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Behind the lyrics of “In Everything You Do”

When Jane was born, we learned to love in a way we never had before. With that love came a strong desire to shelter her from the harshness of the world, from pain, fear, doubt, etc. We know that we won’t be able to keep her from these things. We can, however, try to teach her how to face them, persevere, and grow. Moreover, and more importantly, we can try to show her that she is deeply loved.

Here’s a lyric video we just put together. It was a beautiful day in Nashville when we released this song, so we decided to take our daughter Jane out for a walk and bring the camera. None of this was staged. Jane just led the way and we followed.

Featured on iTunes’ Native: Americana Spotlight album: bit.ly/jtameri
Chords & lyrics at jennyandtyler.com/songs

Add Comment | Posted on 09.11.14

FALL UPDATE: U2 Video!

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I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

(feat. Sara Groves & some of you in our virtual choir!)

Remember last summer when we asked you to submit videos to be part of a virtual choir for our cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”?  We do too!

Here’s the thing: We had a baby

You’ve heard your lovely voices on the audio recording, but now we can all FINALLY see your shining faces in the video!!!

We hope you really like it. Share it with your friends, family, neighbors, barista, flight attendant…

Touring commences soon!

After about a month off the road, we’re heading out again.  We have a few shows coming up! Click on the dates for all of the details.

8/16 Wilmington, DE, Brandywine Valley Baptist Church

8/22 Gloucester, MA, Community Church of East Gloucester

8/31 Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Tabernacle

Now booking the Fall/Winter…

We’re just starting to booking this Fall/Winter, so if you’re interested in hosting a show at your college, venue, wedding, church, etc., contact Micah Watson at The Clementine Agency: http://theclementineagency.com/offer/

Finally…the new record!

Our new full-length, original record is pretty much finished, aside from mastering and a few other things! We’re not sure when it will release just yet. Be on the look out for updates!

Add Comment | Posted on 09.11.14

For Freedom Track #6
What a Wonderful World


What a Wonderful World – Jenny & Tyler – For Freedom
– Read about the rest of the project here
 – Download the album (Mastered for iTunes) here: http://bit.ly/4freed

What a Wonderful World holds a special place in our hearts. Songs celebrating life without being cheesy are hard to come by.  What a Wonderful World is probably the best example of this we can think of.  The lyrics are simple yet profound; the chord progression and melody, emulating the brief journey of our lives, bring us through peaks and valleys.  The song served as the mother/son dance at our wedding and Tyler’s dad played piano and sang. When we decided to cover it we knew that it needed to retain its simplicity and subtle beauty.  We decided to sing the entire song together to communicate the idea that marveling at the wonders of life should be a ubiquitous and shared experience. Harmonies naturally followed.

This song was the last that we recorded for the album, just a few weeks after Jane was born.  We tracked some of the vocals while she was napping and the rest after she woke up.  Her cries can be heard softly at the end of the song, from 2:20-2:25.  We also added her heartbeat throughout the entire song, taken from the ultrasound the two days before she breathed her first breath (it’s best to listen with headphones to hear these well).  New life brings new hope. The way we enter the world is miraculous and truly wonderful.

Listen to the original version here:

Read more about the song on Wikipedia here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_a_Wonderful_World

Add Comment | Posted on 11.19.13

For Freedom Track #5
The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence Jenny & Tyler For Freedom

The Sound of Silence – Jenny & Tyler – For Freedom
– Read about the rest of the project here
 – Download the album (Mastered for iTunes) here: http://bit.ly/4freed

Simon & Garfunkel are our favorite duo of all time. Their voices, harmonies, and songwriting are exquisite. We can only hope to create songs as beautiful and poignant as theirs someday. Paul Simon’s writing is truly unparalleled.

The Sound of Silence is our favorite song by Simon & Garfunkel.  Right from the beginning, it seems like every time we hear or perform this, the simple arpeggiated guitar and haunting “hello darkness, my old friend” lyrics, the song captures us.  And though we don’t know what Simon was thinking when we wrote it, there’s a mystery and ubiquitous quality to the lyrics that we relate to (that apparently many relate to), something general yet specific, something for which every good songwriter strives.

Hear the original version here:

We recorded this cover a couple of years ago and decided to release it as a single, with all of the proceeds going to organizations that fight human trafficking.  The subject of human trafficking is an interesting one, one we were first introduced to at college.  A few years later, Jenny’s good friend started working for an anti-human trafficking organization in D.C. and a year or so after that, we went on tour with Sara Groves, who is passionate about the subject.  We seemed to be drawn into it from many different angles, and finally, after praying about an organization to partner with, we felt led to choose one that fights human trafficking.

Human trafficking is an issue that has gained a bit more spotlight over the past few years, which is encouraging.  But it still not on everyone’s radar.   The fact that there are an estimated 20-30 million slaves in the world today is appauling.  That’s more than at the height of the trans-atlantic slave trade.  Slavery is illegal almost everywhere in the world.  The problem is not necessarily the law, but the justice system in general.  If there aren’t courts or police who enforce the law, the law is essentially null and void.  What organizations like the International Justice Mission do is partner with local governments to ensure that laws gets enforced.

Somehow this song transports us to contemplate the depth of the darkness of human trafficking.  We see hope in, “Hear my words that I might teach you.  Take my arms that I might reach you.”  But there is also the sad reality that that hope, in one sense, does not always avail – with, “But my words like silent raindrops fell. And echoed in the wells of silence.”  The opening line, “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” also stirs up in me the striking truth that I have befriended darkness, and I often return to darkness, as those responsible for human trafficking do.  It gives me pity for those who enslave the 20-30 million women, children, and even men, because I know they themselves are enslaved; they are living in darkness.  They must be brought to justice, but they must also be forgiven if true healing should take place.

When we recorded this, we asked our friends to come over to form a choir.  If you listen with headphones, you should be able to hear them speaking “people talking without speaking; people hearing without listening” from 1:34-1:40.  They provide a texture suggestive of the “ten thousand people maybe more.”  Paul Zimmerman-Clayton played the trumpet to imply a sort of a battle cry, as if to say, “Come join us. Fight the oppressor.”  Jenny’s clarinet, entering in verse 2, adds indistiguishable third voice, as sort of an invitation for the listener to lend theirs.  Bruno Jones of the Vespers played the upright bass and killed it.

Read more about the song on Wikipedia here:
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sound_of_Silence

Add Comment | Posted on 11.04.13

For Freedom Track #4
We Will Become Silhouettes


We Will Become Silhouettes – Jenny & Tyler – For Freedom
– Read about the rest of the project here
 – Download the album (Mastered for iTunes) here: http://bit.ly/4freed

At the beginning of this year we were asked to contribute to a Postal Service covers compilation album. Our friend Stephen Carradini over at Independent Clauses has written some kind reviews of our music in the past, and when he asked us to be a part of the project we were happy to lend our voices. All of the proceeds from the sale of that compilation benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. Check out that album here: http://independentclauses.bandcamp.com.  When this song is purchased through our For Freedom covers record, the tune supports anti-human trafficking organizations, just like the other tracks.

We didn’t know much about the Postal Service before Stephen asked us to be a part of the compilation. He sent us a couple of songs to choose from and we settled on We Will Become Silhouettes. We thought we could incorporate lots of harmonies and a’cappella-esque vocals to the track and we had a lot of fun doing it. The original is really bright and has more of a pop feel to it than most of the music we listen to. We thought it’d be nice to do something different.

Tyler actually began programming and arranging the tune on a flight home from California last spring in Garageband on our iPad. Technology is amazing. We began recording real instruments the next day. It was the first time I recorded vocals while pregnant and I remember being challenged by how difficult it was to breathe deeply and support my voice. As Jane continued to grow over the next couple of months I learned how to sing effectively and I actually think that some of my best vocal takes are on this EP.

Have a listen to the original if you please.  The video is pretty quirky.

When we recorded this, we were going for something sort of grandiose, almost anthemic.  The song seems to be about the near-death of a relationship and in some sense approaching the end of the writer’s world.  The imagery throughout the song speaks of preparation for a nuclear fallout or global catastrophe of some kind, hence the “I’ve got a cupboard with cans of food, filtered water…”   You don’t hear lyrics like this often, and that’s part of the reason we like it so much.

Read more about the song on Wikipedia here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Will_Become_Silhouettes

Jenny & Tyler

Add Comment | Posted on 11.01.13