The Light in Me

by Jackie Venson

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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Venson further proves her endurance on her latest set, The Light In Me, which bursts with traditional blues aesthetics but upholds melodic soul for a rich blend that is tailor-fit for her spunky and witty style. As a fellow South Texan myself, she's pretty much kinfolk as she's knows that everything is in fact bigger here, and her sound reflects it in pounds as numbers such as the pew-stomping "Always Free," horn-peppered sway of "Best For Last" and her single "The Love I Give," are bold and infallible entries. And if it's subdued that you want, then Venson can whisper loving poetics this side of "Beauty Of Your Love" and the cushy acoustic title track to place you in the calm of her storm. Though there are many vibrant voices that come our way daily, a lot don't get to stand on a table and shout out loud, but Venson, on the other hand, has the boisterous attitude as well as the creative drive to create tunes her way without bending to any so-called rules, and those elements will spark and have her elbow her way to the front of the line without a misstep.

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released June 29, 2014

Eddy Hobizal, Alàn Uribe, Gilbert Ayala, KJ Hines, Steve Carlos Kirk, Carolyn Trowbridge, Stinson Studios

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Jackie Venson Austin, Texas

Sure to please persons who enjoy a good groove, Jackie is a multi-instrumentalist who's been studying, writing, and performing for over half her life.

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Track Name: The Light in Me
Won't you come over here
And tell me why you love me so
I'd love to hear the story dear
Of how you came to know

That dim was the light that shined on me
Trying to be something I couldn't be
When the path is dark
You're the only one to see
The light in me
The light in me

My father always cared for me
And my mother loves me so
But your love it scares me
'Cos it's something I've never known

Wandering around without a clue
Makes easy to fear what's new
When the path is dark
You're the only one to see
The light in me
The light in me

So now I'll tell the story dear
Of how love can prevail
This world can be so gloomy dear
And it sets us up to fail

Then I said dim is the light that guides me
And I'm trying to set my spirit free
When the time is right
My love's ever changing like the see
Forever free
The light in me
Forever free
The light in me
Track Name: What I Need
You impress me
The way you test me
Spinnin' circles around my head
You make me realize
That I've been lonely
You make me realize
I need a man

You are what I need
I never wanna be alone
Yeah your body's what I need
To keep me warm to keep me warm
Your love is what I need
I'm starving on my own
Oh you are what I need

Feels I've been sleeping
But I've been hiding
And I've been searching
Searching for you
Doors I'd open would lead to nowhere
Roads I'd follow would never end

So you are what I need
I'll never get lost again
Yeah your hands are what I need
To carry the light to carry the light
Your body's what I need
To keep me warm to keep me warm
Oh you are what I need

You impress me
The way you test me
Take my body and set it free
You make me realize that there's a difference
Between what i want
And what I need
And what I need
Track Name: Now feat. KJ Hines
Breathe just breathe
Be happy
I don't want to see what lies ahead for me
I don't want to be in any time or place but now
Time leaves us behind so many people are afraid
Get lost inside of me I'll take you to a higher place
There's only now

The past is the history
And tomorrow is a mystery
So why should I live in misery
You see right now is a gift to me we'll call it the present
Heaven is all a state of mind but it's hard to see it
When you walk around blind
Bandana on your eyes, they spin you in a circle 'til you hit the pinata and maybe you'll get a prize
Misleading education that's why I'm so impatient
I still believe in racists and different situations
I try to be complacent I practice meditation and feelin' vibrations and just focus on the now
They say K you need to calm down so I smoke a little weed and just sit up in the clouds
Conversatin' with Jacquelyn about time and space
Makes me wonder why we're here in the first place
And now I'm in awe and I'm questioning God
Maybe my perception of the spirit really is a fraud
But I can't be mad what the preacher preach
He just tryin' to give us peace
So I sing the symphony singing Jesus glory be!
And maybe one day we can fly to Jupiter and expand our minds and stop growin' stupider
'Cos I done had it with time
I don't want to know what's next so from here on I'll focus on the now

Breathe just breathe
Be carefree
I don't want to see what lies ahead for me
I don't want to be in any time or place but now
Time leaves us behind so many people are afraid
Get lost inside of me I'll take you to a higher place
There's only now

Lost in the moment I'm lost in the moment
So where are we going? I'm like I don't know
I've seen the past and I've seen the future but my teacher told me to let it go
So I can grow
Like a seed I form into a tree of knowledge simply by lettin' things be
And if I need some kind of guide or help
I'll learn to get in tune with my higher self while in the now

Live right now or be swallowed whole
Live right now or lose your soul
Live right now or be swallowed whole

You and I could be in love
You and I could go beyond and above
You and I could be in love

Live right now or be swallowed whole
Live right now or lose your soul
Live right now or be swallowed whole

You and I could be in love
You and I could go beyond and above
You and I could be in love
Track Name: The Love I Give
I was sitting here thinking about you
When I was distracted by the promise of something new
The way you treated me it's a damn shame
'Cos even a fool knows I'm a prize to claim

So I can't be with you
And I can't dwell on you
'Cos the love you gave don't match the love I give

You should know by now swimmin' in a sea of change
Some people run and hide but I ride the wave
I take comfort in knowing this is fact
'Cos even when my chips are down baby I know I'll bounce back

So I can't be with you
And I can't dwell on you
'Cos the love you gave don't match the love I give

And then there are those nights you know
When I think I really need you so
Your warm embrace I long to have
But the love you gave don't match the love I give

Gotta keep pressing on
Gotta keep pressing on
Gotta keep pressing on
Gotta keep pressing on

Oh 'cos the love you gave don't match the love I give
Track Name: All Rise
I went to church today to try and find my way
The preacher was a shade of grey
Turned on the radio to make my heart grow
All the songs were DOA

Over again over again
We never seem to learn

All rise for the wave of humanity trapped in insanity
All rise for the wave of humanity trapped
Wouldn't you wouldn't you wouldn't you rather be in love?
Wouldn't you wouldn't you wouldn't you rather be in love?
All rise for the wave of humanity trapped

I saw a film and cried 'cos it exposed the lies
The message it was lost in time
Don't know what to believe versus what I perceive
The truth is in front of my eyes

Over again over again
We never seem to learn

All rise for the wave of humanity trapped in insanity
All rise for the wave of humanity trapped
Wouldn't you wouldn't you wouldn't you rather be in love?
Wouldn't you wouldn't you wouldn't you rather be in love?
All rise for the wave of humanity trapped

It's over now it's over now
Love's become a rare kind
It's over now it's over now
Tradin' our souls for a piece of gold
It's over now it's over now
We never seem to learn

All rise for the wave of humanity trapped in insanity
All rise for the wave of humanity trapped
Wouldn't you wouldn't you wouldn't you rather be in love?
Wouldn't you wouldn't you wouldn't you rather be in love?
All rise for the wave of humanity trapped
Track Name: Always Free
I live in a little house on the side of the street
Where the grass is dead but they water the concrete
In the summer I watch the people float by
In the winter I watch them weep and cry
I live in a little house on the side of the street

I live in a little house on the side of the road
Where the people starve just to feed their cars and boats
In the fall the men they stomp in shout
In the spring the women frolick about
I live in a little house on the side of the road

Oh try to believe
That work will set you free
Only wise men see that we were always free

I live in a place where the people wonder why
Why the grass is always greener on the other side
In the day they go to work and wait
In the night they drink their fears away
I live in a place where the people wonder why

Oh try to believe
That work will set you free
Only wise men see that we were always free

Oh try to believe
That work will set you free
Oh try to believe
That work will set you free
Only wise men see that we were always free
Track Name: Beauty of Your Love
When you first showed up my heart was desperate for some truth
And you see my love my blindness led me straight to you

I thought you'd let me be the beauty of your love
Maybe then I would see the beauty of your love

You took it very slow you knew exactly what to do
All things I liked you'd know you were just too good to be true

I thought you'd let me be the beauty of your love
Maybe then I would see the beauty of your love

Around you I felt I could be myself
Not some trophy you put on your shelf
You say that is what you prize in me
My beauty and my love

Now I have my doubts do you still like it here with me?
Late at night you go out are you calling to be free?

And I thought you'd let me stay the beauty of your love
Is someone else in my way new beauty and new love

Around you I felt I could be myself
But have I graduated to your shelf?
You say that there's nothing left in me
But how about beauty and my love?

Around you I felt I could be myself
But have I graduated to your shelf?
You say that there's nothing left in me
But how about beauty and my love?
Track Name: Best for Last
(Nobody knows nobody sees nobody knows what's inside of me, nobody)
I see it happening from far away
A look a stare a glance away
Oh I have traveled down this road before
You like me, you like me

But I always save the best the best for last you see
Yes I always save the best the best for last

(Nobody knows nobody sees nobody knows what's inside of me, nobody)
So many things running through my mind
Day after day time after time
My life is guided by my wounded heart
It blinds me, it blinds me

But I always save the best the best for last you see
Yes I always save the best the best for last

(Nobody knows nobody sees nobody knows what's inside of me, nobody)
Happily ever after never turns out right
Sure we'll be in love but then we'll fight
Happily ever after never turns out right
Sure we'll be in love but then we'll fight

So I save the best the best for last
That's why I always save the best the best for last
(Need your patience you're the best for last)
That's why I always save the best the best for last
That's why I always save the best the best for last
(Need your patience you're the best for last)
That's why I always save the best the best for last
That's why I need your patience 'cos you're the best I've ever had
(Need your patience you're the best for last)
That's why I need your patience 'cos you're the best I've ever had
And so I need your patience 'cos you're the best I've ever had
(Need your patience you're the best for last)

(Nobody knows nobody sees nobody knows what's inside of me, nobody)
Track Name: I Don't Cry
My baby's leaving me today
Said he's leaving me for good
My baby's leaving me today
Said he's leaving me for good

Oh maybe I should be said but I know ain't that bad
Maybe I should cry but there's just one reason why

I don't cry because I've got a spell on him
I don't cry because I've got a spell on him
Just give him one kiss and my lovin's just too hard to resist

He slammed the door in my face
And told me to never call him again
He slammed the door in my face
Called me a devil woman

Oh maybe I should be said but I know ain't that bad
Maybe I should cry but there's just one reason why

I don't cry because I've got a spell on him
I don't cry because I've got a spell on him
Just give him one kiss and my lovin's just too hard to resist

He went to the doctor
To find out what's wrong
Can't sleep at night
Can't be alone
Doctor scratched his head
Said he couldn't do much
Then he took out his pen
And wrote a prescription for my touch

I don't cry because I've got a spell on him
I don't cry because I am a devil woman
Just give him one kiss and my lovin's just too hard to resist