Saturday, December 5, 2009

I Want to Be Like Her When I Grow Up

A few weeks ago my husband and I took our daughter on a special date to celebrate her birthday. We got to see Janeen Brady, of fame, in concert! My girlfriend Shauna hosted this rare treat. Janeen wrote all the music and lyrics to the Brite Music. She played several songs for us on the piano, all completely from memory. I was so amazed. She said we could ask her to play any of her songs, and she could probably do it from memory. After she did her prepared part, one person asked her to play "It's a Family" and she played it without a hitch. I want to be like her when I grow up! be able to play lots of songs on the piano with chords and embellishments, all from memory. Not just any songs, but songs that I wrote! (I have a girlfriend in my ward who writes songs and someday I hope to take some lessons from her. Hi Rachael!)

One of her songs is "When I Grow Up." It's about the dream of having babies and being a mom when you grow up. She asked everybody to sing with her and I couldn't for the lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. My grandma bought the sheet music for that song in a book of songs about being Mormon and gave it our family as a gift in a care package she sent up with our cousin one fall. I remember singing that song while I played it at the piano. (See .)Now that dream has come true! I do have seven babies of my own.

Janeen shared that she didn't start writing music until she was near 40 (sounds like Janice Kapp Perry). Also, that she had a big family of 9 children. I fit both of those, I'm pushing 40 and I have a gaggle of kids too. So there's hope for my creative talents! Janeen also shared that she wrote her songs because she wanted her children to have music that was uplifting for the other six days of the week, besides Sunday. They were starting to sing things like "I Love Trash" from Sesame Street and she wanted an alternative, jazzy, with a beat. All of her music is bouncy and bright. I have loved it for decades (wow, am I really that old?). I even once sold Brite Music, when my two oldest were real little and life was a lot less complicated.

Believe it or not, Janeen is still cranking out songs. Her daughter, a friend of mine, Michelle Brady Stone, is a homeschooling mom like me. Michelle asked her mom to write some songs to teach the multiplication tables for her kids. So Janeen has done it again. Her new CD is "It's Time to Times" and just like all the other Brite songs, it's a delightful hit! The above picture features Janeen and Michelle singing the cute football song that goes to the 8 times table. I don't think this new CD is available on the Web site yet because it's so new but will be soon hopefully. Janeen has got to be nearly 80 yet she looks much younger and has the health to still produce. Yes, I want to be like her when I grow up.

If you want to hear her sing and play, come to my friend Shauna's house on Wednesday December 9th. Bring your little ones and get inspired! You can also order the Time to Times CD there and buy her Christmas CD. Call the number below to let Shauna know you are coming so that she isn't surprised by too many people. The children will be sitting on the floor and adults are to bring their own chairs. She lives just off 106th South. Take that exit and go west, turn south at the bridge by the Maverik gas station and then turn left at Koradine Dr.

11:00 AM to 12 noon
1133 Koradine Drive
South Jordan, UT 84095

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