Monday, December 17, 2012

"When You Know, You Know" - Custom Song for Jennifer & Steve

I'll never forget playing this custom song to Jennifer for the first time, which she was giving as a gift to her husband Steve 
for their 17th wedding anniversary. 

She was on the phone in her car. I was on the phone in my kitchen, with 6-string acoustic guitar in my lap and the handset on the table in front of me. I played the song. I picked the phone back up. I heard Jennifer crying. It makes me cry now remembering that moment again -- that moment I live for when I realize that, as a songwriter, I have found a way to express something that someone else longs to say. 

In this case, that special something was "Thank you." 

"Thank you for changing my life." 

Jennifer was a single mother of a 3-year-old son when she met Steve on a bus trip to a St. Louis Cardinals game that neither one of them wanted to attend. At the game, Jennifer was stuck sitting next to a "really weird guy" and Steve offered to change seats with him. They talked through the entire game and he's been her hero ever since. 

Her hero she first kissed in the parking lot of a bar called Miss Kitty's on Memorial Day weekend. 
By that December, they were hitched and never looked back. 

"If we had a dime for everyone who either thought we were crazy or that we were pregnant, we’d be very wealthy people, but when you know, you know!"

"He makes me laugh. I mean really, almost every day he makes me laugh. Sometimes just a snicker, but often times a huge belly laugh.  It makes a good day great and a really crappy day bearable. When I tell him he’s funny his comment to me is 'I’m hysterical, everybody says so.' "

Now a family of four with the addition of their daughter, family has always been ultra-important to both Steve and Jennifer. 

And I knew - or I was hoping I knew - that this line for Jennifer's song to Steve would be the one that might tug at her heart the most...

...You made two plus one equal four...

Jennifer knew she needed a man who'd be a great father. 
When she found that patient, creative, caring family man (who happens to be a genius at making his own gift bows, thank you very much)
 there was no reason to wait to make him hers forever and ever, amen.

When You Know, You Know
(Custom Anniversary Song for Jennifer & Steve)
Words and Music by Jennifer Haase c 2011

You’re hysterical, everybody says so
Incomparable, the Einstein of gift bows
From that kiss at Miss Kitty’s to here
I’ve been weak at the knees for you, Dear

Hotel Pontchartrain, chasing down vampires
We were so insane in every one's wide eyes
Love from zero to 90 we rode
Because Babe, when you know, you know

Those comic book heroes got nothin’ on you
Thank you for changing the world and mine, too. 
I knew when we met 
that you’d be the star of my show
You took my hand, we placed our bets
When you know, you know

You’re our King of Hearts, devoted to family
You’re my sweet Wild Card, surprises a’plenty
You’re the Christmas Eve kid I adore
You made two plus one equal four

Mr. & Mrs. Allen, through love and the ledges
I’ll sing you to sleep and you’ll keep me in stitches
Thank you for knowing it, too. 
That I’d be the one who gets you


"Thank you for being my partner!  Partner in parenting, partner in love, partner with our own parents, partner our mundane daily lives.  Thank you for loving me!"    

It's always an incredible gift to be part of sharing a love story like this one. These two wonderful people have proven to me and to everyone who knows and loves them that, well....when you know, you know. 


To Jennifer and Steve, for yet again making me a believer in love and finding that love with your very best friend. 
This song still makes me smile and cry and hope and dream. 
Happy Anniversary with love to you. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Our Own Love Story" - Custom Wedding Song for Heidi & Todd

"We just fit together like a puzzle...JUST like a puzzle...he fills in my weaknesses and I do the same for him."

When Heidi (and ER nurse) commissioned a custom wedding song as a special surprise for her fiance Todd (a paramedic) she made it clear she wanted a non-traditional tune to represent her non-traditional love story. She and Todd's relationship had come a long way and survived life's many challenges. Heidi was struggling to find an existing song that expressed her own version of a real life romance. She wanted a sound that was bare and a little bit bluesy. She wanted a song that was all their own. 

Heidi told me that Todd was the organized one, whereas she was always losing her phone, her keys, her everything! He's the planner and keeps her on track. She helps him relax and let loose. 

When Heidi said that Todd has a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, I knew that bike would hold a special place in the song. One of my favorite quotes EVER from a custom song client is Heidi's, when she revealed: 

"Yes, I've worn leather on the streets of Sturgis!" 

Haha!  So, of course, the bike had to be at center stage in this love song. 

Todd asked Heidi to marry him when they were both recovering from the loss of a mutual friend. It was a sweet, spontaneous moment through the heaviness of tragedy. Heidi told me he'd had a different proposal planned, but when people realize how short life and love can be, it makes them unveil the ring and get the girl while the gettin' is good. The diamond belonged to Todd's grandmother, which is referenced in their custom song, too. 

What I loved the most about working with Heidi and her love story was how much I felt her conviction that this man was her deepest love and her very best fit. I was inspired by how much she respects the faith and bond of a couple that grows together through thick and thin.  I was, and still am, grateful to have written a song about a husband and wife who save lives and through it all have learned to honor and nurture their own. 

Here's the custom wedding song for Heidi and Todd, called "Our Own Love Story." 

Our Own Love Story (For Heidi & Todd)
Words &Music by Jennifer Haase c 2011

We fit just like a puzzle
Our own unique design
We each bring to the table
What the other needs to find

One part slow and steady
One part brave free fall
You help keep me grounded
I help you scale the wall

Sometimes the Prince shows up on a Harley
Sometimes love looks different than the movie
You bring the keys, I’ll be the breeze
This You-and-Me will always be
Our own love story

Two hardworking survivors
Out busy saving lives
Along the way both learning
How to save what’s yours and mine

A sudden, sweet proposal
A diamond from the past
Every time you ask me
I will choose this real romance


They say your face lit up each time that I entered the room
I know this might sound corny but that really makes me swoon
And so does loving you


Special Thanks to: 

Heidi and Todd for proving sometimes a prince DOES show up on a Harley
and how very lucky a woman can be when he does. 

I loved writing your love song! 
Blessings of love and happiness
from me to you. 

To commission your own CUSTOM SONG, please email Jennifer Haase