It’s been a while…

December 8, 2009 - Leave a Response

…Since I’ve blogged.  There have been so many things I thought about writing, but I let school get the best of me.  I think I’m about to go into a “blog-o-mania” (like that? Huh, huh?  I just came up with it.  lol).

I started giving guitar lessons to one of my co-worker’s 7-year-old daughter.  She is an adorable little girl with a lovable personality.  Although I am her teacher, I feel as though she is teaching me half the time.  I am learning patience, how to teach, and remembering life at 7-years-old.  Every time I go to her house to give her a lesson she wants to give me a present, whether it’s a guitar pick, a bouquet of autumn leaves, or a picture.  During one lesson I taught her how to draw a treble clef, and since she is a little artist she loved drawing the clef more than playing the guitar.  The next week at her lesson she told me, “I have something for you, but don’t tell my mom.”  She ran upstairs as I sat wondering what it could be.  She returned with a very creative drawing of treble clefs, however, didn’t take a good look at the picture, which is good in hindsight.

Notice how it says “Trouble Cluts”  Had I taken a good look at this when she gave it to me, I would have laughed in front of her.  It is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen, especially in music.  Things like this make teaching worth it.


New Gig

November 3, 2009 - Leave a Response

Alright…got another gig coming up for everyone to attend!

It will be at Old Pacific Coffee on HW 79 S (Temecula Pkwy) on Saturday, November 14 at 5 PM.  Features guitarists Chris Luebeck, Jon Nolan, and Jena Custode playing acoustic (catchy) pop tunes and classic rock.

Our band has yet to be named!  So far, Jon’s come up with “Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.”  Chris and I say “No!”  I’m sure something will happen where we come up with a name…or maybe we should get groupies to name our band like in School of Rock?

Don’t forget to support OPC when you come by to see the show!

Are you ready?

October 15, 2009 - Leave a Response


October 14, 2009 - Leave a Response

Today would have been the perfect day

If I could have

Curled up on the couch

Wrapped in your arms

Listening to the rain

Breathing in your scent

Locking the gloom outside

Wishing this were every day

You say it’s your birthday…

October 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

Happy Birthday Steve!

The most awesome sound engineer…

and studio therapist…

and big brother.

You are old, man!  😉

Have fun on your birthday with Kai!

Love, JenaIMG_0893


October 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

I know I said in my last post I was going to ease through this fall…doesn’t seem to be going that way.  I don’t remember ever being this busy in my entire life…not that that’s a bad thing.  I am getting a little tired, and ready for some veg time.  Once I finish all of my projects and studying for my tests, I’ll have time to focus on the fun stuff, like playing new songs and recording Nichole’s demo.

I learned something tonight while rehearsing with Chris and Jon.  I am better at singing when I’m playing guitar.  It’s difficult to explain.  You would think because I am only focusing on singing I would perform better, but it is the exact opposite.  I feel strange and out of my element without playing.  My vocals have grown to depend on my guitar.  I guess I’m more of a guitar player than I thought I was.

On the other hand, Chris and Jon will not sing (which is why they need me.  lol).  They both started singing “Maggie May” when we played through it with the CD, and I’m thinking about making them sing it together, otherwise I’m changing the name from “Maggie” to “Matty.”

Chris, Jon and I (who have yet to come up with a good band name, although there are many in the running) will hopefully be playing at OPC next month…I’ll keep you posted.

Sorry guys, the bass is for girls

October 1, 2009 - Leave a Response

Wouldn’t you love to be playing gigs with Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, Herbie Hancock, and the Allman Brothers by the age of 22?  That’s what Tal Wilkenfeld has done!  This girl gives me another reason to learn to play the bass!  Check out her awesome solo in Jeff Beck’s “Cause We Ended As Lovers” at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago in 2007:

Who says a bass player has to stand in the back?

You find out more about Tal at

Orange leaves and the cool breeze

September 28, 2009 - Leave a Response

It’s strange how every season becomes my favorite season for different reasons.  In the winter, it’s cold, sunny days, winter clothes, holidays with the family (with lots of food), Christmas music and decorations, and going to Home Depot with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.  During spring I think of the end of school, new blooms (with allergies), and the start of warmer weather.  During summer, it’s beaches, sun, longer days, breezy summer albums (like Colbie Caillat or Corinne Bailey Rae), and leisure reading.  But when it arrives, I love fall, despite the slight hindrances (such as going back to school).  The heat is starting to get to me.  It’s time for the next season.

I am ready for fall.  I am ready for the weather to be cool enough for sweaters and boots (and my new fall coat).  I am ready to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and hot chocolate to watch an old movie on TCM, or re-read my favorite book (Ella Enchanted) for the 100th time.  I am ready for listening to Miles Davis, wrapped up in a sweater on the living room floor.  I am ready for the streets to smell like rain and to see the grass wet and glittering in the pale light.

Usually I am too busy to enjoy anything about fall.  Those relaxing moments only come in tiny intervals.  This fall I am going to make those moments last longer.  That means making blissful goals for the fall.  Want to see some of my list?

  • Baking treats for my family and friends (isn’t the smell of baking cookies or bread wonderful when it’s chilly outside?)
  • Drinking more tea instead of coffee
  • Watching black & white classic films
  • Listening to new music by not-so-new artists
  • Reading new books (for leisure, not for school, which brings me to the next goal)
  • Doing my homework early (so I have time to make a nice fall)

Let’s not stress at school this fall.  Would you like to join me?

Do you know about Nollywood?

September 26, 2009 - Leave a Response

In one of my classes we are studying world cinema.  For our midterm we are have a Cannes Film Market.  For this, each group must pick a country to sell either its movies to buyers or the country to producers, in other words, we are selling our country to our classmates.  My group is researching Nollywood, or the Nigerian film industry.

With a $250 million film industry, Nigeria is ahead of the U.S. but behind India in the film industry.  Nollywood produces between 1,000 and 2,000 movies a year, and are now making the transition from Betacam SP into HDcam.  Films are shot on location, many times within a week, and can be shot with only $10,000.

How do I know this?

Who knew?

Oh, Happy Day!

September 22, 2009 - 3 Responses

2 years ago tonight, Matthew asked me to be his girlfriend (everybody, awww).  It seems like a long time, but at the same time it doesn’t.  We’ve been through the ups and downs like any couple (more ups than anything), and I never knew my best friend would be a boy (because they still have cooties).  I know for certain, however, that our relationship would not last if it hadn’t started in the right place at the right time.

Matt and I met at St. Martha’s through the Core team.  He talked to me a lot the night we met, and before I left he asked if I had a MySpace (it was still popular at the time).  I wasn’t sure if he was just being nice since I was new, but it turns out he wanted to find out if I was single!  (What a sneaky boy!) Everyone thinks it’s funny that I was the one who asked him out on a date to the B.B. King Blues Festival.  After our “non-date” that night (you’ll have to ask him) I was so excited about how easy it was to talk to him, how we had so much in common even with our different career interests, and that he was (and still is) super cute.  A couple weeks later, we were together.

All this would not have been possible without God there to guide us to each other and to bring us closer together with Him.  Because we share the same values, morals, and faith our relationship has grown stronger and we are able to plan for each others futures, even if that means we aren’t meant for forever.  That’s why I find what my friends are doing at Growing Up Lane and Visualize Love is awesome and inspiring.  Please check out Project Chase and post your video.  Matt and I will be posting ours soon.

So, Mr. Love, it’s been an exciting journey so far.  Thanks for giving me a reason to write happy songs.  Happy Anniversary.  I love you.