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Stephen Jacques Releases New Album 'Send Them Love'

Stephen Jacques is the very definition of a conversational-styled singer/songwriter. His album, Send Them Love, although not strictly spoken word, is nevertheless sung spoken-ish-ly, (if that’s even a word). His songs are consistently thoughtful reflections on life experiences.

Ironically, this man that includes a song called “Slowed Down World,” also creates a relatively slowed down musical world with his album. He’s downright methodical when performing his sonic creations. No worry about missing a word or phrase here because Jacques takes his songs at a pace where we can fully take in every lyric completely. He is a songwriter, but he also loves great songs from others. He covers Bryan Boudleaux’s “All I have To Do Is Dream,” in fact, which was popularized by The Everly Brothers. It’s sung, of course, quite slowly.

With all that said, though, one titled “French Wake Up Call” is an upbeat, Cajun music-influenced number. It includes gypsy fiddling all the way through it and helps add variety to the album’s overall tempo.

One of the album’s most touching songs is titled “Utah Countryside.” Set in Utah, of course, it’s a bit a travelogue, lyrically. On it, Jacques sings about the love between a father and son, pictured in a scenic place. Jacques is heard looking back on this visit with great affection.

Life moves so fast, which often makes it difficult for us to appropriately appreciate its good gifts. Jacques is not going to let his life get away from him quite so fast, though. No, he’s going to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. The song is the sound of Jacques looking back and relishing a memorable family visit. This is one of the beauties of being a gifted songwriter. Whereas most of us just have experiences, then move on, Jacques takes these impressionistic events and puts them into song form so he can relive them musically, over and over again.

Perhaps the album’s most serious song is “Heaven Beyond.” It’s performed measuredly with just Jacques’ voice and an acoustic guitar. It begins with Jacques thinking about heaven and hell, and the afterlife. He then sings about the complexities in attempting to understand women. It ends with the sound of wind blowing, which gives the track a rather spooky send-off. Then with the next song “Teaspoon Me Joy,” Jacques still sounds like he’s contemplating spiritual things. “Nobody can save my soul,” he announces at one point on it. This one is sung angerly over an electric guitar groove.

The fiddle and guitar interplay during “Texas To Brooklyn,” is especially sweet. It’s about the transition from the red state of Texas to Brooklyn, NY, which is quite the cultural shift. One gets the impression there is both city and country blood running through Jacques’ veins, and this song puts that truth into song form.

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Stephen Jacques may still be a young man, but he many times sounds like he’s singing his songs from the perspective of a wise old man. There is plenty of learned wisdom running through these songs. It’s as though he realizes how much he’s gained from living his life, and he just wants to share tidbits of advice through his music. All of it, sent with love.

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