Tiny Pop Dancer

Hey friends!

If you like to read my blogs but are tired of actually reading, this week is for you!

Without further ado, click the image below to check out this week’s Video Blog!

And in case you don’t have time to watch the video, the most important part is that I HAVE A SHOW THIS FRIDAY!!  Here’s the skinny on all the details:

Friday 2/25/11

Blue Cafe

17208 Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach, CA

Doors at 7 – Tix $12

Send a message to jessicaripka@gmail.com for your tickets



Quit Your Day Job

I was hanging out with Patrick, the bartender, at my show this past Monday night who had a few questions.

1.  Did I study music full time in school?

2.  Do I do music full time now as a job?

I had to tell him no on both counts, at which point he said something along the lines of, “Wow – well, you should!”

Thanks, Patrick – I’d love to.

My actual job is similar in that it involves sitting down; but that’s where the similarities end, I’m afraid (I don’t count the quiet humming I do by the xerox machine while making copies…).  And unfortunately, I usually sit at a desk instead of a piano.  For hours. Like, hours and hours and hours.  Did I mention that I sit for hours??  Anywhere between 10 and 14, to be exact.  Here’s a cartoon I drew to demonstrate my point:

That said, you can understand (I hope…) why I revel in my free time.  I spend a good portion of the year ‘between projects’, as they say, and have a hard time letting go of that free time once another project starts up.  Case in point – I was recently offered a stellar position on an even more stellar film that would have had me working with the stellarest crew of all time (‘stellarest’ is a word.  Promise.)  Think of every enjoyable, successful, amazing film and it’s likely that this woman worked on it.  And she wanted to hire me!  Sadly, she wanted to hire me to sit in a chair all day – both in LA and Detroit.  And if there’s one thing I’ve discovered from being back in LA, it takes a ridiculously long time to build a fanbase somewhere and I’m not ready to stop building what I’ve got here out west.

So.  I turned it down.  It’s not that I’ll never work again.  Hopefully I’ll make some money before things get really tight and I can’t even afford to do what I love anymore.  Until then, though, I’m sticking to my guns and staying out of that chair.  A great plan during a recession, right??  So if you’re the praying type, feel free to send some prayers my way.  If not, then you can just send cash.




ps – almost forgot!  I just got some video footage back from my show in Long Beach a few weeks ago.  Wanna check out a fresh new song I’m working on recording?  I thought so…  And check out the HOTTEST little band I’ve ever been part of (not that I’ve actually ever been in a band, but….).  Tripp Beam rocks my little toe socks off every time he hits a drum set and Luke Janela makes me endlessly happy with his cello.  Seriously.  I can’t give this up.  Not yet….


ps2 – For those of you in similar situations or empathetic to the plight of a Dreamer in less than dreamy times, here’s a book for you.  Far and away one of the best books for kids and grown-ups.  Read the whole thing for yourself just by clicking on the image below.  Enjoy!



Happy Columbus Day!

(I know, I know – it’s technically Valentine’s Day, but I figure it’s a touchy issue for some people, so…  Then again, even Columbus Day is a touchy issue, too.  I guess there’s just no winning…!)

In any case, Happy Monday!  For starters, in case you still haven’t gotten a Valentine’s Day card, here’s one I drew for you:


And if that doesn’t cheer you up, then you’ll be happy to know that I have a show tomorrow at the fabulous Busby’s East in Los Angeles and you should definitely come!  Here’s the info:

Tuesday 2/15/11 @8pm

Busby’s East

5364 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

$10 w/ presale ticket – $15 at the door


Granted, that probably only cheers you up if you’re in the LA area.  So!  Since I’ve been spending all my free time at my friend, Van’s, studio to chip away at the next batch of songs, I’ve had a chance to work on this year’s Singing Telegram which can now be enjoyed throughout the entire continental US and the world.  I’m calling it “Strangers” and would like to dedicate to all of the good friends I’ve disappointed and let down over the years but who still manage to want me around.  Lemme tell you – those two people are the best friends I’ll ever have…  😉

In any case, from my piano to yours, Happy Valentine’s Day!