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  • Reply Bruce September 24, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Over the past few years I have dreamed that I would meet Jessica Allossery, and she would play in my home town, and that I would get to play & sing with her. : – )

  • Reply Jane Finnan September 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Dear Jessica, I understand your admiration for her as Iโ€™m a fan too. I first heard your music on the radio on one of my long drives from Toronto to Vincennes, Indiana. We have a non-profit cat sanctuary there and I drive down every month to run errands and buy supplies and see the progress on our building projects. My dream is to see the sanctuary self-sufficient with sponsorship from a pet food company. We have 62 kittens and over a hundred cats, most of whom are unadoptable because of health issues. Itโ€™s very hard work, but we have many cats who would never find a home.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery September 24, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      It’s so good to learn about people like you who are working hard to put animals lives first. THank you for your projects and all the love you pour into them. Hopefully I can come and play and help raise some money over there for you at the sanctuary at some point! <3

  • Reply Nate Maingard September 22, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Dearest Jessica, thank you for sharing your dreams with us. It’s inspiring to see you moving towards the things you desire. Wow, a house, that’s so far from what I could ever imagine affording, haha. I’m so happy that you’re, DESERVEDLY, building the support you need to get there. I am so proud of you, my friend! Looking forward to seeing you on Ellen ๐Ÿ’›. Love you, always

    • Reply Jessica Allossery September 22, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Nate, it’s so good to hear from you!!! A home might seem like it’s far away for us musicians, but I think it’s a lot more in reach that what we believe in our minds! I can’t wait to skype with you again, I feel like we have so much to catch up on <3

  • Reply Jeff Webb September 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I guess when I was younger I had the wild dream of becoming Jimmy Page, guitarist with Led Zeppelin! But that was never going to happen. So I turned to more practical dreams like seeing my favourite bands in concert – Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, Joss Stone, R.E.M, Neil Young – I’ve seen them all and more. Also travelling. I’ve been round the world twice and lived in various countries. After all the travelling it was time to settle down. 30 years of marriage, 3 children and 2 grandchildren later I guess I’ve lived that one too. My remaining dream is to enjoy my retirement and just continue to enjoy what I’ve enjoyed for years. Listening to music and going to concerts is still high on the list. Anyway good luck with yours and keep doing what you are doing. Best wishes.

    • Reply Steven Hill September 21, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      I love the idea of a songwriters retreat. I would so take you up on that, as I play a little guitar and have written about 20 or so songs over the years but I don’t know really what I’m doing, lol.

      As for my ultimate dream come true? It would be selling the novel I’m currently writing and it becoming a best seller! I’m 60 pages in and locked in a rhythm!

      • Reply Jessica Allossery September 22, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        Hi Steven!
        That would be soo very cool to be able to meet you and have you join me for a weekend songwriting retreat! Perhaps that goal is only a couple years in the future! ๐Ÿ˜– Your dream, I’m so happy to hear about your novel! That’s amazing news that you’ve already got 60 pgs. Sounds like a GREAT start! Keep on going with it! I hope you dreams come true and I hope it become a hit best seller!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery September 22, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you Jeff! I like that you’re being realistic with your dreams with all those things under your belt at this point in your life ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear that you’re looking to continue enjoying retirement and still enjoying music. I hope you can come and watch me perform some day!!!

      • Reply Jeff Webb September 23, 2018 at 5:57 am

        I hope so too. Either in USA/Canada or here in Norway. We have a nice summer cabin that would be great for a house concert ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jai Windish August 9, 2018 at 7:37 am

    A great post – My guess is that there are many others out there struggling with the same or similar issues that are not diagnosed. I have similar symptoms but not all and I have never been tested. Wishing you lots of luck and the very best for your health and career. Loved the Landslide video – very good.

  • Reply Sandee Chandler August 8, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    You will Conquer this step in your life, it will make you stronger & so many Fans will be able to relate to You. The Strengh you will receive from everyone, will keep you going. And the strengh You give to Others will magnify your Life. God be with you. Hon.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 8, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Sandee! Yes it’s one step at a time. I am already overwhelmed with the support from fans and feel so grateful with everybodys understanding.

  • Reply Steve August 8, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I can appreciate your situation. A lot of people don’t understand it. I do have friends and relatives who have celiac and I know firsthand what they go through. Stay strong, you can manage through it!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 8, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you Steve! Your words of wisdom are appreciated!

  • Reply Tracy August 8, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    You are such a strong person. I admire you and your strength. Hang in there. You have a healing path to follow now…..good luck on your journey.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you Tracy! I really appreciate your words of encouragement!

  • Reply Mom August 8, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Just keep singing, my canary. This is your new reality, but it will get better. And I have a ton of new recipes to try โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      little golden canary!

  • Reply Steve Parsons August 3, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Aloha Jessica, My family and I live on Kauai and Love it! Super healthy lifestyles, ocean, lots of folks of faith! Getting ready to send our eldest daughter to college and heard your “today’s’ the day” (maybe on Christian radio out here or Spotify) Man, tear-jerker! And, riptide girl is not much better. Aloha in the Lord and Thanks for the Great music! Look us up if your ever on Kauai and we’ll have you over for dinner.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 7, 2018 at 12:56 am

      Ohh thank you so much Steve for the comment and for listening to my other tracks! So glad they resonated with you. I would LOVE to take you up on your offer some time when I get back to Hawaii if I can ever make it to Kauai! One of my newest favourite countries! <3

  • Reply Ashley July 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Jessica! I absolutely adore all of your work. We had our wedding in April and I’ll let you go was our father daughter / mom son song. I would absolutely love to make a Christmas gift for my fathers with your sheet music. Do you have a link for piano sheet music? That would be so amazing.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery September 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      The sheet music is in the downloads section of my website!

  • Reply Courtney Block July 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Keep on movin… what a beautiful and delicate way to give HOPE to all of us struggling at some point in our lives with things we want to conquer. Your music is so powerful Jessica. I know I have told you before, but thank you for sharing your amazing gift with the world. You have a beautiful soul. Love.Light.Peace.โค

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      So good to hear words of encouragement so thank you for telling me again!!!

  • Reply Lisa Phillips June 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE โค๏ธ it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Nate Maingard June 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Duuuude, this song, I am SO INTO IT!!!! Epic!!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery June 12, 2018 at 11:13 am

      ๐Ÿ˜ I am so proud of the both of us as we grow our craft of songwriting. This year especially I feel like we are making waves with our music!!!

  • Reply Aki June 6, 2018 at 1:29 am

    This morning when I was driving to my work, I heard your song โ€œmy little girl.โ€ I have 2 daughters; 10 and 14 years old. In the middle of song, I was literary crying in my car! Which was not good thing to be happened before going to work. I loved your song and just wanted to say thank you for creating such a beautiful song:)

    • Reply Jessica Allossery June 6, 2018 at 8:08 am

      We all need a good cry sometimes! ๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Kristina Markowski May 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Hi! You are amazing and so talented. Just wondering if you have a link for your chords to this wonderful song? I would love to learn how to play it. Thank you!

  • Reply Jennifer May 23, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I would love to know where I can find the chords to your my little girl song

  • Reply Treay Trevino May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I’ll let you go, is probably the greatest song ever for my daughter. She was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor known as DIPG. Sadly this song is for all parents that lost a child to this horrible disease. This song touched my heart and my wife’s heart so deeply that we bought it immediately on Google and iTunes so we had it on the go everywhere. Thank you for your gift to the world that is your music and your voice.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 20, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for sharing your story and I am so sorry for your loss. Grateful that my song can provide a tiny bit of healing during this tragedy. Sending love and hugs your way!

  • Reply Nate Maingard May 5, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Yaaaaay! Such a lovely post. I accept and love you in all your states, and it’s lovely to hear you’re feeling the light again. Good luck on your tour, you’re amazing!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you friend! I am so curious to hear how your surgery went! <3 Thinking of you bunches!

  • Reply Heather Bunn May 4, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    So glad Hawaii healed you it heals me too and is why I still hula dance.

    -Heather Bunn (Graham and Shellyโ€™s friend from your ice cream truck New Bern show.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Aw! Hula every day keeps the doctor away – LOL!

  • Reply Aunt Jane May 4, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Loved your Hawaii video.happy you are feeling better Jessi.enjoy your second house tour.XOXOXOX

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Aunt Jane!!! Excited for the tour!

  • Reply Alexandre Sousa de Oliveira May 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Fico muito feliz em saber que vocรช estรก melhor. Essa viagem pro Havaii te fez muito bem. Seu sorriso voltou a brilhar. Beijos ๐Ÿ˜™

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Fex bom msm! <3 Amei de mais. xoxox

  • Reply DANE BRINSKO April 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I have been hearing this song on the coffeehouse. I took a screenshot at a stop sign so I could look it up when I got home. Just sent them the link. It really touches a chord with me. I wish you all the best in your songwriting endeavors. Let us know if you are ever in the Houston or Austin areas.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery June 6, 2018 at 8:08 am

      THank you so much Dane! If you sign up to my mailing list, I’ll be sending out an email the next time I am looking for house concert hosts for the next tour. So be sure to stay in touch by subscribing! http://www.thelovelyindie.com/subscribe

  • Reply Conrad April 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Hi can you share the chords? My wife loves your song and wants to sing it to our little girl.. lovely song by the way! Good job!

  • Reply tony crawford April 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Jessica
    You have been Very Brave in talking of your problem, It’s always The 1st & Hardest thing to do
    So many people are afraid to use the words Mental Health, Why I’m Not Sure,, It’s all part of the Body
    I’m so pleased you are giving tablets or Anything else a go to Help you to feel better again & That’s what we want for you, Better Again
    Your a wise Young Lady & Know to be careful.
    Your Beautiful Jess & Your Black & White Photos are Amazing, Hope you don’t mind a Compliments / Truth
    Love Tony x x Thinking of You

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you Tony, your words were very very sweet and certainly appreciated! The meds are helping for sure! I’ll be able to get off of them in a few months, and it feels really great to be back to normal.

  • Reply Seema April 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your experience. I just left Vipassana on the 4th day yesterday. I started developing an intense anxiety every time I tried to sleep. It started like this: I was worried I wasn’t going to get enough sleep to wake up at 4:30 am and then I got anxious. That anxiety turned into a mild panic attack (or extreme anxiety). Then the next night, every time I would be ready to fall asleep, my mind would have a mild panic attack. I didn’t sleep all night. I left on the 4th day in tears. I had anxiety before the retreat but never an intense anxiety related to not sleeping. It was a hard decision to leave but I was like there is no way I’m going to do this to myself unless they can promise me relief from this in the next 24 hours. anyone have a Xanax!? Nope? I’m out. Still processing and working through sleeping without getting intensely frightened of having a panic attack. Thank you for your experience!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 24, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Oh the panic attacks will go away. I too was afraid that I was going to be anxious like this forever but it went away eventually. Took a couple months but all in all I was feeling back to normal after a while. I stopped meditating entirely for a little while too, just to get back to feeling like me again. Do lots of self care if you can!!!

  • Reply Laurie Davis April 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Jessica what a beautiful randition of Jamie Lawsons song.. especially the last verse..your voice was so vunerable! Heartfelt! Amazing! Hope you a re well!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 24, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Thank you so much Laurie! I’m glad you liked my Jamie Lawson cover!

  • Reply Nate Maingard March 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I love you, may this be a solution for you ,my dear friend!

  • Reply Marco Cachay March 24, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    You are amazing person, you just need to write down on a paper why you are worry, that work very well when you anxiety and you donโ€™t what going on.
    Thanks for share, good luck Jessica, I hope I see you next time in Charlotte.๐ŸŒน

    Take care my friend, Hum Humberto is a

  • Reply David Myers March 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Jessica,
    It’s OK to need help. I’ve been on meds for a very long time, and will likely remain on them for the rest of my life. You were worried about being “you.” Consider that meds can help you be a better “you,” a you you’ve been missing. I wish you blessings on your journey.
    Dave.

  • Reply Todd March 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    What a lovely, courageous post my friend! We all need other supporters of our being in so many ways! I’m so glad you are experiencing some relief, and hope you continue on as well. I know that without my friends and family (immediate) and to some extent, extended, I would be in a very dark place! You have been a tremendous support the past 1.6 years!!! Your love, songs, and humanness has helped me so much! Now, you could use some of that support from us!!! We are all connected!!!

    Thank you for being so honest!

    Love, peace! Friendship always!

    Todd

  • Reply James D'Alessandro March 21, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Good for you Jessica. when u do begin to wean off, u can consider replacing with magnesium…it’s natural, works on some of the same brain receptors that certain anxiety medications do and can help maintain normal sleep patterns. By the way, “My little Girl” is such a sweet song!

  • Reply Hugh McManners March 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    I’ve been following your exploits for a few months – and well done you!
    And well done for coming out of the closet (as it can feel). As one in three of us suffer these types of problem, there’s a far more helpful and supportive experience out there than any other sort of reaction. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of support – like this.
    You might find it also helps if you declare your actual medication. The med’s characteristics vary greatly – as do people’s experiences of them. And of course the small print on the box doesn’t always cover all the side effects etc… I was on an SSRI for a long time. By reading lots of other people’s experiences, I knew when it was time to come off (as you will), and how to do it. Getting off was potentially problematic – and could have been very unpleasant. But I worked out from other people’s experiences how to do it, and had no problems at all.
    I hope this helps.
    Very best wishes,
    Hugh

  • Reply Melva March 21, 2018 at 3:13 am

    I was driving home this evening with my 2 daughters in the car aged 8 and 9. Everyone stopped playing on their IPADs and listened. We were all touched so much that I had to search this song. The words are some meaningful and it really captured my daughter’s hearts. It’s so beautiful and I hope we get to hear more music from you. Simply lovely. ~I would love dedicate it to my daughters Meleah and Moriah who both overcame significant obstacles this year. Go get em!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 21, 2018 at 9:07 am

      What a story Melva! Yay, I’m so thrilled that you and your girls connected with My Little Girl! <3 Sending hugs to the three of you!

  • Reply Roanne March 18, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Hi
    I just heard this beautiful song and immediately had to send to my daughter! Thank you look forward to hearing more of you!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 19, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Thank you! Glad you like it!

  • Reply Tiare March 16, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Gorgeous song!! I have 3 little girls so this tugs on my heart strings!

  • Reply Sylvester Marshall March 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Hey Jessica, I’m sorry you are going through this. But it’s really impressive you’re doing so much despite the issue. I love your songs and the cute drawings and lyrics you do in some songs. What Does The Fox Say is my favourite! I really hope feel better in time. I wish you all the best with everything in life!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 15, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Sylvester for your words of support and kindness! It’s one step at a time over here on my end ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Celeste March 6, 2018 at 10:40 am

    My sister lost her newborn girl this morning. I’m on my way to be with them. Your music played on Coffeehouse on the way and is helping channel the grief to peace and hope. Thank you

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Hi Celeste. I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. I don’t know which song you heard, but I assume it is “I’ll Let You Go”. It seems to reach people in their lives when they need it most. Please do share it with your family as well. Hopefully it can provide some healing for them too. Sending warm hugs.

  • Reply Mike March 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Ah the life of an artist. Different moods for different pieces of art. I’m sure what you’ve got going on is more severe than than the average Joe or Jane but no one’s happy all the time. Before you resort to mess, I hope you don’t, try micro dosing yourself with cannabis and every now and then just say f-it. Your mental health is more important than what ever your self defined idea of success is.
    Wish you the best.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 4, 2018 at 2:03 am

      Thank you Mike! I would smoke some weed.. but most of the time it makes me paranoid! So I kinda stay away. LOL I appreciate your advice though! Sending warm thoughts your way.

  • Reply Todd March 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Hi Jess!

    Let’s just say I’ve been wondering how you are doing today, and that you have so much support from everyone in your life! You know, my Ginny has suffered from severe anxiety too. She went the medication route, and it helped her, but everyone has to go about this in their own way. I just want you to know that you are loved so much and we care deeply about You! You’re such a beautiful person and you feel so much! Like I said earlier, you’re a friend first and the singer song writer second.

    On another note, we’ve heard so much from our friends about My Little Girl! Also, I’ve been talking with the people who have been through very similar circumstances as us and that has been so beautiful as well! You are so connecting my friend, and my wish is that you connect with yourself, even if it’s painful. Embrace yourself, even the not so pleasant things, because you’re worth every little bit of it! So, sing to your soul, and hear what your soul is singing to you!

    All the love and peace life can hold!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 4, 2018 at 1:59 am

      I love everything you’ve written here to me Todd! The sweetest words, the kindest message. I am struggling to embrace every part of me, but slowly it’s unravelling. Looking forward to our facetime chat so soon!

  • Reply John Kyle March 3, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Jessica,

    Thank you for letting us see the real you. I’m right with you, I’ve had have anxiety, depression, and insomnia most of my life. I’m usually up all night, and my mind is always racing and fearful. I’ve kind of learned to live with it, relieve it with meditation and yoga, and accept that I’m not “normal.” It’s forced me to be an artist, in a way, because I can’t hold a regular job, ha.

    Even though you want to be a “positive” inspiration to others, know that it’s so much more inspiring that you are honestly acknowledging the truth about how you feel – enough so to tell the world about it. The key to conquering any darkness, any affliction, is helping others. Like you said, it’s why we’re all here on this earth – and that’s what you’re doing by letting people like me know we’re not alone.

    I wish we didn’t feel like we do, but it’s nice to know the most beautiful girl (with the most kick-ass camper-trailer) in the world is a kindred spirit, that I am normal, in the Land of Open-Hearted Artists and Real Humans. ๐Ÿ™‚

    <3 John

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 4, 2018 at 1:54 am

      I’m with you! We’re all in it together, to support each other. How crazy it is, that sooo many people have come forward to share their own stories battling anxiety and/or depression and other mood disorders. It’s all around us, and most of us hide it all the time! I think now I’m ready to be free and just be ME whenever I need to. I don’t want to hide it anymore, it’s exhausting! Anyway John, thank you for sharing your story… Thank you for your continued Patronage, and also your patience with me figuring out my story one day at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’re having a GREAT day <3

  • Reply Paul Watson March 2, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    My oldest daughter Amanda and I have both experienced anxiety from time to time. She is an RN, and the pressures of other peoples heath care can really make work stressful. I first experienced anxiety when I was working (I’m now retired), every time I had to make a public presentation to the “big shots”. My committee upstairs would get busy. A problem would start out the size of a balloon, but the “committee” upstairs would get on that bicycle pump, and start pumping my head full of doubt. Before long, the little balloon looked to me like the Goodyear Blimp. Everyone around me still saw the little balloon, but I saw the Goodyear Blimp. That’s how self doubt works on us. It leads to fear and anxiety. It only happened when I was either hungry, angry, lonely or tired (HALT). Whenever I got in a funk, the committee would start. I think there’s a “committee” in all of us. When I was happy and expansive, it never appeared. My Christian faith helped me understand where all that self doubt was coming from.
    One of my favorite singer/songwriters (besides you) is Rodney Crowell. Rodney grew up relatively poor in Houston, TX. He joined Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band in the 70’s and married Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne. In 1988, he had 5 number #1 hit songs in a row on the Billboard country charts and two hugely successful albums. Five in a row! He had achieved tremendous success, but he left the treadmill of superstardom behind to return to writing and singing the songs he loved best. Today, he tours much as you do, as an indie singer/songwriter of Americana music. He self publishes his albums and I buy every one. We saw himperform last summer in Bakersfield, (remember Bakersfield, CA?). They reflect his own thoughts and feelings about life, love and people. Like you, he had to go through a period of self doubt and anxiety, trying to reconcile his real life to his huge success. Today in his songs, I find a gifted songwriter at peace, with the wisdom to put life in perspective, and not worry about circumstances. I think you will too :).
    God Bless,
    Paul Watson

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 4, 2018 at 1:51 am

      What a beautiful story. Believe it or not, I’ve never heard of Rodney Crowell, but it sounds like he’s put in enough time, and now he’s earned wisdom and knowledge to enjoy life peacefully. I know that time will come for me eventually… But right now I’m putting in alllll the time, every day! Doing all the hard work. It’ll come back to me soon, in ways I’m sure I can’t even imagine. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I’ll try noticing the “committee” more and observing, rather than letting it consume me. Always easier said than done, but let’s get to it! Onwards we go!

  • Reply Carol Hawk March 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Sweet Jessica! Be easy on yourself! You are loved and your music brings amazing peace and sunshine to so many! Thanks for sharing! Never be afraid to be your full self! Those that love and appreciate you will always be here offering support! When I was diagnosed with MS my doctor told me it is not life threatening but life altering! It didnโ€™t happen overnight but learning to just be in the moment and accept things as they happened has been incredibly freeing and enlightening! Itโ€™s not always easy but realizing that my lifeโ€™s journey is in the hands of a higher power gives me strength to accept it as it unfolds instead of fighting what I hadnโ€™t expected or planned! Thinking of you fondly with lots of love and prayers! โค๏ธ

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      My beautiful friend Carol! … I had no idea you are living with MS. Wow. You are such a light. Since making this post, it’s crazy how many people around me (friends and strangers) are coming forward to share their own health stories. We are all battling something individually, but in the grander scheme of things, it appears that we are all actually in it together. To support one another and lift each other up. Thank you for taking time out of your day to write to me and to lift me up. It means so much.

  • Reply Anna March 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Jessica, I struggle daily with anxiety, too. Like yours, it comes and goes, but lately itโ€™s just here. Iโ€™ll be praying for you and those arenโ€™t just words people say to make someone feel better, I truly will be praying for you. I know how hard it is to constantly feel on edge. Itโ€™s exhausting and frustrating. I love your music and you are so talented! You will overcome this and so will I. Until then, we just have to keep on keeping on and remember that we arenโ€™t alone. P.s. Spring is coming!! ๐ŸŒผ

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Anna, we definitely are not alone. If there is one thing that I’ve learned since publishing this post, is just how many people all around us (friends and strangers) are suffering from the same thing we are. So, we’re all in it together. One day at a time, we will find ways to cope and overcome all the physical and mental strains that come with anxiety. Wishing you health on your side of the world, and thank you for your prayers!

  • Reply Jeff Webb March 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

    So sorry to hear that you are going through a rough time. 3 years ago this month I lost my job and found myself unemployed for the first time in over 40 years – yes I’m at the higher age band of your fan base! Up to the point of being made redundant I’d been bullied at work. Ignored at work. Unappreciated at work. In those same months leading up to the redundancy I had severe back trouble. Then a mild heart attack. Then diagnosed with leukemia. And on top of that really really bad DEPRESSION! After a while I came to the conclusion that losing my job was actually the best thing that could have happened. I still get anxious about stuff and even at my age I need a challenge. I’m anxiously waiting for a decision on my early retirement pension. There are several things that keep me positive. My wife of over 30 years is supportive and loving as ever. My two adult daughters live nearby so we see them a lot. My 22 year old son who has Asperger syndrome is making his own way in life as a student. Emmy the Labrador is very supportive. And almost best of all I get to spend time with 2 wonderful grandchildren aged 1 and 3. So all is not so bad after all. But that nasty depression still returns from time to time. Music is also a big thing in my life. The wonderful Frank Zappa. The wonderful Jessica Allossery. And lots of other wonderful music in between. All I can say is keep doing what you do. You have fans and you have friends. You have fans who are friends. We’re all here for you and you give us so much. Keep smiling.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Your words made me smile and made me cry Jeff. It’s actually crazy how much So many people go through on a daily basis, and I don’t even know it! Most of the world doesn’t even know it! It just goes to show that we are all on this earth to work together and support one another. I loved the stories you just shared of the support you have around you (especially Emmy ๐Ÿ˜). Thank you for writing to me. You made this moment so much brighter.

      • Reply Jeff Webb March 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        Sorry I made you cry but pleased that I made you smile. Dogs are therapy on four legs. They always listen. They never judge. And they sense your moods. Emmy is a great part of our lives ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Marco Cachay March 2, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi Jessica, life is a gift of God, every single day we make difference, I think you are more strong than others, Anxiety is a problem when we can manage it, you have to be realist and talk your self and you will see is nothing to be worried, writing my problem in a paper help me a lot to understand how easy is to take away my anxiety.
    Take yourself, you are important for many people who fallowing.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 3, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      <3 <3 <3 Thank you so much Marco, your words mean a lot to me!

  • Reply Oscar Vicente March 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

    The anxiety is realy common in our society. This happen because our atenttion is outside, and not in ourself.

    Some things that can help you… Using the same imagination that cause it, but in reverse. =P

    (Close your eyes And…) Imagine all the things that you have to do, your dutys, and then when your attention is conscious, that it is all out from you, then look in – Between your stomach and your chest – and imagine a white point inside like a point of reference.
    The anxiety and depression happend cause you don’t feel yourself, its like a desertion. And that’s the cause that you feel bad. So, put your attention inside of you, and just breath from your lungs, not your nose.

    Let all your dutys just for a moment, they will be there when you come back from this excercise, but with better feelings. =)

    PD: “Sorry for my bad Enlgish.” =P

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words of advice Oscar! I have been trying to do lots of deep breathing lately, but I admit my mind wanders a lot when trying to look within. I will keep trying though! One step at a time.

  • Reply James D'Alessandro (psychologist) March 2, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Hey Jessica-

    you seem to have developed much insight into what is ailing you, what may be some of the causes and what can help. Balance is key. All of your symptoms sound a lot like adrenal fatigue and much of what you r feeling is physical-not just “in your head.” The rush of cortisol and other stress hormones and your feeling like it has begun to control your life could become a vicious cycle. Your honesty and insight that u may just need to slow down and regain mental and physical nourishment can b a turning point for you…Rest, nutrition and exercise can help with so many issues and is a good starting point. Also-(and i know its easier to preach this than practice) but try not to fear the fear-once the body has reached a point of equilibrium-hormones, chemicals etc will start to even out and you wont feel on edge about anxiety controlling u as much.

    take care

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Hi James, thank you for your professional insight. My symptoms are very physical, so at the moment yes, it’s very hard to try to battle the mental side of things, when physically I just feel so off some times. I will find my balance eventually. I think I’m also going to try some testing and see if my body is deficient in anything / or if I have thyroid/hormonal issues. We shall see as the results come up!

  • Reply Monica March 2, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Hi Jess and everyone else. Anxiety sucks – it can come on without warning and take your brain to a place that you never thought youโ€™d go. Therapy is good, mindfulness is good, caring for ourselves is good. I donโ€™t have the right things to say to make it go away but I am impressed with your bravery to go on the road and embrace this big, bad world with everything youโ€™ve got. Have you ever read/followed Glennon Doyle Melton? One of my favorite sayings of hers is, โ€œWe can do hard things.โ€ Itโ€™s so true – and your are living proof of this. The struggle is real and you are so respected for living your struggles out loud! Sending you tons of positivity!!

    -Monica

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Hey Monica! I’ve never heard of Glennon Doyle Melton, but I appreciate you sharing that with me, and I’m now following her! Yes it’s amazing what ‘hard things’ we put ourselves through, but I guess it’s all to make us stronger, more courageous, and just better people in the end. And that’s the journey I’m on at this very moment! alll the hard things.. but at least they are still good things. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your words of encouragement and support.

  • Reply Aaron March 2, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Hi Jessica,

    I suffer from bipolar disorder and occasionally panic attacks, so I know the struggle to some degree.

    With all you took on last year and accomplished isn’t easy but you pulled through and did a great job!

    Happy to hear you have a strong support system; it makes all the difference in the world!

    Take care–looking forward to your future contributions to the arts ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 2, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Well they do say the struggle makes you stronger. So I know I’ll get through it! And maybe I’ll get some good material out of it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lynne xo March 2, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Jess, we have been thinking about you like crazy lately and been wondering how it truly is. The messy middle is so messy, isn’t it? You keep it real… and although that may not feel strong at times, it is. Just saying it out loud is strong. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, and know that you are loved, BIG TIME. If you ever ever ever need anything… we are only a phone call away (and we have really comfy places to sleep LOL)
    Love you!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 2, 2018 at 8:14 am

      Yes it sure is!! One day at a time. I miss you guys like always. So calming over there at at Knowltons! I hope to see you both very very soon!!!

  • Reply Angel DeRue March 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I’m glad you shared this with us. I don’t suffer from anxiety all the time but I have in the past so I know how you’re feeling, at least somewhat. I spent almost two years commuting five hours a day, five days a week, to work and back. Leaving home before anyone else is awake and arriving home after the dinner dishes are put away day after day after day took its toll on both my body and my mind, placing a huge amount of stress on both in ways I never knew were possible. Thankfully the worst symptoms went away once I stopped commuting so far, but I don’t think things ever got 100% better. Anyway, thank you so much for deciding to share what’s really going on with you. We all know life isn’t always filled with sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but there’s certainly strength in numbers, whether that number is two, ten, or a thousand. I know we’ll probably never meet or speak, but if you ever need encouragement, or just want to vent to a total stranger (sounds strange but sometimes it works!), I’d be honored to be that stranger!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

      5 hours a day!!! omg! That sounds so painful! I could definitely see why your mind and body were so stressed. Your offer on the table is so appreciated! Thank you Angel, truly truly. It’s amazing to see how many people are coming fourth and showing their support – people (like you) who I’ve never met! Maybe some day we will have that chance! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  • Reply Emma March 2, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Jessica,
    Thank you for being your true authentic self! Beautiful. Yes anxiety can be rough. Green tea, vitamin B for the natural and plenty of excersize. It works out your anxiety. No matter what new day brings of gloom and doom or happy ray of sunshine remember how incredible you are with your work. Your voice touches peoples souls. You are only human and we all have bad days, weeks sometimes months! Music is a vibration that can lift you up, make you cry, or think of someone to call. Keeping you in my thoughts as my son just went through a year of depression/anxiety. Your songs kept me going through it all. Much love!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Months… yes it’s certainly been more like months over here!! But somehow I’m still coping! Every day is a new adventure either up or down… Lol Thank you for your thoughts and soothing recommendations!

  • Reply Demaris March 1, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Sweet Jessica, you have such a beautiful soul, I hope you can find exactly what you need to feel peace and enjoy your work without the anxiety!! Anxiety has come and gone in my life as well. As I’ve gotten older things have evened out for me, but I’ve been in that spot you hung out in today my fair share of times. For me, the anxiety stemmed from doubt, resentment, and often pure exhaustion from having so many responsibilities. In my experience doubt isn’t easy to avoid, especially when there is so much to do in a day and you wonder if you’re doing it right. And resentment from being so much for others and not feeling it come back to you, that can be a slippery slope. Or putting in work and not seeing the success you want, then wondering why on earth you’re doing it in the first place… it happens to every single human being, whether we’re writing songs or changing diapers, sweeping floors, or managing employees. I’ve had to learn to be patient with myself and to stop and think of all of the joy and goodness I do experience. And I had to learn how to even out the anxiety causing stuff with balance and boundaries. I learned how to say NO. Which, for someone like you, a happy people serving person, can be very difficult!

    Figure out what things you can cut out, or what you need to add, maybe you’re just missing something in your day? The people around you who care about you want you to be healthy, and genuinely happy, and if that means you can’t make it to a dinner party, or if you didn’t send that thank you note right on time, that’s OK!!!! My anxiety surfaces when I allow myself to worry about how I’m probably screwing up my kids every time I open my mouth, haha! But seriously, one day I looked not only at my health, but also the way I was treating the people I loved the most, and realized I couldn’t be everything for everybody, and I started to politely decline. I let someone else be the secretary of the PTA. I gave someone else the chance to take control of the school yearbook. I no longer host playdates just because our neighbor kids have a bunch of free time. Instead, I volunteer in my child’s classroom, I substitute for the school district and make a difference that way- and it actually comes with a paycheck! I make time to read and soak in a hot bath. I stopped talking to the drama crowd, and I just smile and wave and keep on walking. So very liberating!! Secretly, sometimes on my days off, I pick up my youngest from school in sweats and no bra. I wear sunglasses and don’t get out of the car! I don’t even get out of my robe until it’s time to leave the house. It’s amazing how much I can accomplish if I don’t have to get dressed first, LOL. I allow myself a good cleansing cry now and again, to remind myself I am still a caring person who hurts sometimes, and I tell you what, I always feel better after a good cry, as long as I stay out of the spiral!! And most importantly, for me, I stopped worrying about what others think of me, as long as my behavior is correct.

    I’m not in the public eye like you are, my passions and talents aren’t quite the same, my priorities might run a different path… but even in all of our differences, I share your tender heart, I understand your ups and downs, and I even have one of those autoimmune things… the one called psoriasis… and gut issues… I just have 20 years more experience, and I’m someone else’s nagging mother, not your own. But I hope you truly understand what you are for other people, and are able to give yourself a break, whatever kind of break you need! Chin up, Jessica, you are amazing!
    Big Hugs from California

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 2, 2018 at 1:32 am

      wow what a thoughtful reply! Thank you Demaris, from the bottom of my heart. It feels good to see that I’m not alone. It feels good knowing that it’s OK that I don’t have have my shit together sometimes!!! This is a little bump in the road, but I know it can’t last forever. So one day at a time, I will find coping methods, and me time….and I’ll figure it all out! But for now… several good crys is in order! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Todd March 1, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I was going to ask you how you were doing with this stuff just today! Walking around my house this morning before work, “I wonder how Jess is really doing?”

    You are human and we all have to deal with a host of things. You don’t always have to be sunny all the time, so just being you is all that is needed. It rains, and pours! It snows, and it gets gray. All of that is you, so no need to worry about having to be the shining light for us! How about we shine some on you for a change! So here you go!๐ŸŒปโš˜๐Ÿฅ€๐ŸŒน

    I’m actually happy to see you show a more vulnerable side to You! Makes you even more human!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      *sigh* yes we are all human. It feels really nice to be seen and heard, even in my toughest times!! Thank you for your kind words of support my friend! I always cherish and appreciate your messages!

  • Reply Chris February 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Just heard this song about 2 hours ago while driving with my 16 year old daughter while talking about her going to college next year. I had to come look it up. Congrats on a Great song.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Yay! Glad to hear that and glad that you enjoyed the song!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Al February 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I am listening to My Little Girl right now for the first time and crying! So beautiful and perfect. Thank you for your amazing gift! I want to hug my sweet baby and listen to this together.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      So happy to hear this Al! Yay! I’m glad I could bring some emotions up to the surface with My Little Girl! <3

  • Reply Elaine February 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Dear Jessica,
    I first heard your song “I’ll Let You Go” on Sirius Coffeehouse while driving home, a mere hour after dropping off my then 21-year-old daughter at JFK airport, where she was heading to England for a semester abroad last January. I was trying everything in my power to distract myself and then “I’ll Let You Go” came on. Tears flowed, for sure. Now she’s a senior in college, 10 hours away from home, and thinking about where in the world her life will take her. Your new song “My Little Girl” speaks to my heart like no other! Each time I hear it or “I’ll Let You Go”, I Shazam it and share it with her, as my way of letting her know I’m thinking about her. I CANNOT EVEN SAY THE WORDS “JESSICA ALLOSSERY” to her without crying, which undoubtedly makes her shake her head. Someday, she’ll understand, but in the meantime, thank you for your words and your music. And may God bless Todd, Ginny and Christine.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Elaine what a beautiful story!!! It always amazes me how every individual has their own journey with I’ll Let You Go. I’m so happy you heard the newest song My Little Girl as well!! YAY! Glad we are connected now on the blog. Maybe I’ll see you in my travels / house concert tour!! xox

  • Reply Levi Lloyd February 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    And the whole thing about being weak minded if you leave , my teacher has been meditating for 60 years and hasn’t become fully enlightened. ..Nuff said

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      Yeah. we all have our own ways to cope… that’s what I learned!

  • Reply Holly S Sherwood February 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    wow..i just heard this song on coffee house and cryed my eyes out with joy!..thank you!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      I’m so happy! I LOVE tears of joy! <3 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jim Craven February 6, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I love the story behind this song. As a father, I can tell you that one of the hardest (and proudest) moments in life is the time when you walk arm in arm with the strong, independent young woman you have helped raise and kiss her on the cheek before she reaches out her true love at the altar. When my daughter was about 5 years old, I was singing lullabies to her and her little brother when she leaned over and whispered to him, “If you just pretend you’re asleep, he’ll stop.” I still laugh thinking about it. Fast-forward 20 years and that same little girl asked me if I would write the song that she and I would dance to at her wedding. I was surprised because I had only recently picked up the guitar (I wanted to write her mother a love song). Anyway, I wrote a song called “My Little Girl” and we danced to it at her wedding. It was so much fun!
    Here is a video of it: https://youtu.be/pHhMzFHYR4k
    When I heard your song on Sirius XM it brought a smile (and a tear) as I thought about letting my little girl go. Thank you.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 6, 2018 at 12:38 am

      Jim that is so so sweet! And what a coincidence, since just last week I released a song called “My Little Girl” as well… What are the odds?!?! Have you heard it yet!?! You must must check it out! https://jessicaallossery.bandcamp.com/track/my-little-girl-bedroom-sessions I listened to your song and it was the sweetest thing ever! I bet your daughter appreciated it so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ So great to connect with you on the blog!

  • Reply Jessica Allossery February 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    It’s so beautiful how we got connected Todd. I’m thankful that Justin connected us in this way!!

  • Reply Todd February 5, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Hi world!

    This Todd Pschierer. The above account of how our lives were connected with Jessica can only be described as amazing! There was a coming together of the universe that has been a wonderful series of healing and lifegiving connections throughout the past 2 years.

    We are so proud of our daughter as she attends college for music and of her maturing into a woman in her own right. I hope you enjoy “My Little Girl” as much as we are and that you share love, compassion, and light to as many as you can!

    Jessica….you are the best!

    Todd

  • Reply Emily February 4, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I heard this song on Sirius last night! I had a baby girl in January and must admit that your song brought tears to my eyes- the lyrics and your voice are so beautiful! Thank you.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      That is the sweetest thing ever! Congrats on your new little one. I’m so happy the song brought us together!

  • Reply Mohit January 6, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Are you planning any tour to India. We want you to visit here.

  • Reply Ankit January 6, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Jessica you have done the magic in “Growing Old With You”. No fancy background music just one guitar and your beautiful voice are better than many top singers. Really loved it…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lyricab December 28, 2017 at 1:24 am

    GREAT EFFORTS!
    I LOVE IT!

  • Reply Sherry Mann December 26, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Best of luck Jessica for your new song Water. I loved its lyrics and video too. You sung it excellently.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Thank you very much Sherry! <3 Have a great end of the year!

  • Reply Ivano November 30, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Reply Andrรฉ Galvรฃo November 30, 2017 at 5:57 am

    HI Jess,

    Happy birthday (late, I know – rsrsrsrsrsr)!!! Be always happy and enjoy your life every single day.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery November 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you Andre!!! I WILL enjoy every day! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Sapna November 21, 2017 at 9:38 am

    First of all, congrats, and second, I love the lyrics.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 6, 2018 at 12:40 am

      Thank you thank you!

  • Reply Sam Carrell November 14, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Jessica,
    Got to hear you in Des Moines this August. Love your water song. I find it has the same impact on me as water…relaxing! We have quite a water issue here in Iowa, trying to balance our Agricultural prowess and our water quality. Am actually working with a group of talented people to develop some enhancements in Des Moines Water Works Park (about twice the size of NY’s Central Park), and one of the major elements is an outdoor amphitheater. You would have driven right by it on your way out to the airport the next morning. We’re building it next year, maybe next time through you can sing there! Keep living your dream!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery November 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

      That’s awesome.. Maybe one day, ONE day I’ll be able to come back and perform there – that would be sooo cool!

  • Reply Amy Guarino November 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Love this… on so many levels!

  • Reply Jai Windish November 13, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Very nice – loved it. Great work

    • Reply Jessica Allossery November 13, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Thank you thank you my friend!

  • Reply Dennis Kalichuk October 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    What a great song! Beautiful, simple, pure and from the heart!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks my friend!

  • Reply Rick Ivanoff October 23, 2017 at 12:53 am

    As a fellow indie singer/songwriter, I am totally inspired by what you’re doing. Keep it up and you will achieve all your dreams!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Yay! That’s great to hear!! Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

  • Reply Deb Schultz October 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Jessica, I heard your song on The Coffee House on Sirius. My mom had advanced Alzheimer’s & I started playing it for her – it became “our song”, I cried every time I played it for her & sang along! I was trying to encourage her to let go. I didn’t want to loose her; she was my best friend too! But knew she had no quality of life. The weekend that she was actively dying I stayed by her side 24/7 & played this song several times all 4 days. It helped me tell her how much I loved her & that it was OK to go… I also had it played during her video of pictures that played at her funeral service, she died on 9/11/2017. So, besides being “our song” it was appropriate for that day & date & all the others who lost their lives. It brought me comfort & allowed me to say to her what was so hard to do ~ I’ll let you go, but your love will stay when to go & I’ll always love you โค Thank you for this gift of love that we could share in her final days ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      What a beautiful and sorrow filled story. I’m sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a parent…I am however honoured that you decided to play my song at her funeral and thankful that it could provide you with healing in some way during the grieving process. Take care of yourself Deb! <3

  • Reply Jai Windish September 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

    So inspired by your story. I will look forward to seeing your documentary. God bless

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you! I can’t wait to start editing it!!!

      • Reply Mike November 23, 2017 at 1:47 am

        I just stumbled across your website while looking for YouTube videos to play one of your songs. Love what I am reading and my wife and I looking forward to seeing you perform one day ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Reply Jessica Allossery November 23, 2017 at 2:14 pm

          Aww thank you Mike for stopping by!! That’s so awesome!

  • Reply Jai Windish September 26, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I follow you on IG and now checkng out your web page. I am very impressed that you are doing this all on your own. I will be checking out some of your music and keeping an eye out for shows in the area. So happy for you. – love the vintage camper too. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • Reply Jessica Allossery September 29, 2017 at 8:06 am

      That’s awesome! Thanks for coming over to the blog form insta!!! Tour is almost finished now, but hopefully we can set something up in your area next time!!!

  • Reply Francois Tanguay Quebec Canada September 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations, your paradise looks great. My wife and I, just bought a 1970 Bailey, same model. After stripping it, we realized that there as water infiltration. We will resolve this issue before winter, make plans, and work on it… We’re 60 years old and we want to use it during our retirement to travel across Canada and United States… What is the main advice you can give us and what was your budget gor material…. (please note that I have used Google Translate…)

    • Reply Jessica Allossery September 5, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Francois!!!! How cool that you just bought a Bailey Mikado!!! Mine is somewhere around that age too- where did you find it!? I’d love to see a photo if you can send to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Main advice I can give is to double your budget and time allotment to renovate! My camper took a year to fix up – which is WAY longer than I expected, and I spent $8000 in materials to fix it up (my parents and I did all the labour so I did not include this in my budget) which is also much more than I thought materials would cost. I wish you much luck and success in your travel adventures!!!!

  • Reply Caitlin Noah August 7, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Oh my goodness! Your song came on the radio this morning as I pulled into the parking lot at work on my first day after maternity leave. It is beautiful and really touched me at this time as I get used to being away from my daughter more. I have been thinking that I hope she knows I love her just as much and will always be here for her.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      What a perfect time for you to be introduced to my song!! I’m so glad it can provide you with some comfort during the transition period. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Reply Dennis Kalichuk August 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Seriously awesome trailer! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a blast!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      So far so good!!

  • Reply Real J.O.B July 29, 2017 at 12:10 am

    You sound great!!! keep up the great work and positive attitude ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Ivano Bersini July 27, 2017 at 5:29 am

    You are very fantastic!!!

    (What do you think about Sacramento – California?)

    Thank you very much-:)

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

      I didn’t get to Sacramento! But Cali in general is a really beautiful place to be!

  • Reply Rick Ivanoff July 27, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Right on Jessica! So glad to see you following your musical dreams! Looking forward to more updates. From a fellow Canadian singer/songwriter.

  • Reply Conrad Hornung July 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Will you be traveling to northern Ohio at all? Would love to see & hear you here!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I don’t have any shows in Ohio at this moment… Unless you’d be interested to host a House Concert!? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Gerry Young July 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Fantastic update from the road Jessica.

    Safe and Happy Trails To You!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Gerry!!!!

  • Reply Heather Bunn July 26, 2017 at 12:49 am

    So cool to hear about your adventures in Pearl…. love it!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you! Yeah it’s been amazing so far!

  • Reply James July 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Really helpful, thanks <3

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Reply Ivano Bersini July 9, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Hi Jessica,

    I’m very happy for you, for your personale paradise and so I’m feel very good to see this.
    Wonderful, thank you very much for share your life with all we.
    Very beautiful!!!
    Ivano

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

      It is my little paradise! Thank you for checking it out!

  • Reply risa offit July 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Looks great! Sorry our timing didn’t work for the house tour but maybe next time your passing through Utah! xoxoxo

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      I would love that so much! Hopefully next time on the tour!

  • Reply Manny July 6, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Man, you guys did an outstanding job on her! Enjoy! Hope someday you make it to my town. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you!! I think I am passing through Arizona but I don’t have any shows or House concerts there.
      Hopefully another time though!

  • Reply Mike July 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Wow! Pearl looks amazing, great work!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Dave Wallace July 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for the tour!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

      It’s my pleasure!!! Video tour also coming soon!

  • Reply Jessica Allossery June 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    It wouldn’t be complete without gold & white! ๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Jonny June 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

    It looks amazing! A real home on wheels, with the comforts ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great to have seen it in person for just a glance before your show a few weeks ago! It was great meeting you and being a part of your tour!

    Safe travels and enjoy your summer!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery June 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you Jonny! It was SOO wonderful finally meeting you in person and I look forward to performing for you sometime again in Maine!

  • Reply Dave Wallace June 27, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Incredible. Beautiful. I love all the white with the gold highlights!

  • Reply Dave Wallace June 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Wow! What else can one say except wow ? ? ? Although, cool, groovy and awesome do come to mind…

  • Reply Chrisann June 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Dear Jessica,
    Today my son graduated from high school! On my way to pick up my 92 old mom your song came on the radio! I had to pull over.. hit replay and recorded it on my phone -and left him an I love you message at the end! I am literally letting him “fly” as he is going to WMU to study aviation and will be in the Army ROTC! Your perfect song was a gift from God! Thank you!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery June 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

      I love that so much Chrisann!! The fact that you pulled over and recorded to send to him is so sweet. I’m SO glad I got to be a little part of that!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kimberly B May 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    My first baby, my 18 year old son, who is my pride and joy and has made me sooooooo proud not only with all of his academic achievements and athletic accomplishments and musical talents (he plays the violin and fiddles around on the guitar๐Ÿ™‚), but also just for being the kinda guy he is, is leaving the nest, the safety of my care, and flying off to college in 3 more months. That in itself is enough to make ME all emotional, sobbing and smiling when I listened to your beautiful song, but add to that the fact that I’ve been married for 20 years and at least half of those years I’ve been abused and neglected…..and my husband has decided he wants a divorce. So….these losses together (added to another great loss that occurred about a month ago) are enough to make the tears flow…..and make the letting go that much harder. My kids are my lifeline. Half of my lifeline is starting his own life separate from me now. Yes, this is the way it’s supposed to be. I’ve chosen to stay at home and raise my own kids for the past 19 years. I’m now seeing the fruits of all my labors. They bring smiles…..but also SO many tears. Thank you for an absolutely beautiful song. For being so young and not a parent yourself, you’ve captured these many conflicting emotions just perfectly. And yes, most important is unconditional loveโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Œ Thank you!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery June 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Thank you for sharing your story Kim. It means so much! I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and losses, but indeed, this is the way life flows. It’s great to be connected with you on here! Take care of yourself mama bear. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Trish May 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Such a beautiful song….thought of a friend who is having trouble with the fact that her oldest is leaving for college! Lyrics are so touching…! Look forward to hearing more of you on Coffee House!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      That is so lovely! Please share my song with your friend if you feel up to it! Take care Trish, thank you for sharing your story ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Colleen Piazza April 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Jessica! Just wanted to thank you for the gift you have given the world, and me, of this most beautiful, poingant song! My beloved first-born son, Jesse, who is 29, married his most awesome bride, Elsie, yesterday in an absolutely beautiful wedding ceremony in Pennslvania. Then, this was the song I chose for us to dance to!!!! I just happened to hear it on SiriusXM Coffee house a few months ago and I pulled the car over immediately to take a pic of the dash and write down the name of the song and the artist, (YOU!) so I wouldn’t forget it. I knew in a heartbeat it was the perfect song for us for that special and long-awaited moment. As we swayed to it on the dance floor last night every “mother of a son” (including me!) who was in attendance was in tears!! I even had one of the dad’s came up to me and say, “THAT was the perfect song for you two”…shaking his head saying…,”No really…..that was just beautiful…” I guess because it it’s not a mainstream song yet so many guests had never heard of it until that moment……..Soooooooooo, A BIG THANK YOU!! for giving me the gift of a few precious milliseconds of looking up into my son’s eyes, in front of all of our dearest family and friends, and telling him in such a special way, in that one brief moment, all I wanted to say to him as I “let him go’ into the arms of his wonderful new wife!! Wishing you much success, Jessica, and so many blessings in your future! I look forward to hearing more music from your heart and soul in the future! Blessings!!!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery May 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Colleen, I am sooo so happy to be a part of your sons special day in a small way. Thank YOU for giving me that gift! I hope I will be able to meet you and your family soon (maybe on my house concert tour this summer?! I am always searching for hosts, and will be in Pennsylvania around first week of October!) Contact me if you ever have any interest. Thank you again for sharing your story with me and send blessings to your son with his new wife!!!

  • Reply Dave Wallace April 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Such an enjoyable story. You bring it all to life. Your words made me feel like I was actually there in Paris with you and your Dad – perhaps enjoying a freshly made crepe. I LOVE crepes!!! You are such a wonderful storyteller. Vous etes magnifique. Je suis enchante!!! Je t’aime. Bon chance mon ami.

  • Reply Nate Maingard April 4, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Well said, brave Jessica! Love to you, dear!

  • Reply James Kennedy - Long Story April 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Jessica, reading this kinda broke our hearts a bit, because we get it…as musicians ourselves, not only have we been in similar positions, we have seen so many of our ridiculously talented fellow musicians and friends get “taken” like this, leading to them eventually giving up on the thing they love most. We’re so happy that this isn’t the case for you…

    It is an amazing contradiction that our society as a whole does seem to value music so much, but that it doesn’t put proper value on what we all do. I think that part of the reason for this is that so many people never have the courage to pursue their musical dreams, so they can never see it as more than a “hobby”…the idea that someone might actually want to make a living doing what they love most is completely foreign to them. We have so much respect for you for pursuing your passion the way you do…we’re behind you 100%!

    Btw…we were at U of Guelph this weekend…walked into the building and “I’ll Let You Go” was playing…very cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      It’s soo nice to be related to. I had some artists lash out and send hate mail – saying I was completely undeserving opportunity if I couldn’t have buckled down and make the finances work by surviving off of dog food. Heartbreaking that one of our ‘kind’ would say that!! –Hey btw that’s awesome you heard my song in U of guelph!!! Omg!!! Was it playing on the coffeehouse station?

  • Reply David Canrera April 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hi Jess, it’s one thing to do a free show for a good cause, charity, etc., but to be expected to do a whole tour for nothing and on top of that pay them for transportation among other expenses. I have a brother in the music industry and seeing him selling his CD’s “out the trunk” and people “offering” gigs for free, I know all to well how unfair it is. Artist spend their time, blood sweat and tears for their art and I’m so glad you said no to those vultures. Ok I’m done with rant. Keep your head up, keep doing what your doing it. As you know, I love your music that’s why I support, I wish I could do more. Much blessings and love to you!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      David, you are such a beautiful soul. I am SO glad we connect with Patreon, and now here on the blog posts!!! You’re lasting support really keeps me going. Thank you

  • Reply Aaron April 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

    It’s good that you had that rant, Jessica–no good keeping too much negativity bottled up.

    It is shameful that they tried to do that to you but I’m happy and impressed to read how you stuck to your guns!

    Keep up the hard work and I’m looking forward to the new album ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you so so much. This blog post was definitely not an easy one to write… I feel very vulnerable at this stage, but I know getting the word out there is worth it. Trying to *stay strong!* Thank you for the support.

  • Reply Josรฉ Levi April 2, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Even John Lennon once said ‘Sorry we need the money first’ so another big opportunity will knock on your door soon, before you know it. Cheer up!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you jose – I also have a good feeling I will have many opportunities to come knocking in the future!

  • Reply Alicia April 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Hi Jessica,
    I absolutely agree with you that it’s not fair to be expected to work without pay. Unfortunately it happens all too often across multiple fields. You mentioned several other professions that would never stand for this, but I want you to know, you’re not alone. As a doctor I can say that I had to spend a ton of money and work a ton of hours for free. I was in school for 8 years, my last two years of optometry school I was expected to work in clinics from 8am to 6pm 6 days a week, plus study, take exams, and do assignments on top of that, all while paying $45,000 a year in tuition alone to do it. There are also many times when I have patients that need extra testing but can’t afford it if it’s not covered by OHIP. I provide those services for free because I know it’s the best care for my patients. Unfortunately for many millennials, we have to spend a lot of time and money before we can get fair compensation. I’m told the investment will pay off, and I love what I do, so I wouldn’t change it for the world. Keep making your beautiful music, it will pay off,even if it’s more so in happiness of getting to do what you love.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      I had no idea that people in the medical field have to go through a similar thing! I am very aware of the term “internship” and while I understand that it’s important to get real-world experience, working for free still doesn’t sit well at all. I want to send you so many blessings for helping patients who are not covered by OHIP — this truly shows that you chose this profession because it is your calling, and I applaud you for that!! I’ve performed many free shows in the past 9 years as well — and I did it for the love, for the exposure and for the experience… But now, 9 years later as I try to cover my own bills as a full time independent artist, paying-to-play is a non-option. I am sooo thankful for your (and everyone else’s) support here. Sometimes this life can be so wrenchingly hard, but you are absolutely right – we do it for the love of our calling. So I have to just remember that.

  • Reply Mike April 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    As the saying goes, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That doesn’t mean you still don’t have to pay the bills. Sucks when doing the right thing feels so wrong. Chin up.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I’ll get my chinny-chin-chin up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Mike, music has never felt like work in the last 9 years and I don’t think it ever will!

  • Reply Camilo April 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Jessica, nice to read you every time.

    Try not to worry much about this episode. By making a stand like that, you are giving a clear message to the universe on the kind of opportunities that you chose and those you donยดt.

    You inspire me. Iยดm just starting a similar path than yours (www.soyelpoeta.com… itยดs in spanish).

    If you ever come to Barcelona, I show you around ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best regards, and keep shining.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you to continue living your dreams as an artist Camilo!! Wonderful to meet you as well, and I do hope to go to Spain some day!

  • Reply Tom Kahnert April 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Jessica – I agree with your decision wholeheartedly. You have a lot of value that you offer your fans. Most importantly, you believe in yourself and your artistic talents in music. I love your personalized approach. Thank you for. Making your talents unique. Tom.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Tom, your support on this means so much. Thank you for the feedback. Wow, I’m so thankful I have many people cheering me on to keep on going ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Dave Wallace April 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    You refer to this post as a rant. Not so. You are just speaking the truth. Furthermore, you spoke truth with the dignity and grace that we all know defines you as much as your music does. You shined a light in a dark corner. Good for you. Keep going. Someday you will find the right path. You don’t need the leeches to show you the way. Your own intuition will suffice.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Dave!! And NO this was not an April Fools joke, although I wish it was!! Your support and encouragement means the world. I still question my decision as I know it’s a wonderful opportunity that I am missing, but I have to stay true to my value and worth as an artist, and carry on my own path.

  • Reply Tony Vineberg April 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The community of aspiring performers established the music-cultural norm in the 1990s in the L.A. and Nashville areas by offering to play for free, for โ€œexposureโ€. Club owners seized the opportunity. It has devolved in many cases into performers even paying to perform at venues, and major festivals.
    Of course, gradually, since Youtubeโ€™s growth in popularity, artist exposure is no longer the obstacle it once was. But semi-professional performers continue undermining, justify their decimation of fair wages for all performers with cavalier smugness: โ€œ We donโ€™t do it for the moneyโ€ This snide absolute disregard and disrespect for professional music performing also manifests in destruction to auxiliary businesses and workers whose incomes satellite pro performing e.g. luthiers, small and medium-sized recording facilities, audio software manufacturers, technicians,… -invariably the venues, themselves, because by replacing pros with semi-pros, the overall audience interest diminishes.

    An Open Letter to Oprah, Whose โ€˜The Life You Wantโ€™ Tour Asked Me to Work for Freeโ€ฆ
    http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2014/12/08/open-letter-oprah-whose-life-want-tour-asked-work-free-2/

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Hi Tony! I TOTALLY get that… The people in charge of the tour were also trying to place some guilt on me as they said “not every tour is about making money”. I was like :O !!!! Of course not every tour is about making money! In fact, I don’t make music for the money at all.. But then, if this tour isn’t about making money, why would anyone be getting paid at all? Why do the fans have to pay for tickets then? It makes no sense.:)

  • Reply Jeff Webb April 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I think you are right to be angry and even righter (if that’s a word) to stand firm. Its a cruel business but the economics of touring should not result in one member of a tour having to pay their own way. Crazy. I hope another opportunity comes your way soon. In the meantime you know who and where your friends are. And as I’ve said before, just keep doing what you do. Music is the best.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Although this was very unjust, I know it’s only the beginning and I will have MANY more touring opportunities to ocme in the future!! But for now, I will keep my focus on what’s important, my own summer house concert tour in the USA and building small connections in a big way. Thank you for your support!

  • Reply Todd April 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Well, that situation that was “offered” to you sure wasn’t a sweet deal. I would hope you would have gotten some compensation for your work. It sounds like musicians have to do many things now to make it work. Much more than in the past.

    Would you hire an agent? That’s probably expensive too. All I can say is that we love you here and will help in any way we can to bring you here and spread love and peace to our world. We look forward to seeing you in June!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Todd. Thank you for being on my side, it means so much! And I am SO excited to be kicking off the 2017 USA House Concert Tour in your home in Rochester!!

  • Reply Wendy April 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Jessicaโ€ฆ That was a great thing that you did standing up for yourself and your work. Not only are you respecting yourself and your music but you are also setting a precedent for other up and coming or independent musicians.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I have to say Wendy, it wasn’t easy turning it down and saying no. But, I have found a lot more respect for myself after making this decision and actually a big weight was lifted. Thank you for your support!!!

  • Reply Doug Khazzam April 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Like you, I am appalled that this is the practice of booking agents or tour managers for ANY artist who commits to a 26 date tour or ANY appearance for that matter, even if its around the block from their house! I have been working with my band, writing songs, making records and CD’s, doing TV and live appearances, happily playing my guitar and still I struggle along with my bandmates (since 1980) because for some reason, people in our industry do not value what we do and refuse to acknowledge that it is work.

    More power to you and I have pledged my $1/month to you.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery April 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Oh Doug, it really gets me right in the feels when another musician pledges to my own work, despite the trials you too are going through!! Thank you so so much for your support!!!

  • Reply Dave Wallace March 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Would love to hear more about how you develop the melody – and it’s supporting chord structure. Sometimes I will sit at the piano and just lightly play a few interesting chords, and a melody will begin to materialize. I like to think up the words based on strong images and emotions. Often, the best setting to do that is a quiet evening with subdued lighting and maybe a glass of wine, or two…

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      I think I do the same thing that you do! I kind of just tinker around on the guitar until something starts to sound good.. and then I’m like… ouu, I like that. That sounds good… And start building from there!

  • Reply Dave Wallace March 17, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Wow – what a project! You make it all seem so easy. Kudos to your Dad for taking on such an incredible mission. I’ve often worked as a designer, and travelled much, so, hopefully you will answer some technical questions! Air conditioning? Your tour takes you across the desert Southwest. Shower in the morning? Water capacity? Battery system for the laptop at night? Have the wheel bearings been repacked? Would love to hear about the technical details!!! Sorry – it’s a guy thing…

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Well it’s DEFINITELY not easy, but it IS going to be worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are almost done! I can’t wait to share a new update!! Dad has all those things worked out – not sure the details yet, but I will post about them at some point!

  • Reply Anuj March 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Glad you got rid of the TV, Jess! … and I love the light. Kudos to choosing a nice wall paint that makes the room look more airy & roomy.
    I need to update the look n feel of my website – not a total overhaul, more intuitive navigation. I will require new artwork for the wallpaper – let me know if you want to showcase a High-Res. photo of yourself. I’d absolutely consider it ๐Ÿ™‚ Checkout http://www.DJAnuj.com
    Cheers from Boston!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Cool! Nice job on your site too! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck on the update – it will be so worth it !

  • Reply Les March 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I like your room, Jess. It’s very artistic & romantic. I’ve been married for 29 years and 2 years ago I moved to my own bedroom/computer room. I feel way better now, have my own space, can follow my own habits. I’ve got everything in my room I need: computers, stereo, my fave CDs, books. Maybe I would use a small fridge,lol. Take care, Jess, and see you again!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Having your own space is SO important! Glad you’ve got your own stuff that you love!

  • Reply Lynne March 12, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Hellooooo white paint and twinkle lights! Great choice, Jess!! It looks absolutely STUNNING. Stunning. Stunning. Stunning. Did I mention stunning?

    Lynne xx

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you, and can I just mention that my COMPLETE inspiration was from you and your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Nathan March 12, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Stunning! WOW! What a beautiful change to make, thanks for sharing, my friend!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much my dearest friend songwriter Nate!!!!

  • Reply Todd March 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This is lovely Jessica! I love the new colors and cheery vibes all around the room! It is remarkable what this can do. We of course made a big change in our room too! It does make a huge difference as it creates life! I feel the change and you do too! Thanks for sharing this part of your life. It give me inspiration to keep doing my work!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Cheery is the best. I can’t wait to see your room reno in person during my 2017 USA House Concert Tour!

  • Reply Dave Wallace March 11, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Very inspirational story. Simple changes can help so much. I love the walls painted white!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery March 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you for reading Dave! I agree, Simple things can make the BIGGEST difference. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lynne xo February 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    The vlogs are d’bomb diggity Jess! LOVE !!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Ohh I’m so glad you (and others’) are watching them!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Missing you just like I miss the Canadian Maple Syrup Lynne!!! LOL xoxoxo

  • Reply Matt Long February 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    So awesome!!!! Well deserved – and I feel compelled to say that you may be surprised by the awards Jessica in your refreshingly humble way but I guarantee your fans are not surprised at all! Those Lumineers and their fancy label didn’t know what they were up against haha. Congrats!!!

  • Reply Patty February 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Heard this song on The Coffee House today and immediately connected with it as the mother of 3 growing kids. I came home and had to find out more. So touching the story of how you wrote this for a fan. You really connected with a parent’s mixed feelings as their children grow and become independent. Love it! Thanks!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery February 8, 2017 at 2:45 am

      Thank you for taking the time to write me and share your experience with the song Patty!
      Sending light & love!!!

  • Reply Michelle January 28, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I love this song! I am glad to know the background of it, but it could apply to any parent child relationship and watching them grow. I cry every time I hear this beautiful, touching song. Thank you.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery January 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

      That’s wonderful to hear! I hope tears of joy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing Michelle!!!!

  • Reply Cheryl A January 26, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I heard your song on Coffee House and absolutely loved. My big 6’1″ son is getting married in October and this will be my song/dance with him. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful song and your gift.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery January 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

      I’m so glad you love it and are using it at the wedding!!! I hope it brings an abundance of love and light to you on his special day!

  • Reply Barb January 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Jessica, I found your song quite by accident, but WOW it was written to heal my broken mommy heart. Thank you so much for the beautiful expression of unconditional love for a child. I hope my son will never forget your words when I send him this.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery January 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      It’s my greatest pleasure to provide healing through my music! Thank you so much for your encouraging words Barb.

  • Reply Manny / IzHeMaD January 13, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Congratulation Jess, it’s about time your writing gets noticed cause we all know you can sing! >=P Don’t forget to save me a seat at the Grammy’s! >=D

  • Reply Rich Marzano January 9, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Jessica,
    It was Friday, January 6th, that I first heard “I’ll Let You Go” on The Coffee House. It was also the first time in my life that I wrote down the name of the song and artist because I was so deeply touched by a song. I have two teen daughters, and I’m generally pretty soft and emotional when it comes to them, especially with the older one developing the fine art of unsubtle dad avoidance. But sitting in the car with my youngest, listening to the lyrics and your delivery, I couldn’t help but cry – which in turn made her cry. I knew nothing of the song’s history, but I immediately thought there must be a proud and teary dad involved. I’ve been texting every dad I know who has a daughter and have told them they had to listen, after warning them a healthy cry awaits. Their response after listening is usually a simple “wow, I lost it”.

    Thank you for what you do and I’m so glad Coffee House introduced me to your music, and led me to your blog.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery January 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Rich what a beautiful and thoughtful message! Thank you SO much for sharing with us. I am always incredibly honoured and grateful to hear stories like yours, because it reminds me that I am on the right path, doing the right thing. Thank you so much. I think I will share this on my facebook page as I have others who will likely relate!!! All my love xoxox

  • Reply Juli December 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I know this song was for a wedding situation..but it has touched my heart for a totally different reason. My daughter has decided she doesn’t want a relationship with me anymore. Long story, won’t bore you, but basically she doesn’t know me, and doesn’t want to. So, this song, in my mind, is for her. I will always love her, unconditionally, but I will let her go. With hopes that someday, she will come back.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Juli I’m so sorry to hear about your family situation and the relationship with your daughter, but I am happy that my song has helped to bring peace to you during this difficult time. Light & love!!!

  • Reply Brittany December 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I just heard this song on the coffeehouse while I was driving to work and immediately starting to cry big roll down my face tears. Although your intention is a more cheerful , sentimental wedding song — it resonates with me differently. My mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia and is now in the later stage, she lives in a memory care facility and I try to see her once a week. She doesn’t know who I am, really. I know one day I am going to finally lose her but your lyrics remind me that she would be so proud of the woman I’ve grown up to be and one day I will “let her go..” but love her forever and find her in places later in my life when I least expect it. Thank you so much for creating this and sharing!!!!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      What a beautiful story. I’m so sorry to hear about the circumstances, but I am thankful that my song has provided you with some healing during this tragic time! I wish you light & love Brittany

  • Reply Filippo November 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    Thank you for publishing your honest experience.
    My first 10day Vipassana course in 2012 was a disaster. I had panic attacks before, but the ones I had on the 1st and 10th day of that Vipassana retreat were the worst. I was skeptical and impatient so I wasn’t following the instructions 100%.
    The second course was totally different.
    The third one was incredible. It really did change something inside me and things began to unfold.
    I did not understand the technique at all until my 3rd course.
    I was giving importance to anxiety, pain and wonderful sensations, when all I had to do was OBSERVE all sensations. Without labelling them. If you keep observing the physical sensations, nothing can harm you. You work on the physical level, objectively. You are the observer. You don’t react.
    I know it’s hard. But I agree with what you say: trying too hard will hurt. You’ll develop nothing but craving. It’s good to face our demons, and this technique is amazing because we face them through our sensations. Anxiety is simply a bunch of sensations related to perspiration, strong heart beat, tension, etc. We observe until they go away. And they always do. It’s the law of nature ๐Ÿ™‚
    But if you feel like you are freaking out, it’s good to stop, because it means that you have already reacted, and restarted the misery multiplication process, even if you didn’t notice. It means that the mind is not strong enough yet. But don’t give up completely ๐Ÿ™‚ Try with anapana (observe your natural flow of breath). Anapana makes you calm and strong.

    If you are happy with your life and everything is going well, enjoy it. I agree that life shouldn’t be made more complicated. But the uncontrolled subconscious fear of losing all the good things we have achieved can generate anxiety. There are times nothing seems to work, and a few minutes of meditation can work wonders.

    If you ever decide to try it again, take it easy; don’t think too much ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish you all the best ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Levi Lloyd February 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Totally agree I left on my 4 th day

  • Reply Jessica November 23, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Heard your song for the first time this morning on Sirius. I wanted to make sure I remembered it, so I googled the lyrics as it was playing and found your post. 1) congratulations! 2) after I read the part where you said this was commissioned as a father daughter dance, I have not been able to stop crying. It’s so beautiful. I’m a little embarrassed about it actually. Beautiful job.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Don’t be embarrassed! Crying is not a weakness, crying is a beautiful time to release your emotions rather than keeping them bottled up. It’s imperative to stay accepting and nurturing of yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ Light & love to you!

  • Reply Amy November 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I heard “I’ll Let You Go” on Sirius XM this morning. I rarely listen to The Coffee House, but the song playing before yours was one I hadn’t heard in awhile so I stayed on the channel. They introduced your song, and I wanted to hear it. Let me tell you, I was in tears (thankfully my mascara maintained its position)! It’s such a beautiful song, and it gave me all the feels. I’ve added it to my list of potential mother/son dances for the future (my son is 3.5 years old, haha). ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Allll the feels…. YES! Lol So happy to hear that you’re considering it a possibility for mother/son dance even though he’s so young! ๐Ÿ˜‚ LOVE IT!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Woo wee! THank goodness for waterproof mascara! Aahahaha Thank you for sticking around and listening to my song! So glad it gave you all the good vibes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Caitlin November 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for this piece of art. It reached me in a way that showed me that I’ve needed to let go of a relationship in my life for a long time.
    Thank you again.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery December 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Sometimes in life we need to find a way to just let go – even if we don’t want to. I’m SO glad that my song helped in some way for you to do so. Blessings to you!!! xoxox

  • Reply IzHeMaD / Manny November 7, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for writing this amazing song. I am amazed how you tapped into exactly what I felt & put it into song. It’s great to read the comments on how universal this song has become. It’s an honor for us to be a part of this & you will always have a place in our hearts! Thanks again! >=D

  • Reply Sue November 3, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I heard this song on Coffeehouse and immediately thought of my daughter who got married almost 6 months ago. Then I learned how you came to write it and I sent it to her. She lives almost 3000 miles away so the lyrics really resonated with me. Love this song and you can now consider me a fan.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery November 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Sue, That’s so wonderful to hear! I’m glad my song has provided a bit of comfort for you, despite the distance in between. Please keep in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply David Wallace October 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    How about desperation!!?? I once wrote a song because I desperately wanted something to help me remember a beautiful moment I experienced.
    You could say that it was the Love of that special moment that caused me to get inspired, but what got me to sit down at the piano and create was
    a very real fear that something beautiful would be lost from my psyche in no time at all, lost in the clutter of this crazy busy world.
    How about someone desperately seeking solace because of a loss, a death, a break up? A person desperately seeking to find solace is
    in a wonderful position to create art.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Absolutely. That’s a beautiful place to create art! I agree David!!

      • Reply Mahmood Mikdadi June 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

        Hey Jessica Allossery How are ya?
        i just want to share my thoughts here with you, since yesterday i really enjoy reading your article is soo good
        and about the inspiration i know everyone is different everyone has his own world of creativity and inspiration
        side of myself, i always been fan of Music,Reading,Art
        these 3 things always inspire me what ever Art speak is true
        and when it comes to Reading and Music
        well then it’s something else.
        Books give to much ideas and knowlegde to your brain which is good to use these ideas for Music
        and when we want to bring the art to the music
        then we really create the magic
        Music, Reading, Art – completely insane..

        • Reply Jessica Allossery June 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

          I’m glad you enjoyed reading my article Mahmood! And thank you for sharing your own inspirations with us!

  • Reply Cherish Mangold October 20, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    My mom and I are obsessed with this song! Especially since we heard it one Coffeehouse! For my vocal lessons I’m choosing this song first:) It’s so beautifully played.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 21, 2016 at 6:19 am

      That’s sooo awesome to hear! I’m glad you LOVE it and it makes me happy you’re choosing it for your vocal lessons, YAY!

  • Reply Cynth! October 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    QUE MARAVILHOSO ISSOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

      E Muito muito Muito!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply jose levi godoy October 16, 2016 at 8:34 am

    The story behind the songs is great in the end because becomes lessons that life gives …and the best you take from the learning.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      I agree. I’ve already learned & grown so much with these new song concepts!!!

  • Reply Dave Wallace October 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Jess,

    The keys to your happiness, identity and meaning in life are not held by anyone but you. They are in your own heart. They cannot be purchased from someone who really doesn’t even know you, or learned by attending a course – be it in Tibet or Harvard – or even Yale! No one else holds these keys but you. Learn how to use them and don’t make life more complicated than it needs to be!!!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      100% Accurate… I learned the hard way!!

  • Reply Dave Wallace October 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    1 – Can’t make my bed. Don’t have one, just a sleeping bag!
    2 – I don’t get yoga. What’s wrong with just stretching, and then lifting some weights?
    3 – Breakfast??? I’m almost 10 pounds overweight, so gotta pass on that…
    4 – Without a to-do list I would be a basket case. Even with one, I’m a basket case!
    5 – I’m totally into lemon water. Proper hydration is more important than most people realize.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Lol

      I’m soooo glad that you agree with 1 out of 5 of my suggestions LOL

  • Reply Dave Wallace October 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t have a cat now, but a long time ago I did. Her name was Tabitha. She was part house cat, part wild cat. One day she just never came back… It is so strange to think what a big part of my psyche she still is. Like she is still here. She was a very deep, sensitive creature and I still love to look at her picture.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery October 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Animals are truly wonderful. They teach us unconditional love!

  • Reply Dave Wallace October 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    You are doing things exactly the right way. Even if you were with a label, you would still need the knowledge you are now gaining, simply because you would need that very same knowledge to protect yourself. Every morning, I try to say a simple prayer of thanks, which includes being thankful that I am a free man. So many people are in prison – and not just the kind with bars. A piece of paper and the stroke of a pen can put you in a type of prison, sometimes worse than the kind with metal bars. You are being very wise.

  • Reply Manny / IzHeMaD August 31, 2016 at 12:09 am

    This must be your year! A steal on a (one of a kind) trailor, some awesome originals, one getting radio play. The year isn’t over yet! I’m sure you have more excitement, up your sleeve but the best part of it all, is you share it All with us! Thanks, Jessica!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 31, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Sharing with my fans is the BEST part of my day!!!

  • Reply Jody August 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hey, you! Not fair. Up until now I thought my Miss B was the most beautiful vintage camper anyone has ever seen. LOL

    I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am for you, Jess! I am so looking forward to seeing the finished product. Your dad is awesome for taking on such a project.

    Hopefully we can get you out this way as part of your tour.

    Sharing your excitement,
    Jody – Another proud owner of a ’69 Bailey Mikado.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 31, 2016 at 7:40 am

      hhahah ok ok. Ms. B Is pretty darn beautiful, maybe I’m biased though!!!

  • Reply IzHeMaD / Manny August 24, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Man, I would have given my left arm…. Well, I would have almost given anything to be in your video as an extra. Those peeps lost out cause it’s an amazing video. I see and hear big things coming, in your future & I can’t wait to experience them! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Nate Maingard August 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    So well said, my dear friend! You’re amazing, and I’m so happy to see you shining so bright! Love love loooooove you! xxxxxx

  • Reply Jeff Webb August 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I could not live without art. Music, TV, films, etc etc and I never stream for free. My belief is that the ones who create the art should be given the rewards and recognition they deserve. So I pay ๐Ÿ™‚ I have immense admiration and respect for those who create art in all its forms and I will continue to pay for it. And as I’ve said before keep doing what you do.

    • Reply Jessica Allossery August 8, 2016 at 7:34 am

      And we SO appreciate that you support us Jeff!! You’re wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jeff Webb July 22, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Now that I have a lot of time on my hands (unemployed but close to retirement!) its simply great to focus on the positive good things in life. My wife, my kids, my grandson, my dog, my daughter’s dog, music and humour etc etc I probably spend 3 to 5 hours most days listening to music whether it be Zappa, Floyd, Springsteen, Patti Smith, Jessica Allossery or so many others. Good times and a chance to enjoy someone else’s art and creativity. Keep doing what you do Jessica ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Josh wiliams July 22, 2016 at 3:15 am

    I don’t remember where I heard it or from whom, but I always remembered this little saying:

    “If you walk by a musician on the street and something they’re playing/singing makes you pause and listen, even if it’s just a few seconds, you better put some money in their jar”

    It doesn’t matter if it is music, dancing or a photograph, if something someone else created causes you to go “whoa”, reflect or simply brings a bit of joy to your life it is valuable. And maybe one instance of art won’t make a huge impact on a person, but a constant stream a tiny acts can add up to a big difference. That’s why it is both important to fill our worlds with all sorts of different art and to appreciate what it took to bring it into this world.

    Could not agree more with this post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

      I love that quote, it’s sooo true. Thanks for your input Josh, and remember that YOUR art in photos holds so much value too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply David Cabrera July 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Jess, Such a touching post! Being thankful is one those actions that a lot of us forget to do everyday. Some of us are only thankful when something good happens. We can be thankful everyday, even if the day doesn’t turn out as we thought it should. Thank YOU for reminding me that I can choose to be thankful everyday and not let negativity drown me.

  • Reply Sokhean J. Ouk July 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I totally feel and understand the entirety of your message here! At least to the best that I can. Being a creative soul, there is a lot of ourselves as well as time spent on the things we do. Art does take SO MANY forms and in this day and age, digital is a medium that just makes everything so easy to access and created. Some forms of art takes years to even reach a certain level that today’s standards would call art.

    No one appreciates the talent, time and emotional toll it takes to create something with your own hands. Whether its musicians, writers, film makers or artists, its hard to have the general public attach the value in $ to what we create. But I am here!

    • Reply Jessica Allossery July 22, 2016 at 9:11 am

      It’s magic! Simple.. art is magic ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your contributions and your support in my art and this article!!!

  • Reply Ethan Michael Carter July 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I’m a great believer in our thoughts being precursors to what we later experience.

    Absolutely love this post Jess, as it stresses the importance of choosing to be thankful; which is something that can only lead to good things.

    I like when you said “Honour your sadness or your frustration. If this is your reality and what you are truly feeling in the moment, then let it be. ย But donโ€™t forget to choose gratification too!”
    This is so important as feelings are like water in a stream. If they are ignored, or blocked, or focussed upon too intensely, they will overflow.

    But, if they are acknowledged and allowed to flow freely though and out of us, then we can achieve peace. Taking our focus away from a negative, and focussing instead on positive things like gratitude โ€“ is a fast-track to happiness.

    Superb post!

    • Reply admin July 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Ethan thank you for reading and contributing to my post with a genuine reply! I really do believe that being thankful for everyday things is so overlooked – in my own life included. Happy to able to bring some light to the topic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Dharesh kolhe July 12, 2016 at 9:54 am

    nice

    • Reply admin July 12, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thank you for reading!!!

  • Reply Scott June 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Great perspective!

  • Reply Nate April 21, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Thank you for your openness and honesty dear jessica! I love you.

    • Reply admin April 21, 2016 at 6:37 am

      and I love you!!! Thanks for being there at the very beginning of my recovery! <3

  • Reply Shelldon April 20, 2016 at 4:51 am

    It’s interesting that in order to achieve “inner peace” or some sort of oneness with the universe we’re expected to do the very thing that our bodies don’t like, sit in one place for long periods of time avoiding stimulation. It makes no sense.

    Our bodies are designed to move, we have sense designed to sense, why would we not embrace that? I cannot think of anything that would promote that sort of inner peace and contentment like hiking for a few days in the mountains, or in the bush.

    It’s the stillness of the surroundings that allows the mind to break free from the everyday soundtrack of urban living and focus on the burbling of streams, calls of birds and insects. Here we get to know ourselves better because we are in a place that is familiar to all of us, it’s where we came from.

    Just my few cents worth.

    • Reply admin April 20, 2016 at 7:45 am

      This is so true. Again, I believe that these sorts of things work for some people (I saw it with my own eyes! I made friends with someone who has done the Vipassana more than 10 times) but not everyone… The nice thing is that there are many different forms of meditation out there, some don’t even include ‘sitting still’ in the itinerary!
      So, I’m excited to try something else some day, and in the meantime, do exactly what you mentioned.. Hiking, going for walks, enjoying nature and sunsets and animals chirping about. I’m excited for the new chapter in my life. x ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Manny December 23, 2015 at 12:43 am

    See, how my last comment, i had just mentioned puzzle pieces & now in your next post about your writing, you mention puzzle pieces! Think that’s Amazing? Now grasp this with a rainbow? I just caught a glimpse on how Jessica Allossery writes her magic! Bet you will never guess what Jessica “the lovely” Allossery will be doing for little ole me? Ding, Ding, Ding! 10 fluffy soft clouds for the lovely with the notebook and pen, fitting, creating, conjuring.. No scrap conjuring & replace with…… ahhhmmmm… Conducting, & add, arranging the purrrfect song for a father to give his daughter on her wedding night! Just knowing Jessica Allossery will be helping me, through song when time comes for that father / daughter dance. After that, is nothing butt calm cool sailing! There, I hope I am able to inspire right back atcha! Sweet Baby Jesus, I can’t wait to hear your song for my daughter. I mentioned this song to my ex, my daughter’s mom & she has already started crying! I told my ex, wedding is a month away so she better cork it or she won’t have any happy tears at the wedding. Then she would really look silly, right? Imagine a tear-less mother at her daughter’s wedding! >=D

  • Reply Manny December 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Wow, that was really cool! Got paranoid, there for a sec. Then I realized it was a video effect. >=D The tracer effect reminded me of the time I tried Shrooms, back in High School! >=P Does “Elastic Heart” usually have instruments playing? I think without them, makes you concentrate more on the lyrics and the singer! Made it Deeeep. With instruments, I picture a circus with 12 clowns fitting into a tiny car. Hay, ain’t nothing wrong with or about a girl crush, or A Girl-Art crush! Everyone is like a puzzle piece & you just have to find the other puzzle piece that fits you! Crush or Art Crush! Now get out there and find that puzzle piece, Stat! >=D