Thank You Sarah Jones
I was promoting my comedic videos on youtube to other users (sometimes referred to as spamming) when one day I came across a page containing original music by Sarah Jones. I made a chessy connection and subscribed to her page in the hopes she would subscribe to mine. She did and we became Youtube friends and life went on.
Over the course of the next 6 months she would comment on my videos and I would comment on her music and still life went on. However, during that time my wife was pregnant with our son and being that I was developing my photography business I knew that I was going to begin a 365 day photo project of his first year. I also knew I didn't just want a quick photo montage that zipped through 365 images in 36 seconds. No! What I wanted was a full song with a viewing of my photos of my son's first year so I could appreciate the memories and cry like a little girl.
Bill Withers is my all time favorite artist so choosing his music to put with my photos seemed like a no brainer at the time but, something felt off. Let's be honest Bill's music is great but to this day I still don't know how Ain't No Sunshine or Grandma's Hand would have fit in. Anyway, I knew my son was unique. My photos were also unique and my photos of my son being unique were also unique. So why not get a unique song? I have to say sometimes I am a genius but thinking genius thoughts doesn't mean I have genius answers for those thoughts I deem genius.
So, one day I was surfing Youtube and found myself on Sarah Jones' page. I listened to beautiful song after beautiful song that she had created and I thought to myself this girl is emotionally mature and talented AND... in that moment she actually started to remind me a little bit like Bill Withers. Well looking back I know it's a stretch because Sarah is a young pretty girl who plays the guitar and Bill is an old not so pretty man who plays the guitar. So now that I think about it... that little bit must have been the guitar.
Then the light bulb went on. No I mean literally. My wife switched on the light and nearly scared the shit out of me. Anyway, after she turned off the light and went to bed I thought to myself maybe I should ask Sarah to write and sing a song for my 365 day photo project. I mean I love her music and we are friends on Youtube so what's the worst that she would say? No! Are you stupid? Friends on Youtube??? Me no speaka English. Get a life looser! F*** off! Once I understood what the rejection value would be, I sent her my idea in an email.
Lucky for me she spoke English and said she would be thrilled and honored to do this even though she has never written a song for anyone else let alone about someone's baby. That didn't seem to matter because 8 days before my son's first birthday back in August 2010 she sent me an original song called Dream a little dream that made my wife and I cry like little girls.
Today I have 2 kids and believe it or not Sarah didn't lose the thrill and generosity. 2 days before my daughter had her first birthday last Sunday she completed another original and beautiful song called Angel Eyes that made me run out to the store to buy some tissue because... well you know why.
I can't tell you how blessed and honored I am for having met Sarah Jones on Youtube. Like I said above I really don't know much more about her you can't find out about on your own by just visiting Sarah Jones Music. Yet this amazing talented young lady still blessed my family out of the kindness of her heart and for that I have to say 2 things.
1) Thank you from the bottom of my soul for all that you did for me. You are a beautiful human being and I wish you much love and success in everything you do in life.
2) Don't worry I am not having anymore kids.
Thank you Sarah Jones.
3/14/2012 01:18:41 am
Your children will have an incredibly opportunity to look back on your lives together Jai through words, photos, and now song!
3/14/2012 01:49:16 am
Thanks Paul. I agree. Thank God for Sarah because my singing is only good in the shower when nobody is home.
3/14/2012 03:33:58 am
Jai! You had me crying like a little girl with this blog. Awesome blog! Are you sure no more babies? You and your wife make some amazing babies... Why leave us out on what you both can create next ;o)
3/14/2012 03:51:16 am
Fanny... I just played mega millions so no more babies... Plus I don't know how much Sarah has left in her. :)
3/14/2012 05:31:41 am
Wow, you have some awesome pictures of your kids! Sarah is such a nice person to have done that for you. I'll have to come back to keep checking out your work. I like it!
3/14/2012 05:37:01 am
Thank you. Please do come back.
3/14/2012 07:42:55 am
You are a person filled with happiness and joy. :) and with a lot of energy and enthusiasm
3/14/2012 07:58:08 am
I'd like to think so. Thanks for saying that. Sometimes they look a lot alike and other times they don't even look like cousins.
3/15/2012 01:56:52 pm
Thanks Jackie. I actually love the 2 too.
3/17/2012 07:05:25 am
Thank you. I can't wait to film them and send them out.
3/17/2012 04:24:01 pm
Few, very few, people touch my soul, and I have yet to thank them personally, so this is pretty damn cool!
3/18/2012 12:50:44 am
I actually do understand. The banks don't trust lending money right now. I think the problem for me is that they string you along. I would rather them say listen it's probably not going to happen and then we are in the know. In essence they string you along and keep shitting on you during the journey. Not cool. I hope all works out for you.
3/18/2012 07:46:13 am
I hope so too. I just found out that they might be doing a ridicolous rip off on me, will know what is going on this week. But am not pleased about this. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
3/30/2012 03:29:03 am
I might not win the mega millions tonight but I hit it big with my 2 kids... Thanks.
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