JJ Shiplett “Oleander” – A Meditation on living a balanced life

JJ Shiplett
Photo Credit: Lane Dorsey.

Meditative and moving, ‘Oleander’ is the new single from JJ Shiplett.  A plaintive guitar melody carries through the tune as Shiplett’s vocals become more and more emotional.  The rhythm section of Jeremy Friesen and Jay Stewart provide solid support without ever overpowering the gentle spirit of the tune.   ‘Oleander’ will be included on the forthcoming album ‘A Way Through Time’ on 15th March from Red Buffalo Records.

Shiplett shares the inspiration for the song, “Oleander is a song about balance – a beautiful flower in bloom that is poisonous to the touch. The good & the bad.  The lyrics came to me over time, as I stepped into my future as a father, and reflected on, reckoned with, my past – my own father’s death.”

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Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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