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Jennifer Grassman

Recording Artist + Author + Mommy

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January 2014

SURPRISE! New Progressive Metal Album, Orisonata

Orisonata Cover Art. Photo of Jennifer Grassman by Laughlin Photography.

I am VERY excited to announce that my husband, Jason Lee Greenberg, is officially releasing his debut album, Orisonata, this week! He’s been working off and on for the past six years at perfecting and recording these songs. Last year, he teamed up with my producer, MD Thompson of Ivory Tower Productions in Houston, and they captured many of the remaining instrumental tracks, and of course, vocals!

I had the honor of writing or co-writing lyrics for a number of the songs, including The Great Baptism, Robin Hood, and The Muses.  For those of you who share my penchant for literature, you’ll be happy to know that many of the songs on the album are inspired by legend, mythology, stories from the Old Testament, and of course two very fabulous Jules Verne and Mary Shelley books.  I’m not going to reveal which songs are which because I want you to enjoy listening and making the discovery yourself!

You can hear snippets of the tracks at www.Orisonata.com, and two full length songs (The Muses and Unholy Creation) in the website music player at the base of each page. For my friends and colleagues who enjoy reviewing albums and covering music news in their column, blogs, podcasts, and shows, please email me and I’ll send you the password to unlock our EPK and download the tracks for free.

If I were going to compare Orisonata to other metal artists, I’d say Nightwish, Stream of Passion, Within Temptation, or Tarja Turunen. For those more familiar with mainstream rock music, I’d say the closest comparisons would be Evanescence, Muse, and “if-Sarah-Brightman-really-rocked-out!” Guest artists on the album include my good friends, classical saxophonist Todd Oxford and jazz pianist Pamela York. Both are internationally touring and highly respected artists. It’s humbling to be able to work alongside them!

So far, the album as had a soft release on CD Baby and www.Orisonata.com, but will shortly be available through Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers. You can nab it before it hits the big stores by downloading it here.

Jennifer Grassman & Jason Lee Greenberg

ABOUT ORISONATA:
Orisonata is a progressive metal project by Jason Lee Greenberg. For its debut album, also titled Orisonata, Greenberg composed seven original songs on which he plays electric, classical, bass guitars, drums, and most keyboards. Guest artists on Orisonata include Greenberg’s wife, Jennifer Grassman, who has been commended by Tori Amos for her charity work, as well as President George W. Bush for her patriotic song dedicated to US troops. Other artists on Orisonata include internationally acclaimed classical saxophonist Todd Oxford, and award winning jazz pianist Pamela York. In his free time, Greenberg enjoys playing video games and donating his weekends to play classical guitar for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. More Info: www.Orisonata.com

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Does Worry Mean I Lack Faith? Pregnancy & Fear of Miscarriage

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I haven’t felt the baby in 2 days … I know that’s normal at 16 – 17 weeks but I’m so much more scared that something will go wrong with this pregnancy. I think part of it is because it’s so different than my pregnancy with Elowyn (now 17 months). There’s been no morning sickness, barely any round ligament pain … just a few BAD headaches and general sleepiness … On good days when I have no symptoms I find myself wondering, “Is something wrong? Shouldn’t I be miserable? Why am I not miserable? Is my body acting like it’s not pregnant because it knows the baby isn’t going to make it?”

While some have told me that I need to have more faith, I would counter by saying, “I DO have faith! But sometimes God loves our beautiful babies so much that he decides not to subject them to the nastiness of this world, and he takes them up to be with him before they ever have a chance to feel sorrow, betrayal, or disappointment. It has nothing to do with the mother’s faith. It has everything to do with God’s will, and I respect that God’s will is not always the same as mine. Thus, I worry, while still having great faith.”

“Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed,
Or the golden bowl is broken,
Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain,
Or the wheel broken at the well.
Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

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