June 5, 2012

The JaJa's CD#4 - On The Edge! 

We were "on the edge" when we found out our favorite sound studio is temporarily decommissioned.  Our prayers are with you, Bryan.  Needless to say, this left us searching for a new engineer to begin work on our fourth CD - On The Edge.  

All good things to those who wait...  Through a series of events, we found not only a sound engineer, but a producer for our new CD.  We will be working with him in between his tours with Stevie Nicks and other icons in the industry.  We laid down the vocals for our first track on Friday, 9/12.  

This discovery wouldn't be possible without seeking out and reuniting with a long lost friend and band member from my early twenties - a guitar player from an alternative group called The Flood.  It's been a joyful, nostalgic reunion, and I'm thrilled to hear his amazing, soul-speak guitar style once again.  Thank you, Kim.

With all the blessings pouring in, I am so very grateful for the challenges in my life as well.  As I push through them, move through constraint, fear and old patterns, I emerge to find these outrageous blessings on the other side.

I pray the same for you.

In Joyful Song,
Barb

6-15-2012 - Jeanne's Word 

 I feel incredibly blessed as a music minister. I have the opportunity to constantly practice what I sing about… integrity. I’ve been confronted lately with how much of a control freak I can be. What is it like to be a control freak you ask? When I’m feeling out of control, I feel like a victim, boo hoo, nobody cares about me, I feel separate, I don’t matter, and I am constantly in judgment of others. For example when others are late, I want to make them wrong, and I tend to take it personal, even though I know darn well (on a different level) that it isn’t personal.

My spiritual coach recently asked me to look at it from the stand point of “what lesson am I supposed to receive from this” so that I can put it to bed. After all, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be the kind of person who lets things just roll off her shoulders, nothing takes my peace type of person? I realized that when I am in judgment of another, I am being unconscious. When I am unconscious, I am either living in the past or the future, not the now. When I am unconscious the vibration of my thoughts are very low, and when I operate at a low vibration, I attract other things that match that vibration. So it is imperative that I become conscious as soon as possible.

One of the ways that can help me get out of the judgment is to say a prayer: Mother / Father God, you are forever present within me, in my heart, and I am grateful. I affirm in this moment that I am loved, and I am one with and supported by all life. I am grateful for your help to resolve my need to control things. I don’t know how to do it. I invite you into my relationship with this person now; help me to see/get the lesson so that I may move out of the need for control and into a place of peace, understanding and Divine Order. Help me to accept this person exactly the way they are, for everyone is perfect, exactly the way they are, and are simply a mirror of me, reflecting back to me what I need to learn about myself. Thank you God for answering my prayer! And So It Is!


I love the feeling when I’ve been able to resolve a conflict in this way. Expanding my consciousness, creating space around the smallness of how I was being. It’s almost funny how I can be so upset with someone, when in the end, I just needed to change my perspective. The upset is never over there, it is always created within us.

6-5-2012 - Two years cancer free and Rock N Rollin in San Diego!  

 I participated in the San Diego Rock N Roll Half Marathon this past weekend. It was an incredible event! Soooo many people there. It was so inspiring to see all the people cheering us on. Also inspiring to see so many people participating that had physical challenges. It was awesome! I didn't really train for this half marathon. I've been swimming and power walking so my cardio was in good shape, but my legs are very sore and so are my feet. I kept telling myself, I am not my body, I am not my thoughts, and I am not my mind, over and over again.  I also listened to our positive songs to keep my spirits up!  It worked! I finished - it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to finish 13.1 miles. I past a sign that said Yeah Marie!!! One year cancer free!!! You Rock! I got all choked up as I am now two years cancer free and running my second half marathon since I was diagnosed. I am so blessed. I am so grateful for my life, my friends and loved ones. Weekends like this make me realize how truly blessed I am. xo Jeanne

There Is Enough - continued 

He came back and said, good! Now the song needs a bridge. That meant a change in the structure/chords/and possibly the timing of the song!!! I was so frustrated, mainly because I dont know how to do that musically and I would have to bring in the big guns on that and call Barb. It almost stopped me because I had it that Barb is too busy and will get frustrated with me needing her help.

So out came my theme songs I cant and Im not good enough!

Thankfully, I swallowed my pride and called Barb and we had a great conversation about it. She told me how hard it has been for her in the past when someone critiques her songs, that she takes it as a personal attack rather than being open to the idea that the song could use some improvement. Over time though she acknowledged that every time she gave up her ideas of it being a personal attack, and opened her heart to the feedback she never regretted it. After all, if one person feels that way about the song, there will be others that feel that way too.

We started talking about the purpose of the bridge. To us it should be the epiphany of the song, the breakthrough if you will. We applied the idea to our lives and came to an agreement on the fact that we are in the flow of abundance and grace when we step into our purpose with gratitude and faith and let God take care of the rest. Then we agreed to hang up the phone and just allow the words and the rhythm to come to us. Within twenty minutes, we both received words, and Barb received the rhythm as well. She called me and sang it to me, and I loved it! She promised to record it and type up the new words and chords and send it off to the Music Minister. He responded almost immediately with That works great! Thank you for being willing to make the changes! See you tomorrow.

After the services we had several people compliment us on the song. One man told me that I had him in tears. Another man walked up to us and said Great job today, I really enjoyed your songs, especially that one song. I immediately thought that he meant the other song, (that Barb wrote) and he said no, I really liked the first one you sang, There Is Enough!

When I saw the music minister in the morning, he asked me if I was mad at him for critiquing my song. I laughed and said, well at first I thought What a JERK! He laughed. I explained how grateful I was that he had the courage to teach me. It was excellent feedback and ultimately, the song now has an impact on people where as before, it really didnt. Later, the three of us discussed it. He smiled and admitted that he knew how I felt. Being a song writer himself he has also felt as though it was a personal attack rather than a comment on the structure of the song when others critiqued his music. It was a great cleansing conversation. I feel like the three of us bonded in that moment.

God is so good! He sends us angels in the form of friends to help us grow, and learn and love ourselves so that we can have impact on others too.

There Is Enough! 

There Is Enough! 3-26-2012
I had a humbling experience this week as a song writer. I forwarded my song There Is Enough to the Music Minister as a suggestion to sing that following Sunday, and he told me that my song just didnt work for him and he challenged me to change it. My first human reaction was What a jerk! I immediately took his comment personal. Rather than see that he was attempting to improve the structure of the song to make it better, I felt he was attacking me personally.

I responded to him in a short and sassy kind of way and told him that Id been singing that song for two years the way that it is and that we already recorded it that way in the studio, but I would take a look and see if I could figure out a way to sing it differently for him. That night I couldnt sleep. The feedback he gave me was actually really good! What didnt work for him was that I was singing happy positive words yet the music line descended downward. In other words, on a piano, my song went from high C down to low C while I was singing happy words. I certainly would never talk that way. I wouldnt tell you I was so happy and yet sound like a deflating balloon. I very quickly figured out the solution and told him that I agreed with his feedback, I fixed it and I thanked him.

There Is Enough - continued 

He came back and said, “good! Now the song needs a bridge.” That meant a change in the structure/chords/and possibly the timing of the song!!! I was so frustrated, mainly because I don’t know how to do that musically and I would have to bring in the big guns on that and call Barb. It almost stopped me because I had it that Barb is too busy and will get frustrated with me needing her help.

So out came my theme songs… “I can’t and I’m not good enough!”

Thankfully, I swallowed my pride and called Barb and we had a great conversation about it. She told me how hard it has been for her in the past when someone critiques her songs, that she takes it as a personal attack rather than being open to the idea that the song could use some improvement. Over time though she acknowledged that every time she gave up her ideas of it being a personal attack, and opened her heart to the feedback she never regretted it. After all, if one person feels that way about the song, there will be others that feel that way too.

We started talking about the purpose of the bridge. To us it should be the epiphany of the song, the “breakthrough” if you will. We applied the idea to our lives and came to an agreement on the fact that we are in the flow of abundance and grace when we step into our purpose with gratitude and faith and let God take care of the rest. Then we agreed to hang up the phone and just allow the words and the rhythm to come to us. Within twenty minutes, we both received words, and Barb received the rhythm as well. She called me and sang it to me, and I loved it! She promised to record it and type up the new words and chords and send it off to the Music Minister. He responded almost immediately with “That works great! Thank you for being willing to make the changes! See you tomorrow.”

After the services we had several people compliment us on the song. One man told me that I had him in tears. Another man walked up to us and said “Great job today, I really enjoyed your songs, especially that one song.” I immediately thought that he meant the other song, (that Barb wrote) and he said no, I really liked the first one you sang, “There Is Enough!”

When I saw the music minister in the morning, he asked me if I was mad at him for critiquing my song. I laughed and said, well at first I thought… “What a JERK!” He laughed. I explained how grateful I was that he had the courage to teach me. It was excellent feedback and ultimately, the song now has an impact on people where as before, it really didn’t. Later, the three of us discussed it. He smiled and admitted that he knew how I felt. Being a song writer himself he has also felt as though it was a personal attack rather than a comment on the structure of the song when others critiqued his music. It was a great cleansing conversation. I feel like the three of us bonded in that moment.

God is so good! He sends us angels in the form of friends to help us grow, and learn and love ourselves so that we can have impact on others too.

There Is Enough! 

There Is Enough! 3-26-2012
I had a humbling experience this week as a song writer. I forwarded my song “There Is Enough” to the Music Minister as a suggestion to sing that following Sunday, and he told me that my song just didn’t work for him and he challenged me to change it. My first human reaction was “What a jerk!” I immediately took his comment personal. Rather than see that he was attempting to improve the structure of the song to make it better, I felt he was attacking me personally.

I responded to him in a short and sassy kind of way and told him that I’d been singing that song for two years the way that it is and that we already recorded it that way in the studio, but I would take a look and see if I could figure out a way to sing it differently for him. That night I couldn’t sleep. The feedback he gave me was actually really good! What didn’t work for him was that I was singing happy positive words yet the music line descended downward. In other words, on a piano, my song went from high C down to low C while I was singing happy words. I certainly would never talk that way. I wouldn’t tell you I was so happy and yet sound like a deflating balloon. I very quickly figured out the solution and told him that I agreed with his feedback, I fixed it and I thanked him.

What The JaJa's have been up to, and some really fun upcoming events! 

Every Sunday we sing, the services and communities feed our very souls, and we always leave with some new insight or breakthrough. We are so very blessed!

Currently working on wrapping up our third CD, and hope to release it by Thanksgiving! If there is time, we may also release our first Christmas CD, so stay tuned!

We are also currently working on a brainchild of Rev. Joel Baehr and Jimmy Boyd at Unity of Mesa to create a New Thought Gospel Choir!!! If you are interested please send us an email, and we will let you know when rehearsals will start. Our intention is to hold our first concert sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are SOOOO excited about this project, and our vision is to eventually produce the first New Thought Gospel CD sometime next year!!!

In October, Jeanne and I will be appearing twice with Chord On Blue, an awesome cover band that has entertained the valley for years! On October 15th, we will be singing at a cancer benefit (more details to come), and then again on October 21st at The Monastery (More details to come).

Then on Friday, November 4th, The JaJa's will be appearing in concert at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) with a number of amazing local artists, for musical journey of discovery.

On November 13th, we will be singing a short set at a fundraiser for a friend of ours. It's sort of an "open mic" style jam, and we also hope to jam with some of our musical partners. It will be a fun contribution -Dinner/cover is $20, and all proceeds go to benefit our friend.

And finally, in December, we hope have our first New Thought Gospel Choir concert!

And last but not least, On Sunday evening, Dec. 11th we are honored to sing for the MISS Foundation's annual candle lighting memorial service for those who have lost a child. The candle lighting takes place around the globe, and is a beautiful way to remember your child.

As always, we would love to see you at any of these events. Our music is nothing without you.

In Song,
Barb

Next week, Sunday July 10th, The JaJa's at Creative Living Fellowship in Phoenix 

I am looking forward to next Sunday at CLF! It is going to be an unusual service, called a Taize Ceremony. Dr. Michelle is on sabbatical so it is up to the practitioners and the musicians to create the service. We will be singing several Chants including Barb's song "I Am the Light of the World". I love that song so much! And Eileen Manning is going to be singing the third part on that song with us. I can't wait to hear the harmonies. They literally make me feel so good, calm, whole and at peace. This song was written for a Women's Day Retreat that we did a couple years ago with the Women's ministry at UOM and UDL. Barb wrote it after Rev. Kyra explained Sacred Geometry. That is why I think this song is so powerful. It is full of the Sacred G! Please join us next Sunday!

Bloggidy Blog Blog! 

Jeanne is so good at staying in touch and sharing with people, and she's been asking for a blog page for a long time. Here it is at last!!! Thank you Jeanne for your committment to keeping in touch and sharing what we're up to.

Love to youse!
Barb