Anything Can Happen
My name is Jennifer Kathleen and I am a singer/songwriter. I am a classically trained vocalist with a special interest in folk music. To me, singing and writing songs has always been as natural and essential as breathing in and breathing out. I am always grateful for the opportunity to connect with people through music. I put my emotions and experiences into song. When my song resonates with someone then we have connected on a deeper level than our normal daily encounters allow. Finding those common threads in our shared experiences brings us closer together. For as long as there is music, my life will have passion. For as long as I have a voice, I will be singing. Scroll down to review this album! Reviews of 'Anything Can Happen' . . . . . . . "WOW, what a ride. I felt like I was watching a movie following the stories as they flooded over me in song. The lyrics are great, very sweetly written." - Anthony Lascoskie, Fulton Theater Lancaster "I truly love this recording. . . . shimmers with warmth, sincerity and quiet joy. . . . amazing. . . . achingly lovely" - Nan Lewis, LVC Alumni Chorale About the Songs . . . Wonderful Summer 2005 - I took a 'made-for-drawing- on-windows' marker and composed a poem on the glass cabinet door of our kitchen hutch. Several months later that poem became the first verse of Wonderful. The line 'Anything Can Happen' became the CD title. To me, it is an affirming statement. Life changes in an instant. The possibility of something wonderful happening is just as likely as any other option because anything can happen - so why not look for that which is wonderful? Where the land ends It was a magical weekend, September 1999, in Provincetown at a Bed & Breakfast called Land's End. (Thank you Anne & John!) I will never forget the love that surrounded us that weekend or the promises made. This song brings it all back to me so clearly and the memories still fill me with joy! Light of the Empty Tomb Written in 2005 for an Eater sunrise service, this song gave me comfort when my Grandmother passed away a few months later. When we are in the midst of sorrow it feels as though it will never end. However, now is not forever and our story does not end with death. Keep on keeping on In 2003, my partner Donna and I took in an eight-year-old foster child. In 2004 we jointly adopted him. This journey has been the biggest challenge of my life thus far. Some days it is all we can do just to keep on keeping on. Dry Bones January 21st, 2006 - upon opening my heart once more, digging deep searching for the will to persevere, only to find that there was nothing left. A sense of utter emptiness took hold of me. Yet, some may recognize the text referred to and realize that Ezekiel 37 is actually a resurrection story. Therein lies my hope. Until My Love Until My Love is so personal to me that it was several months after I wrote it before I was able to perform it publically without getting emotional to the point of tears. This song is very close to my heart. Friends and strangers have approached me after hearing this song, just to tell me how it touched them. I hope it continues to be a message of love for everyone that hears it. Give Us Hope I wrote this song many years ago for my children's choir to sing on Easter Sunday. I taught the children to use sign language during the chorus. It was wonderful to hear the children singing and watch them signing that Easter morning. Since then I have used it as a solo piece for many an Easter sunrise service. Earlier, I imagined that I would one day compile a CD of just my more spiritual songs. However, I have come to understand that I cannot separate my spiritual journey apart from other aspects of my life. Perhaps there was a time when I believed spirituality could improve my life. Now I feel that it is life that helps me to improve my spiritually. This Old Guitar If there is a cure for writer's block, it is to write about how you have not been writing. This song is not just about a time when songs came more easily, but about when life came more easily and days passed more gently. What I Heard About You People will talk. Listen to your heart. No One I Love But You Because every CD needs a love song (and this one is a waltz), and I mean every word. The Lyrics . . . Wonderful Twinkling fireflies beckon us into the waning light, cooler grows the night and the grass under our toes. Your twinkling eyes beckon me into memories of summers gone then days yet to dawn, by your side my happiness grows. Anything can happen, any turn of fate. I won't ask why there are stars in the sky but I know it's wonderful. Come walking with me in the rain let it soak into our clothes let it bathe our skin in the rich scent of earth and trees. After the clouds pass by the sunbeams will shine and the droplets will shimmer like diamonds on the grass and on the leaves. Anything can happen wherever love is found. I won't ask why this world turns around but I know it's wonderful. Sleep by my side at night hold me close let me breathe you in, feel the warmth of your skin. Drift away with me tonight. Let's get lost in our dreams let the magic of our love weave a song of hope and bring us joy at the early light. Anything can happen. Spin the story 'round. I won't ask why there are times when I cry still I know it's wonderful. I won't ask why this world turns around still I know it's wonderful Where the Land Ends Come with me where the land ends. Come with me to the sea. Come with me and celebrate. Come, share life with me Have you ever seen shells of pinkish pearl hue nestled in the sand? They seem like they wait for you alone to pick up and hold in your hand. Come with me where the land ends. Come with me to the sea. Come with me and celebrate. Come, share life with me Have you ever seen sunsets that steal your breath their beauty so far beyond speech? The light on the waves, calm fills your heart and the whole world seems all in your reach. Come with me where the land ends. Come with me to the sea. Come with me and celebrate. Come, share life with me Have you ever seen eyes so filled with joy they begin to overflow? Smiles of good friends surrounded by love then the secret of life you now know. Come with me where the land ends. Come with me to the sea. Come with me and celebrate. Come, share life with me. Come and celebrate, come to the sea, come where the land ends, come and share all the joy in life with me. Light of the Empty Tomb Sunlight streaming through a stain glass window fills my world with dancing colors. Some to soothe and some to cheer, a warmth that shows you're always near so I can walk through this world and leave my fears behind. I recall the words you've written on my heart. They are there to remind me to be guided by the Light of the empty tomb, Light of the empty tomb. O, the agony of loss but the pain of death is a lie. Like waking from a tormented dream, life is not all it may seem. Though the body dies, part of you is deathless. Though your eyes may cry a bigger part of you is bliss and when it all seems lost, search your heart remember this; your journey will lead you home. Your journey will lead you home when you follow the light of the empty tomb. Follow the light of the empty tomb your journey will lead you home. It'll lead you home. Keep on keeping on You and I we took on a burden that wasn't ours. Maybe it was a calling. Maybe we were falling out of our minds. Now, we've had to walk a mile - hundreds of miles - in his shoes and all the way we carried him. Sometimes I'm sure I can't go on. The road ahead looks much too long. Then you look at me like you've always done. I see the fire there. You say, "Come on baby, let's keep on keeping on we'll get there together come hell or high water." Maybe even have some laughs along the way or give you something to write in your book one day Sometimes I think it'd be easier if I could just shed a few more tears and ride this river downstream. We've been here before, ready to close the door - hand in the key turn out the light say 'Goodnight!' But come on baby, let's keep on keeping on we'll get there together come hell or high water." Maybe even have some laughs along the way or give you something to write in your book one day. Maybe we'll never get where we think we should but we'll turn it up as we're going down. We'll shake it out and we'll bring it on and we'll take it all like only we could. So come on baby, let's keep on keeping on we'll get there together come hell or high water." Maybe even have some laughs along the way or give you something to write in your book one day. We'll get there one day. Dry Bones I have given. I've reached out my hand. You have taken and here I stand empty and tired, so tired. For years now I've clung to a hope - a dream I must set free. My bones are dried up and my hope is gone. Dry bones and emptiness. Dry bones and emptiness. Dry bones. Every cell every sinew I gave up to save you. You took it; you took it all and left me with dry bones and emptiness. Dry bones and emptiness. All that's left of me now is dry bones. There is nothing here to feel so don't ask me to. Don't ask anything from me. Let me lay in this valley with my dry bones and emptiness. Dry bones and emptiness. All that's left of me now is dry bones. Come from the four winds and breathe into me that I might live again and raise these dry bones and emptiness. Dry bones and emptiness. All that's left of me now is dry bones. Until My Love Lord, it's me again. I'm tired and I'm worn and I can't pretend to be brave, to be strong when it's all going wrong. I need this pain to end. And God said, "Close your eyes and think of me until my love is all you see. As the world fades away you can hear me say, I love you. You are mine" The world has become a frightening place. Lord how I long to see your face. I have growing concern from the past we'll never learn. Is there any hope for peace or grace? And God said, "Close your eyes; trust in me until my love is all you see. As the world fades away you can hear me say I love you, you are mine. Before the dawn of time you were mine and every step you take is part of my plan I hope you'll understand. I love you, you are mine" Lord, give me strength as I roam. Help me remember I'm never alone. Give me joy in my days, let me walk in your ways until you call me home. You'll say, 'Close your eyes, rest in me until my love is all you see. As the world fades away you can hear me say I love you, you are mine. I love you through the end of all time. I love you, you are mine" Give Us Hope Yesterday I saw a flower blooming through the snow. I thought about this gift of life and how all followers grow. Beginning as a tiny seed beneath the frozen earth; in spring they will rise up to a new birth. Give us hope, shinning bright, faith and love to guide us through the night. New life, a new day, I believe God's love will find a way. How it breaks my heart to think of Jesus on the cross. Without their gentle shepherd all the sheep were lost. But on the third day glorious, death was overcome so all the world would know what God had done. Give us hope, shinning bright, faith and love to guide us through the night. New life, a new day, I believe God's love will find a way. When life is hard the path is dark. There is still a light within your heart. (Spirit of God) now you believe from every sorrow we have been set free. Give us hope, shinning bright, faith and love to guide us through the night. New life, a new day, I believe God's love can find you. I believe God's love will find you. I believe God's love will find a way. This Old Guitar When did this old guitar stop feeling like a good friend of mine? Why do all the chords I play feel out of tune and out of time? I remember a time when I'd play guitar with all my best friends sitting 'round the campfire singing up to the stars our echoes were ringing. There was something that felt so right to sing under those trees at night in the fire's glow singing the songs we would all know. Now I sit in this tiny room trying to overcome these tiny thoughts. Every song I try to sing seems to trip over these steel strings oh, when and why? You know it makes me want to cry thinking about all those songs I wrote. Out of my mouth they would easily float but not anymore, oh no. What am I doing this for? I don't know, I don't know. What I heard about you Well I guess the time has come for us to have a heart to heart. We've been dancing around each other so I guess I'll be the one to start. First, I'd like to say, I only want you to believe just half of what you've heard them talk about me. And I promise to ignore half of what I heard about you. They told me you weren't my type, that spending time with you just wouldn't be right. They told me you were the settling down kind. Only some said you were the messing around kind. That's what I heard about you. I've been wondering if it's true, the things I heard about you. Did they say I was a drifter? That I'd only be here for a little while? Did they say, 'Don't bother sister; you won't get more from her than a smile'? Is that what they said to you? Are you wondering if it's true? The things they said to you. I heard you love a challenge - to stir up still waters just to see the ripple effect you'd make. And when you've broken through and found your secret answer they said you'd be gone. Yes, that's what I hear about you. I'm wondering if it's true the things I heard about you. I'm so glad we took this time to talk and clear the air. Everyone's been saying that we're a never gonna happen pair. But when I'm thinking if you and lying awake in darkness I can hear a small voice whispering in the stillness. It says you've always been mine. I've been waiting for you for such a long time. That's what I heard about you. I'm starting to believe that it's true. So let them talk about me and you. I don't care if they do. No One I Love but You There is no one I love but you; no one that I'd give my heart to. No one so beautiful as you. I am forever loving you. And there's no one that I'd rather see when I wake to the first light of day. And there's no place that I'd rather be but in your arms I'd stay. There is no one I love but you; no one that I'd give my heart to. No one so beautiful as you. I am forever loving you. Each night by your side I lay down. I let go of my earthly cares. In the stillness of dark from the depths of my heart rise up my grateful prayers. There is no one I love but you; no one that I'd give my heart to. No one so beautiful as you. I am forever loving you. And when I am weary and old there'll be no one else that I'd rather hold. And when I am wrinkled, so wrinkled and grey, I'll still be there to say, There is no one I love but you; no one that I'd give my heart to. No one so beautiful as you. I am forever loving you.