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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!
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.
Click HERE to get "Navigator/Aviator" on Spotify and iTunes, or click below to buy now!
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!
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!
The other day I was talking to my upstairs neighbor. She told me that a friend of hers, only 25 years old, had a massive heart attack; no one saw it coming and no one knows why it happened. Her friend died, was resuscitated, and then remained unconscious with doctors predicting that she would be permanently brain damaged.
Woah. That’s heavy stuff.
Two days later she woke up and started talking and laughing…with no signs of brain damage at all!
At this point in the story my jaw is halfway to the floor and I’m flooded with all kinds of emotion: shock, sympathy, relief…and lots of thankfulness. A close encounter to death, even if it’s just hearing about your neighbor’s friend, has a way of making the important things in life crystal clear.
Needless to say, my neighbor has been on the emotional roller coaster of a lifetime and is exhausted from spending day after long day at the hospital. But here’s the part that really got to me: she said she stopped by the apartment one of those worrying nights before heading back to the hospital and heard me playing a Chopin Nocturne. It was just what she needed to hear in the midst of all the turmoil. It was a comfort to her, hearing that melody, and she told me thank you for that song.
Well, besides the fact that I’m relieved my neighbor actually enjoys my music and doesn’t file noise complaints on me, I’m thankful for this reminder of how powerful music is - how music can offer a moment of reprieve from life’s problems and can calm a storm of negative thoughts. How it can resurface emotions that we’ve stuffed away and can sort through the ones that are tormenting us. Music certainly is a subtle and mysterious healer.
With this in mind, I’m thankful to be one of Music’s willing and able conduits. I’m thankful for my neighbor’s friend’s recovery and I’m thankful for the gift of Life, in all its fragility.
Below is a video of me playing Chopin’s Nocturne in Eb. Chopin has always been particularly close to my heart, and now I have even more reason to love his music.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I’m so happy to have been a part of such a meaningful and poignant film, “Still Sophie” directed by Caroline Knight, which will be making its world premier today in Charlotte as part of the 100 Words Film Festival (a festival where all films must use exactly 100 words! Talk about tricky!)
“Still Sophie” is a seven minute documentary that tells the story of a young woman, Sophie, who suffered a stroke when she was 19. After four years of therapy she’s made amazing progress but still struggles with aphasia, which is where her thinking process is completely intact but speaking those thoughts is extremely difficult.
Singing, however, is easier. Sophie has always loved to sing and that hasn’t changed a bit because of her stroke! In fact, the documentary features Sophie singing “Maybe This Time” and that’s where I come in – I’m accompanying her on piano!
What a strong, determined and beautiful young woman Sophie is! An inspiration!
Read more about “Still Sophie” and The 100 Words Film Festival.
Remember that short film, "Daddy's Little Girl," I wrote the music for?
Well...after showing at ten film festivals around the world and winning Best Short Film at Hollywood's SCREAMFEST Horror Film Festival, "Daddy's Little Girl" is now available on iTunes and even made it to #1 on the iTunes Top Short Films Sales!
Waa?!? It even beat out "Frozen"???
🎉 🎈 🎊 (Insert party noises here) 🎉 🎈 🎊
The song that I wrote (also called "Daddy's Little Girl") unfortunately wasn't able to be included in it's full form for the iTunes version of the film. But no worries! That just gives me an opportunity to give you all a FREE DOWNLOAD of the song on Noisetrade!
"Daddy's Little Girl"
By Rae Hering
I’m gonna make you love me,
We’re gonna build a castle,
You’re gonna kiss and hug me
When you see I’m special.
You can be my hero
And save my whole wide world,
Cuz I’m gonna make you love me
Like I’m Daddy’s little girl.
So how did this project come about anyhow? In February of 2014 I got a text from my friend Trey McClarnon asking if I'd write the music for a film he and his brother Chad McClarnon were working on to submit Studio 360's 30-Second Horror Film Festival Judged by Wes Craven. Trey told me a few details about the genre and storyline over text and about an hour later I sent him a scratch version of the song "Daddy's Little Girl" which then became the title of the film. After entering the 30-Second Horror Film Festival, Chad decided to re-edit the film to lengthen it and submit it to film festivals everywhere. After a great festival run,. the film is now available on iTunes and is even flying high with Virgin Airlines as part of their in-flight entertainment.
That's right! I've posted two of these babies over the last couple of weeks so I thought it was time to call it what it is.
You see, I've been exploring my beautiful city of Nashville for the tucked away (or not-so-tucked-away) places that inspire me to find my muse in Music City. I hope you'll come along with me...
Quick 'lil post...just want to put out this montage video that Jonathan made recently. We're hoping it will help us book regional house concerts and gigs, but really it's just some fun footage that I think you all will enjoy!
Happy WEEKEND! :)
As summer starts to wind down this Labor Day weekend, I got to thinking about the highlights of the past few months. Waterfall excursions with friends, family reunions where I ate way too much, pool parties where I regretted that I ate too much, and even going on my first weekend tour with the band!
But one thing really stands out. On July 31st my husband Jonathan and I had the honor of curating a Nashville Fringe Festival event from the ground up. We called it "Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert" because we wanted to create a unique atmosphere where people can come together and get to know each other while enjoying a free live music event. Thanks to Jan Bossing with the Nashville Fringe Festival, we turned South x Sea recording studio into an East Nashville music venue and had a ball celebrating our Nashville Community!
Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert
Our M.C. Jason Marsden characteristically weaved his way through the audience (the word "stage" is a broad term in his book) and not only kept the laughs coming but spoke about the meaning of Community much more eloquently than I could imagine. My favorite part of his monologue was when he passed out blank Thank You cards to everyone because - well, what better way to build Community that to send an old fashioned personal note, right?
Our local beer sponsor Little Harpeth Brewing came through with refreshing craft beer that was perfect for the summertime heat. Also (you may have noticed this in the slideshow) we had two giant donuts - let me repeat - TWO GIANT DONUTS from Fox's Donut Den because, well, that's just awesome!!!!
Yes, our theme was the Nashville Community for this event, but we didn't want to leave everyone else out! That's where our friend Ford Heacock with FIREBREATHrecords came in. He provided high quality lifestream for everyone, everywhere. I regret we couldn't find a way to get our internet guests some of that delicious giant donut though...
I will leave you with one of my favorite songs from the evening. It's a cover song I sing called "Bei Mir Bist du Schöne," originally sung by the Andrews Sisters. We're having WAY too much fun in this video to be allowed, especially at the end when it gets all dramatic!! Enjoy!
For someone who doesn't get high, besides the morning cup of coffee of course, last weekend had me on the wings of something spectacular. I'm sitting in the Green Hills theater, at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival, listening to the song I wrote and recorded for the short film "Daddy's Little Girl," playing on the Silver Screen. What a feeling.
This extraordinary little film tells the story of a precocious young girl who uses her self-taught science knowledge to take control and finally tackle the problem of her abusive father head on. Among the many talented folks involved in this film is the film's star, 11-year old Robin-August Fritsch, who is quite the precocious and lovable kid in real life. Then there's the BRAINS behind it all - Trey and Chad McClarnon of Best Part Productions (once you see the film you'll know why the word "brains" is so squeamishly special.) Trey and Chad are brothers who make a perfect writer/director team, and I'm so happy to call them friends and creative comrades.
Finally, let me say that with great hoopla that Nashville loved our film so much after the first showing that it voted us into the TN Audience Awards at the Nashville Film Fest! The show is tonight and sadly for you, it's all sold out. But you can still catch the last showing Friday at 1p.
I leave you with my song of the same title. Check out the music box version, too...it's creepy :)
I played my first Up-Close Concert a couple weeks ago at a vibey little joint called the Lumberyard in Huntsville, AL. My friend and co-writer Robert LaSalle invited me to play for his hometown crowd there and we couldn't have asked for a better night.
So what's an Up-Close Concert anyway?
A intimate show where every person feels like they have front-row seats.
A place where every person there can get to know the performers personally.
Where there's no such thing as a passive audience - everyone is an active participant in the experience.
A unique event that no one will forget...I know I certainly won't.
Check it out for yourself:
What would your ideal Up-Close Concert look like?
I know that what I'm about to say will sound like a complete fabrication in order to be all teacher's pet-y, but I LOVE both NPR and Lagunitas. Little secret, my bucket list includes the entry "be interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air." And if the bar serves Lagunitas IPA, that's what I'm ordering every time - no joke.
While I pinky swear that my professed love is tried and true, I'm also pretty sure that the amount I enjoy informative radio and delicious alcoholic beverages has no bearing on the contest results. It does, however, have a complete effect on how much I enjoyed this project!
Enter Chad McClarnon. Chad is very tall, has a dapper mustache, and possesses the uncanny ability to make a kickin' professional video in a matter of hours. The rules of the video were to play live music - behind a desk. With Jonathan playing bass and Duane on drums, we came up with something pretty cool and had fun doing it, too!
But now let me express the REAL reason why I think this contest was worth the effort - because it was not based on how many VOTES or VIEWS or LIKES I corral from my friends or other poor souls that gets accosted by my persistent yet overly cheerful requests to "check out my page!!!"
Most contests that musicians enter nowadays make me feel like I'm in high school again - right back to the old popularity game. But has anyone ever noticed that the harder you try to get people to like you, the more they seem to not care??
Running after votes, views and likes, especially from my personal friends, is like whitening my teeth. Sure, a Crest-white smile looks nice, but does it really mean my teeth are healthier for it? In other words, if all my friends vote for my contest entry, am I really any closer to where I want to be in my music career?
I don't think any musician should have to beg or nag people to publicly vouch from them. I think if our art is effective and accessible, people who feel moved to follow our careers will emerge. They will watch our videos, leave their comments and like our pages. This will grow into a happy byproduct called popularity.
Unlike the high school prom queen's 15min of fame, however, this kind of popularity is the kind that sticks. It will stick if we respect our audience enough to let them decide when they want their voices heard and how they want to be fans.
So thank you, tiny desk concert contest, for giving us the space to following our Creative Light instead of a popularity gimmick. Hope you find an artist that shines like a torch in the night.
Has anyone ever told you to let go of your inhibitions? When are you actually able to do this? Or are you? It's a nice thing to say or think about doing - but can we every fully let go?
These are the thoughts running through my mind after my co-write this weekend with my friend Robert LaSalle. We finished a song about a wealthy man whose spirit is getting crushed by his lifestyle. He drives a long distance to the ocean and leaves everything behind as he transforms into a Beach Bum (ever wonder where beach bums come from? well, now you know.)
Admittedly, it's an extreme example of letting go of inhibition, so much so that this character gives up possessions, social norms and loved ones. But I think the idea is something we can all relate to.
Falling from grace
Falling out from the Great Unknown
(The Great Unknown is calling me.)
After writing this song, the presence of my own inhibition is clearer than ever. I feel it in my own songwriting. You see, I love collaborating, but it's as if I mentally block myself from the flow of inspiration when I’m sitting next to a co-writer. I feel the most comfortable coming up with lyrics curled up by my lonesome where I can crawl into the caverns of my mind.
But I long to be open with others with my thoughts and creativity - I just don't know how to get there yet. How do we work ourselves out of these unconscious patterns? Robert says drink more alcohol - ha, I’m not buying into that solution yet. For now, my uninhibitor is a strong cocktail of therapy and acupuncture with one of those umbrella thingys for good measure.
I'll be posting the finished song soon!
Just had a killer Monday night playing at The High Watt for their weekly "8 off 8th" event (interpretation: the venue is off 8th Ave. and 8 bands play 3 songs each - it's a marathon night, but a lot of fun, too.) And WOW! I'm so blown away by the talent in Nashville! The bands playing represented a very diverse picture of Nashville, from a progressive rock/metal/jazz group to a catchy southern pop act to an energetic bluegrass/folk ensemble to a steel drum-fronted funk/fusion band.
To add to my excitement, my fiancé Jonathan took the stage for the first time since the early 90's playing bass with me!! Jonathan and I have written songs together and have jammed together, but performing with him took our musical relationship to a new level. He was even telling me the other night that he realized the performance aspect of making music completes the circle for him - it gives reason to the practicing, jamming and writing.
Also, joining me was my lovely and talented friend Arianna Fanning on drums. Jonathan has known Arianna for a couple of years now, but when she moved in to our same apartment complex it became toostupid easy to start playing music with one another! It HAD to be done!
And here are some other bands to check out from Monday night:
A couple of months ago I posted a song in progress and now I'd like to share the finished piece! One of my most favorite feelings in the whole wide world is to call a song done, and "Navigator/Aviator" has been an idea laying dormant in my head for 8 years now - so the "done" feeling is REALLY a great one in this case!
My ritual is to take all the wonderfully messy scribblings I've been working with and to neatly type out my lyrics. Kind of like when you get a brand new wardrobe and you get to toss out all the stuff that always made you look frumpy anyways.
Also, I want to dedicate this song to my big brother Nate, who is my very favorite Air Force Pilot ( he likes my song, even with the obvious logistical inaccuracies - creative license!)