Jessica Parsons-Taylor

Jessica Parsons-Taylor

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Juicy, whimsical jazzpop for the sharp of mind and light of heart.

Biography

Jessica Parsons-Taylor grew up in a little house fashioned from an 18-foot canvas yurt in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Situated on a hilltop overlooking Dorena Lake, Jessica spent her early years running wild on her family's 10-acres of forest. Rumored to have begun singing at the age of 6 months (a mostly-butchered, but thoroughly adorable version of Frere Jacques), Ms. P-T's musical tendencies began to itch violently at the age of 3, when her family inherited a piano. From then on, she could be found perched atop a piano bench, picking out show tunes, old jazz songs, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Bach, made-up ditties and everything in between, and trying in vain to reach the pedals.

Jessica's passion remained fiery and consistent, and she immersed herself in piano lessons, voice lessons, choirs, operas and musicals over the next 15 years. At the age of 16, Parsons-Taylor recorded and released her first full-length CD—a compilation of piano/vocal jazz tunes from the 40s and 50s—which immediately impressed listeners with its depth and maturity, so starkly contrasting the youthful face and 4’11 frame of its creator.

A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards from sources including the University of Oregon School of Music, the Willamette Valley Folk Festival, Kiwanis Club, the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, and the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, Jessica has continued to wow audiences in the Eugene and Portland areas with her new all-original album, The Slower Side of Time, released in March of 2007. A singer and pianist of the pop/jazz persuasion, Jessica’s original music has been likened to the styles of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and a young Joni Mitchell. Her achingly honest lyrics and ethereal vocal style combine to evoke something at once deeply familiar and charmingly fresh, and have garnered her a consistent and enthusiastic following wherever she goes. To learn more about Jessica, please visit: www.jessicaparsonstaylor.com.

Lyrics

Say Anything

Written By: Jessica Parsons-Taylor

Of all the things there are to say
To fill the time and pass the day
It seems we could avoid this goodbyin’

I could say right to your face
That you’ll be easily replaced
But I have never been much for lying

And baby ain’t it funny
Ain’t it grand
Now when you take me by the hand
I’m quite prepared to fall
If you’ll say anything at all

We could dance to some old tune
Around the elephant in the room
And I could sigh and you could call me darlin’

We have floated waters wide
And paddled nowhere side by side
Oh who would want to quit a game this charming?

And I was never lost but now I’m found
My heart went down without a sound
I never thought I’d fall
If you said anything at all

Now perhaps you’re noticing
How carefully I’ve said nothing
We’ll see-saw on and on in innuendo

You pretend we didn’t touch
And I’ll pretend that it’s enough
It’s probably best that we can’t see the end though

So maybe we have known it all along
And who’s to say that we were wrong
It’s too late not to fall
Don’t say anything at all

Milquetoast and Honey

Written By: Jessica Parsons-Taylor

How to control the way you occupy my mind?
Your absence or presence is what defines
And I’m out of control
Desperate to find some great mystery
But you’re gonna see how that fades
(I’m sorry to say)
And only I remain
so please stay away

I’m looking so fine when I’m flirting with your brother
But give me a month and I will turn into your mother
I’m milquetoast and honey, no there’s never been another
But I can’t lose me so you’ll have to go
Oh oh…

We’re out of control
We move in rewind
And it’s frightening to say that we usually find what we want
That first moment or two
But then what do I do
With a lifetime of you?

I’m looking so fine when I’m flirting with your brother
Just give me a month and I will turn into your mother
I’m milquetoast and honey, no there’s never been another
But I can’t shed me so you’ll have to go
Oh oh…

I’m looking so fine when I’m toying with your brother
But wait a month or two and I’ll turn into your mother
I’m milquetoast and honey, there ain’t never been another
But I can’t go, so it’ll have to be you know who…

Relativity

Written By: Jessica Parsons-Taylor

The world was made in seven days
So many rhymes, so many ways to hide
And all the time you’d ever need to seek

A realm of possibility
A seed of curiosity
And on the eighth day put it out of reach

Suppose an elevator made of glass
Could take us to the edge and past
And satisfy the knowing that we need

And as we sail away, away
The world appearing like a plaything
Traveling at a comfortable light speed

So you go yours and I’ll go mine
The best that we can hope is time
Will find a way to meet us in between

And I will wave as you pass by
And I expect you’ll do the same
But if you don’t, I’ll see you on
The slower side of time…

We’ll synchronize our hearts
And in the depths of deepest darkest parts
Naught will undermine the steady beat

And when your head’s a hundred million
Miles and years away from here
I dare to hope you’ll land upon your feet

So you go yours and I’ll go mine
The best that we can hope is time
Will find a way to meet us in between

And I will wave as you pass by
And I expect you’ll do the same
But if you don’t, I’ll see you on
The slower side of time…

Discography

the slower side of time, 2007

Set List

Jessica's repertoire can easily fill up to 2-hours of performance (2 1-hour sets), but she prefers to play slightly shorter sets (2 40-minute sets, or 2 30-minute sets). A typical set would include mostly originals:

Ten Million Minutes
Say Anything
Milquetoast and Honey
My Last Waltz
The Cowgirl Song
Final Frontier
Sweet Little
Superman
History
Styrofoam Palace
Relativity
Undone
Satisfaction
Polaroid

and a handful of covers:

I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
On Saturday Afternoons in 1963 (Rickie Lee Jones)
Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
Mushaboom (Feist)
Don't Misunderstand (jazz standard)
A Beautiful Friendship (jazz standard)
Let's Do It (jazz standard)

Jessica also has a substantial jazz, vocal-jazz, and classical piano repertoire and has played many private parties consisting solely of jazz standards.