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Good Morning! Sunshine

by Jaspar Loes

Light hearted, sweet folk music you will tap your feet to...
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Good Morning! Sunshine
2:58 $0.99
2. If I Were I Would Be
2:47 $0.99
3. Empty Coffee Cups
2:14 $0.99
4. Lilies of the Field
5:48 $0.99
5. White Walls
2:55 $0.99
6. Can't Find Me
3:22 $0.99
7. Broken
2:53 $0.99
8. Said Goodbye
3:52 $0.99
9. 8:15
2:52 $0.99
10. She's Leaving
4:54 $0.99
11. Lost and Found
6:53 $0.99
12. No Lying On the Road
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Album Notes
Jaspar Loes is a Minneapolis based singer/songwriter full of emotional integrity, sweet country lyricism, and thoughtful words. Her voice is startling and beautiful. Her melodies will follow you. Good Morning! Sunshine is an album of simplicity and ease, held together by questions of experience and expressions of how the heart feels. From wishing a sister happy birthday to saying goodbye, Jaspar Loes maintains the line that keeps what is constant on an always changing road.



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Slices of stories
"good morning! sunshine" is Jaspar Loes's third album, following a year after her alluring and dynamic "billboard in this faint little light." Like "billboard," and before it her debut "Songs for Charlie," this album features Jaspar's beautiful voice, tremendous range, and tuneful yet simple melodies.

When I listen to an album, I listen for themes, for threads, for story. I wrote about "billboard" that "there are fewer stories on this album ... these songs are a little more abstract, a little more challenging to interpret." That trend deepens with "good morning! sunshine." The tapestry that inspired these songs is surely rich in stories, but the songs don't tell the stories directly -- instead they tell about individual scenes, slices of life, snapshots from the stories. No ballads here. The characters are mostly offstage -- no names, only pronouns. Here you won't find the silent, amber-eyed Liza Bean (from "Songs for Charlie"), or Amy the rockhound (from "billboard"). You will find an unnamed little sister celebrating her birthday (in the title track); a friend on her way out the door ("she's leaving"); a friend already gone ("said goodbye").

And you'll find -- again unnamed, just a pronoun -- the singer herself. Her emotions are a little more complex, a little closer to the surface, than in her earlier albums. The themes of love and faith that suffused "billboard" are back, but edgier, more raw, less certain. Of her departing friend ("she's leaving"): "I'm scared I won't feel goodbye / And I'm scared I won't know how to love her / And I'm afraid I haven't known all this time." Of her own journey ("no lying on the road"): "It's a long way to heaven / And I don't think I'm going / There's no lying to myself anymore ...." But even her emotional exploration, like all her music, is couched in beautiful poetry: "As moonlight grew the stars / I was lost in a sea of unseen love ..." ("lost and found").

The two standout songs are "8:15" and "broken." "8:15" is really a snapshot, the song named after the moment on the clock when "the sun's breaking clean through the clouds" and our heroine, caught up in the moment, belts out that "no, your heart is not ready for me!" The tune and lyrics of "broken" are full of nervous energy: "I want to follow you to the place where you promised things / I want to go down deep into your bones ... I got all this hate inside and it won't go away from me / Just have to wait it out ... It isn't the time to love / Gotta hold it inside of me ...."

Jaspar Loes is the most intriguing new singer / songwriter that I have heard in a few years, well worth getting to know. I loved this album, and can hardly wait for the next one.