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Jennifer Grassman

Recording Artist + Author + Mommy

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A Time Of Transition

I’m in the process of transitioning my identity. I know, I know, that sounds really extreme. But I can’t think how else to describe it.  Continue reading “A Time Of Transition”

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And so, it begins …

After over two years of musical silence, we are finally gearing up to finish production on my next album. Continue reading “And so, it begins …”

The Evolution of a Diva: Musician + Author < Mommy

New Year’s Eve with Elowyn, December 31, 2014

As a creative person I wear so many hats. There are just so many things I’m interested in! It used to be that I loved nothing more than composing songs, performing concerts, and writing stories. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE those things, but motherhood has changed me. In addition to music and writing, I also love doing craft activities and baking with my little girls, decorating our home, scrapbooking, and crocheting blankets that I rarely finish.

What can I say? I’m a Musical Mommy. A Domestic Diva. A Singing SAHM. A Crafty Composer. A Harmonizing Housewife. A Wordsmithing WAHM. A Scrapbooking Songbird. A Crocheting Chanteuse. A Poetic Painting Pianist. A Dulcet Diaper-Changer. A Modge-Podging Matriarch. A DIY Decorating Damsel in a Domicile.

OK I’ll stop now.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that over the past few years I’ve been undergoing a spiritual rebranding. I used to dream about being a diva on stage under the lime light. Now I dream about teaching my girls to sing and play piano, and being more involved in the music ministry at our church. That’s not to say I’m not interested in performing concerts again or returning to the studio.

New Year’s Eve with Leianor, Dec. 31, 2014

In fact, I have an album (Once Upon A Time) that’s 99% finished, and is just waiting for a final polish so I can release it. But my interests and aspirations are so much more now … They may not be as glamorous or eclectic, but they’re deeper, more diverse, and I daresay more meaningful.

Children change you. Love changes you. I used to think that maturity came with age, but as it turns out, maturity comes with loving others. I’m very excited to grow during this new season of my life, and share my experiences with you here on my blog.

Be forewarned though, you’re going to see a lot more crafts, home décor projects, creative writing, recipes, poetry, and mommy madness.

I’m also planning a few very special concerts this year though, so stay tuned! I’ll be sure to invite you ❤

Once Upon A Time Gets Sci-Fi & Spooky!

Elowyn, 2 months old!

Waking up next to this beautiful baby girl is always the highlight of my day. If she’s not peacefully sleeping like a little angel, she’s kicking and giggling and smiling at me with wide blue eyes and rosy cheeks.

It’s been a while since my last blog so I thought I’d fill you in on Once Upon A Time album production progress.

Firstly, my good friend and producer, Michael Thompson of Ivory Tower Productions, has sent me a number of amazing tracks to review for the Once Upon A Time (Part 1) album!!! Each of the songs on the album are inspired by classic literature and poetry (plus a few very select classic movies).

I sincerely can’t wait for you to hear how amazing it all sounds. We’ve got …

  • Agatha, which you’ve probably heard on YouTube (there’s a live performance of it from a couple years back which I’ll embed below).
  • Crocus Garden, which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and author PG Wodehouse and has a Gothic, For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite, feel to it.
  • Damsel in Distress was inspired by Casablanca and has a powerful angst reminiscent of Tori Amos’ Cornflake Girl days.
  • Icarus was inspired by Greek mythology and features oboe by my friend Elisa Halaand.
  • And don’t let the title fool you, because Silence Of The Lambs is actually inspired by The Book Of Revelation more so than the Thomas Harris horror novel (although it has some Hannibalesk ‘Easter eggs’ in it). It’s definitely one of the darkest songs on the album, and while it is technically about a serial killer (or killers), it’s probably not what you think (o;
  • Madman came out really beautifully and is absolutely a tearjerker. It’s more of an autobiographical song. In fact … well … I have some ideas for crowd sourced projects, but I’ll save that for later!
  • Out Of The Silent Planet is inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and it has kind of a vintage sci-fi sound to it a-la David Bowie’s Major Tom.
  • Finally, Whittled came out absolutely amazing! It’s one of those songs I originally thought would just be piano and vocal, but then Mike worked his magic and turned it into a stirringly beautiful orchestral piece.

Overall, we’re taking the music in a really unusual new direction that I think you guys will love. We kind of got back to my roots (if I can say that after only 3 CDs) making this a more acoustically driven album. But this time we’re accentuating the drama with classical guitar, oboe, wine glasses (yes, wine glasses), and effects to create an eclectic Celtic/Industrial feel. It’s very unique and VERY theatrical.

Anyway, we’re adding some instrumentation and working on mixing the album now. Then we have to master it, and then … YOU WILL HEAR IT!!!

Hope you have an awesome weekend (o:

Jennifer

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