She Never Again Trusted Stars (feat. Neil Gaiman)

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This is a short story I wrote in college that's more of a description of a dream I had, than a fully formed Thing. I wanted to include it on The Lotus Eaters and after working on The Jane Austen Argument's song Holes with Neil Gaiman, thought it would be cute to get Neil to record something that I'd written (rather than the other way around, as with Holes). He very graciously accepted my emailed request (which I agonised over sending for several days, not wanting to waste his time) and a few days later emailed back a sound file from his phone with his narration. I especially love his delivery of the final line, which is perfectly the right amount of ominous wisdom I was aiming for.


Believing she was dreaming, there once was a girl who flew to other galaxies on the cusp of sleep. When she had flown a long distance she looked down to see the earth flat and dull, and though space was cold and lonely she still flew with her eyes - that were far away, closed in bed - until she reached a certain star whose shining light pricked her hand as she stretched out to touch it. Ouch, said the girl, and the star spoke to her of boundaries that cannot be crossed because of rules that cannot be broken. The girl (whose name was Sarah), said thank you and returned to her sleeping self, who never again trusted stars.


from The Lotus Eaters (The Night Terrors Tour Edition), released January 15, 2016
Narration: Neil Gaiman
Production: Jennifer Kingwell and Kim Lajoie, based on improvisations by Chad Blaster (drums), Jess Keeffe (cello) and Adam Rudegeair (bass)

Written by Jennifer Kingwell

Produced by: Kim Lajoie and Jennifer Kingwell

Produced by: Kim Lajoie and Jennifer Kingwell
Recorded at: Obsessive Music Studios
Engineered, mixed and mastered by: Kim Lajoie at Obsessive Music Studios
Remastered for this release by Myles Mumford at Bakehouse Studios


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Jennifer Kingwell Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide based, Darwin born, Jennifer Kingwell is a musician and performer of ‘delicious contrasts’, crafting songs from punk ukulele anthems and sultry piano ballads to epic alternative pop.

Possessing a voice described as ‘dynamite’(T-Squat) and ‘ranging from silver tongued angel to gruff pirate’, Jennifer Kingwell is nothing short of ‘a formidable powerhouse’ (Herald Sun).
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