Hope you all enjoy this in-studio view of the recording process for my latest song "Earthquake," LIVE at Pentavarit in Nashville, TN!
I wrote this song with fellow Nashville songwriter Laura Vance who is also singing background vocals. One of my favorite parts of this track is our layered vocal lines...listen for them near the end of the song!
Merry Christmas! Hope you enjoy my version of "Silent Night."
For those of you who feel broken or abused, down and out or downright mad, I know I can't change your situation, your life or your outlook. But you know what I can do? I can get you to dance your heartbreak away for 3 and a half minutes! Hope "Heartbreak Hang-Up" gives you a little lift in your day.
Get the song on Spotify and iTunes HERE.
Also, check out this behind-the-scenes video of the band and me recording LIVE at Pentavarit Studios in Nashville, TN!
A list. A very short list, but an honest one.
I'm thankful for my hanging succulent plants. Every time I look at them I think about how they started out as one small plant. I think about how we all have the potential for such abundant growth!
I'm thankful for my patrons. The connections and friendships that are forming on Patreon literally keep me going every day.
I'm thankful that dark chocolate exists.
I'm thankful for the challenge of learning new things, like how to make my own album artwork. I never knew that's a thing I could do until it became a necessity and I did it! Funny how that works...
I'm thankful for my husband Jonathan who has the rare ability to think up creative ways to help me with my music career and who has believed in me from the beginning.
I'm thankful for Simon the Cat who has a talent for being the perfect cuddly reprieve when I'm working too hard.
I'm thankful for warm cups of tea and comfy clothes at the end of the day.
I'm thankful for intermittent fasting, which keeps me healthy and grounded and feeling totally not guilty for the big Thanksgiving feast I'm about to it!
I'm thankful for YOU. Thanks for spending some time on my website to read this post.
What are you thankful for this year?
NOTE: The 2018 photos aren't available yet, but if you'd like to get an idea of what they'll look...
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This song is for all you two peas in a pod out there. When you're together, anything is an adventure. Sometimes you might feel like you can't stand each other, but that's only because you suit each other so well! Laughing comes easy and the memories are endless.
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October 12th is National Farm Day and I thought I'd celebrate the occasion by sharing with you one of my absolute Loves in life outside of making music: local, organic foods!
A few weeks ago my friend Trista invited me to join her for Fall Farm Day at her CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, which is a group of individuals who pledge to guarantee a farmer's crop financially and in return receive shares of food weekly or bi-weekly. It's a great way to live by the seasons, have an adventure in your kitchen every week with seasonal produce and support your local farmer!
So, let's begin our virtual tour of Rosie Belle Farm, an hour or so south of Nashville in a town called Pulaski, TN. (All photos taken by me or Trista except if otherwise noted).
Meet Pat and Paul Schertz, the farmers of Rosie Belle. Overall-clad and sporting a purple bandana, Pat greets us with a warm smile and leads us through the flower gardens up to the Farm House which was built, along with its outbuildings, in 1894. Once I step onto the front porch I have an overwhelming urge to just sit, sip, and stay here forever, but I fight it back and head on inside...
The first thing I see when I walk inside is this amazing staircase. I can honestly say this is the most unique set of stairs I have ever seen. And yes, those are real yard sticks.
Just to the right of the staircase the house opens up into the main sitting area. Past the wood burning stove with fresh rosemary foccacia bread waiting to be devoured (Pat is an extraordinary cook by the way) there is a heaping pile of apples sitting in the light of the window. Go ahead, take one! I've already had three...
We head outside on this gorgeous autumn day and start exploring their 65 acre backyard. Can someone please explain to me why farm buildings make such great photography material??
Oh, there's Trista, chillin' by the pumpkins...
There are plenty of farm animals running around! Eleven dogs, many of whom were rescues, are making good use of the open space. And look...wasn't it nice for the pigs to line up for a family photo?
And how about those goats! They're certainly eager to eat my purse and...I KID you not, this actually happened...later on one jumps on the table as I'm eating and head straight for my plate!
All I have to say about this shot is that Diana Ross's "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" somehow starts playing softly in the background...
And what Farm Day would be complete without cuddling with a baby duckling?
Lunch time! After three rounds of appetizers (we're being fed like Queens!) it's time for the crispiest fried chicken I've ever tasted, farm cheese and tomato sandwiches and yes, even the ice cream on the ice cream sandwich is made from scratch.
It really has been a perfect day. Thank you to Pat, Paul and the whole crew at Rosie Belle Farm for your hospitality and generosity!
Now, I leave you with Trista and I laughing because Farmer Paul is acting like he doesn't know how to use an iPhone (he did a nice job though!)
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You know how couples remember their first kiss or their first dance? Well, for songwriters we remember the first song we wrote together (LOL!) "How the Wind Blows" is the first song my husband Jonathan and I co-wrote and I'm so glad it's finally out in the world! We'll see where the wind takes this song...hopefully far!
Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video of us recording live (yes, the name of the series is honest!) at Pentavarit Studios here in Nashville, TN.
As you guys probably know, I’m such a thrift store addict! I had fun going through my closet and pairing together my latest finds along with a few from friends. What I ended up with are definitely clothes that I felt the most “me” in!
I love this sheer mini-floret sleeveless top. For me it’s that perfect go-to summer piece. I feel 10x more FUN in this outfit!
Thanks to my fellow thrifter, Trista McClarnon (pst...watch for her new vintage online store opening soon called Jean Eileen!), I got to sport this outrageously wild leopard sweater! There are no words to how funky cool this thing is.
Have you ever had a clothing item you put on and you feel invincible in? Yeah, that’s this leather jacket by Gryphon. It’s the perfect tan color that goes with everything and fits just right. HANDS DOWN it's my favorite find from Designer Renaissance - I LOVE this place, you gotta check ‘em out!
I’m on a mission to bring the hat back! Hats add such unique style and character to a look. I lucked out and found this Goorin Bros emerald-colored hat at Buffalo Exchange.
Most importantly, I think these photos reflect the sound of my upcoming “Live at Pentavarit” song series in images (well, if that can even be done, we’ve done it!) The new songs were recorded, as the name suggests, live in a trio setting. We didn’t do any fancy sound layering, and it wasn’t a lengthy teeth-pulling process. The songs were recorded with exactly what they needed, no more, no less. I think these photos achieve the same goal. They really show me, wearing clothes that feel like me…just simple, and just right.
I'm going to let the video do most of the talking on this one, but I will say this:
Patreon is an amazing platform where fans and art-lovers can get insider-access to Creators of all types when they opt-in to support them on a regular basis. What this means is: You have the power to make our Artistic Careers happen. Woah.
I decided to join Patreon when I saw that folks were digging my live-stream shows on Periscope and wanted a way for people to be able to engage more with the music I'm creating. So...
When you become Patron for $2-$6 a month you'll get Early Access to all my new music and video releases. There's also an option to download The Song of the Month and to tune into regular VIP Live-Stream Shows.
So there you have it! Thank you all for the support You give me in so many ways: just by reading this blog post, listening to my music, watching my videos...or becoming a Patron - I appreciate you all!!!
A few years ago I was in Henderson, KY enjoying a beautiful summer day at my in-laws’. Richard was on the far side of the yard at his meat smoker, faithfully turning a batch of ribs. I closed my eyes to take in the scent of charred sweetness when I hear Dorothy’s infectious laugh, all full of life, coming from the sunroom.
That day in Henderson the sun laid lightly on the skin and the breeze drifted through like we were seaside. I let blades of grass go through my toes and listened to the birds happily chirping away…
Well maybe the City Girl in me is getting a little sappy here, but you get the picture: it was a really nice day. It was the type of day that inspires a songwriter to write a Summer Song.
I had my guitar with me and started picking out some chords. I wanted the song to sound like it had a porch swing built right into it. I wanted it to feel like that little smile you get as you’re drifting off in the hammock under the shade of a tree.
“Piece on Earth” is an ode to loving your Home. It's about accepting what you have and being happy with your life for what it is. No frills needed, just your own backyard.
I think that’s just how Dorothy and Richard have lived their lives. They’re still in the house my husband grew up in and have made a lot of history in that house! It’s also a house with a strict open door policy: you can expect friends and neighbors to stop in on the regular just to say hi. They have an open refrigerator policy, too. :)
So here it is: "Piece on Earth," my Summer Song, written in Henderson, KY. I hope it’ll make a nice companion to your summer days ahead!
It’s inevitable. Around this time of year, every year, I’ll start waking up a little more refreshed than usual. I’ll think, “hmmm, that’s nice…” and go about my day only to realize that everything seems to fall into place, I'm bumping into friends left and right and even cracking jokes and starting to think I'm actually funny. Soon inspiration is flowing and I start to think I really must have hit my stride in life and WOW! am I doing a great job at being an Awesome Human Being when suddenly it hits me…ohhhhhhhh, it’s the nice weather.
So I guess it wasn't that power smoothie I've been making for breakfast after all.
Nope! Just good old Spring. Open windows, vibrant flower colors, and the sunlight, oh the glorious sunlight again!
What I find fascinating is that this scenario happens, without fail, year after year. I forget how it feels to live in a springtime world. My body, slowly and willingly adjusts to the overcast skies and lack of precious vitamin D and just…copes. Sluggishly, it comes to think that this is how it always has been and always will be. That is, until that warm air starts moseying on in...
I have to chuckle at myself. Did I seriously think it was something I had done to make me feel so great? Uh…NO. Some remedies just take their time to come back around, and you can’t do a darned thing to rush it.
Lesson learned, until next year that is 😉.
P.s. - Why Imagination in Bloom? It a lyric from my song Red Red!
Alright, all you Procrastinators, if you haven’t gotten around to doing anything for Women’s History Month yet, or heck, didn’t even know it was going on, now’s your chance!
(Note: being that this blog post is on the last day of Women’s History Month we can all tell who’s the Biggest Procrastinator of all. Uh…yeah.)
Actually, I’ve been thinking about notable women throughout history a lot lately. Not because it’s the month of March even though, hey, it’s nice to get some yearly recognition for our gender, but the real reason is that I’m working on a concept album inspired by fascinating women from all different time periods and backgrounds whom, quite frankly, I’ve never heard of and maybe you haven’t either!
I’ve written five songs so far and oh my goodness! these women have truly become my muses. They’ve entranced me thoroughly with their triumphant valor, bloodthirsty schemes, charismatic wit and unearthly resilience. Are they perfect examples of what humanity should strive to be? You bet they aren’t! But that’s what makes them so beautifully interesting.
Which leads me to sharing with you this magical wonderland of a website I found in my research, www.rejectedprincesses.com. Expect to find (and I’m quoting the site here): “Women too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat for Kids’ Movies.” Let me introduce you too:
And I’m totally sucked in. The way he writes about these women’s stories is completely engaging and his animation-style images make each come to life. Suffice it to say I have a lot of food for fodder here for my concept album and I hope you dig in, too! Once you get acquainted with a few of these colorful characters you may want to check out his official Rejected Princesses book that just came out late 2016.
OK folks, Happy Last Day of Women’s History Month and enjoy the good reads!
I like to keep little notes on my fridge to help me be mindful and reflective throughout the day. Here's a quote by American humorist Evan Esar that I've been thinking about:
I'm mulling over how different, yet connected, the terms success and good fortune are. To me, success conjures notions of hard work and determination to reach a sought-after goal. Good fortune makes me think of happy accidents and favorable circumstances we all wish would fall into our laps.
Oh, so many times I've been envious of people that just "seem lucky" while I grumble to myself about how I have to pull myself up from my bootstraps and keep my chin up...LOL!! Haven't we all had thoughts like this?? The thing is, hard work and luck go hand in hand; the more perspiration we put into our aspirations, the more lucky breaks we seem to come by.
Now, I've heard some people say they don't believe in luck, or at least that they don't need it. As long as we put the effort in we get results back, right? While I would love to believe that I'm in 100% control of my destiny I think Evan Esar's quote reminds me that that's not entirely true. In fact, the things in life that we can't control are often our most important motivators. Desperation can lead us, albeit painfully, to stumble upon serendipitous inspiration!
Easier said then done, for sure. But I figure with all the times I open my fridge in a day it'll start to sink in :)
I’m a Live Performer; I love connecting with an audience and feeding off of the in the moment energy that’s so palpable at a show. For the audience and myself alike live performance is exhilarating because we know that anything can happen…because it’s live. Case in point:
I’d be fooling myself if I said that that same in the moment thrill transfers over to a carefully crafted 140 characters on Twitter or an edited YouTube video (or this blog post?? 😬). I mean, apples and oranges, right? My scripted social media self is just different than my spontaneous stage self. Well…that was true until I discovered a social media platform that changed all that.
Periscope is a live-streaming social app that allows folks from all around the world to watch broadcasts in real time. In my opinion it’s the perfect marriage between social media and live performance. Alas! the two have found each other - what a love story! OK, I can’t help myself:
You’ve probably noticed that live-streaming is quickly becoming “a thing,” especially since sites like Facebook and Instagram have adopted the concept. It’s easy to see why. People are hungry to know what’s really going on behind the curtain; they’re ready to make a connection and to be in the moment with us musicians, artists, speakers or anyone who has something to share!
So every Sunday at 6p CST you can find me in my little music room, on Periscope, playing a different batch of songs each week. I’ve gotta say it’s been a learning curve to adapt to singing while reading comments and responding quickly to people’s questions. But it’s SO much fun, and exhilarating – like performing on stage! What I love best is seeing that people are ready to be active listeners, to engage and even to share about their own lives.
If you’re interested in joining me next Sunday find me at www.periscope.tv/raehering or download the app on your phone and search “Rae Hering.” While you’re there you can also view my past scopes like the amazing Pre-Valentines House Show I threw in my apartment (25 people in my tiny living room!!) on Feb. 12th.
While you're on Periscope make sure to stumble across more fascinating content. A few of my recommendations are Piano Around (a guy who takes his upright piano all around the world), Clare Means (singer-songwriter and street performer sensation) and Neil Gaiman (yes, the fantasy author). Have fun being in the moment!
What’s a musician to do with three shows this week and a raspy throat that makes her sound like Scuttle in the Little Mermaid?? Well, let’s open up the pantry…zicam, airborne, lemon, honey, zinc, garlic, chicken broth, vitamin C, throat coat tea, neti pot, cough drops, apple cider vinegar…
OK, I’ve got enough vitamins and superfoods to start a homeopathy side business, but even still, sometimes a cold manages to kick my I’m-sick-so-I-get-to-sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-Netflix butt! (Hey, any excuse will do 🤧 😬)
Point is, this up-and-down weather’s got me keeping Kleenex in steady business this year and it’s likely you’re in the same 2-play boat. Thankfully, I learned of a new trick to bolster my medicine bag when I visited Music City Tea yesterday…
First of all, I just love visiting this locally owned and operated teashop. I go there to stock up on this killer Black Water Fairy Oolong that's sourced straight from the Chinese province that the owner, Jenny, comes from; her family has been making green, white, black and oolong teas in the Wuyishan area of the Fujian Province for over three generations, and it tastes like it, too!
So I was about to head out the door with my oolong when Jenny noticed my hoarse voice and suggested Farmer’s Tea. Well…OK, let’s give it a try! Another great thing about this teashop is that you can try any of the teas before you buy. Believe me, if you sit down at her tea table the teas will keep coming!
So I sat down and she poured me up some Farmer’s Tea with fair warning that it does not taste good. After following her instructions to slurp (yes, noisily slurp), gargle, swallow, and repeat two more times I can say that indeed, you don’t drink Farmer’s Tea for the flavor; however, it doesn’t taste horrible.
As yesterday progressed and a few hours went by I’ve gotta say my voice started doing much better! Guys, I think I’ll be ready for my shows this week! Next time I feel a cold coming on I’ll make sure to get the Farmer’s Tea out right away.
To check out Music City Tea’s various teas and tea sets, visit: www.musiccitytea.com.
I wanted to say a quick Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, so I decided to play you a song to enjoy in the comfort of your own home this holiday season. I hope you enjoy it and may your days be merry and bright.
The "Adventures of Simon the Cat" calendar features photos taken by me of my very fluffy and friendly feline: a ginger-colored Persian named Simon. Each calendar will be signed and can also be bundled with CD's.
The perfect stocking stuffer for you cat-loving family and friends!
Click here to check out all the photos in the calendar.