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WATERED DOWN…

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I often tend to water down my verbal communication. I am not always candid. I worry that I may be judged unfairly or hurt someone’s feelings. Today I am open and free with my thoughts and feelings. Today I am looking for the presence of a miracle. Miracles happen all the time, everyday. They happen to give us lightness and energy. They allow us, without so much effort, to be. They often go unnoticed.
I am aware. I am looking.
I am here now.
I will make a big deal out of a small miracle.

lovelightjoy,
Jeanne

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WHY IS THIS SUMMER SO IMPORTANT

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Is it because it is my fave aunt, my father’s eldest sis, turned 92 years young? She is so amazing that I will post a blog about her in the near future.

Is it because I am in AZ and all this hot hot reminds me of my many summers here when I was a little girl.

Is it because I can simply throw on a Hawaiian Pareo Sarong and really feel like I’m in Hawaii?

Is it because I am actualizing the emptying of self that I so aspire to, without aspiring to it, of course?

Is it because I just love being alive and have noticed it more lately?

Yes.

That is why this summer is so important.

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NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS UPDATE

Hi Everyone,

My friend Briana just helped me sequence the 11 songs on my new album that I recorded on May 24th and 25th at Castle Oaks Productions. I love the order she created — Briana is an emotional genius. Grazie, Briana!!

If you have not seen the latest newsletters or blog posts I will fill you in on a little about the album. Abraham Laboriel, the great bassist and my desr friend had played live with me previously a few times, but we had never recorded together. So, Abraham wanted to join me in the studio this time. He also introduced me to Walter Rodriguez, a massively talented drummer and percussionist. Originally from Puerto Rico, Walter now resides in Los Angeles and is heard on many new film scores. He specializes in all my favorite skins: tabla, cajon, udu, and conga.

My friend from my Japan tour in February, Kazunori Koga, flew in from Osaka to join us on acoustic and electric guitars. He thrilled me with his playing when we did the live shows in Japan and again at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on the day before our recording sessions. Abraham, Walter, Kazunori, and I became a global group, united in the divine spirit of music.

I mixed the album in June. Don Murray is at the sonic controls again as the recording and mix engineer supreme. There are 10 original songs and 1 Bob Dylan cover of “If Not For You”. That song became even more enticing after I learned that Mr. Dylan wrote it for his dear friend, George Harrison. I have certainly given my nod of appreciation to the Dylan’s…Jacob’s 6th Avenue Heartache on Glide Deluxe Edition, and now his father.

Looking forward to a release in late September or early October.

sending peace and kindness,
Jeanne

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WEDNESDAY’S WISH — MUSIC EDUCATION

Hi,

In a recent BBC Interview, “Elton John discusses his worry that TV propels acts into stardom who aren’t ready and who don’t have enough talent.”
Elton John’s interview statements mirror my longtime concerns for the youth of this world. After a TV ad during a recent airing of Entertainment Tonight, I feel compelled to express myself; as a professional musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, and private music teacher. Professional means I get paid for what I do. With this bold stroke, I think that qualifies me to express a bit of a smoldering opinion on the topic.

Wednesday’s Wish: sharing it from my Facebook Music Page

I wish the television/pop entertainment media along with the Grammy Foundation had never created “Grammy Camp” for young people. This is not music education. There are two essential elements that an individual must have to earn the right to call themselves a musical “artist”. Those elements do not involve a microphone, a recording studio, or “developing a strategy that will incr…ease their chances at having a successful career in music.” Nothing replaces natural musical talent (a least a little) and hard work. Hard work defined as a regular structured practice schedule on your chosen instrument, voice included. One must study and learn about music — melody, rhythm, harmony, etc. And, if you are really meant to be a professional musician, it will not feel like practicing. Breaking it down, it means discipline devotion and direction on a daily basis for years and years. There is no easy fix, quick way, or substitute. Sorry Grammy Foundation. You need to teach music — not to aspire to be an overnight pop star. I am concerned about the kids. So misguided.

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Yarnell Hill Prescott Arizona Fire Tragedy June 30, 2013

Tragedy loss emotional pain accidents that devastate us. Heavy on my mind today.
It is difficult to write about anything except the Yarnell Hill Prescott Arizona fire incident. I know this place well. Nineteen young men have mysteriously had their lives swept away from them by a dangerous fire that became fatal when the wind trapped them inside it’s fury.
My father and his 4 sisters, when they were kids, used to take the back way to northern Arizona, into cooler country by way of Yarnell Hill. I don’t even think there was an Interstate 17 then. Yarnell Hill is steep and winding and breathtaking. It is my favorite drive up into northern Arizona, my home state. In the same area before arriving into Prescott is People’s Valley with acres of horse pasture and clear yellow fields of yarrow for miles. Interestingly, there are few people in People’s Valley. I always wanted to live there.
It is with great sadness for the loss of these brave souls that I devote my day today in silent prayer to these 19. We cannot know why they are gone too soon, but can hold reverence and honor in our hearts for their sacrifice in service to help us all.

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CATALINA BAR & GRILL HOLLYWOOD LIVE SHOW PHOTO ALBUM

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A compilation of photos from my show, May 23, 2013 at Catalina Bar & Grill with Abraham Laboriel, Walter Rodriguez, and Kazunori Koga who travelled from Japan to perform with us.

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