Jane Roman Pitt lives many musical lives. Starting from her classical training as a child she grew to appreciate all styles of music, and has included elements of classical, folk, jazz, country, and ethnic music into her work. In all these forms, Jane's music invites introspection and seeks to have a calming influence. "Pitt's original songs are very sunny things about nature and hope that she somehow brings off through sheer sincerity." (Cadence Magazine)
She has been writing songs ever since she discovered, at 15, that if she played guitar instead of oboe she could sing at the same time. Following early years of college concerts and coffeehouse gigs, in 1974 Jane recorded "This Beautiful Feeling" for Unity Records, now re-released by Merry-Go-Round Music.
Five albums have followed: "Wind Off the Water," recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner Mac Gayden, and then "Peace of the River," recorded with some of the Detroit area's finest jazz musicians.
As Lady Lullaby (ladylullaby.com), Jane became fascinated by the power of bedtime songs for both babies and adults, so it was back to Nashville for "Midnight Lullaby," and Asheville, NC for "Road To Dreamland," both collections of relaxing contemporary bedtime songs for all ages, written by well-known songwriters like Bob Dylan, Dixie Chicks, Neil Young, Johnny Mercer, George Gershwin and more.
Jane's latest project is "I Forgot About the Stars," an album of original songs (except for one by Miles Davis, who is the exception to every rule) in vintage jazz style, produced and recorded with Chris Rosser and the other great musicians based in Asheville. These songs tell stories of love and loss, hope and dreams, reality and imagination.
Her choral works are published by Transcontinental Music Publications, and distributed by Hal Leonard. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Amadeus Choral Competition for "Remember," Jane's pieces are suitable for community, school, and sacred music choirs.
Originally from the Motor City, Jane now lives in the lively musical atmosphere of beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.
"[Midnight Lullaby] is a simple offering, not pretending to be anything more than a collection of gentle, lovely, and soothing recordings that parents and children can enjoy together. Sweet dreams everyone."- Huffington Post
Jane Roman Pitt's MidnightLullaby is a delightfully soothing collection of bedtime songs written by some of our generation's most endeared singer songwriters including Bob Dylan, Wilco, Tom Waits, The Dixie Chicks, Sade and more. In those moments when it's time for parents and baby to retire for the night, this CD serves as something that parents and babies alike enjoy.
"New parents often play their own personal favorites for theirc hildren, rather than traditional bedtime nursery rhymes," says Jane, who holds a master's degree in music theory and literature and is a student of the history of lullabies. "I found soothing bedtime songs that the artists wrote for their own children, using their personalthoughtsandmusicalstyles."
In Jane's words, the album is a way for a parent to lovingly tell a child, "I love you very much, I'm here, and please go to sleep now because I'm really tired!" And the collection says just that.
Jane Roman Pitt is an award-winning singer-songwriter, who has recorded and co-produced six albums, working with some of the best folk, jazz, and country musicians in San Francisco, Detroit, and Nashville. As a composer, her choral music has been performed throughout the country.
When Pitt became a grandmother, she began to study the effects of soothing music, especially lullabies, for both babies and adults. The results were her award-winning albums Midnight Lullaby and Road to Dreamland, with cover songs written by well-known songwriters, including Bob Dylan, the Dixie Chicks (now The Chicks), Neil Young, Johnny Mercer, and George Gershwin.
Originally from the Motor City, Pitt now lives in the lively musical atmosphere of beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.
Pitt discusses music's ability not only to stimulate us, but also to soothe and calm us in times of stress. She also talks about what it's like to write and record music that creates a positive and calming influence, ranging from songs about meditation and consciousness, to traditional and contemporary lullabies for both babies and their grown-up family members.
Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Executive Director of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Pitt on October 4, 2020. The Calming Power of Music During Uncalm Times . LISTEN