By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. This morning Jaime Thietten brought her immense singing talents to the 2018 National Right to Life Convention. She sang at the Prayer Breakfast this morning and will sing again at the Saturday night closing banquet. The following is a repost of a story I wrote about Jaime years ago. You can visit her website to read about and hear samples of all her work at jtmusic.net.
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.
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 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 the Momentum Award ceremonies in Nashville. (I’ve subsequently learned that the Momentum Awards 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 here).
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” [https://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 had 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” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcBmtaeCDNA