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billboard in this faint little light

by Jaspar Loes

An ecletic mix of a heart worn on words
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. not gonna do it
3:28 $0.99
2. billboard
1:47 $0.99
3. all I ever wanted
3:19 $0.99
4. ask, seek, knock
3:20 $0.99
5. wide world
3:21 $0.99
6. little star (for christina)
3:10 $0.99
7. love
3:40 $0.99
8. stars in my window
2:23 $0.99
9. mountain song
4:01 $0.99
10. amy
3:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
So I was walking home one day after two months into my final semester of college. I was taking a ballet class just for kicks, working on balance and posture. Those months were rather tumultuous, and I was listening to Cat Stevens all the time like crazy. That particular day, slogging through Minnesota slush and snow, I started singing "Moonshadow" and it was like, who is singing? My voice had moved into a stronger part of me.
Shortly after, I started writing songs. It has been over three years now since that first one, and billboard in this faint little light is a collection of mostly beginnings. You can’t imagine how terribly excited I was when a friend of mine needed a songwriter to record. Together we took these first songs with a few others and made them into what I call quite a mix. Billboard (track 2) is the first song I ever wrote. Now these insecure lines hold a place of attention. I am so pleased.
I don’t come from snow country, but for now I call it home. I grew up in the Sonoran desert, and someday I’ll find my way back there. Music is my way of balancing extremes. I have many - but through words I gain acceptance, through singing I gain a place for myself. These are things I hope I bring to people as they listen.



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Simple, sweet, sparkling poetry
"billboard in this faint little light" (the title conflates the lyrics from two songs) is Jaspar Loes's second album, following her debut "Songs for Charlie" (which is already hard to find). This album showcases her talent well, especially her beautiful voice and her tremendous vocal range. But the more striking feature is that, with all her talent and depth, her music is totally unpretentious. The medlodies are tuneful yet simple, the lyrics straightforward and clear. She writes like a young Leonard Cohen, a poet more interested in writing good poetry than in proving what a good poet she is.

But for all their simplicity and sweetness, her songs do sparkle with the wry lyrical gem every now and again, and they often go places that you don't realize until you have really listened a few times. The songs about sadness end up in subtle optimism. The songs about vulnerability are secretly about strength ("And I am so empty and the night is so black / And the tears you stole / Well, I want them back"). There are fewer stories on this album than on "Songs About Charlie" -- these songs are a little more abstract, a little more challenging to interpret. The underlying theme may be love, or it may be faith, or both ("I come down in parables / Making human arms terrible"). The relationships that she sings about may be primarily emotional, or mostly spiritual ("I think I'll climb a mountain today / To find my truth / But I can't find a mountain harder to climb than loving you"). The most playful song is the catchiest, the last song on the album, "amy," about a young geologist (a real person, who has a line in the song) who sees the world in a different way.

Jaspar Loes is probably the most intriguing new singer / songwriter that I have heard in a few years. She recently released a third album, "good morning! sunshine." I don't know where she is headed next with her music, but it will be fun following each new album as her career blossoms.


Authentic honest lyrics with a strong yet sweet voice
Beautifully done songwriting and a beautiful voice to go with it. We are listening to the cd over and over. Anxious to get Jaspar's next work...and wondering when the World will sit up and take notice! She is brilliant!