Franciscan Sisters February Favorite: Song of Bernadette by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen

On the Franciscan calendar all feasts of our Blessed Virgin Mary are ours to celebrate. As we near the day set aside to remember the significance of Our Lady of Lourdes, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight the beautiful Song of Bernadette, one of our favorite hymns created with the collaborative energies of Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen.

This hymn of exquisite melody and meaningful lyrics is truly our February favorite. Bernadette, a young maiden who truly believes in the beautiful lady who comes to her so that many souls are healed through her son Jesus, is humbly portrayed.

Jennifer, singer, songwriter and recording artist reflects:
I was given the name Bernadette at birth. But my siblings preferred the name “Jennifer” so my name was changed one week later. In 1979, on tour in the south of France with Leonard Cohen, I began writing a series of letters between the “Bernadette” I almost was, and “Jennifer”–two energies within me. One innocent, and the other who had fallen for the world.
The letters were just an experiment: “Dear Bernadette, I’m so lost right now.” “Hello dear Jennifer, don’t worry, I’m here, and it’s gonna be okay.”
I showed Leonard my letters to which he replied, “There’s a song in here…just start at the beginning…”There was a child named Bernadette, I heard the story long ago…and then keep going….”
So the song arose in a bus nearby Lourdes. I was admiring Bernadette’s countryside from the bus window, thinking about the great Saint who held her ground so well, and was not swayed from what she knew to be true.
But the song is also about me longing to return to a place that was more pure, honest and true. I still long for this, and I think others do too.
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Franciscan Sisters’ Song: Wondrous Love by Ensemble Phoenix Munich

This May Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature a gorgeous rendition of the traditional gospel-folk song “Wondrous Love” by Ensemble Phoenix, under Joel Frederiksen. It is found on recording “Rose of Sharon: 100 Years of American Music (1770-1870)”, on the Harmonia Mundi label. The song’s lyrics express awe at the love of God and are reminiscent of the text of John 3:16.

“The hymn is sung in Dorian mode, giving it a haunting, endearing quality. Though The Southern Harmony and many later hymnals incorrectly notated the song in Aeolian mode (natural minor), even congregations singing from these hymnals generally sang in  Dorian mode (spontaneously raising the sixth note a half step wherever it appeared). The hymn has an unusual meter of 6-6-6-3-6-6-6-6-6-3. Read more. Lyrics are perfect for the Easter Season reminding us of the hope of resurrection, eternal life. “What wondrous love is this!”

About Ensemble Phoenix Munich (EPM)

EPM was established in 2003 by Joel Frederiksen, leading early music specialist, after moving to Munich, Germany. The ensemble is heir to Mr. Frederiksen`s previous group, L`antica musica New York (1989-2001) which toured America and ran a successful concert series at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue in New York City. Since 2007, the group has presented a concert series in Munich at the Bavarian National Museum and performed at leading international festivals. EPM records for harmonia mundi France.

EPMs programing reflects the wide-ranging interests of its founder and director, Joel Frederiksen, presenting music from the European Renaissance and Baroque (c1500-1650) to Early America (c1800-1900). The ensemble has even commissioned new works. For “Project Martinelli”, for instance, the ensemble commissioned pieces from composers Laurence Traiger (USA/Munich) and Willem Ceuleers (Belgium).


Building a Bridge Through Song and Community

Steel Bridge Songfest Musicians
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight the efforts of the Steel Bridge Songfest which builds community while saving a historic landmark in Door County Wisconsin.

A campaign to save an old bridge becomes a large-scale musical event, inspiring artists and revitalizing a community in the process. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share songs and offer free music downloads of selections that bring home the message, convey the fun and immortalize the spirit of  Steel Bridge Songfest, Door County, WI. St. Francis would feel at home in this event that builds even deeper bridges of the heart and spirit.

You’ll want to listen to a sample of writers and artists who volunteer their time, energy and creativity with proceeds and royalties donated to the Steel Bridge Fund held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Keep scrolling and clicking until you have heard each song.

And if you like what you hear, desire to hear more and count yourself apart of this community-in-the-making cause, click here.  Or better consider showing up in person at this fun event on June 10-13, 2010. Check here for a schedule that includes over 150 musicians.

Leavin It All Behind by Todd Carey and Freedy Johnson

Build Us A Bridge by Kim Manning and Landon Capelle

The Real Deal by Tom Schriner-Schmitt

There is An Answer by James Hall

He Walked on The Water by Mo Rose

Additional News Flash: The Great Sturgeon Bay Ship Horn Sound Off

You are invited to be part of a truly unique sonic event involving the Wisconsin DOT bridge  horns, the tug fleet, the Maritime Musuem’s John Purves tug, the Coast Guard and any other ships in port at 12 noon, Saturday, June 12. Read more.

Messages from the Artists

Todd Carey

Todd Carey

Song: Leavin It All Behind

Comments from Todd

On May 25th, Todd will release “After the Morning After”. Produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Callait, Angel Taylor), the set showcases his triplethreat singing/songwriting/guitar playing.



Kim ManningKim Manning

Song: Build Us a Bridge

Comment about the song:

This song is about how we are all connected, everyone, and that by recognizing and honoring that connection we can rest assured that we are never alone, and that we can all grow strong, healthy, happy and holy.  As Yogi Bhajan said ‘See God in all or see God not at all’.


I found a bridge 

Would you meet me there?

 Won’t walk alone

 Your spirits in the air

Love is the common Ground 

Two heartbeats make one sound

 Let’s build us a bridge

and stop tearing old one’s down


Download Rickie Lee Jones’ ‘His Jeweled Floor’


marquee_panorama1_lo_res.jpgFrom the 2009 album Balm in Gilead, a title heavily implying healing at work, a once Grammy Award New Artist, Rickie Lee Jones collaborates this month with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity to offer His Jeweled Floor. Enjoy the gorgeous ambience of this inspirational song calling to mind John’s Gospel “in my Father’s house there are many dwelling places” (Jn 14:2). Rickie, artist, songwriter and producer plays all the instruments except bass and accordian with an inner fire that is burning brightly with the light of faith. She is a musical genius fearlessly comfortable sharing intensely personal songs. (Photo: Fred Graber, Fred Graber Photography, Madison, WI) Click here for further Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity comments.

 About Rickie Lee Jones

rickie2.jpgRickie Lee Jones is the second of three daughters and one son who are of Welsh and Irish ancestry. She was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents, Richard Loris Jones and Bettye Jane Jones, both had peripatetic childhoods: her father lived from hand to mouth in a number of transient hotels, and rode the rails, wandering the country. Her mother was an orphan. She has described her family as “lower-middle-class-hillbilly-hipster.

 Rickie Lee says:


rickie.jpgI believe that heaven, as Christ said, is inside of us. Words are imprecise; any sentence can mean many things, and I suppose that is the nature of our existence here; we cannot seem to get a true meaning from anything. It could be this or that. That is as the Buddhists discovered, the illusionary aspect of life in this dimension.

The Hindus express God correctly too, suggesting that it is a multi-faceted expression of heads that have different personalities and jobs. That helps bring order to the whole supreme being thing. I rather think all these ideas are interpretations of limited language, for there are no words to describe what God is, God exists outside this realm.

balm_cover.jpgBut for the part that is aware of God, inside of us, and only inside of us, God can be said to be us, because we are aware of God, and we are the only beings at the train station taking down his telegraph message. So we interpret signals, then we speak the dots into a language, and we deliver the message. But all of this is only symbolic of the true nature of God. Once we understand that faith means we cannot interpret the message, ever, in its true language, that we trust that we have at least heard the telegraph machine, and that everyone all over the world is trying to deliver messages, and that this in itself is a great thing, then we can feel that we are a part of God manifesting here. But to say we have the answer and only we know, this is not faith. To say we have heard the music of the wires, and although you have not heard it, I cannot make you hear it, but I know that it is, and hope that I bring you solace and joy, this is a message of compassion that we can deliver to others.

I think all the rules set up by the humans about how to run a church is just that, and the church has its place. But the greatest thing is the quiet moment inside each of us, when we are soothed by God’s loving hand, missing our dead parents, hurt by our friends, betrayed by our actions or emotions. Psychiatrists say we have created our own parent to sooth us. And why not? That is the interpretation of miraculous events, a language that cannot interpret God cannot find a way to include God in its interpretation. But we know that this is God’s work, the creation of evolution, the timeless space, the gift of concept of Genesis, what an incredible book, in which someone tries to explain to us that creation took place, first of all, and second, that how amazing it is that first there was nothing, and then here was something. That says it all.

For me, the more I learn, the more evidence of God, of the incredible intricacy is more proof of a point of origin. To me, God is not an human personality playing hide n seek with mankind. Why did you let these bad things happen? God creates a framework, and is the framework, and experiences the framework, just as we do, are.

He (God) creates every action has an equal and opposite reaction, but then he creates a bit of chaos or it would all be a clock, and nothing would ever change. We can lean in any direction to discover the workings of things, but we cannot ever understand.

To read Rickie Lee’s complete comments click here. 

Lyrics: His Jeweled Floor

And when you arrive
­shining and new
Forgotten by the fear and pain
you put your body through

On His Jeweled Floor
We are every one
Laying in His starry arms,
On His Jeweled Floor we are standing now
See me as I am…
You’ll come in the afternoon
of a hard travelin’ day
Blown by a stormy sky
that finally passes away

On His Jeweled Floor
We will meet again
He holds us all in His starry arms
On His Jeweled Floor I am standing now
Can you see me as I am?

There are no demons, only angels
Life will surely fade
Spend it loving tenderly
Or Shiva at your grave,
Sit shiva at your grave,

On His Jeweled Floor
we will all be there
He holds us all in His starry arms
On His Jeweled Floor no one ever falls
Can you see me as I am,
as we dance a thousand suns?


Move ‘Beyond the Blues’ with Peter Case

petecase.jpgAmid important conscious-raising causes and significant celebrations during the month of February, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer singer-songwriter-author-guitarist Peter Case’s truth-seeking Beyond the Blues.  

About Peter Case

Ever since he grabbed on to rock’s roots as a teenaged street singer, Peter used his guitar to tell it as he sees it reported from the margins and outskirts of society for 30 years. Eventually working his way up, after countless nights of roadwork, Case has met not only the ghosts of a thousand truck drivers but plenty of real people, from Mississippi to Montana who appreciate a true song when they hear one, folks who treasure the words of a writer who speaks truth and directly to their dashed hopes, deferred dreams and the promise of a some bright morning on the horizon. Read his new book As Far As You Can Get Without a Passport.

Debuting in 1986 with a T-Bone Burnett-produced solo album (featuring contributions from Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo and Jim Keltner) he earned a Grammy nomination for its songs detailing the failure of the American Dream. Set to a tribal folk percussive blend of blues, country and rock’n’roll, echoes of its theme and sound run through his entire songbook.

stjude__sl500_aa240_.jpgOver the next two decades he would release the highly acclaimed and influential the man with the Blue post-modern fragmented neo-traditionalist Guitar, the dreamscape Torn Again and the rock solid Case classics Full Service No Waiting and Flying Saucer Blues. His own label, Travellin’ Light, released two beloved collections of stripped-down roots music: Peter Case Sings Like Hell and Thank You St. Jude.   The 21st Century has seen the psycho-Delhi-blues of Beeline, and 2004’s politically motivated tracks, Wake up Call and My Generation’s Golden Handcuff Blues, compiled on his best of the Vanguard years set, Who’s Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile.  The 2007 Yep Roc Records release, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, earned Case another Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional Folk Album category.  Sleepy John is Case at his most direct:  a straight shot from the frontlines of our times, delivered by one man, a guitar (and a handful of friends).

Peter’s Comment:

Vinyl records playing in the sunrise or late at night on teenage apartment phonographs, also heard on the sacred Sunday evening ‘Folkscene’ broadcast that’s what this music started as, for me: a key to the highway, an opening of the doors on the world. It’s a sound that left my heart room to grow and a connection from today’s world to a past that’s vanished, but never that far away.

Lyrics: Beyond the Blues 

The old man on the corner, he’s singing my life
He’s playing guitar with a frosty old knife
And each line that he sings rhymes with the truth
And the promise of something beyond the blues, beyond the blues

Now you and me darling took the long way around
Across the wide open country, past the heart attack town
We hit the fork in the road where we all have to choose
Between darkness and light, beyond the blues

Beyond the blues, beyond the shadows, and the rain
Beyond the darkness beyond the pain
When you know in your heart there’s no way out but through’
Take a walk with me darlin’ beyond the blues

That old man on the corner he’s been gone for years
His guitar and his knife are all rusty with tears
But there is a song that he gave us that we’ll never have to lose
About another life waiting beyond the blues
Beyond the blues, beyond the shadows, and the rain
Beyond the darkness, beyond the pain
When you know in your heart there’s no way out but through’
Take a walk with me darlin’ beyond the blues, Beyond the blues
Love is the road beyond the blues

Websites: http://www.petercase.comMy Space:   Any comments?

Listen to ‘Wanderer’s Paean’ by Kim Beggs

While celebrating saintly itinerant Francis of Assisi during the month of October, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to immerse yourself in Kim Beggsculturally rich Yukon ballad ‘Wanderer’s Paean’.

A few words from Kim about the song Wanderer’s Paean:

“When I was young, I traveled far from home and loved ones, guided by the wandering spirit song. This wanderer’s paean, sang through my blood until I was embraced by strangers and made a new home.  My home is now the Yukon, Canada.”


Whitehorse, Yukon may be a long way from the American south, but it’s notable for the same sort of hardscrabble lifestyle and unshakable sense of community that influenced early Appalachian music over a century ago.

kim-beggs-red-dress-photo-by-kevin-kelly.jpgIt was that very sense of community that prompted Toronto transplant Kim Beggs to make her home there almost 18 years ago, and it’s that same sense of banding together in the face of adversity that has inspired her distinctive “sweet dark” old-time tinged roots music – a style that draws inspiration from old country and bluegrass, but which is unmistakably influenced by the expansiveness and desolation of the North.

Combining delightful acoustic arrangements with a voice that’s been described by Acoustic Live in NYC as a “cross between Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent” Beggs reflects on the journey through life and death, the wanderer’s spirit and the loss of loved ones. Closer to home, she sings of the destruction of the Whitehorse shipyards and the struggles of a family member with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Yet for all the allusions to tragedy, the songs never sound “heavy” thanks to Beggs’ uplifting melodies. On her sophomore CD, Wanderer’s Paean, a who’s who of fine acoustic players fleshes out the delightful old-time sound. They include Handy Award-winning bluesman Rick Fines on guitar, Shania Twain accompanist Burke Carroll on pedal steel, The Creaking Tree String Quartet’s John Showman on violin, and another Yukon starlet Kim Barlow on banjo.

wanderer.jpg Beggs’ sophomore album Wanderer’s Paean earned a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Roots Recording and a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best New/Emerging Artist. called it the full-bodied, fully realized statement of a major artist.” Her song “Lips Stained Red with Wine” and “Walking Down to the Station” were winners in the International Songwriting Contest, and Beggs was booked to play Canada Day celebrations this year in London’s Trafalgar Square. While there, she also appeared on the BBC Radio program Bob Harris Country, listened to by over 14 million people.  

Kim has sung this song, Wanderer’s Paean, on national public radio in Canada and the US. It has been played on the radio all over the world.

Her albums have been nominated for music awards in Canada and the US. If you like this song you might enjoy hearing her other songs. Visit Kim’s website. Both her albums, Wanderer’s Paean and Streetcar Heart are available in CD format as well as digital downloads from her website store. Her third album, Mama’s Dress, will be released in April, 2010.




One cup of tea in the morning for me

A kiss while you sleep

The sun rising up brings a tear to my eye

My heart tells me get along my way

I heard the train last night, whistle refrain

Hooo hooo hooo, wanderer’s paean

I heard the train last night, whistle refrain

Hooo hooo hooo, get along my way

I’m the one from my kin whose blood won’t stop burnin’

Wandering bones and skin

The saddle round my heart it cinches at night

When I start to thinkin’ I’m home

You shone your love in this stone that ain’t true

And my skies are heavy and blue

But with the clothes on my back,

grub and coins in my sack

My heart tells me get along my way

Hand clasping hand, pull me up from the tracks

By strangers won’t never look back

Boxcar my freedom, railroad my bath

Sundown by clickity clack

Download ‘Through the Mystery’ by Martha’s Trouble


jen.jpgRealizing September often brings new encounters and experiences whether in school or work environments, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Song of the Month features “Through the Mystery’ performed by Martha’s Trouble and also written by Rob and Jennifer Slocumb.”Forget October’ , the cd from which this musical selection is taken, is ‘a mix of songs about honest experiences and real people, a contemporary music production with some edge.’

About Martha’s Trouble

The pop/rock duo Martha’s Trouble were formed by the husband-and-wife team of singer Jennifer Slocumb and guitarist Rob Slocumb, Ontario, Canada in 1994. The duo later relocated to Auburn, AL and thereafter spit their time between Auburn and their former Canada home. They released their debut album, Tale of a Foreigner, on their own Aisling label in 1998. It was followed by The Road Ahead (February 5, 2000), the holiday EP Christmas Lights (November 2002), Sleeping Dogs (2003), Still (April 2003), Forget October (2005), and the EP EP (February 2008). For their second holiday recording, This Christmas, released November 11, 2008, the Slocumbs added guitarist Jacob Blount as a bandmember.

Title: Through the Mystery

Written By: Rob & Jen Slocumb 

Length: 3:29

Published By: ManyMilesMusic, ASCAP 2004


The water feels cool on my face

As it falls from above

Telling me I belong

Telling me that the sky won’t fall 

I’m waiting for something greater

And I’m trying to be strong

I just feel so small

Sometime so unable 

So come and take these chains that surround me

Help me find my way through the mystery 

I just don’t know why

I am feeling so blue

I’ll just close my eyes

And all I see is you 

So come and take these chains that surround me

Help me find my way through the mystery 

And when I am cold You warm my heart

You pick me up to the place where I needed to be 

So come and take these chains that surround me

Help me find my way through the mystery


Now You Can Tune into ‘Pages’ by Tom Kimmel and Jenny Yates

tomkimmelheadshot1.jpg The Franciscanized World’s August song of the month is Pages performed by Tom Kimmel and written by Tom Kimmel and Jenny Yates, “a song responsible for changing people’s lives”.The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity applaud Tom Kimmel a sought after teacher and songwriter who has led workshops around the US and in Europe.

Captivating audiences by winning fans and garnering critical acclaim in the worlds of folk, rock and spiritual music, Tom is a soulful and unique singer and performer.

Tom’s award winning songs have been featured in film and television and recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Nanci Griffith, Randy Travis, Shawn Colvin, Dianne Reeves and many, many others.

tomkimmel2.jpgTom Kimmel is a poet and spoken word artist whose poems are featured in poetry and literary journals, and who is a frequent guest author at book festivals and book stores in the South and around the country.Tom is also a street minister and social activist, performing and teaching from coast to coast in traditional and New Thought churches, in therapy and healing  retreats, and for those in need, including hospital patients and prison inmates.   

 Tom’s Comments:

This song, by contrast, was a slow birthing. The first verse came all at once, as I recall? I loved it and sang it over and over? Then there were some more pieces? and a long pause. At some point there was a chorus with several variations. I felt like a blind man feeling my way alng trying this and that sure I was on the right track.                                   One day I showed what I had of it to Jenny Yates and she jumped in, had strong ideas about what was missing, what to keep and what to leave out, and we finished it together. Andrea Zonn did a beautiful job with this on her debut album ‘Love Goes On’.

Lyrics: Pages

Yesterday’s wars

Stack up like old papers on the floor

Pounded  like old knocks upon my door

Breaking like the ocean

Washing through my hands

Changing this ol’ mountain into sand

You know me

By the stories I have made

You know me looking out through boxes and cages

And it’s hard to clearly see what’s right

In ordinary light

Does the truth filter down

Through the ages

We can not see the end

So here we must begin

Tell me what will we write on these pages


Disciplined road

Showing only what it wants to show

Calling when it’s time for us to go

Driven by emotion

Pushing from the past

Running till the spirit’s free at last

You know me

By the stories I have made

You know me looking out through boxes and cages

And it’s hard to clearly see what’s right

In ordinary light

Does the truth filter down

Through the ages

We can not see the end

So here we must begin

Tell me what will we write on these pages


Down through history we race

Across borders and to empty space

We write a chapter, a fable, a line, a trace

Another heart may follow

You know me

By the stories I have made

You know me looking out through boxes and cages

And it’s hard to clearly see what’s right

In ordinary light

Does the truth filter down

Through the ages

We can not see the end

So here we must begin

Tell me what will we write on these pages


For more information see Tom Kimmel’s and Jenny Yates’ websites.


Find Out from Chuck E. Costa ‘Where the Songs Come From’

chuckthumb1.jpgThe Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s July-featured songwriter is modern day troubadour, Charles E. Costa in Where the Songs Come From.

 About Chuck…

Chuck was raised in New York City, part of an Italian family with a mother from Norway, which may be partly responsible for the creative breadth of Chuck’s musical expression.

After receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado and studying with poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, Chuck left Colorado to play music in the Northeast.

With his dulcet voice and emotive lyrics, Chuck has grown into a singer/songwriter with a unique and honest voice without any pretentious static. He is recognized as the 2009 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcaser, 2008 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Winner; 2007 Kerrville NewFolk Finalist (TX); 2007 Telluride Troubadour 3rd place (CO); and 2007 Solarfest Winner (VT).

He has shared the stage with such diverse nationally touring acts as: Rosanne Cash, The Weepies, Pete Seeger, Josh Ritter, Dar Williams, Peter Case, The Samples, Andrew Bird to name a few.

chuckthumb4.jpgOffering songwriting workshops for kids, Chuck taps into the incredible creative minds of kids and co-writes songs with all of their help and some quite amazing results.

Chuck has released three albums to date. Where the Songs Come From was recorded at Signature Sounds Studio and released in 2008. His latest ‘At the Drawing Board’ was released May 25, 2009.


Where the Song Comes From

I’m gliding through a tunnel of sycamore trees.

Somehow they seem more alive with no leaves.

The street was named Rose.

It’s off to Grandma’s house I go.

I’ve got a book of paperbacks

a suitcase of photographs

Get me from there to here

They’re the train

I’m the engineer.

I swallowed a red lego when I was 5.

I prayed. “Please God don’t let me die.”

At least not ’till they come home I don’t want to go alone.

I survived. Learned to play the saxaphone,

the piano and the baritone

and after Grandpa died,

I searched the basement for his old baseball cards

Instead I found this great big red guitar

And learned how to play

I’ve got a bookcase of paperbacks

a suitcase of photographs

Get me from there to here

They’re the train. I’m the engineer.

Gonna suck the marrow from the bone

Squeeze the blood from a stone

Be patient & I won’t run to find where the songs come from

Now You Can Hear Jayme Dawicki’s “Here I Go” Wherever You Go

jayme.jpgRecently nominated 2009 WAMI’s (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Album of the Year and Pop Artist of the Year, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity bring back by popular acclaim Jayme Dawicki’s “Here I Go”.  

Jayme is also performing ‘live’ at Camp Franciscan on June 17, 2009 at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI.

This talented musician has been performing her original material with various bands in the Milwaukee, WI area for many years. In 2005 she decided to go solo and released her first acoustic CD, “Standing on a Bridge”. That year she also had the opportunity to open for The Fray at The Rave. In 2006, Jayme was named the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Female Vocalist of the Year and also was nominated for the WAMI 2006 Song of the Year for “Cold One”.

In August and September of 2007, Jayme Dawicki traveled to Imperative Studios in Seattle, WA to record her first full production CD with producer Daniel Mendez. The CD, “Shatter Queen”, was released on March 7, 2008. She has performed for three years in a row at Summerfest, embarked on a west coast tour in August 2008, and has had 4 of  her songs used on MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood! Jayme performs as a soloist and with a group of fabulous backing musicians from Milwaukee under the same name.

Here I Go Song Bio

 shattercdcover.jpgLast summer I traveled to Seattle to meet my producer and get a feel for the studio that I would be staying at for two months. As I got on the plane to return home, this idea for a song about new beginnings and an exciting journey popped into my head. I brought this little snippet of a tune to the table when we started pre-production work for the CD, very raw and rough, but we knew it had to be included on the disc. In order to complete the song, I spent several days sitting on the beach, overlooking the Puget Sound, contemplating what I was doing with my life and how my whole world was going to change with the release of my new CD. The lyrics evolved from there and “Here I Go” was born. This song truly embodies my recording experience and the change that took place inside of me. It is a song about having courage and strength to accomplish your goals. It’s about the unknown and the possibility of greatness. Most importantly, this song represents that moment where you realize that everything you’ve dreamed of is coming true.                                                     -Jayme Dawicki

Here I Go Lyrics

Oh with an oceanview

And a skyline that sings to you

Come on – I’ve been waiting so long

Bright eyes like a child

Exploring the world so wild

Come on – Oh come on

Are you ready, ready for your life to change

Ready, are you ready for a change

Here I go, Here I go

Oh with my hand stretched high

Everything feels right this time

Come on – I’ve been waiting so long

I’m miles from home

Standing like I’ve somehow grown

Come on – Oh come on

Are you ready, ready for your life to change

Ready, for you ready for a change

Here I go, Here I go

Here I go, Here I go

Stop and breathe

Just take in the scene

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