The Rainy Janes

The Rainy Janes

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The Rainy Janes are a quirky female trio that love to entertain and perform our original tunes as well as cleverly arranged jazz and pop covers to fit our bluegrass instrumentation- and we do it while splitting drum parts between the three of us! (like juggling that sounds good!)

Biography

The Rainy Janes formed in the fall of 2005 when Kelly Musser, Kailynn West, and Liz Zook met at Capital Area School for the Arts [CASA], the arts magnet school located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The idea of forming a band was never something that crossed their minds, until they were forced to play together for a passing grade in the annual CASA mid-year performance. Needless to say, they have been playing and writing music together ever since.

The Rainy Janes have grown from a small bluegrass trio, to a drum-juggling full jazzgrass band. From starting out with just upright bass, fiddle, and guitar they have since added mandolin, bass drum, hi hat, snare and three part harmonies to their unique sound to create something all of their own. They have performed for two years around the Central Pennsylvania region, at venues such as the Lower Paxton Youth Center, Farmer's Hope Inn, Summy House Tavern, the local 'Woodstock with a cause' Wednesday In the Woods, and numerous area coffee shops. The group's ambition, musical sensibility, and established fan base of all ages have set them up for success and put them in a position to record, produce, and press their first full length CD "Passing Time and Power Lines" in 2007. With such an ecclectic taste of music and such traditional bluegrass instrumentation, the girls decided to label their style "jazzgrass".

Each member of the trio has a strong passion for social justice and environmental awareness, which has been an inspiration to their music. Co-Founders of the annual event "Wednesday in the Woods," the Rainy Janes host a music festival to raise money for New Community Project's "Give a Girl a Chance" which helps raise money for the education of young girls in Sudan. Recently the group has been sponsored by "NO SWEAT" (an anti-sweatshop organization that sells clothes that are sweat free for a reasonable price to help elimate child labor and unfair labor wages) as well as CONSCIOUS APPARELL (a smaller community driven version of NO SWEAT that raises awareness of global issues).

These girls are out to make a difference, have fun, and share some rockin jazzgrass.

Lyrics

Peter Pan

Written By: Zook/Musser/West

Verse:
The second star was bright that night
When the window latch did click
To let inside a shadow less sight
Who stole my heart something quick
And he whispered, Come fly away with me
There’s mermaids and Indians and pirates to see

Chorus:
Hey Peter Pan
Stop playing those childish games with me
My Neverland is fading fast
And your Charms are only make-believe
You’re just another lost boy

Verse:
So Wendy-bird told pretty tales to unloved little boys
Peter showed me Hook’s cruel sails
And gave me trinkets and toys
But as I gave my heart to Pan
I saw he did not understand

Chorus

Bridge:
Please come home
Grow old with me
There’s so much more, I said
But flying high and all I need
No feelings in my head
So, take responsibility
Or stay with me instead

My love was never meant to offend
I put to much hope in a boy that pretend

Chorus 2:
Dear Peter Pan
I bet you’re lonely in your Neverland
And never is an awfully long, long time
I’m sleeping with my window shut tonight!

Interactive Bible Stories for Children (Bigger Person)

Written By: West arrgn. by Zook/Musser/West

Verse:

Hello there's no need to be alarmed
It's been so long that we've last spoke
Hello there's no need to scream and shout
I'm not here to start a fight anymore

We had our differences long ago
Back when the bridge was still whole

Chorus:

But I think it's safe to say
We've grown
We've grown up
We've grown apart
Being the bigger persons a tough job
But it's a start

Verse:
I've been hostile
For far to long
Holding in anger that you made me feel
It's not easy
Standing here defenseless
But moving on means forgiving things that you once hated

We had our differences long ago
Back when the bridge was still whole

Chorus

Bridge:

Maybe the unsaid words were the problem
And the things that were spoken just clouded our heads...

Chorus

Familiar

Written By: Zook/Musser/West

Verse:

How many days for a fickle facade?
With knees that are bloody from loving a god
Whose smothering hands keep us locked up inside
The shore of our courage left dry at low tide

Chorus:

The common roads normally traveled
But moving on makes us unraveled
Yesterday's pain gives us hope for today
Reliable aches give us reason to pray
Embracing a hurt that's familiar
Embracing a hurt that's familiar

Verse:
Stay in the shadows and out of the light
Keep your eyes on the ground for fear that you might
Be purged by a sun that can burn away shame
Cause under there somewhere's the sound of your name

Chorus:
The common roads normally traveled
But moving on makes us unraveled
Yesterday's pain gives us hope for today
Reliable aches give us reason to pray
Embracing a hurt that familiar
Embracing a hurt that familiar

Bridge: (Instrumental)

Chorus

Discography

The "Dear Colleen" Demo (2005)
Passing Time and Power Lines (2007)

Set List

The Rainy Janes' average set time is 45-60 minutes, but also play three 45 minute sets to cover 3 hour gigs.

Originals:

Peter Pan
Familiar
Interactive Bible Stories for Children (Bigger Person)
Don't Mean a Thing
Let Me Down Easy
Come Back Home
The Jig
Don't Feel a Thing
Smooth Like its True
Cat.
Im Not a Boat, Im a River
Insults Dont Make Good Epitaphs
Come Along

Covers:

"Dance, Dance" Fall Out Boy (bluegrass ARRNG.)
My Funny Valentine- (original arrng.)
Autumn Leaves (original arrng.)
"Lighthouse's Tale" - Nickel Creek
"Anthony" - Nickel Creek
"You've Got a Friend" - Carole King
"Don't Let me be Lonely Tonight" - James Taylor
"Lonestar" - Norah Jones
"Colors" - Amos Lee
"Blackbird"-Jazz Standard (original arrng.)