Twisted Ballerina

Written by on April 21, 2006 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Just the other day I received an email from Jayne Sachs, asking me to listen to her song about child abuse. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement. Twisted Ballerina is one of two finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the pop catagory, and I can see why.

This song reaches deep with lyrics that are both elegantly subtle and painfully clear. Her words and images say so much wthout spelling anything out, and yet the realization of what she is singing about screams at you. The music is beautifully produced. The musical arrangements tells you just as much of what is going on as the words do. I love the contrasts, the shifts within the song and how each instrument and musical phrasing supports what the lyrics are painting.

Jayne’s voice is rich and full of emotion. There’s a sense of rich emotional tension in her voice, her tonal quality is beautiful and raw, not in unrefinement, but in authenticity.

Jayne is an artist in the truest sense of the word. She and her music deserves to be supported and heard by as many people as possible. It does my heart good to know that something of this calibar has already done so well.

Twisted Ballerina is especially poignant for me, because my first creative love was dance. I danced in the living room and in the front yard. I took ballet, and had my heart broke when my father made me quit, because he got angry with one of the teachers. She was ignorant, but he was even more so when he made me stop dancing. I remember my innocence at that time. This song, the intrusion into that beautiful space, and the very act of seeking refuge in that space in the midst of the unspeakable, leaves my heart now open and aching…and for that I am grateful…another opportunity for healing.

I invite and encourage you to allow yourself to hear a beautiful example of what songwriting is about, what the creative arts can do. This song can be triggering for those who carry such wounds, so be forewarned, but also be prepared to let the strength and power of this song and the compassion that lied within the writer’s heart when she picked up her pen to carry you to your own place of strength and power and compassion.

Here is further information on the song and instructions on how to vote…taking the time to vote for Jayne Sachs’ song, goes beyond voting for a song. It’s a statement against the sickness and evil that creates the environment for such a song to be written, and a stand for the freedom and empowerment that truth-telling can bring.

~DreamSinger – Healing Songs



Ok everyone. Let’s lock arms and go to the voting booth and help BREAK THE SILENCE regarding Child Sexual Abuse!!

It started out with 20 -30,000 entries. Now it’s down to only 24 from around the world!! And Jayne Sachs is one of them! The song is “Twisted Ballerina”, a song that is opening eyes and raising heads regarding this extremely important issue!

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest on-line portion is underway and we need EVERYONE to vote!

“Twisted Ballerina” isn’t your typical pop song… it’s breaking the rules of the music world with a strong message! Children Services is backing it. Their motto is “Awareness leads to Prevention”, but this song needs to win on-line in order to truly spread awareness. If so, Elton John and Carlos Santana, etc.. will consider it for “Song Of The Year” and then “Twisted Ballerina” would then be put in the international arena!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. This is timely! Voting goes until April 26th! Please send this on to as many people as you can. It’s that important!

Please go to:
Follow the link to vote. Click on Pop Category.

There are a few steps to protect against ballot box stuffing.
Most of information asked is optional. They need your email address to track your vote. They’ll immediately email you your own special voting pass/url. Highlight the line, copy and paste it where website addresses go and click Go! Then vote. It’s simple!

Pop Category
Jayne Sachs
“Twisted Ballerina

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About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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