Losing Game

by Jenna Ellefson

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Losing Game, is something of a collaborative effort. Jenna enlisted her friends National Flower front man Michael Sheridan to play bass, Kyleen King (Swansea, National Flower) for strings, and her long-time musical partner Amanda Breese (Amanda Breese Band, The Beautiful Trainwrecks, Thom Lyons Band) to play guitar.

The quartet sat down in Jenna’s living room to arrange the song, each adding backing vocals and bouncing around ideas. “Kyleen had a vision for the strings and the vocal harmonies and everything kind of fell into place along with it! It couldn't have been easier. It speaks volumes for getting the right people for the job! And also speaks to the level of talent found in those three.” Jenna says.

Losing Game was written even before Jenna’s first album was tracked and recorded, but never found a home on that or her later EP “Blue Night Yellow Day. “It just was always its own little story, the time was just never right. In the end, I’m glad I held onto it because it really blossomed into something more in the hands of Kyleen, Amanda and Michael. They really helped capture the tender heartbreak that was I was feeling at the time I wrote it. It was my first broken heart. It was the first time I sat down and just wrote a song straight from this raw place. It was very cathartic at the time. And now its somehow very healing to finally see this song come to life, even though the heartache that inspired it is long gone by now.”

lyrics

Its come to this
afraid to make a sound
afraid to turn around
and find you’re gone

I have nothing
nothing I can say
you can walk away
but I can’t move

all those pretty lies that I believed
oh I let you take so much from me
I wasted so much time
and I will forget you
you’ll slowly fade away
but I will remember
love's a loosing game

you're cold as ice
and soft as snow
like letting go
comes easily

you look at me
like someone I don’t know
nothing left to show
for what could be

all those pretty lies that I believed
oh I let you take so much from me
I wasted so much time
and I will forget you
you’ll slowly fade away
but I will remember
love's a loosing game

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released December 4, 2014
Written by Jenna Ellefson

Lead Vocals, Banjo by Jenna Ellefson
Guitar, Backing Vocals by Amanda Breese
Violin, Backing Vocals by Kyleen King
Bass, Backing Vocals by Michael Page Sheridan

Recorded and mixed by Brud Giles
at Fremont Recording in Portland, Ore

Cover Design by Jenna Ellefson
Washougal River Photograph by Maymay Buitron

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Jenna Ellefson Portland, Oregon

Jenna grew up in lush Oregon, beside waterfalls, amid tall trees and foxgloves. One flowery spring, on a whim, she bought a little banjo...and suddenly all the poems she had been scribbling, and all the melodies she had been humming, and all the beautiful places she had seen spilled out over its little plucky strings and finally...she had songs to sing. ... more

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