Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce the release of “Mountaintops and Oceans” by Jan Blaising Music.
Jan’s new single, “Mountaintops and Oceans,” is a song Jan wrote to honor her Mom. The song tells the story of a woman who overcame significant obstacles in her early life through love and faith. It describes the ways Jan’s Mom brought gifts of grace and grandeur from her early home in Washington state to the Indiana plains, where she met and married a minister and raised a family. “Mountaintops and Oceans” is a timely song to honor mothers everywhere.
“Such a beautiful song ~ like a fresh mountain stream ~ and your voice and the production are impeccable!” ~ Beth Nielsen Chapman (bncmasterclasses.com)
Want to write your first song? Want to write your 100th song? Want to write better songs? I’m so dang proud of this book and the accompanying workshops, and they are really making a difference for so many writers. What are you waiting for?
Open to writers of all levels of ability.
What are Workshop Attendees saying about this course?
“This is such a unique songwriting technique. I’m really surprised that no one else have ever taught this method. This workshop will definitely take my writing to the next level. Absolutely amazing.”
“Caring, insightful and useful songwriting tools & tips.”
“This workshop was great fun. Nancy and Laura do a great job of presenting the material and making the workshop interactive.”
“This is an innovative, accessible approach to writing that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Brilliant. Brava to the authors.”
JACELYN is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actor and entrepreneur best known for her sultry jazz vocals and music that is a melange of the classic and elemental sounds of jazz, blue-eyed soul, and pop, which offers a dynamic and refreshing contemporary twist. Moonlit Pond Records staff writer, Nancy Beaudette, co-penned “Someday” along with Connie Mims, Sherry Kuybus and Jacelyn after meeting in Nashville. It is an an emotional song questioning whether a new love will last:“Sorry that we never found the words to make it better, It’s plain to see that baby you’re not the one, Someday ain’t gonna come” .
A versatile artist and actor, JACELYN has spent the last decade taking chances which has led her to successes one after another. Her Kickstarter campaign for Dovetailing reached $60, 000 ($30, 000 in just 16 hours) and became #1 in the world out of close to 60, 000 music campaigns. It was also featured in the top 10 Jazz campaigns ever to exist on the crowdfunding site alongside Quincy Jones and Paula Cole. JACELYN was able to bring together some amazing musical minds to support the creation of Dovetailing. She partnered with internationally recognized and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Amina Figarova to co-produce the album and worked with two-time Grammy-award winning audio engineer Max Ross from Systems Two in New York City. Dovetailing is out now and charting on radio across North America.
The Finalist Concert for the GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION FOR EMERGING SONGWRITERS will be held during the 49th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival Oct. 8 – 18, 2020. Out of a more than 700 entries, 24 songwriters have been selected as Finalists. The 24 Finalists will perform at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists Concerts on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9th & 10th. During the evening Kennedy Theater show, Oct. 10th, the 6 New Folk Winners will be announced. The following day, Sunday Oct. 11th, the 6 New Folk Award Winners will each play 20-minute sets of original material during the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners Concert. All New Folk concerts will be staged at the Threadgill Theater from 1-4 PM in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds, 9 miles south of the city of Kerrville on TX Hwy 16. All 24 New Folk Finalists will receive prizes, the 6 New Folk Award Winners will receive additional prizes including $650 in prize money!
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.
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.
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.