Falling Rain – Original Piano Composition

Hey all!!

Oh my gosh… I am recording New Beginnings in 4 DAYS!!! I cannot wait to have this completed!!

Today I’m sharing the very last song out of the 12 for New Beginnings. I have now officially shared them all with you, although I can’t wait for you to hear the professionally recorded versions (I do love my ol’ piano but the videos I record can never make the song sound AS GOOD as if it were live or professionally recorded). SO, I’m super pumped for you guys to hear the finished product!!

OK, so the song I’m sharing today is Falling Rain. As the title implies, this is a song for a rainy day! When I started writing this song, I was inspired by the thought of myself as a child, watching the raindrops falling down the windowpane on a rainy day. This song has a fun section where I cross my right hand over my left & play with my arms crossed. It has a descending pattern throughout, mimicking those falling raindrops I watched as a child. You will hear that the quiet, eerie feel of the song is broken up in the middle with a thunderous storm, then fades back to quiet rainfall to the end.

I hope you all enjoy my rainstorm song! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for tuning in and for all your encouragement & support throughout the creation of this album. It means the WORLD to me!!!

Love, Janeen

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Taking Flight – Original Piano Composition

Hey all!!

Just a few more songs to share for the New Beginnings album!! I have moved my recording date up to October 29 so it is just around the corner! The song I’m sharing with you today is called, “Taking Flight.”

I specifically remember this melody coming to me on a beautiful day while I was out on my daily walk. Something you may not know is that I come up with almost ALL of my song ideas when I am away from the piano… walking, driving, getting ready, showering, watching TV, you name it. It is very strange how it happens honestly, because I am almost never thinking about trying to come up with a melody or write a song. It’s like God just plants the seed in my head & says, “OK here it is. What are you going to do with it now?” When this happens, I try to minimize all distraction & spend some time with that melody idea. I take the headphones out, I turn off the TV, I turn off the radio in the car, & I spend some time with that “seed.” Most of the time, I have almost the whole song composed & playing in my head before I even sit down at the piano.

In this particular case, I was out on a walk listening to podcasts, when God gave me “Taking Flight.” I remember not being able to get home fast enough to try to bring it to life on the piano!! Soon my “flying” song was born. It has a soaring, freeing feeling throughout (with just a little turbulence in the middle).

I’m not sure why God decides to give me these melodies at random moments, but I’m always glad when he does.

Thanks for listening!! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Love, Janeen

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The Holly & The Ivy / O Come All Ye Faithful Cover

Hey guys!

Getting in the Christmas spirit & decided to play around with my own versions of Christmas songs 🙂 This is one of my FAVORITES – The Holly & The Ivy mixed in with O Come All Ye Faithful.

The Holly & The Ivy has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I think it was because of when I fell in love with George Winston’s version as a kid. I’ll have to try to learn his version by ear sometime … in the meantime, here’s my own spin!

Hope you all enjoy & have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

– Janeen

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Unknown Passage – Original Piano Composition

Hi all!!

I’m continuing to put my nose to the grind & master some of these older compositions that I haven’t played in awhile. Need to get all practiced up for the big recording day in a month!

This week’s focus was on one of my favorites … “Unknown Passage.” This one gave me a bit of a challenge, but eventually I was able to get the speed up to snuff… I actually think now I’m playing it a little too fast so will try to slow it down a bit for the album! However, I do remember that the name of the game when starting to compose this one was SPEED! I had just got done composing several slower songs, & I remember thinking to myself that I wanted to write one that was fast & intense. The result…. “Unknown Passage.” It’s a shorter song that’s a bit dark & twisty, packed with intensity, mystery, & speed…. hence the title 😉

Hope you all enjoy this one!! If you do, visit my Music page on the blog to hear more & follow my blog or subscribe to my YouTube channel for new videos each week!

Thanks for listening!

– Janeen