridge A wooden bench down in a shady grove Guitars and the tunes we sang Some kids who stopped there listening They really tuned into the songs we love
9.
Hail and Farewell Dearly beloved I’m grateful to you For surrounding my lifetime With friendship so true It is so pleasing Pleasing to know That the hope for the future Is in the love that you sow Be kind to your neighbor Hear what they say Give a smile to a stranger It might just make their day. Anyway In closing With the toll of the bell May the force be with you Hail and farewell

about

PATHS May 2019

I wrote these 9 songs during a rugged road of a time. They have some common threads; the desire , the journey, the effort to get to a place that feels like home. And the memories of people and experiences collected along the way.

I chose the title PATHS because I feel it’s more personal that the word ROADS, since a path is made just by the footsteps that leave their prints on the ground as they’re moving on.

I met Brad Jones in NYC about 20 years ago, having been connected by our mutual publisher. Soon after, he invited me down to Nashville to record a song or two at his new studio, Alex the Great. Just to see if we liked working together. He called in a couple friends to join us; Micky Grimms on drums and Pat Sansone on keys and guitars and backup vocals. Brad played bass, the chemistry was magical, and a couple songs turned into my 12-song record, BIRDS.

Since BIRDS, I’ve made 10 more albums, left NYC and lived 10+ years in Austin, TX, travelled around the world, played with many fine musicians, gotten older, acquired some knowledge and perspective, lost some loved ones and done a lot of seeking.

This Spring, when I sent Brad my new song demos, he replied with so much enthusiasm and excitement to record them together. We talked back and forth about production and arrangement ideas, discussed instrumentation, and finally, booked 4 days at Alex the Great.

PATHS is the most significant and joyfully made album that I’ve recorded so far. It combines the love I feel for my old friends with the personal trip I’ve traveling. Recording PATHS gave me a wonderful sensation of coming home.

credits

released September 30, 2019

Musicians:
Brad Jones : Upright Bass, Guitar, Organ, Vibes
Pat Sansone: electric Bass, Guitar, Melotron, Vocals
Jenifer Jackson: Vocals, guitar, piano
Josh Hunt: Drums
Jim Hoke: Flutes, Piano, Pedal Steel
Chris Carmichael: Strings

Produced, Engineered, Mixed by Brad Jones, Alex the Great, Nashville, TN
Assisted by Jonas Lindstrom, May 2019.

Album Graphics: Tony Rogers, Austin, TX
Photography: Rodney Bursiel, Wimberley, TX
PR assistance : Gretchen Barber, Austin , TX

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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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