Jason Cole is a singer/songwriter with a penchant for writing straightforward, emotional lyrics. Musical influences run the gamut from Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan. Jason's music has been featured on several radio stations around the world including Gateway 97.8 FM in South Essex, England.
My song 'Squared Up, Headlong, And Gettin' Gone" has recently been selected by two different Broadjam opportunity providers! The song will now be pitched to multiple TV music supervisors. Thanks Broadjam!
New songs cut with JBP!
Jason has been in the studio working on new material and just recently completed two brand new songs. He has also found a new home and is now recording exclusively with Josh Bright Productions.
Jason Cole's Story
Jason Cole was born and raised in the great state of Alabama. He began writing lyrics in his early teens, and learned to play guitar in his early 20's. Finally armed with the ability to transform lyric and melody into original song, he has gone on to write dozens of tunes over the years. Jason's music has been featured on several radio stations around the world including Gateway 97.8 FM in South Essex, England.
"Sometimes It Snows In April"
REVIEW BY DAN MACINTOSH
The title to Jason Cole's new single, "Sometimes It Snows In April," refers to life's unexpected troubles. In other words, it doesn't usually snow in the spring. However, there are years when a region gets snow at unusually times - even in April.
Cole doesn't explicitly say this, but there's a saying that goes, 'You can't have pretty flowers unless you don't also get a little rain.' In the chorus, Cole sings about how his mother reminds him that April showers bring May flowers -- well, in so many words.
"Sometimes It Snows In April" has a plodding beat, with sparse instrumentation. There is a soulful organ part that supports Cole's vocal the whole way through. It is a gentle ballad.
The singer/songwriter gets specific when he talks about a childhood friend that was always getting into fights growing up. His life ended suddenly with an adult fight, however. Cole reminds us "he died on a cold spring day sticking up for someone." I like how he suggests this sudden death happened in April ("a cold spring day") without specifically saying the month of the year.
This song is as much about the relationship Cole has with his mother, as it is about attempting to make sense of life's seemingly unexplainable events. You get the impression Cole turns to his mother whenever he needs help seeing the bigger picture. They say that youth is wasted on the young. Nevertheless, Cole - a younger man - clearly sees the advantage of speaking with someone who has seen and experienced more than he has.
Stylistically, this track has the feel of an old Jackson Browne song from the '70s. Granted, his voice is very different from Browne's. Even so, the arrangement - particularly the slow and steady beat and organ fills - brings to mind an approach to recording songs that served Browne so well.
This song is both sad and hopeful at the same time. Yes, bad things happen when we least expect them to. However, there is the healing sunshine, if we just have the patience to wait for it.
*Review by Dan MacIntosh
*(Dan MacIntosh has been a professional music journalist for 30 years and his work has regularly appeared in many local and national publications, including CCM, CMJ, Paste, Mean Street, Chord, HM, Christian Retailing, Amplifier, Inspirational Giftware, Stereo Subversion, Indie-Music, Soul-Audio, Country Standard Time and Spin.com.)
JAMES 4:14 KJV
All glory to God in everything.