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J.S. Ondara — Lebanon
Album: Tales Of America
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7.4

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Total ratings: 785









Released: 2019
Length: 3:20
Plays (last 30 days): 6
In the water, fire
I'll go wherever you go
In the valley, in the canyon
I'll go wherever you go

Hey, love, I'm ready now
Can't you see this riot
Inside of my veins
Hey love, I'm overcome
By desire
How must I wait?

In the water, fire
I'll go wherever you go
In the valley, in the canyon
I'll go wherever you go

Hey, love, it's been three years now
Since you heard from Jesus
Of His chosen man
Hey love, you'll twist and turn
Til your colors wither
Then there'll be no man

In the water, fire
I'll go wherever you go
In the valley, in the canyon
I'll go wherever you go

In the water, fire
I'll go wherever you go
In the valley, in the canyon
I'll go wherever you go

Oh, Lebanon, life is brief
Don't sit alone in your constant fear
Open up, I shan't be like Canada
Oh, Lebanon

Oh, Lebanon, life is brief
Don't sit alone
In your constant fear
Open up, I shan't be like Canada
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So beautiful voice
More I hear more I like
raising to 8 now
"I can't be like an otter"? 
 jpfueler wrote:
I like this guy's back story.
Kudos to you, sir.
And he is quite entertaining, singing too. 
 

What happened to his back?
I love his voice. This is very nice.
What a great back-story. And a very nice song.
A huge thanks to RP for introducing us all to brilliant new artists like this!
What went into the writing of “Lebanon”?

That’s quite a mysterious song, even to me. That’s one that just comes out of you. My songwriting is subconscious, just free writing things. After these songs have existed for a while, sometimes days, sometimes months, sometimes years, I start to figure it out, “Oh, that’s what that meant, that’s what this meant.” The songs start developing meaning. When I think about it, I talk about Lebanon and Canada. I think it’s a reference to someone I knew from Lebanon, another person that I knew from Canada. Referring to a person as a state. It’s just a love song about sticking it out through the thick and thin with the person you love.

-- from an interview in Minnesota Monthly
 Solanus wrote:
The vocal delivery is reminiscent of David Gray, minus the accent.
 
david Gray, YES! and a little Willie Nile, too...

Hey! Bill

Minnesota is great for new artists!

Minnesota Public Radio, The Current  plays interesting stuff

Bill DeVille does the Americana show

npr tiny desk
another great musical discovery, thanks RP
7 for now.
But I think it will raise soon
(more I hear more I like this voice)
I like this guy's back story.
Kudos to you, sir.
And he is quite entertaining, singing too. 
It's true - the album name is precisely what it should be.
Okay, I had to Shazam it, as well, as I thought for sure this was not right!!  Instant 9!!  One case where dropping out of school to play music is really warranted....
Grew up in Nairobi and moved to Minneapolis.  Quite a change in climate. 

This is an 8.
He also has some amazing suits 
 ppopp wrote:
Saw J.S Ondara supporting Lindsey Buckingham last year. Ondara has a voice from the heavens which sounds even better on stage. Stunning stuff.
Bought his album. It's the real deal. No computer assistance at all. Beautiful songs performed by a natural talent.
 
I haven't seen him live, but I bought the album too, and completely agree with the rest of ppopp's comment.
Instant 8 on first listen.
Altready gave it a 7, I listened up the first time.
Emotionall, strong arrangements and rythm section.
Love it, so up to 8  :-)
Saw J.S Ondara supporting Lindsey Buckingham last year. Ondara has a voice from the heavens which sounds even better on stage. Stunning stuff.
Bought his album. It's the real deal. No computer assistance at all. Beautiful songs performed by a natural talent.
 lazylemming wrote:
 
 
Amazing story ! 
Love this. Looking forward to hearing his career unfold.
Incroyable voix
this young man has a great voice and an incredible story!  thanks for playing him.
Happy we have JS in the Minneapolis music community!  He's an outstanding songwriter! 
The vocal delivery is reminiscent of David Gray, minus the accent.
Glad you've discovered this interisting artist, there are more gems on this album.
Agreed!!
Oui, cool ! 8, for the moment.
Beautiful tune!  Great image too!!!
Fresh! I give it an 8!
Very nice.