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Heather Nova Discography

Introduction

Heather Frith EP - Glow Stars - Oyster - Siren - South - Storm - Redbird - The Jasmine Flower

Discography run by: Cassander

THE JASMINE FLOWER (2008)

(Lyrics) (Tabs)

Release Info:
Released in October 2008. The Jasmine Flower Track List:
Ride
Beautiful Storm
Maybe Tomorrow
Out On A Limb
Every Soldier Is A Mother's Son
Out In New Mexico
Looking For The Light
Hollow
If I Should Die
Say Something
Follow Me In Grace
Always Christmas

Status:
home recordings (except Always Christmas, a studio recording)

Instruments:
acoustic guitar (Heather Nova), strings ("The Raven Quartet" - violin, Kirsty Mangan and Stephanie Benedetti, viola, Natalie Holt, cello, Rachael Lander on Ride, Beautiful Storm, Maybe Tomorrow, Out In New Mexico, and Say Something), string arrangement (John Langely, on all except Always Christmas), string engineering (Steve Lowe, on all except Always Christmas), drums and percussion (Kristoffer Sonne, on Always Christmas), bass (Martin Terefe, on Always Christmas), piano and keyboards (Nikolaj Torp, on Always Christmas), string arrangement (David Davidson, on Always Christmas)

Producer:
No producer listed for all songs except Always Christmas. Felix Tod is given credit for mixing all songs and engineering all songs except Always Christmas.
Martin Terefe (Always Christmas)

In Her Own Words:
"I played around a lot over the last 2 years with different sounds and ideas, but in the end I decided I wanted to make my most stark record to date, so I recorded the songs just me and my guitar. Afterwards we added a string quartet to a few tracks." - Myspace.com message, 2008/09/08

"I have a home studio here in Bermuda, but when I was ready to put down the tracks, the whole thing started breaking down - first the mixing desk then the computer itself died. I was very "in the zone" to record and didnít want to wait what could be weeks for all new gear to arrive, so I decided it was a lesson in simplicity- I realized I could still record and mix the album on my solar powered laptop. So there you have it - thatís all you need to make a great sounding album. Sun and songs." - Myspace.com message, 2008/09/08

"I think the songs must be good, because most of them make me feel pretty uncomfortable, which is a sign that I have plumbed the depths and dug for truth, no matter how unsettling." - Myspace.com message, 2008/09/08

"I wanted to take risks. I said things that I do not even talk about with my best friends. It is so much easier to write superficial songs. But not challenging." - translated from zo-online.ch interview, 2008/09

Concerning the album title: "It seemed fitting to me because the jasmine flower blooms at night. So much beauty can come out of the darkness. This fits as a metaphor for the new songs." - translated from zo-online.ch interview, 2008/09



RIDE

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova. Strings by Raven.

Sample Lyrics:
And I need a stranger to tell me I'm beautiful
I wanna hold onto nothing and ride
Like the cinnamon girl
Like a butterfly
Just hold onto nothing
And ride

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BEAUTIFUL STORM

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova. Strings by Raven.

Sample Lyrics:
Into the flesh, into the sorrow I fall now
Waves coming on
And I'm soaked and I'm torn, I'm blissed out and worn
And this beautiful storm, it comes with no warning

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MAYBE TOMORROW

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova. Strings by Raven.

Sample Lyrics:
When you touch me, I feel lonely
I don't know how to let you into me
It's been coming now for a long time
It's been coming now for a long time

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OUT ON A LIMB

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
Cause what if I fall?
What if I fail?
What if I find I'm out on a limb?
And what if I fly?
What if I sail?
What if I find that it's better than ever before?

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EVERY SOLDIER IS A MOTHER'S SON

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
I keep his picture beside me
I see the dream in his eyes
I watch the light disappearing
Into unsettled skies

In Her Own Words:
"You know, I've always steered away from political songs because it's a very a tricky area and I don't think it's what I do best. But with this song, I got into the subject matter from an emotional point of view because that's how I was feeling about this subject matter. I have a son myself and I was thinking about these men out there in Iraq, these young men, and thinking about it from the the point of view of their mothers and their families and how they're numbers to the public when you see this many people have died in Iraq. But there's so much intensity emotionally for each one of those families when one of those soldiers dies so unnecessarily in this war. And so I wrote it from that vantage point, the vantage point of a mother whose son is a soldier." - 19 minutes interview, 2008/10

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OUT IN NEW MEXICO

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova. Strings by Raven.

Sample Lyrics:
I picture a road out in New Mexico
Red earth and mountains and sky
I picture my soul out in New Mexico
With all that space rolling by

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LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
I find it in the skies sometimes
I find it in the dark sometimes
I find it in my mind sometimes
But I can't hold on

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HOLLOW

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
I wanna feel, wanna find what you are
Now that it's dark, we can see by the stars
And it's hollow, but it's beautiful too
In the shadows, with the light coming through

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IF I SHOULD DIE

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
And if you wanna reach me
Just feel the sun in your face
And if you wanna hear me
Just sing out with your own voice

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SAY SOMETHING

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova. Strings by Raven.

Sample Lyrics:
Say something, let it fly
Darkness is here and so am I
Say something, I don't care
Just let the words spill everywhere

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FOLLOW ME IN GRACE

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
Life, I don't know your ways
I will make mistakes
So follow me in grace
So follow me in grace
So follow me in grace

Notes:
Heather Nova named Follow Me In Grace as her favorite song from The Jasmine Flower. (Source: 19 minutes interview, 2008/10)

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ALWAYS CHRISTMAS

General Info:
Only released on "The Jasmine Flower". Written by Heather Nova.

Sample Lyrics:
The night is silent
How the stars are vibrant
And I wish the world was peaceful as it seems it is tonight

Notes:
In trying out different sounds for The Jasmine Flower, Heather Nova took "Always Christmas" to a producer to try a pop-rock mix. Although she did not like the sound for the album as a whole, this track remained. (Source: zo-online.ch interview, 2008/09)

In Her Own Words:
"[Always Christmas] is really about the inadequacies that i feel especially around the Christmas season; there is so much abundance and celebration and that makes me all the more acutely aware of how much sadness and suffering there still is in the world; How much we still need to fix, and how much we still need to grow as a human race." - 2008 Christmas message from www.heathernova.com, 2008/12

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