Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Lovely Sparrows

In the first verse of Chemicals Change  the singer considers father's recurring cliche:
if love's the truth, your heart's the consequence
After the familial quote, no more worn out statements follow, and none of the lines repeat - only the title's phrase. With an anti-hero's attitude, a self-absorbed singer-songwriter reflects on a relationship that has dissolved, and how the chemistry - the formula that initially drew it together - had changed. Shawn Jones' inviting intuitive introspection is absent in much folk material.
five days ago, chemicals changed
rearranged themselves in sad stubborn ways
Modern-flamenco stained fingers and maraca staccato oppose the desolate theme and Jones' somber vocal track(the liquor that keeps these separating fluids solute).

From two questions, the title of Sparrows'  2006 release can be extracted, followed by a few more lines that enhance its meaning.
can I pull up floors? can I pour on new paint?
can I lay down tonight and just forget your face?

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In the lead number, Chemicals Change, singer-songwriter Shawn Jones ponders over a breezy flamenco guitar pattern...
- Austin Sound

Contacted Shawn Jones, to ask him about the "flamenco" reference, having detected something Spanish-sounding myself. He suggested, "what most reviewers are getting at is a loose latin feel that begins in the second verse [of Chemicals Change ]."

Jones added how he tends to avoid the "straightforward approach" when writing new compositions, and arranging instrumental harmonies, in particular. He likes "the idea of basic folk songs that are enhanced by an interesting arrangement." An example of such can be found in War Has Seen the Best of Me.
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