“Havana” and “Chastity (Game of Chances)”

Hey everyone! How goes the winter? We’ve been getting some weird weather over here — ice storms, then mild days, then snowfalls. I’ve been hibernating at home a lot so I get to watch most of it from my window =P

I just wanted to share a couple of new songs with you guys, and to also ask how your  2014 is shaping up so far. Any New Years Resolutions for anyone? Has it been a slow start? Hectic at work coming back from the holidays? Don’t forget to make some R&R time for yourselves — we all need it!!

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Lyrics: Alan Gentle
Music/Vocals/Guitar: Janice Ho

This song was for a Collaboration Contest on the songwriting forum I’m on. Lyricists and musicians got paired up into teams and then had to choose from a list of cities to write a song about. “Havana” was a big musical challenge for me because I knew I’d have to step out of my usual comfort zone (i.e. writing slow, doom-and-gloom songs lol) and also improve my guitar playing. After several weeks of developing this song and collaborating with Len, I’m really happy with just how much I learned and challenged myself. That’s what it’s all about! :)

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“Chastity (Game of Chances)”

Lyrics: Jonie Sutherland
Music/Vocals: Janice Ho
Guitar: Sam Dixon

“Chastity (Game of Chances)” came out of a Creative Challenge on the songwriting forum. This was a really fun one where musicians had to each write their own song using the same lyric. Jonie is a super talented lyricist who gave us “Chastity” to work with. It was really interesting to hear everyone’s different musical interpretations of it and this has turned out to be one of my favourite songs to sing :)

Or you can watch the video ;)

I hope everyone else is feeling inspired in their own creative/personal endeavours!

Your friend,
Janice (a.k.a. Cafe)

“For Simone” (new song!)


Hey everyone!

Can you believe that it’s almost the end of the year already? I thought about busting out my 2013 New Year’s Resolution post and checking up on how y’all did, but I decided to be nice and let it slide ;)

So I said that I’d share some of my music here once I got any final recordings done. This is a song that Adam Boddy and I worked on mostly back in May and June. This recording is actually from back then — I had been trying to re-record a better version for months afterwards and due to my crazy allergies I just wasn’t able to.

Well, we were happy enough with this version to go forward with it, so here it is! This song is about the heartaches of going through a difficult long-distance relationship. It’s a bit personal to Adam, hence why we’ve left the original title: “For Simone.” I created a new melody for it and added my vocals.

Part of the reason why this song is really special to me is because it’s my first songwriting collaboration! It’s been a really wonderful experience doing this with Adam and hopefully we’ll get to create some more music together in the future :)

Thanks for listening!

~ Janice


Hey everyone!

How are you all doing??? It’s been too long, I’ve missed everyone a lot! I’ve thought about how you guys are doing and keeping up with school, your life goals, training, music. I’m sorry that I’ve only been able to visit a handful of blogs in the last few months. But I’d love to hear some updates, share the scoop! :)

Well, as some of you know, I started doing some songwriting a few months ago and said that I’d write a new post when I have a final recording of a new song. I’ve actually written and collaborated on a few songs now, but no final recordings of any of them … except this one!

Sam Dixon wrote this and I provided some harmonies on it. It was great collaborating with him and Kevin (who is on lead guitars) on this.

You know, when I was starting out on my songwriting journey, the thought of collaborating with other, more experienced musicians on anything was really scary. I thought I’d need to wait months and months before I could be good enough to collaborate with anyone. But I’ve been keeping up with my goal to face my fears head on, and I’m so glad I did because it’s been a truly fulfilling experience to make music with others!

Alright, your turn! What’s new and exciting in your life? :)

~ Janice (a.k.a. Cafe)

My First Song … and the New Month Reflection

Well, here it is, cafe-goers. The first song that I’ve written, recorded and am putting out there for more than three people to hear :)

It is still very much a work-in-progress, but just wanted to share the beginnings of my songwriting adventures with you all! Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in the past year with sharing my singing. It has really helped me in more ways than you can know.

So I realized as I was checking in on our fellow bloggers’ April resolutions that most people hadn’t actually made any! Well, that’s okay, and I had a thought for this month’s post that instead of commenting on what your NMR might be for May, we could all reflect on one thing that we have accomplished, attempted or experienced so far this 2013 that we were/are proud of and/or inspired by.

I was reminded recently that we need to enjoy the journey just as much as — if not more than — the fruits of our labour. I very much believe in this and so I’d love to encourage everyone to think about their journey this year so far!

So: What is one thing you have accomplished, attempted or experienced so far this year that you are proud of? Look forward to hearing about it and being inspired, as I always am!

~ Cafe <3