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Okay

by Jeff Caylor

Blends spiritual introspection and emotional intensity.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Almost Flew
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2. The Ballad of Jon Turner
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3. Pain is a Megaphone
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4. Moving on Friday
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5. Equilibrium
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6. Perspective
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7. Moving Backwards
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8. Maybe Tomorrow
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9. Standing Still
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10. Breakable on the Inside
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11. I Didn't Think I'd See You Here Today
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It never seemed like my parents had very good music when I was a kid. They had a lot, just not much that I was really drawn to. I found a handful of their 45’s and even fewer LP’s that I really liked. One record that stands out in my memory, though, was Elton John’s Greatest Hits.

I would play that record and picture Elton’s brother “Daniel” flying away in an airplane bound for Spain. I would try to figure out what “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” had to do with the Wizard of Oz. And I would imagine the bars where Elton and his friends would go to fight on Saturday nights, since they were alright for fighting.

In hindsight, I think I really appreciated the stories and emotion in those songs. And somehow, this British dude with huge glasses managed to connect with a little kid from Indiana.

That’s the magic of songwriting that I really love. I love the way you can put the notes and words together and it can have its own meaning apart from you.

Sometimes I imagine all these little s.o.s.’s can have a positive effect on someone else. You get all honest and transparent. You cry for help in a song. You write words that beg for someone to come and save you. And then, if everything goes right, in the end, the song ends up saving someone else.


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Mary Orebaugh McDaniel

Okay
Jeff is not only a fellow musician but my second cousin. I wanted to buy a couple of cds to support him but found that I couldn't stop listening to his songs until I had them all memorized and stuck in my head. I love the hidden and open meanings and how they make me think about my walk with God. Thanks Jeff and I am so proud of what you are becoming and the blessing you are to soooo many. Love you, mary

RandyVee

Refreshing. Humble. Almost Perfect.
A friend told me to get a copy of Caylor's latest CD. So I got one. I put it in my CD player in my car and was pleasantly pleased by what I heard. Meaningful lyrics. Incredible music. A complete package that is tastefully and artfully done. So I proceeded to take my newly found favorite into my home that evening. Sunday morning I woke up and poured my coffee, put in the "OKAY" CD, and watched the sunrise over the Front Range. I highly recommend you give that a try. Pick up a copy of this CD. You won't be disappointed.

http://www.musiclovr.com

We Recommend this Album!
"Okay" is a subtle, yet passion-filled album and is an enjoyable listen from start to finish. In this era of overly produced, gimmicky "pop" albums, Okay is a nice departure.

VoxBoxEnator

Acoustic Art with Thoughtful Lyrics
This album offers substance wrapped in a very nice acoustic flavor. The lyrics are reflective, insightful and all about life. Caylor offers the listener a personal glimpse into his life, pulling back the veneer so we can feel his joys - and his struggles. Don't be mistaken, though, this is not a pessimistic album. There is hope here.

Musically he has avoided over-producing this album, giving the arrangements some breathing room. There are some nice little touches which show he knows the acoustic genre. These songs wear well. I play this often during my drive home through rush hour traffic... and in those moments when I don't want to be impressed by an artist or their abilities, I just want to enjoy someone's honest reflections.

Slyyyde

Straight ahead, then turn left
Jeff has always had a unique gift for musical left-turns -- subtle but unexpected change-ups in rhythm or harmony that catch you off guard, not enough to derail the entire direction of the song, but just give the right twist to raise an eyebrow and then crack a smile. Several gems like that are in here, and his lyrics include some clever turns of phrase -- not gimmicky, but evocative and deep.

www.christianitytoday.com

A stellar independent album with smart Christian songwriting and superb musician
Memorable songs like "The Ballad of Jon Turner" and "Perspective" definitely provide food for thought—something that's very welcome in light of the average disposable pop song. Once you hear this well-crafted collection, it comes as little surprise that Elton John was one of Caylor's favorite songwriters growing up. Both have a knack for telling stories through song, and Caylor's emotive vocals make the storytelling all the more convincing, whether singing about life's trials (the funky "Pain Is a Megaphone") or the need for clarity from God ("Equilibrium").

Shying away from familiar Christian clichés, spirituality is powerfully woven throughout, yet artfully understated. Thus the Anderson University alum cleverly examines the nuts and bolts of faith with "Maybe Tomorrow," while "I Didn't Think I'd See You Here Today" serves as a thoughtful reminder of God's love in all seasons of life.

Colorado Springs Gazette (Bill Reed)

Far Better than Okay
Jeff Caylor calls his music “acoustic soul,” which is a nice handle to describe the range he covers. The Colorado Springs musician recently released his debut album, “Okay,” and it showcases a talent local music fans will want to get to know better... He is a folkie who, unlike many of his brethren, embraces rhythmic complexity. It’s clear from the first track, “Almost Flew,” with the sweet groove of the acoustic guitar, bass, hand drums and maracas forming a rich backdrop for his vocals... The quiet finale, “I Didn’t Think I’d See You Here Today,” brings us down easy. All in all, the musical journey is far better than “Okay.”

www.christianitytoday.com

#5 CD of 2007
It's rare for a relatively unknown artist to crack this list without promotion, recording budget, and such to garner attention. But with creative songwriting and professional musicianship, Jeff Caylor has both talent and word-of-mouth on his side. Stylistically, his jazzy folk-pop closely resembles early John Mayer and Bebo Norman ("Almost Flew," "Maybe Tomorrow"), yet there are plenty of slick piano solos, upright bass, and funky drumming to set Caylor apart from similar artists.

www.christianmusicplanet.com

Get a front seat on the Jeff Caylor bandwagon
New artist Jeff Caylor leaps onto the scene with his independent release, Okay. Stylistically, the album dips its toe into several genre pools to complement the subject matter of Caylor’s thoughtful, contemporary lyrics. Each genre, however is closely related to the next, effectively creating a common thread throughout.

www.cmcentral.com

Can't wait to see what comes next
There are a few artists out there doing well-crafted understated folk-pop, but not all of them can boast the eclectic intelligence of Okay, the oddly titled but well-rounded debut from Colorado indie artist Jeff Caylor. He’s got an ear for distinctive instrumentation and the power of the well-turned phrase, as well as an intelligent subtlety that greatly enhances the eleven tracks of Okay.
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