Dark Days and Saving Grace

I’ve had to take a break for a couple of months to manage my home and my health, but here are some brief updates:

The Debord Halloween Festival 

What a beautiful day it was! This year I went solo (as Rosie the Riveter) and had a grand time with an interactive crowd! This was a breath of fresh air for me in the middle of some tough months.

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Morning Owl Coffee shop

I have fallen in love with this local coffee shop in Munroe Falls, Ohio! Not only is it  a perfect fit for those intimate quiet listening gigs I rarely experience, but it is also I place I count on, where I go  to  decompress over a cup of tea or coffee and do my writing thing ;). I am looking forward to playing a couple more shows here in 2017!

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Cafe O’Play TONIGHT@ 6PM!!!

 We are back at Cafe O’play tonight at 6pm! Show ends promptly at 8pm, so come early and get a seat! We will be playing a couple of new covers tonight, but the second part of the show will be mostly my original songs, including some from my EP “Along for the Ride,” still available to buy on iTunes and at CDbaby.com!

Though recent months my struggle with depression has me on the ropes, I don’t ever stop looking for His saving grace in all this…and for me it has been the gift of music! I’ll leave you here with a link to my YouTube channel. Check out the playlist “Refuge”… it’s a huge  blessing to let others minister to me through their music during the dark days, reminding me the even though I feel like I’m trapped in a storm, He is my Refuge!! I know you will enjoy it as I have…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7W81oiC2jSKR7ZGWE0_SOw

Take care and God Bless!

jtb

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Last minute…

If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done! It’s true at my house… we get more cleaning done in the last 15 minutes before guests arrive than the rest of the week, sometimes!

This Saturday I have a “Last Minute” show at one of my favorite venues: Coffee Corners in Burton, Ohio. I’m filling in for my buddy Will Rivera who is under the weather (Get well Soon, Will!!).  Show starts at 7pm!

I recently added 5 more dates to the Upcoming shows page for this Summer and in the Fall. Check it out and make plans to come out and see us perform some of the new songs we are preparing.  So excited to share them with you!

Now, for this week’s link to “Songs from her music room Mac.” We will be playing this song at Coffee Corners this coming Saturday! Hope to see you there!

Jessie Barr returns to the Lunch Dock!

Beautiful day at the Lunch Dock!

Beautiful day at the Lunch Dock!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25th, I’ll be back at the Lunch Dock located at  975 E Tallmadge Ave, Akron, OH 44310!  The weather is going to be nice and the outdoor patio will be an ideal place to take in the refreshing atmosphere: a nice cool breeze, fresh off the BBQ grill sandwiches, and, of course, the soothing acoustic -driven music of yours truly!  I hope to see you there.

“Songs from her music room Mac” will be continued next week right here and on youtube! Stay tuned!

Thanks and God Bless!

jtb

Beautiful!

 

I am NOT a morning person! I never have been… My kids can tell you that…my husband could tell you …and I’m certain my parents would say that! So here I am in my 40’s and not much has changed in that department…

My kids are not early risers either.  Most mornings provide that one simple challenge: How in the world do I get my teenagers to wake up for school peacefully…cheerfully even? Is it even possible? Maybe if I put myself in their shoes?

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I remember getting up real early for school in the morning. After all, it took some time to sculpt the perfect ’80’s hairdo.  It took time and a few cans of Freeze hairspray… and a curling iron, of course! What I don’t quite remember as well is the aggravation my parents must have experienced getting me out of bed each morning!

Except this one moment: I think I was in Kindergarten… ( a very long time ago now).  My mother woke me up one morning singing “Beautiful” by Carole King.

“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel…”

My mother did not always wake me up that way, but I remember that moment like it was yesterday! She has always loved Carole King’s songs. I remember her playing the piano and singing many of the songs from “Tapestry.” That’s how I learned of Carole King…I can’t wait to see the musical about her life at some point in the near future.

So I’ve spent the last few months learning about songwriters like Carole King as I continue to create my own music. I am realizing that I can’t possibly imagine how the songs I write might affect the people who hear them.  Some songs- and arguably the best songs- reach people in ways we couldn’t possibly predict, with an impact that transcends time and goes beyond the message of the writer’s original intent. That’s what makes King’s music special to me. I wonder if she ever imagined a mother singing that song to wake up her 5-year-old daughter for school?

As I spend the next few months focusing on songwriting (and thinking of creative ways to nurture the “early riser” in my teenagers and myself), I hope to share new music with you here on the website and on YouTube. Please visit weekly to see new links and share the exciting journey with me!

This summer I plan to return to the Lunch Dock in Akron for a few shows once they open their patio in May.  I’ll update my calendar when I have those dates.

Once again, thanks for your kind words and for all of the love and support you offer, both here and on Facebook!

See you all soon!

jtb

 

Jessie and the guys, Ken Grove and Jason Burdett, at Cafe O’Play in Stow

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Legacy of Love

Today my Grandma Gertie would have been 95 years old! We miss her dearly… her infectious laughter, unconditional love, and incredible faith were a cornerstone in our family.  Five and a half years have passed since she went to her Savior in heaven, and her legacy is no less intact…even her great-grandchildren carry her love and laughter with them.  My picture this month captures a beautiful moment of joy my Grandma, my Father, and my first born son shared more than 16 years ago.  I cherish it, and her memory.  Happy Birthday Grandma Gertie!

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This month the guys and I are excited to make our 2016 debut at Cafe O’Play in Stow on Saturday February 20th from 6-8pm!! We will be playing most of our usual, light rock and inspirational favorites mixed in with some of my original music.  With a cozy coffee house atmosphere on one side and a separate, supervised kids play area on the other, this would be a fantastic place for a Family Fun night with the kids or a date night with your loved one! And even better news: Cafe O’play will be offering the Happy hour prices for admission to the play area from 5:30 to close! That’s half off regular price!  And… if you want to bring the kids earlier than 5:30… they will still take $2 off their regular price if you use my special phrase: Love wins!  Just tell that special phrase to the cashier when you pay for the admission and she will give you the discount!!! I hope to see as many of you there as possible! Let’s make this a special night for these small business owners, and fill the place!

That’s all for now! Thanks for supporting our music and for supporting these small business owners with your patronship!

Forever in His grip,

jtb