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Excerpts From A Pregnancy Nature Documentary: Part I

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Todd Oxford (Saxophone, The Haunting) = Awesome, and My Website is Broken

Firstly, my website is down.  Apparently the domain name expired, and for some reason the host failed to notify me.  Thankfully, someone notified me almost immediately when it went down and I was able to remedy the situation.  We should be up and running again today!

Secondly, Todd Oxford is awesome.  Remember the amazing saxophone solos in The Haunting?  Well, Todd Oxford, classical saxophonist, composed and performed those.  Todd returned to the studio with us this past weekend to record solos for Jason and my progressive metal project, Orisonata!

Watch a behind-the-scenes video HERE.

Have a great day!

Jennifer

Jennifer Grassman to Release Gothic Album Inspired By Twilight Saga & The Walking Dead

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While negotiations were kept strictly under wraps, Jennifer Grassman is proud to announce her April 1, 2013, signing with Vampirial Records, a metal label out of Seattle, Washington. She is signed to release five albums over the course of the next three years, a feat which Grassman says she will only be able accomplish with inspiration from truly great literary sources.

“The recent vampire craze has really resulted in some books that I feel will be classics in another fifty years, right up there with A Tale Of Two Cities and Sense & Sensibility,” said Grassman. “I’m excited to see some great books come out of the zombie movement too. I feel like pop culture is finally reaching a climax, like, a Second Renaissance. Except, this time around we’re obsessed with sex and death instead of beauty and life, which I personally think is cooler.”

Grassman’s first album with Vampirial Records will be titled, Necrophunk. The track listing is as follows:

  1. Love That Sparkles (Like A Vampire)
  2. Drink Me, Hold Me, Kiss Me, Bite Me
  3. Live Like We’re Dead
  4. The Edge of Gory
  5. Walkers In Paris
  6. Raining Blood
  7. I Kissed A Bat (And I Liked It)
  8. Stalk This Way
  9. Dead Romance
  10. Hate That I Crave You
  11. Every Blood-drop Is A Waterfall
  12. One Less Lonely Girl
  13. Oops! I Bit You Again

Necrophunk is set to release on October 31, 2013, and will feature guest vocals by Six Feet Under singer, Kanye South. The album will be supported by a tour launching in the US and wrapping up in Transylvania. Grassman also revealed that she will be trying her hand at penning a novel to go along with the album. “It’s going to be titled, ‘50 Shades of Necrosis,’ she said. “I was going to call it ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ but that title was already taken by some television show.”

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

What To Do This Weekend? Join A Top Secret Posse. (You Know You Want To)

“You know the password?”

I’m scouring the earth for awesome posse members. We’ll meet on Skype once or twice a month to brainstorm ideas for how to build my music up and review progress. Posse members may also help with simple tasks like collecting information about cool magazines, radio stations, and sharing music videos on Facebook and Twitter. Posse members will have exclusive pre-release access to MP3s, music videos, and generally be kept in the loop about upcoming events before the public has any idea what’s going on. T’will be quite fun and extremely mercenary!  Let me know if you want in (o:

Things we’ll conspire on include:

  • Planning, shooting, and buzzing music videos
  • Identifying cool radio shows and getting radio airplay
  • Networking with journalists and creating newsworthy events to generate press reviews
  • Developing unusual & exciting concert experiences
  • Album art design
  • Picking singles from Once Upon A Time
  • Designing crowd sourced film & art projects

… and more!

Check out THIS BLOG for more ideas and a general overview of where I’m hoping to take my music over the next year.

Email me HERE with questions, ideas, and to join the posse!  Thanks!

Love,

Jennifer

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