Our Mothers Heart Band Musicians

JIM WILSON “One Light” is blessed with Jim Wilson's special guest appearance. We highly recommend Jim Wilson’s instrumental CDs. His CDs are enthusiastically supported by Carole King, Dan Fogelberg, David Crosby, Burt Bacharach and thousands of very happy listeners. We are honored to have him on “One Light”

DARRYL PURPOSE ~ Darryl Purpose is always performing somewhere in the country and has several wonderful CDs of his own. He is a fabulous storyteller and we invite you to visit his page to learn more about this traveling troubadour.

SARAH O'BRIEN ~ Sarah O'Brien tours with Yanni and others and made Jeanine’s eyes rain when she played on several songs. Her cello touches your emotions and your soul.

RITT HENN ~ The Ritt man “bass”ically covers it all on his web page. You can also see him on his reknown cable tv shows with some great musical guests.

JAKE JACOBS ~ Jake Jacobs appears on "One Light" courtesy of DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Rhythm tech Percussion and Remo Drumheads.

SEVERIN BROWNE ~ Severin is a multi talented singer/songwriter/musician and now offers guitar lessons! Please visit his page! He's also a wonderful friend and makes great cookies!

CHRIS HLAVKA ~ One of Jeanine's two talented brothers, Chris plays bass in almost every style, and played bass for his grateful sister on both CDs. He is available for session work or live gigs. He also plays guitar, but is focusing on "bass-ics" right now.

CRAIG PILO ~ Former Maynard Ferguson drummer and North Texas Graduate currently doing various TV and Film Sessions around Los Angeles as well as traveling and performing with Pat Boone, Tommy Roe, Chris Montez, Peaches and Herb, Danny Weis, Billy Vera and the Beaters, and Jeanine Michaels!

DAVID BLOOM ~ Ringmaster, Producer, Musician, Engineer. Available for work...

DARYL SILBERMAN ~ New mom Daryl will have her web page back up sometime before her baby goes to Kindergarten, so stay tuned, we’ll let you know when she’s ready!

TRACY MICHAEL CAINE ~ Producer, drummer, and studio man. Tracy was a co-producer along with Jeanine and David Bloom on “One Light”.


Books and music have always come to me in magical unexpected ways just as I need them,
through close friends and wonderful "accidents", so I want to share just a few of those with you.

What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day - Pearl Cleege
Woman in the Mist - Fawley
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
Report From Ground Zero - Dennis Smith
On Walden Pond - Henry David Thoreau
Emerson's Essays - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cry to Heaven - Ann Rice
The Mystic In the Theatre (Eleonora Duse) - Eva Le Gallienne
Women Who Run With the Wolves - Clarrisa Pinkola Estes
The Good Mother - Sue Miller
The Temptation of Jack Orkney and Other Stories - Doris Lessing
She’s Come Undone - Wally Lamb
The Lion of Ireland - Morgan Llywelyn
Another Roadside Attraction - Tom Robbins
Letters From The Earth - Mark Twain
Jonathon Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach
Everybody Who Was Anybody, A Biography of Gertrude Stein - Janet Hobhouse
The Stand - Stephen King

The Art of Happiness - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A Course in Miracles
Anatomy of the Spirit - Carolyn Myss
You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
Codependent No More and Choices - Melody Beattie
Conversations With God - Neil Donald Walsh
Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukav (recommended by my beloved cousin Sue who died of cancer this year and is greatly missed.)
The Artists Way - Julia Cameron
Anything from Deepak Chopra
The Spiritual Hierarchies - Rudolph Steiner
No Man Is An Island - Thomas Merton
The Psalms
The Art of Film Acting - Jeremiah Comey, my friend and former acting teacher, wrote this creatively helpful and practical guide for actors and directors He’ll have a web site up soon too.
How to Keep Your Kids from Driving You Crazy - Paula Stone Bender (useful around here, as I have TWO teenagers now!)

“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand has been waiting for me when I can find time for her.

For Science Fiction reads, I like Marion Zimmer Bradley, (especially the "Darkover" series) Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury.

I love the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and Galway Kinnell, short stories from the witty Dorothy Parker, and all the words of Anaiis Nin and Virginia Woolf. T.S. Eliot's J. Alfred Prufrock. and The Book of Practical Cats. Peace of the Wild Things- William Blake

Having been an actor, I love plays and writers and words and still remember many of my Shakespearean monologues!

I love almost all music ever played or written and all the musicians and artists who make music!


The Latest:
Although I listen to a lot of classical and R&B music, my son recently "accidentally" left his ‘Blink 182’ CD in my car CD player and I loved it! I tend to find a song and play it over and over and over again, and right now the grooves are also being worn in "Linkin Park " cut #12, on The Hybrid Theory CD. My kids say I’m an 18 year old “wanna-be” , but I've already been one and don't "wanna be" 18 anymore! Maybe 29 again though. Every generation seems to be very territorial about "their" music!

The First Influences:
My earliest vocal musical influences were Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez who were the girl singers of my "our music" early teen years. Especially Joni, who wrote her own songs. So I, the Joni wanna be, wrote my first song at age 14, but you won't be hearing "Bad Boyfriend" on any of my CD's. I also wanted to be Nancy Wilson, and when I did become a professional singer, often warmed up before vocal performances with her records. Also loved Nina Simone, Billie Holiday Leslie Gore, Aretha Franklin and anything Motown! I was lucky enough in the mid 1980’s to work with some of the "old timer" jazz guys who had been recording session side men to a lot of great jazz performers in the 1930's and 40's (including the incomparable Billie Holiday) at “Mr. Roberts” jazz club in Long Beach, CA. They taught me a lot about style, phrasing, the key of B flat and professional grace. And my grandfather, John Barnes, who played saxophone with several "Swing Bands" of his day, (Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Count Basie) introduced me to Big Band Swing music, which was one of my favorites genres in which to sing later on. The "British Invasion" music affected all of us lucky enough to be there, although my only British concerts were in "The Tube", and a one night only engagement as a back up singer for Dusty Springfield. Del Shannon on my first little green radio got me through a lot of homework assignments.And my wonderful piano teacher, Pilar Teague, who introduced me to the classical masters, if she were still around would be happy to hear I love to this day.

Now and Then:
Currently, I like the angelic voices and song writing skills of Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt, Amy Grant, Oleta Adams, Tori Amos and the wonderful Aimee Mann. St. Theresa by Joan Osborne blew me away. And as far as boys go, will always amazed by the great songwriting of Bob Dylan, whose birthday is the same day as mine, May 24th, but he is MUCH older than me. I have admired the artistic evolution of artists Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, and Bruce Springsteen, who can still be the Boss of me.

My Favorite "Timeless Voices" include: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, (who said k.d.lang was his favorite timeless voice), Barbra Streisand, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls and ELVIS!

For rocking, "The Rolling Stones", (favorite album "Flowers"), and rolling, The Beatles (fave "Rubber Soul") and mood depending: The Moody Blues, Bryan Ferry, Marc Cohn (fave song: True Companion), Dave Loggins, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan, Men at Work, Pink Floyd,Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne (our Mother's Heart musician Severin Browne's bro), Vince Gill, Carl Anderson, Chris Isaak, B.B. King, The Byrds, Al Jarreau, Gershwin, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations ... and many more we don't have room to list here.

More "In the Mood" For Music:
To soothe and stir the Irish sea in my soul, the Chieftains and Fairport Convention (album: "Liege and Lief"), and Sirius (Clannad)

When I was an actress, if the mood required sadness, I played arias from Carmen, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and Aida.

For sitting on a beach (also one of my favorite pastimes, any beach, anywhere), when the mood requires relaxation and chillin', in between swimming and sailing and snorkeling and scuba diving and reading a great biography, there's listening to Cecilio and Kapono (Hawaiian local musicians we met on a plane island hopping from Maui to Kauai), Jimmy Buffett, Markahuasi (Music of the Andes Mountains), Chant (The Benedictine Monks of Santa Domingo De Silos), Spirits of the Ancestors (Gary Richard/Richard Hooper), and all Reggae artists, Bob Marley in particular. And may I recommend my own songs, "Give Up the Lemon For the Lime" (available on Dinosaur's Musical Day") and "Wave of the Dolphin"(available on "One Light"), both written on beautiful beaches!

For shooting pool, when the mood should facilitate winning, I make my most inspired shots in a game of 8 ball with Bob Seger or country music playing on the jukebox. Must have been the misspent youth!

For dancing, it's Salsa music! Hot Latin music! Zydeco! Thelma Houston singing "Don't Leave Me This Way"! The Robert Cray Band! Prince (Purple Rain album)! In The Mood! Take the A Train!

For jazz listening, some of the artists I love are Gato Barbieri, Spyro Gyra, Miles Davis (In A Silent Way) Jimmy Reed (organ), Stan Getz (my friend Steve's dad) Andreas Vollenweider (Not necessarily belonging in this category, but the most joyous dude I've ever seen in concert)

I love harmony and my favorite singing activity is harmonizing with other singers, whether the setting be in a choir, church, living room or professional venues. Especially admire the harmonies of The Graces (A Perfect View) anything by the Dixie Chicks, the B-52's, the Mamas and the Papas, Bebe and CeCe Wynans, The Beach Boys, Linda Rondstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris (their trio album), and the Everly Brothers!

Haydn Haydn Haydn Haydn. All Bach (a fave recording is "Complete Harpsichord Concerti" by the Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra). ALL Mozart works but a fave is the "String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K.387" and "String Quartet No. 15 in D minor K.421" both together performed by the Julliard String Quartet. Mendelssohn can make me cry, try "Capriccio Brilliant" performed by Gary Graffman and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Handel can also make me cry (my favorite composer next to Bach and Mozart and Haydn) try "Four Concertos with Oboe and String orchestra". Vivaldi (Violin Concertos), Schumann and Brahms (Symphonies #2 & #3) too.

Stuart Saves His Family
Out of Africa
Ghost World
The Shawshank Redemption
Ball of Fire
The Thin Man
Sophie's Choice
The Terminator
A Christmas Story
(You'll shoot your eye out kid)
Field of Dreams
The Color Purple
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Matrix
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Way We Were
(all the actors I know appreciate this one too)
Schindler's List
Edward Scissorhands
Norma Rae
Serial and The Trial of Billy Jack

(OK, NOT the last two, but I was in them!)



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