Jessica Frech

www.jessicamusic.com

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                         An Open Letter to Lovers on Valentines Day

Dear Valentines Day Lovers,

I think it’s really cool that you have a specific day set-aside every year to fully bathe in the love of your significant other!  I really, REALLY do.  Everyone knows how easily life can keep us busy… (two thumbs pointed inward) SO it’s nice to have one day where we can focus ALL of our attention on our partner.   But here’s some trivia:  Did you know that V-Day was named after a group of Saints? 
How do the Saints correlate with romantic dinners at home, bouquets of roses, and especially the fifty pound stuffed bear at Walgreens?  If you’re the anti-gift giving couple, I’m proud of you.  You’re getting warmer… but still,  why are we putting all of our attention on just one relationship?
What if we changed the rules to make V-Day more “Saint-ish”?  What if we spent our normal 364 days of the year relishing in the love of that one “meant just for us”?  THEN, spent February 14th reaching out to those with a lack of saint-like love? If we can turn our “narrow minded love” into a “how many people can I make feel loved” kind of holiday, we might just eliminate hate off the face of this earth for 2 seconds! 
Stop showing love for just one person on just one day.  Never let your mind become so consumed with the love of one person, that you forget to love friends, family, and ESPECIALLY strangers. 
The universe needs a day where all of it’s people can experience love! Doesn’t that sound more Saint Valentine-ish? 

Love your easily infatuated friend,
Jess  xoxo


Suggested activities you can do to have a “how many people can I make feel loved” kind of Valentines Day! (Don’t be surprised if most of them seem like acts of service):
1)  Serve in a food kitchen 
2)  Leave encouraging sticky notes/valentines day cards on people’s cars
3)  Talk to everyone you run into!  And have real conversations with them!  Real conversations make people feel important and loved.
4)  Smile!  It’s contagious (cheesy but true).
5)  Help people!  Open that door, carry those groceries, pick up that dropped change etc. 
6)  Make that struggling family in your community dinner!

                         An Open Letter to Lovers on Valentines Day

Dear Valentines Day Lovers,

I think it’s really cool that you have a specific day set-aside every year to fully bathe in the love of your significant other!  I really, REALLY do.  Everyone knows how easily life can keep us busy… (two thumbs pointed inward) SO it’s nice to have one day where we can focus ALL of our attention on our partner.   But here’s some trivia:  Did you know that V-Day was named after a group of Saints

How do the Saints correlate with romantic dinners at home, bouquets of roses, and especially the fifty pound stuffed bear at Walgreens?  If you’re the anti-gift giving couple, I’m proud of you.  You’re getting warmer… but still,  why are we putting all of our attention on just one relationship?

What if we changed the rules to make V-Day more “Saint-ish”?  What if we spent our normal 364 days of the year relishing in the love of that one “meant just for us”?  THEN, spent February 14th reaching out to those with a lack of saint-like love? If we can turn our “narrow minded love” into a “how many people can I make feel loved” kind of holiday, we might just eliminate hate off the face of this earth for 2 seconds! 

Stop showing love for just one person on just one day.  Never let your mind become so consumed with the love of one person, that you forget to love friends, family, and ESPECIALLY strangers. 

The universe needs a day where all of it’s people can experience love! Doesn’t that sound more Saint Valentine-ish? 

Love your easily infatuated friend,

Jess  xoxo

Suggested activities you can do to have a “how many people can I make feel loved” kind of Valentines Day! (Don’t be surprised if most of them seem like acts of service):

1)  Serve in a food kitchen 

2)  Leave encouraging sticky notes/valentines day cards on people’s cars

3)  Talk to everyone you run into!  And have real conversations with them!  Real conversations make people feel important and loved.

4)  Smile!  It’s contagious (cheesy but true).

5)  Help people!  Open that door, carry those groceries, pick up that dropped change etc. 

6)  Make that struggling family in your community dinner!

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5 Things That Make Humans Cool
While eavesdropping in Starbuzz, I realized just how cool us humans are.  
1)  Accents:  Depending on your geography smarts, you can almost always tell where a human is from by their accent.  Cool?
2)  Touch:  Humans are touchy feely- although some might not admit it.  Did you know that touch is the first sense humans develop in the womb?  I like watching people interact with each other via touch- a hand shake, a grab of the elbow, a hug, or a back scratch.  I promise I’m not a creeper (just a professional people watcher).
3)  Hand Talking:  What other creature talks with their hands?  I can almost tell what the human on the other side of the room is talking about, just by watching their hands.  
4) The Ability to Talk to Strangers:  The two tables to my right have been talking about music for the last hour  (welcome to Nashville).  The man immediately next to me seems to be in his mid fifties, while his conversive buddies look to be in their mid twenties.  WHAT could they possibly have in common?  In two seconds flat, they found a way to relate to each other.  If everyone took the time to relate to at least one new human a day… we could eliminate loneliness.  Guaranteed. 
5) Pickiness:  After hearing someone order a grande, non-fat, vanilla latte, at 110 degrees I realized how picky we can be.  It’s not a bad thing.  We’re picky when choosing our friends, our coffee, our music, even our clothes (especially me).  What other creature on this earth gets to be as choosey as we are?  Grass is grass to a cow?  If we were cows, we’d starve ourselves before we could finish separating the yellow grass from the green grass. I digress. This human pickiness is what makes us cool. 

Maybe I think all of this stuff is cool because I don’t understand it.  I won’t pretend to understand humans… or even pretend that I understand me, myself.  But isn’t it cool to be a human?

xoxo
Jess 

5 Things That Make Humans Cool

While eavesdropping in Starbuzz, I realized just how cool us humans are.  

1)  Accents:  Depending on your geography smarts, you can almost always tell where a human is from by their accent.  Cool?

2)  Touch:  Humans are touchy feely- although some might not admit it.  Did you know that touch is the first sense humans develop in the womb?  I like watching people interact with each other via touch- a hand shake, a grab of the elbow, a hug, or a back scratch.  I promise I’m not a creeper (just a professional people watcher).

3)  Hand Talking:  What other creature talks with their hands?  I can almost tell what the human on the other side of the room is talking about, just by watching their hands.  

4) The Ability to Talk to Strangers:  The two tables to my right have been talking about music for the last hour  (welcome to Nashville).  The man immediately next to me seems to be in his mid fifties, while his conversive buddies look to be in their mid twenties.  WHAT could they possibly have in common?  In two seconds flat, they found a way to relate to each other.  If everyone took the time to relate to at least one new human a day… we could eliminate loneliness.  Guaranteed. 

5) Pickiness:  After hearing someone order a grande, non-fat, vanilla latte, at 110 degrees I realized how picky we can be.  It’s not a bad thing.  We’re picky when choosing our friends, our coffee, our music, even our clothes (especially me).  What other creature on this earth gets to be as choosey as we are?  Grass is grass to a cow?  If we were cows, we’d starve ourselves before we could finish separating the yellow grass from the green grass. I digress. This human pickiness is what makes us cool. 

Maybe I think all of this stuff is cool because I don’t understand it.  I won’t pretend to understand humans… or even pretend that I understand me, myself.  But isn’t it cool to be a human?

xoxo

Jess 

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In honor of Thanksgiving… I’m writing down 10 things that I’m grateful for (Although, I should do this more often….).

1)  Yogurt Covered Raisins:  Because they taste just as good as chocolate without the guilt…. 
2)  Photos:  Without them, I wouldn’t be able to relive my most favorite moments with my most favorite people.  So thank you, dear camera. 
3)  My Education:  This is the one thing that can’t be taken away from me.  Everyday, I look forward to learning something new, whether in the classroom or at the corner table in Starbucks.  
4) My Parents Who Taught Me To Always Keep Learning:  My parents and I don’t have the most perfect relationship, but I couldn’t be more grateful for the importance they put on learning.  AND to KEEP learning. 
5)  Random Nice People:  Without your random smiles, short grocery aisle chats, and sweet “you look like Zooey Deschanel” compliments, life would be hard!  A HUGE thank you to nice people.  You’re my favorite. 
6)  Greek Yogurt:  Without you, I would be protein deficient.  I’m an accidental vegetarian and don’t nearly get enough protein.  But with YOU I can survive!
7)  Grammy:  You taught me to be creative.  You taught me to write, to paint, and to be open, and to be vulnerable, and to give other people someone to relate to.  I really do feel your hand in every song I write.  Thank you.  
8)  The Gospel:  You might not know that I’m a pretty religious person.  I’ve been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was baptized at 8 years old.  If you’ve ever wondered why I’m so happy…. this is the honest answer.
9)  Cold Weather:  The irony is that I hate the cold… but, it reminds me that I’m alive.  Whenever I walk outside in less than 40 degree weather I want to be bitter.  But then I’m reminded that the cold sting means I’m breathing… it means I’m alive.  I’m grateful for that reminder.  
10)  Hugs:  Nothing is better than a genuine hug.  Last week I met a lady who wanted to hug me, but prefaced it with, “Now, I don’t know if you’re a hugger or not, but I really want to give you a hug”.  That embrace felt like a full 30 minutes.  It made me realize how important people are, and how important it is for people to be noticed and loved.  Thank you bear hugs, around the back hugs, side hugs, and awkward hugs that come from differences in height.  Now, go hug someone today.
Happy Turkey Day Frechies - xoxo

Jess

In honor of Thanksgiving… I’m writing down 10 things that I’m grateful for (Although, I should do this more often….).

1)  Yogurt Covered Raisins:  Because they taste just as good as chocolate without the guilt…. 

2)  Photos:  Without them, I wouldn’t be able to relive my most favorite moments with my most favorite people.  So thank you, dear camera. 

3)  My Education:  This is the one thing that can’t be taken away from me.  Everyday, I look forward to learning something new, whether in the classroom or at the corner table in Starbucks.  

4) My Parents Who Taught Me To Always Keep Learning:  My parents and I don’t have the most perfect relationship, but I couldn’t be more grateful for the importance they put on learning.  AND to KEEP learning. 

5)  Random Nice People:  Without your random smiles, short grocery aisle chats, and sweet “you look like Zooey Deschanel” compliments, life would be hard!  A HUGE thank you to nice people.  You’re my favorite. 

6)  Greek Yogurt:  Without you, I would be protein deficient.  I’m an accidental vegetarian and don’t nearly get enough protein.  But with YOU I can survive!

7)  Grammy:  You taught me to be creative.  You taught me to write, to paint, and to be open, and to be vulnerable, and to give other people someone to relate to.  I really do feel your hand in every song I write.  Thank you.  

8)  The Gospel:  You might not know that I’m a pretty religious person.  I’ve been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was baptized at 8 years old.  If you’ve ever wondered why I’m so happy…. this is the honest answer.

9)  Cold Weather:  The irony is that I hate the cold… but, it reminds me that I’m alive.  Whenever I walk outside in less than 40 degree weather I want to be bitter.  But then I’m reminded that the cold sting means I’m breathing… it means I’m alive.  I’m grateful for that reminder.  

10)  Hugs:  Nothing is better than a genuine hug.  Last week I met a lady who wanted to hug me, but prefaced it with, “Now, I don’t know if you’re a hugger or not, but I really want to give you a hug”.  That embrace felt like a full 30 minutes.  It made me realize how important people are, and how important it is for people to be noticed and loved.  Thank you bear hugs, around the back hugs, side hugs, and awkward hugs that come from differences in height.  Now, go hug someone today.

Happy Turkey Day Frechies - xoxo

Jess

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Not liking this 6 o’clock sun down.  It’s a beaut, but it feels like 9pm and I still have work to do!  ”Don’t get tired Jess, don’t get tired.  It’s all a lie.”  Welcome back Fall. 

Not liking this 6 o’clock sun down.  It’s a beaut, but it feels like 9pm and I still have work to do!  ”Don’t get tired Jess, don’t get tired.  It’s all a lie.”  Welcome back Fall. 

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Spending this Saturday morning observing student engineers in the campus studios and writing reports.  Diggin’ this mellow, soulful band they’re recording.  Not too shabby Belmont.

Spending this Saturday morning observing student engineers in the campus studios and writing reports. Diggin’ this mellow, soulful band they’re recording. Not too shabby Belmont.

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Yikes! I Have a Speech to Give.

You’d think that giving a 4 minute speech to my classmates wouldn’t be intimidating when that’s kind of what I do for a living… in front of 1,000,000’s of people via Youtube.  Still… I have two days to get this sucker memorized and to get the nerves out of the way.  I even have the coolest topic ever (Youtube!) and I’m still fretting. 

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"Make My Day" moments #1

(Facebook Fan) Thomas Ricketts:

"Thanks, Jessica, for making Mondays a little brighter! I can only imagine how much effort it takes to compose, perform, mix, and video-edit your songs every week … . on top of all your other commitments, too. Impressive!"

Thank you! (As I currently have 3 different files open on my laptop that belong to 3 different projects for the upcoming month, and a word document with the start of this Monday’s song, another word document with an original that I’ve been meaning to finish, along with my open spanish book to the right of me for my online exercises due tomorrow for class).