It's been hard, losing my dear friend Jeffrey Joe while out on tour. I'm having trouble processing the reality and permanence of it. I'm sad I won't be around for the memorial celebration of life. But mostly I just miss him so, so much. When I had a couple days off in Vancouver, WA, I took a stab at writing a tune to honor JJ but so far I don't think this one does him justice. He always used to sign off "Ever Yours" and he would always tell me silly stuff like "on a scale of 1-10 I love you 94." I loved how silly and quick-witted he was. And how resilient. And how strong. And how much he loved me. This song kind of pales in comparison to all of that. I just don't think i'm prepared to go into the deep end of that pain yet. Maybe when I get home. For the meantime, this one's for you JJ.
1. you had a big heart that bloomed like a flower
you had a smooth voice that sailed like a ship
you had a strong spine built like a tower
you had a sweet smile just like a kids
ever yours, ever mine
you taught me how to wait until the scar turns to a shine
ever green, ever blue
the color of my eyes now that they won't be seeing you
2. i had a hard time when you caught that fever
i had a long cry alone in my car
i had this pipe dream you'd live forever
i got this feeling you did not go far
ever mine, ever yours
our souls outlast the dusty bones of death and dinosaurs
ever long, evermore
on a scale of one to ten, my friend, i miss you 94
Hey friends - if you're digging the new album and want to get the lowdown behind each track, head on over to Global Texan Chronicles for the exclusive Track by Track feature.
Thank you to Lezbelib for featuring my new album Lights Out as well as the video for the title track on their website! Check out the full article here!
The Press Tribune interviewed Justin Farren regarding tonight's shared bill at Acoustic Den Cafe in Roseville. Check it here.
Guess who's excited? Me! The kind folks at AfterEllen just created a "Lesbian Summer" playlist and included Surrogate! Not only that, but I'm listed after Beyonce's "Who Run the World (Girls)" - so you could say I'm winning at life today. Who are weeeeeeeeee? What do we run? We run the woooooooorld! If you're a Spotify user, don't forget to give it a listen and a follow!
Thanks to Mother Church Pew for exclusively premiering the music video for "Lights Out," the title track off my new album. Appreciate all the kind words about the album too! Read the full write-up and watch the new video here!
Gay Central Valley asked my sister Haley (who is heavily involved in Fresno's arts and LGBTQ scene) to interview me about the new album Lights Out and tonight's CD Release Party at Full Circle Brewing. Turns out being interviewed by your sister (who already knows everything about you) can get kind of silly. Read the whole thing here!
Thank you to Kelly McCartney and The Bluegrass Situation for this fun feature. Read the full thing here and tell me you don't feel the same way about mustard.
Thanks to Suzanne at Krush 92.5 for having me in the studio this morning! You can listen to the full interview here! (Special Perk for Lindsay's Corner members: we posted video of one of the segments on the private FB group!)
Well, here's a fun way to wake up and poop your pants in the morning. Thanks to everyone for pre-ordering the album and catapulting me onto this list of amazing songwriters! Keep those orders coming!
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