We are pleased to share the release of MPR Artist, Jan Blaising‘s, lyric video release for the song, “It Wasn’t a Silent Night After All.”
Jan says, “The idea of the song is that when God chose to enter the world and become human, God didn’t choose perfect circumstances – so the song tries to capture the difficulty and the hardship of that holy night – because if God didn’t choose perfect circumstances when God came to earth, then that means God can enter into our imperfect circumstances too.”
Together with co-writer, Nancy Beaudette, the two crafted the idea into a song that retells the Christmas Story from a different vantage point. We hope you enjoy this fresh take on well known theme.
MPR Artist & Songwriter, Jan Blaising, joined MPR’s roster this year with her recording, “Faith, Hope, and Love”. The collection takes the listener on a journey of life – reflecting on experiences everyone has in common – faith, even when it’s easier to doubt, hope, even if it seems bleak, and love, unyielding, precious, and redeeming.
Jan, along with Nancy Beaudette, have been writing together for the past few years even though they live miles apart. “It’s amazing how easy it is to work together on facetime or skype”, say Nancy, “and after a couple of sessions it feels like we’re in the same room!”
At the recommendation of Connie Mims, a long time collaborator of Nancy’s, Rosewood Studio in Tyler, Texas became home for a few days as this team of creative women came together to produce, “Faith, Hope, and Love”.
MPR’s is excited to announce the release of, “It Wasn’t a Silent Night After All” just in time for Christmas. It has been released to radio internationally and you can stream it live on Jan Blaising’s Website now.
Moonlit Pond Records is thrilled to announce the North American release of “We Are All We Need” – a full length CD by South African artist and songwriter, Nur Felix. These twelve songs ring true to the courageous spirit of Nur. They speak of love and social justice with a backdrop of life in South Africa.
“Music is a powerful tool. With so much sadness in the world, I believe it is my calling to spread love and happiness with my music“, says the musician from Cape Town. Nur’s music is featured in the documentary ‘Cape Of Lost Lullaby’s and his song ‘Africa I Love You’ is the theme of a Dutch radio channel.
“We Are All We Need” has been in the works for sometime now, creating and recording material as resources became available. Here at Moonlit Pond Records, we are so pleased with the songs and quality of this CD. Join Nur as he takes you on a poetic, soul-filled, musical journey.
The CD will be available for purchase at Moonlit Pond Records soon.
New Moonlit Pond Records Artist – Jan Blaising – has been writing with Nancy Beaudette for a couple of years now. Currently, Nancy (along with collegue Connie Mims) is co-producing her first CD. “It’s a real joy to watch Jan blossom as a songwriter and even a bigger thrill to have seen her reaction when I told her she won a songwriting award!”
Last spring they wrote an incredible song together about Jan’s mother, a woman who grew up on the west coast and then moved to the central plains to take up residence as a minister’s wife.
Nancy secretly entered “Mountains Tops and Oceans” in the Christian/Inspirational category of the Great American Song Contest last fall, and March 31, 2020, it was named 2nd Place Finalist.
The CD, which will be called, “Faith, Hope and Love”, will be released in the coming months. Moonlit Pond Records is really excited for you to hear all of the songs included on this project. We will keep you posted.
Nancy Beaudette traveled to Egypt in 2018. She was captivated by the beauty of the land, the Egyptian people, and of course, all the mystery and intrigue surrounding their ancient culture. She wrote the song “River Nile” and created this video to try and capture a bit of her experience while visiting this amazing country.
We have an incredible line up for the first six months of our 2020 Kerrville North Songwriter Series. Every third Thursday of the month, three songwriters will share the Ballroom Stage at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA. The series is hosted by award-winning songwriter Nancy Beaudette.
Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be heard Saturday’s at 8 PM on WFMT, immediately preceding The Midnight Special.
Nancy Beaudette will be in the studio on Saturday, November 23rd.
About 26 concerts per year are broadcast live from our studio in front of an audience. The remainder of the concerts are from our archives that stretch back 55 years, recent recordings made in the Chicago area, live broadcasts from the Old Town School of Folk Music, or recorded portions of our live studio concerts that were not previously broadcast.
The series is totally listener funded, and made possible in part by Nancy Clark, Andy & Becky Anderson, Freddi Greenberg & Dan Pinkert, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.
Louisa Branscomb‘s 2019 release is a contender in the first round of voting for a Grammy. She is nominated in two catagories, Best Bluegrass Album and Best American Roots Performance.
This is a spectacular recording which is currently at the top of the bluegrass and roots music charts. We are really proud to have one of Nancy’s songs included on this recording! “End of the Line” was co-written by Louisa Branscomb and Nancy Beaudette, and features the vocals of two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller.
Bests of luck and may the Grammy winds be in your favour!
Nancy Beaudette met Louisa Branscomb at a festival a few years back, and they’ve been friends and co-writers ever since. We are thrilled to tell you their song “End Of The Line” is included on Louisa’s new CD release, “Gonna Love Anyway”.
Bluegrass fans will surely know the song, “Steel Rails”, recorded by Alison Krauss in 1990 which was a billboard success and went on to earn her a grammy. That song was written by Louisa and helped to propel her songwriting career to what it is today – she has either won or has been nominated for the industries most prestigious bluegrass awards.
This album features a new version of “Steel Rails” and a phenomenal group of singers and instrumentalists, like Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Brown, and many more, all performing their versions of Branscomb’s songs. Two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller takes the lead vocals on “End of the Line”.
Co-producer Missy Raines helped select the songs for the album and explains, “We took a designer approach to thinking of who we felt best matched each song.”
There is a wonderful theme of ‘trains’ that rolls through this project. In Louisa’s own words, “Trains know where they are going. They are going to take every bend, it’s just the way it is. They go through it all– the mountains, deserts, seaboard cities, deserted farms, hobo camps. They carry people to their dreams, their homes, and their deaths. They are courageous in their power and in their giving in. Even with all that iron and steel and fire, they accept. They surrender to the track, to what lies ahead.They are hope, wisdom, and courage.”
We sincerely hope you’ll get yourself a copy of “Gonna Love Anyway”, and especially have a listen to “End of the Line”, appropriately placed as the last cut on the album, but certainly not the least among this superb song collection.
This book is focused on the ‘craft’ of songwriting and the care and nurturing of your ‘creative being’. Intended for both novice and experienced songwriters, “SongC.R.A.F.T.– Writing In Your Authentic Voice” is an invitation to dig deep into your personal memories and experiences and write in your most vulnerable, courageous voice.
Nurture your creative process
Learn to find ideas from personal experiences
Write fabulous and meaningful songs
Find out why having a special creative room is important
Recognize and avoid common mistakes
How to find an audience to perform your song to
Leave the critic behind and write your best work
Award-winning songwriters and authors, Nancy BeaudetteandLaura Zucker, will guide you through a series of exercises and reflections which will help you write a song lyric by the end of the book. Nancy and Laura have been using the “SongC.R.A.F.T.” method throughout their professional careers, and teach this process to writers across the country.
Forward by Berklee College of Music Songwriting Professor – Susan Cattaneo.