The award winning writers of “Hiding from the Rain,” Jeana Potthoff and Richard Roman, are donating their songwriter’s royalties on the first 5,000 downloads of their new song, “Don’t Let Christmas Go,” to help me get new legs. For just 99 cents, you can download Don’t Let Christmas Go and help me raise the money to have Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) next March.
Jeana Potthoff is from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is a wife and mother to a 12-year-old daughter. Other than taking care of her family, she teaches piano and violin lessons and writes music. Since starting a writing partnership with Richard Roman in 2010, she and Richard have focused on creating songs with strong, meaningful messages.
Richard Roman is a songwriter from North Canton, Ohio. He is a lyricist who has written with composers from all over the world. In 2008, he created a website 72words.com to distribute the Secret to Happiness verse and song. The website also has the Giving Songs that he and Jeana Potthoff wrote to raise funds for good causes.
In 2009, Richard started 72 Words Productions to create virtual world music videos. He has made music videos for the Grammy nominated artist Alissa Moreno and the teen TV star from Singapore Ming Bridges. The music video of “Everyday “was is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library due to its historical significance. It is the first music video made with a Grammy nominated artist performing as themselves in a virtual world. Richard is the playwright for the musical Blue Moon. He wrote the book and all the lyrics to the songs. The music was composed by Denis Couture of Montreal. He produced a staged reading of Blue Moon on August 19, 2011 at the Players Guild in Canton, Ohio.
Jeana Potthoff and Richard Roman are the Giving Songwriters who wrote the song “Hiding from the Rain.” Jeana’s grandparents had Alzheimer’s and Richard’s dad had dementia. Richard created a video to honor the caregivers who give their love unconditionally. These compassionate writers use “Hiding from the Rain” to increase awareness and support. So far, 14 Alzheimer’s and caregiver organizations have shared and promoted the video to help their cause.
Jeana and Richard believe in writing songs with powerful messages. They have always wanted to write a Christmas song about how the spirit of Christmas should stay with us all year round. They were inspired from working with Shara Strand on “We’re in this Together” to write “Don’t Let Christmas Go” with her.
I became friends with Richard after learning of our mutual interest in spreading Alzheimer’s awareness. As a caregiver for my mom, I truly admire and appreciate Richard’s tireless devotion to increasing awareness and support so that our loved ones are never forgotten.
Thank you, Jeana and Richard, for donating your songwriter’s royalties from the first 5,000 downloads of “Don’t Let Christmas Go” to help me raise the money for a life-changing surgery. Your generous act of kindness embodies the spirit of your beautiful song, which encourages us to keep Christmas love in our hearts so that we can experience joy and peace every day of the year. It is an honor to know both of you.