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New Album – Playlist

Hola amigos,

You can now download an album containing the covers I have released so far, called Playlist.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Playlist - Jennifer Juan (Album Art)
Playlist

Playlist

Besos,

J x


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New Patreon Content Available

Hola amigos,

Supporters of my Patreon and early release programme can now access of a free download of my EP Playlist, which is an upcoming free to access collection of all my cover songs, including some unheard covers that I haven’t released yet.

Members can also access a free copy of my recent book Ol’ Brown Eyes Is Back, exclusive behind the scenes content, and unreleased poetry collections.

Playlist - Jennifer Juan (Album Art)

To gain access to this exclusive member’s only area, you will need to be a part of my Patreon or Early Release Programme. To get involved as a subscriber to my Patreon, click here, or click below to log in, if you are already signed up. To enquire about joining the Early Release Programme, please email jennifer@jenniferjuan.com

Until the 1st of August, new and existing subscribers to my Patreon will receive a signed copy of my new book, Ol’ Brown Eyes Is Back.

You can check out and subscribe to my Patreon here. Subscribers to my Patreon get special and exclusive benefits, such as free eBook copies of all my book, exclusive early previews and early access to projects, special mentions in my projects, and access to my behind the scenes instagram account, with some tiers also having access to free and exclusive merchandise. Subscriptions start from just $1 a month, with new content for subscribers being added every week.

This offer applies to all tiers, and as mentioned, applies to both existing and new subscribers.

Members can log in and read the collection, along with other benefits, here. 

Besos,

J x


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Ask Jen – 7th May 2019

Hola amigos,

Here are some of the answers to the questions you guys asked me 🙂

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Anonymous asked: What kind of things have you been watching on Netflix lately?

I watch Drag Race, Star Trek Discovery and Jane The Virgin every week. I’ve also been really enjoying an Australian show called Glitch, and I really liked the new Chris Lilley show Lunatics.

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Anonymous asked: How do you decide on which poems to create as visual poems?

I tend to look at the imagery presented in a poem, and assess how realistic it is that I’ll be able to get footage to go with it, and whether the poem will benefit from being expanded to a video format.

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Sam asked: What software do you use to make podcasts? 

I used Anchor, and occasionally I’ll use Bandlab to clean up the audio, although I don’t often have to do that.

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Anonymous asked: Can you tell us any more about the project you are filming in Blackpool in the summer?

I’m planning to film some visual poems there. Maybe a music video too 🙂

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Alex asked: Would you ever do a whole album of songs based on your poems, or a book of poems based on your songs? 

That is a cool idea, so maybe some day. I have written quite a few poems based on songs I’ve done, and the other way around, so I could do. Sometimes it helps me to see things from another perspective.

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Anonymous asked: What podcasts would you recommend? 

I like Jaackmate’s Happy Hour, and Remainiacs. I’d also obviously recommend one of mine ha 🙂

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Kerry Ann asked:  If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do for a job? 

I always find this question difficult, because I’m not really able to do anything else… I always liked the idea of being a member of parliament, but I think I would get too frustrated by all the immature behaviour of some people in that field. It’s bad enough watching it unfold on TV, so I can’t imagine how angry I’d be watching it in real life haha. It would be nice to be able to support and represent my community though, and to be able to give a voice for some of the people who are often ignored by the government. Other than that, I did briefly consider journalism, with a focus on politics or culture (which is a kind of writing, so maybe this is cheating, but…)

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Gabbie asked: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to make video poems like yours? 

The best thing I can advise is to find a visual style and aesthetic that matches with your writing voice. If you create something that looks like someone else’s style (sorry if that makes no sense, I just don’t know how else to describe it…), it won’t feel authentically you, so your audience won’t really have a reason to watch your work, because they could just watch someone else’s and get the same effect.

There are lots of different video softwares available, so you should find one that you feel comfortable with. You don’t have to use the most expensive one, there are lots of cheap ones, and even some free ones, so try out a few and see what works for you.

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Anonymous asked: Will you post more about the kind of music you listen to when you write?

Yes, I have a spotify playlist available here 🙂

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That’s all for this edition, kids. If you want to ask me a question, you can send them in here.

Besos,

J x

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Let’s Talk About Love (Songs) + A Short Story

Valentine’s day is actually one of my favourite days of the year, because while some are frustrated by the constant gushing of adoration, or even disgusted, I think it’s quite sweet to see so many people around the world being nice to one another. The world is a tough place, as I’m sure you all know, so a little extra love, as disgustingly public as it might be, is right up my street.

With that in mind, I thought that today, I would share a few of my favourite love songs, that make up my perfect Valentine’s day playlist.

I have also uploaded a new short story that you can read here, so I hope you enjoy that.

Take Good Care Of My Baby – Bobby Vee

Yes, the song from the SMA adverts, with the rain and the car, and… wait, they changed it? Ugh. Anyway, “Take Good Care Of My Baby” is a two minute and thirty seconds ride through the tunnel of love, that highlights one of the most realistic aspects of romantic relationships, regret over treatment of someone you loved. While the voice of the song is initially in denial at his part in losing his lover, he quickly comes to realise his own part, and pleads with her new lover to be more careful with her heart than he was.

Bobby Vee emotes the lyrics perfectly, from the bitterness towards the new love, to his bitterness at himself for allowing himself to hurt someone close to him, and all the endless devotion for his lost love in between. It is a triumph for not only Bobby Vee, but the legendary songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

Lead The Way – Mariah Carey

I know that the Lambs will know this, but for those who aren’t as enthusiastic about Mariah Carey as we are (I don’t know how you live your life that way, but to each their own..), Glitter may be a masterpiece that passed them by, or a joke they laughed at without really knowing the context.

The soundtrack album that accompanied the unfortunate film venture contains several excellent tracks, that sadly don’t get the recognition they deserve due to the commercial difficulties of the project.

Lead The Way deserves to shine, as one of Mariah Carey’s finest love songs. It is a hopeful, and honest love song, showcasing the doubts and anxieties of allowing yourself to love someone else, and it goes without saying, but she sounds divine. Fun fact, it contains Mariah Carey’s longest sustained studio note, towards the end, so watch out for that.

Como La Flor – Selena and Cristian Castro

Is there anything more romantic than duet on Valentine’s day?

Selena Quintanilla Perez is an icon in Latin music, creating a legacy that is looked upon fondly by her fans, old and new, decades after her heartbreaking passing. One of her signature songs, Como La Flor, originally from the 1992 album Entre A Mi Mundo sheds light on the loss of a lover, but the strength in accepting that it’s over, even when it is painful to do so.

The song was reimagined on the 2012 album Enamorada de Ti, as a duet with Cristian Castro, opening up a completely different possible interpretation of the song. While the lyrics did not change, having two voices instead of one shared the pain. While before, Selena’s heartbreak was singular, with the addition of Cristian, is it possible that the flower has not withered after all? Could it be that the love she thought she lost secretly longed for her too, but couldn’t find a way back to their love?

This is all speculation, of course, but one of the most interesting things about the music of Selena y Los Dinos is that each of their songs pull you into the story of the singer. You discover a whole new world in those short minutes, and with the re-release of Como La Flor, another was born.

Hold Me In Your Arms – Rick Astley

I was overjoyed when Rickrolling became a thing. I have loved Rick Astley since I was a little girl, and to see him celebrated (sort of..) and make a return to music was my dream come true.

One of my favourite Rick Astley songs is the title song of his second album, Hold Me In Your Arms. Written by Astley himself, it is a mature and heartfelt ballad that showcases Astley’s abilities as both a singer and a writer. It examines the difficulties in taking down the walls and expressing emotions, which is something that sounds so simple, but could well be the hardest thing in the world to do. Astley perfectly describes the relief of being open and honest with a lover, as well as the struggle to get there.

He also looks cute as hell in the video, but I think he looks cute all the time, so…

Heaven’s Light/Hellfire – Tom Hulce and Tony Jay 

Seeing happy couples, and feeling you will never share the journey of love with another is something almost everyone has experienced, and hopefully, we will all find someone who shows us that we are wrong. Heaven’s Light follows Quasimodo as he realises that contrary to how he has always felt, he is worthy and capable of being in love. While he does not end up with Esmeralda, her kindness and friendship shows him that he is not the monster he was always taught he was, and that he, just as he is, is enough to be loved.

It is followed by the lust driven Hellfire, a troubling look into Minister Frollo’s Catholic guilt (we’ve all been there) and the depths he will go to, to satisfy his desperate craving for Esmeralda’s affections. He blames Esmeralda for his own emotions, he blames God for not equipping him with will power, he blames the guards who allow Esmeralda to escape, he blames everyone for everything but himself. That is the difference between the two songs, and the two voices. One is honest, and thankful, seeking only to explore new things without hurting anyone. The other is a destructive, self asorbed pissbaby.

While Hellfire is perhaps not definitely not a love song, and more a crash course in misogyny and entitlement, it does further showcase how gentle and genuine Quasimodo’s love and hope for a future with Esmerelda.

I hope you enjoyed the playlist, and the story, and I hope you enjoy Valentine’s day. Whether you are alone, with friends, with family, or a romantic partner, I hope you have a day filled with love.

Con amor,

J x


 

 

 

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