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Recording “Open Road”

May 28, 2022

Jennie, me, Dallas

Before I flew out here to Nashville, I took 12 measures I wrote back in 2015, added words and some more measures, had Jennie help me rework the chorus lyrics, and followed her suggestion to change verse 4 into a bridge.

Oh yeah, and together we came up with a better title than the one I talked about here. 😉

The ink was barely dry on this one before I hopped on the airplane. I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull it off. Then, yesterday in the recording studio, Jennie made the song come to life with her amazing voice. That girl is one talented cookie.

Dallas then worked his magic.

Me? I got to play some wild piano and had a permanent smile plastered on my face all day. 😂

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.