Justin Farren | Another Bluebird Day

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Another Bluebird Day

by Justin Farren

A series of rich, carefully drawn vignettes, layered in a manner that makes even the most specific of them highly relatable.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Faith, Hope, Etc.
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2. Little Blue Dirtbike
4:30 $0.99
3. Everyone Should Be Nice
3:32 $0.99
4. Sometimes I Like to Kill Things Too
2:38 $0.99
5. The Toad's Song
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6. Winter Morning
2:36 $0.99
7. Legs Like Tree Trunks
2:24 $0.99
8. This Year I'm Going to the Snow
2:49 $0.99
9. Watch the Fire Burn Out
3:41 $0.99
10. Mostly in My Mind
3:11 $0.99
11. Where Paved Roads End
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Album Notes
When Justin Farren builds something, he builds it from scratch and with his own two hands—whether his latest creative endeavor happens to be a house, a wedding cake, or an album, this strategy never changes. So it’s no surprise that Farren himself is responsible for every single element of his latest release, Another Bluebird Day (March, 2013), including everything from songwriting to instrumentation to production (with the exception of drums played by long time friend and collaborator Brian Rogers, and backing vocals sung by Emily Kollars.)

His first album since 2008’s Songs from Spare Rooms, Another Bluebird Day finds Farren applying his somewhat whimsical style to more universal themes and sophisticated arrangements than ever before. Written on the heels of a series of personal losses, the content of this album reflects that Bluebird Day mentality—the sense of hope and appreciation that come on those sunny days that follow a storm. There is also a certain grounded quality to Farren’s latest record. WhereasSongs from Spare Rooms was exactly that (songs written in friends’ spare rooms as Justin built his own house), Another Bluebird Day was written and produced in the comfort and stability of the home that Justin built himself.

Though Another Bluebird Day is comprised of a series of rich, carefully drawn vignettes, Farren’s songs are rendered in a layered manner that makes even the most specific of them highly relatable. With the allegorical “Toad Song,” for example, Farren manages to sweep listeners up into a beautiful but haunting and heartbreaking journey. In the space of just two minutes and thirty seconds, “Winter Morning” paints a vivid portrait of an entire relationship, past, present, and future. And although the relationship is specific, Farren’s portrayal of it is somehow inclusive.

This is not a mistake. For Farren, writing songs is all about “boiling it down to the thickest stuff.” He explains, “I want every single word of a song to be part of the recipe; if you took one word out it would be off balance. For me, it’s all about how to figure out the cleanest and most concise way of saying the things I’m trying to get across. I want to find those few words where people can connect and think ‘Oh! I know what that feels like!’”

There’s a natural ebb and flow to the album, from the crescendo of the opening “Everyone Should Be Nice” to the soft and reflective final track, “Where the Paved Road Ends” and a certain live quality to the recording. “Instead of trying to create this perfect time capsule,” he explains, “I just tried to play the parts and sing the song, and let it keep moving, and be kind of alive and breathing, instead of perfect.”

The eleven tracks on Another Bluebird Day are woven together with ideas and melodies that speak of love, loss, connection, and nostalgia. Although the subject matter treads deeply, it’s counterbalanced by an underlying sense of hope and possibility … just like a Bluebird Day.



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Lynn PHelps

A modern day story teller...... :-)
I have watched this artist live a few times now and just LOVE his music. His guitar playing and lyric writing are just something you have to experience yourself to believe. I suggest listening and sharing with your friends. :-) Really.....