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The River (The River CD 2013)

I’m gonna go down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
I’m gonna go down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
Stand by the river
Let my tricks be bare

I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
Know my reflection
Let my conscience be my mirror

I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
Toss out my tokens
Clean this liars lair

I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
Stare at the sun
Let my tricks beware

I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
Cry for forgiveness
Share what I can share

You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
Stand by the river
Let your tricks be bare

I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
Take away your sorrow keep your mind aware
Take away your sorrow keep your soul aware
Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

Mother’s Heart (Jessica’s song) Upcoming CD 2018 “Gratitude”

My daughter Jessica came back to Sacramento from San Diego after eight years away from home. Jessica graduated from high school and at the young age of eighteen moved to the far end of California. I missed her and I wrote this song coaxing her to come back home because I knew it would be better for her to be here with her family where there is loving support as a young person navigates their way through their youth. San Diego is a beautiful town, but it is a town that can lead one towards misdirection. I am so happy that my song worked! I believe in the power of positive thinking! I will be recording this song soon on an upcoming 2018 CD called “Gratitude” in honor of having my baby girl back home. I will be performing this song often. I feel such joy when I sing it! This song is dedicated to all mothers who love their children enough to let them go and be their own person, let them discover themselves while at the same time praying that the guardian angels and spirit guides are there to pick them up when they have fallen or are misguided. Ah I remember my twenties! I love my daughter Jessica more than life itself.–Blessed Be!

Mother’s Heart (A song for Jessica)

Loving you with a mother’s heart
Love so true when you’re in my arms
Life began the day you were born
Come on home honey where the fire is warm

And the day that you left for the seaport town
I felt a part of me so proud so torn
I missed your laughter ooh I missed your smile
Gotta come home now baby won’t you stay awhile?
Gotta stay and try

Loving you with a mother’s heart
Love so true when you’re in my arms
Life began the day you were born
Come on home honey where the fire is warm

Seems like yesterday since she went away
Five long years has gone why did you stay?
Just a girl became a woman just like me
You had to get away just to learn to breathe
Just to set yourself free

And it ain’t easy growing up in this world
I just know one thing I got back my babygirl

Loving you with a mother’s heart
Love so true when you’re in my arms
Life began the day you were born
Come on home honey where the fire is warm
Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

Corporatocracy Upcoming CD 2018 “Gratitude”

How many years have I seen
People left out to die in the street
To suffer from cold inhumanity
When will we all see their needs

How many times can I walk down the street
And see them there just staring
Come take my hand feel the heat
A new revolution’s igniting

When will the five rivers meet
Rise up and spill into free
Where are the people in every town and city
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy

How much destruction can we bear
From every direction it is seeping
What will it take for us to hear
The cries of babes and mothers weeping

People have skin and hands and breathe
They love and understand and feel
Not bricks and mortar used as shields
Corporations are not fucking people!

When will the five rivers meet
And rise up and spill into free
Where are the people in every town and city
Hand in Hand fighting corporatocracy

Listen to the beat of the heart of the mother
Hear her cry in the native drum
She’ll guide us to walk in peace with each other
Come together as one in the warmth of the sun

We the fortunate free must speak up loudly
For those in chains and darkness
Cuz silence we all know and if you didn’t know is complicity
I pray I reach your heart and you understand this

When will the five rivers meet
Rise up spill into free
Where are the people in every town and city
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy
Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

The River- The River CD 2013

I’m gonna walk down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
I’m gonna walk down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
Stand by the river
Let my trick be bare

I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
know my reflection
let my conscience be my mirror

I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
toss out my tokens
clean this liars lair

I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
stare at the sun
let my trick beware

I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
cry for forgiveness
share what I can share

You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
stand by the river
let your tricks be bare

I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
Take away your sorrow
Keep your mind aware (keep your soul aware)
Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

I am entering a new era of jazz and standards….but folk music is not to be forgotten

I have loved every minute of playing and writing folk music and recreating traditional songs and I will still play these songs if requested, but I have entered a new musical era that I really cannot see turning back from. Once bitten by the jazz bug, it becomes an obsession. You want to know who wrote what song and what year it was written and in what movie it was sung and then of course you have to go on You Tube and hear every version of the song so that you can create your own version or sing it as closely as you can to one of your favorite performers. It’s always best to be yourself, but certainly it is okay to be influenced.

I think I shied away from jazz and standards until now because the chords are more difficult and the singing requires more precision, versatility and creativity. Just listen to Ella to know what I am talking about. Basically, you gotta have guts! I have the fullest intentions to put down the guitar more and just sing most of the night and play on a few songs, but first I have to learn all of these songs on the guitar myself. I have finally taken my “new” Gibson electric guitar out of the case after purchasing it two years ago and I am playing it. My son Johnny bought me a new electric guitar chord and that started it all.

It was a long time coming for me. I grew up listening to Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Edith Piaf–the little sparrow with the big voice from France. I listened to classical music as well, Beethoven being my favorite when I am in an aggressive mood and Chopin and Rachmaninoff when I am feeling soft and gentle and romantic. I learned from Piaf to express and to regret nothing while singing! Listen to “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien”. I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing the master of phrasing, Frank Sinatra, with my mother, at the Concord Pavillion. Frank was 75 years old and his voice was superb! He sounded like the record. No autotune! I also have seen Tony Bennett who I felt was singing just to me in the big hall in San Francisco. I never saw a guy smile so much while he sings. He taught me to smile more. I saw Liza Minelli three times! (once at Carnegie Hall with the great French singer Charles Aznevour!). These are the singers that I admire! Recently I have discovered, after much prodding by friends and family, great singers such as Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day (who I believe influenced Amy Winehouse..rest her sweet soul) Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. There’s also Melody Gardot alive and singing as well as Diana Krall! The songs they sing are from the Golden Era of Swing and Big Bands songs that will be listened to 300 years from now I believe much like classical music. Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and more. My Norwegian grandfather, Magna Nygard,played in the swing bands and jozz combos. He played the upright bass, banjo, and Gibson guitars in the Northeast and Ohio from the 30’s to the 80’s. I get it from him. My father who emigrated from France sang in a Black Gospel Choir in the U.S. Army. My mother sang her whole life at home and in the local church choir and taught me about diction,vowels, phrasing and breath control. I had a very good teacher here in Sacramento, Sana Christian, who still teaches and Claudia Newberry in San Francisco. I mostly just listen to my favorite singers and listen to what they are doing. I cannot even come close to the improvisational genius of Sarah Vaughan or Ella, but I am pretty good at imitating what they have already created. I want to do the creating. That is what excites me about jazz. What can I bring to the table?

I try to always tell a story while singing. That is what Liza Minelli taught me. And to be yourself! She had to distinguish herself from her famous mother by over singing the notes. She’s fantastic! I am always learning and jazz can never be completely learned. The masters of jazz are learning every time they step on stage. I want to keep this music alive. I want to write love songs, songs about broken hearts, funny songs and also passionate songs about socially conscious issues and set them swinging to a jazz beat. If I listen enough maybe I can write something good like the master musicians and lyricists of the Golden Era. There’s some great songs still being written and I want to be part of that. Burt Bacharach comes to mind. The music was still soft and loving up to the mid 70’s.

I still love folk music and love the masters of folk music..Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell,Kate Wolf and many others. Perhaps I’ll take some of their songs and set them to a swinging beat. I have learned the great Americana ballad”Brother Can You Spare a Dime” , a song my grandfather used to perform. It is quite timely. There is even a Bossa Nova version of the song by Judy Collins.

You can find me singing at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly jazz events, local wineries and restaurants and in Europe. France loves jazz and I plan to spend a lot of time there with my relatives after I retire from teaching in 7 years. When I am 60 I will be in full swing and ready to go anywhere I can sing jazz and standards. I intend to go as far as I can go. Maybe my name will be on a billboard one day along with Michael Buble playing in Reno, or Tahoe or Vegas. I will go where there is a listening audience! Dreams are as big as you let them be. Recently, I performed at the Heritage Oaks Winery in Acampo,CA (www.heritgeaoakswinery.com )and for two hours they all just listened while they ate their cheese and bread and cakes and sipped great wines made by Tom Hoffman. No one talked or played on their cell phones or watched a game on the tv or shouted over us to their table mates. I thanked them. During the break, people expressed gratitude and were very complementary. I am always trying to do better and I am always humble!I loved it although it was completely unnerving. I had their total attention…a little too much! I look forward to more shows like that where I can create a relationship with my audience and tell stories through song and banter and give my best shot at singing songs sung by the very best.

So here’s to jazz and all who struggle to bring it back and keep it alive! Here’s to Harley White Jr. and his orchestra, Rick Marcroft (performing at Luna’s this Monday night) Shelly Burns, Todd Morgan and the Emblems, Les Haber, Vivian Lee, Beth Duncan and Ken Teel and many others in Sacramento. Here’s to making it a dominant presence once again in Sacramento, in California, and in the United States. I hope my Social Studies students that I teach at Capital City School will take the time to look up and listen to Ella, Sammy, Sinatra, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Edith Piaf and Peggy Lee whose pictures I have put on my office walls. I think music was intended to be melodic and beautiful and make you feel good. My good friend and fellow Jazz musician Ken Teel is very excited that I have made the “evolutionary jump” as he calls it. Ken started in rock bands (no offense to rock musicians! My boyfriend and drummer Fred Nelson Jr. was the original drummer in Oleander) I still love Led Zepplin! A lot of jazz and blues in that band! Melissa Collard, an excellent jazz musician and singer-songwriter and teacher of jazz music here in Sacramento made the same leap years ago from folk to jazz. I still like folk very much and it serves a very important purpose. It is simple, and accessible so that everyone can sing and play it. Try Kate Wolf songs! It is perhaps the most historically educational music we have and tells about our history and the history of the world. Perhaps I will find a way to merge the two like the great Holly Near has done.

Peace and blessings and Blessed Be! I thank God/Goddess for the ability and continued interest to make music and share it. I spend about a year in reflection and transition wondering where I was going. I am so very grateful for all of you out there who take the time to listen and come to my shows and anyone’s shows and buying our music so we can create more. Music feeds our souls. If I had no one to sing to I think I would, as Frank Sinatra puts it so eloquently,just roll up and die. So I thank you for being there. If it wasn’t for my love of music I would still be out riding horses that I miss so much! Truly yours, Jenn Rogar born Jennifer Andree Rogar

Jenn Rogar guests on Soapbox! Channel 17 Access Cable Televison Sacramento

I am looking forward to once again being a guest on Soapbox Sacramento, on Comcast Channel 17, with host James Israel of the Humor Times, a great political satire magazine. We’ll be discussing the crucial issues of today affecting Sacramento and the world: homelessness and the ‪#‎rightorest‬, everyone’s right to have access to a public bathroom, police brutality and ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬, the school to prison pipeline, education and my experiences as a teacher, the fight for clean water,and organic food, the fight against GMO’s and Nestle and Crystal Geyser Water, standing up for local business against the corporate giants, and whatever issues we can squeeze into a half hour! Like Bernie Sanders says, it’s time for a political revolution!

Here is the interview on Youtube. It airs on Sacramento Access TV (Comcast 17) on Monday, Feb. 15, on Access, at 8pm. It will also air Tuesday at noon and Wednesday at 4am (for all you night owls/early risers):

The Fall is my Spring

The Fall is my Spring. It is a time for me to reflect all that was in the year past and renew myself. I hope to give birth to new ideas, hopes, dreams, projects, adventures that will aid in my expansion, the expansion of others and of the Universe. I am almost perpetually in a state of gratitude for all that I have in this precious life. The gift of music and voice and song, love for myself and for another, family, work that fulfills me, the beautiful natural world that surrounds me and the feeling of physical and emotional harmony within myself. I go inward for a time and then seek putting forth new recordings.. a new EP entitled “Gratitude” to share with the world. I will once again seek the help of David Houston who is simply the best recording engineer and producer that one can find. I look forward to working together with Fred Nelson, Jr. my loving partner and friend and other talented musicians as they become part of the divine flow. I wrote the following this morning without thinking…only feeling…
Creative Oneness hold me close to the earth’s bosom and nurture me so that I can nurture others and we can nurture each other. Blessed are the animals, rocks, trees and minerals to teach us how to live in synchronicity with You which is ultimately Me. Water flows through us all in our divine connection, our sacredness and desire to love all that is. We are coming home to ourselves slowly and yet so quickly. I believe in the sanctity of our endeavors. There is no wrong or right. There is only love and forgiveness for ourselves. We are learning. Source is learning through us and the Mother Earth bears the brunt of our transgressions. Feel, feel, feel and raise your vibration higher and higher to that of Source. The silence is beautiful as is the sound of water, birds… humming beautiful tones. Love all that is. Hate is forgotten..dismembered..useless..a tool for those who are empty. Love! Love! Love!

Jenn Rogar and Fresh Juice Party @ Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley!

On Friday, June 27th, Jenn Rogar and Oakland based band Fresh Juice Party will be performing songs that are fun, groovy and socially conscious at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, Ca …. show starts at 8pm!! $10/door come early and enjoy the art. Subterranean Arthouse is located at 2719 Bancroft Way. For more about Fresh Juice Party go to www.freshjuiceparty.com and for more about Subterranean Arthouse go to www.subterraneanarthouse.org.

Monsanto Shutdown and Rally-3 days!

May 20th 9:30 am

Join us as we lobby against Monsanto.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1381

We will be visiting all the CA State Senators in the morning. Assignments will be given out that morning. We will have a system in place to assist you, a coach to aid you, and an opportunity to give immediate feedback and receive guidance for successful visits. All of us, in pairs of two or three, depending on how many people show up to participate, will visit all of the senators. (We will bypass the assembly members, as they are not as critical at this moment).

Ideally, we will cover all of the state senators before lunchtime, several times.

SB 1381, the GE (GMO) Food Labeling bill, is now on suspense in the Appropriations Committee, as of last Monday. We want to “push” for the bill to come off suspense and go to the senate floor for a full vote.

On Friday, May 23rd, the appropriations committee will either lift the status (suspense) of the bill, or let it linger in suspense where it can die. If we all are successful (all the groups fighting for SB 1381, and it comes off suspense, it can then move towards a vote towards the end of this May. And, that is exactly what we want! We will work the senators regarding this bill, our health and food concerns because of Monsanto’s poisons, Monsanto’s unsavory business practices, and more.

If there is ample time in the afternoon, people can visit their specific legislators if they didn’t get a chance in the morning, and/or their assembly member.

The Anti-Monsanto Project three days of action:

Day 1:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014–Lobbying Day, from 10am to 3pm. Meet near the North Steps of the CA State Capitol at 9:30am.

Day 2:
Friday, May 23, 2014–Shutdown Monsanto, from 6am to 3 Meet at the Davis, CA Monsanto office/plant.
https://www.facebook.com/events/394542770690715

Day 3
Saturday, May 24, 2014–Rally / March, from 10am to 5pm. The North Steps of the CA State Capitol.
https://www.facebook.com/events/427960777291632/630895430331498/?notif_t=like

I will be singing at noon at the Monsanto Shutdown in Davis, California and sometime on Saturday!

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Homeward StakeDown

Homeward StakeDown a great success! 3 day arts activist campout in Sacramento. May 1st through 3rd SHOC held a permitted camp out for homeless participants and advocates on a vacant lot along one of the busiest commute routes into Sacramento’s downtown. Live music was provided by Jenn Rogar, GP Bailey, John Malcolm, and Kingdom. Read more here.

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