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Stars or Streetlamps

by jaQ Andrews

Progressive, thoughtful acoustic folk music with words that matter. A cohesive first album exploring despair, friendship and hope.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dear Love,
5:16 $0.99
2. Tipsy in the Flowers' Shade
3:48 $0.99
3. Streetlamps
7:22 $0.99
4. Last Night
5:25 $0.99
5. 14 Minutes
7:37 $0.99
6. Concrete Pillars
7:34 $0.99
7. Demons
5:46 $0.99
8. Down the Road Aways
7:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music of acoustic singer/songwriter jaQ Andrews is at times simple, at times devilishly complex. His songs expose the microscopic pits and landings of human emotion, getting to the core of what makes one feeling different from another. He has been performing and writing music since grade school, cutting his teeth on the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Mellencamp. Other influences include Counting Crows, Jackson Browne, Yes and Tears for Fears.

He has played at open mikes all around New England, including the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He spent weekends in the summer and fall of 2001 playing on the streets of Harvard Square. The organizer of the New England Student Activism Conference at MIT in 1999 said, "jaQ Andrews amazes and entertains us all with his guitar pickery."

In his spare time from working as a technical content editor at an online computer reseller, he recorded and produced his first CD, Stars or Streetlamps, in his apartment. The CD was released in August of 2002.

Originally from Pennsylvania, jaQ left high school after 11th grade to attend Simon's Rock College in Massachusetts. He now resides in Nashua, NH with his roommate and cat. In addition to his music, he also has published a short story, is working on a novel, is a certified computer technician and occasionally cooks a casserole.



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The first CD of a true musician
The vocal and instrumental talents of jaQ Andrews are only overshadowed by his amazing lyrics, which are never less than poetic and profound. Songs such as "Dear Love," "Demons," and "Down the Road Aways" have an incredible optimism to them--despite the circumstances, there is always the feeling that jaQ Andrews is going to come out on top. If Stars or Streetlamps is any indication, he most certainly will.

Douglas Sloan, Metronome Magazine

Judging by the photo in his liner notes, Jaq Andrews appears to be a 20 something year old singer-songwriter. But unlike many upstarts, Jaq Andrews is an intense, articulate, mature songrafter whose acoustic guitar fingerpicking is just as complex and rich as his prose.

Andrews is a profilic writer and fills these eight tracks to the brim with his keen perceptions. Shadowy in nature, he creates a vast potpourri of images that run the gamut of a love letter ["Dear Love"] to architecture ["Concrete Pillars"] to otherworldy entities ["Demons"]. All the while his fine guitar playing paddles the song from start to glorious finish.

He may be a virtual newcomer to the music scene but f he continues to write and perform music of this caliber, he won't remain anonymous for long.