By Dave Andrusko
It’s probably just me—no, I take that back—everybody enjoys great music and at no time is that more true than when grassroots activists gather at the premiere pro-life educational event of the year.
Recording artist Jaime Thietten has graciously agreed to come back to sing at the National Right to Life 2011 Convention one year after she made such as incredibly positive impression in Pittsburgh. And she’ll sing not just once—at the Friday morning Prayer Breakfast—but a second time—at the Saturday night closing Banquet.
Jaime is best known to pro-lifers for an incredibly powerful song, “My Chance.” She will sing that as well as other inspirational songs.
I’ve reprinted an interview I did with Jaime before last year’s convention to give you a flavor of what this remarkably talent performer will bring at the convention, which runs June 23-25 in Jacksonville, Florida. Click her for full information about how to register and how to get a discount on your hotel room, a reduced flat-rate than ends May 20.
See you soon in Jacksonville.
“My Chance”: A Pro-Life Song Not to Be Missed
By Dave Andrusko
Although the talent on display may be decidedly uneven, my wife and I never miss American Idol. We are hooked, because what you see is a vivid reminder that there are musical diamonds in the rough just waiting to be discovered.
How fitting that I should have my first exposure to “My Chance,” an extraordinarily sensitive and powerful pro-life song performed by Jaime Thietten, on Tuesday afternoon, hours before AI. When NRL Convention Director Jacki Ragan instant-messaged me a link, it came with Jacki’s highest commendation. Had Jaime been available, she would have been a prominent part of NRLC’s 2009 national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While she may be unfamiliar to many of us, Jaime is hardly a newcomer or an unknown. She’s been in the music business for 10 years. She came to our attention because a grassroots pro-lifer saw that “My Chance” had just received the “Song of the Year” award at this year’s Momentum Award ceremonies in Nashville. (I’ve subsequently learned that the Momentum Awards, now in its 4th year, is the premier award-recognition program for Christian independent artists.)
You don’t have to be a music critic to recognize talent this awesome. Halfway through “My Chance,” it’s clear that Jaime’s voice is a gift from God.
You can summarize “My Chance,” as you can anything, in a handful of words. But short does not mean simple. As pro-lifers we know that “abortion,” while only three syllables long, packs as much emotional punch as any word in the English language.
Early in “My Chance” we learn that the woman has had an abortion which, as an older woman, she grievously regrets. The lyrics are subtle but you don’t need the musical video to know how deep her wounds are. (You can watch the video at Jaime’s web site—www.jtmusic.net)
When she learned she was pregnant she decided to name the child “Chance.” In anticipation, she bought the baby the “cutest little shoes.” But after she and the baby’s father were told they were “too young to raise a son” and “promised we’d never regret it,” she had an abortion. But now “we pray each day that God will understand.” Heartbroken, she misses “My Chance.”
As the video concludes the woman, much older now, is looking upward, holding the baby shoes she purchased lo those many years before. The title’s double meaning is revealed in the final verses: “He was my one, my only chance. I missed my chance.”
There is a YouTube video that tells the “Story Behind the Song” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcBmtaeCDNA). Along with Rick Shadrick and J.T. Tallent, the lyricists, Jaime discusses the marvelous way the song came together. All three are solidly pro-life.
At times almost overcome with emotion, Jaime quietly talks about how she and her husband have tried unsuccessfully for a decade to have children. “This song has a little bit of a deeper meaning for me,” she says. Jaime is able to see the situation from both sides—families that desperately want children but can’t, and women who are pregnant “and don’t want their children.”
Barely able to speak Jaime says that people “are under the impression that if the baby is not wanted, then it doesn’t need to come into the world. And that’s not true because a baby is always wanted. It might not be wanted by you, but it is going to be wanted by someone else, like me.”
As if speaking directly to a young girl who is deciding whether to have an abortion, Jaime pleads, “Give that baby a chance. Give me a chance to be a mom. And I think your life will have much bigger meaning—you can be a hero to this baby.”
You can watch the video itself at www.jtmusic.net and the inspirational story behind “My Chance” atwww.youtube.com/watch?v=VcBmtaeCDNA