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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I’m Recording an Album! “Reflections of Joy” to be released in 2016

Hey there!

So, you might have heard the news already but I’m just SO excited about it, I decided that it deserved its own blog post 🙂 I’ve got a recording date set for December 23, 2015 & will be releasing my first official album, “Reflections of Joy” sometime in early 2016 (make sure you follow the blog or my Facebook page for updates!)

In my very first blog post back in March of this year, I got a little personal & described “My Melodic Journey,” which basically explains my piano journey, my motivation for the blog, & why I am where I’m at today (check out that post here). In that post, I had explained my hesitancy about going to a professional recording studio again. I was worried it would put too much pressure on me & make me lose my composition “spark” again. However, since that time, I have been researching like a crazy person & trying to figure out the best route to go. After months & months of research, self reflection, & advice from loved ones, I have decided that the best route to go is to record professionally. Let’s face it, I don’t want to do all that work myself & would rather outsource to the professionals who know what the heck they’re doing (and do it 100 billion times better than me). Plus, I decided that, hello …. I’m a different person than I was when I was 14. I’m a grown-ass woman with a passion & a mission. No one is pressuring me to do this, except me 🙂

So, there began my hunt for a recording studio semi-close to me (which is a huge feat, considering my location in Valentine, NE where the nearest bigger town is over 2 hours away). Long story short, the stars aligned & God sent me an answer. A lady from Seward visited The Prairie Club who records her piano music professionally & she gave me the name of the place she records, which is Power Base Studio in Wisner, NE. Wisner is only about 3 hours from us in Valentine & only about an hour away from my hometown in Hartington! I looked up some of her recordings, loved them, researched the website, read all his fabulous testimonials, called Dan, loved him, got great info, & scheduled the recording session for December 23 when we’ll be traveling home for the holidays. PERFECT!!

Now, after some thought, I have decided that I want to keep my original 12 songs separate from my new ones. I just think of them as representing 2 completely different stages of my life & I want to keep them separate. Therefore, I will be releasing just my original 12 songs on the album which I will name “Reflections of Joy” (who knew that would be so fitting now when I named that first song!) My newer songs (3 and counting) will be released on a 2nd album when I have more to add to the collection.

Now that I’ll have professional music recordings to share & sell, I’ve been putting my nose to the grind, researching & figuring out the best way to get it out there! There’s lots to learn & all this technical stuff is kind of hurting my brain, but it will be well worth it 😉 I’m currently working on setting up a website (which will be janeenarens.com), so that I’ll have a one stop shop for all my stuff! Just for fun, here’s a little sneak peak of what it will look like.

website preview updated

I’d be thrilled if you could support me by following this blog (just click the “Follow” button on the right side of my blog page) or liking my Facebook page. Right now, those are the best ways to stay up to date with my music stuff & also the best way to learn about when my website is live, which will then be the best place to stay connected with me 🙂

THANK YOU for following & supporting my journey!

Much love,

– Janeen

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