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I Got a Song Cut!

Rae Hering

That's right, folks, I got my first major record label song cut - how cool is that?!?  I'm feeling pretty excited and very thankful.  The song is called "It's Alright" and MCA/Universal (Philippines) artist Solenn Heussaff just released the pop ballad on her third album titled Solenn.  Give it a listen!

I wrote "It's Alright" with my husband, Jonathan Morse, and our friend Jimmy Borja.  I'm lucky to have met Jimmy - he's a great friend, a wonderful piano player (he taught himself by ear which completely amazes me!) and a hit songwriter.  Many of Jimmy's songs have become classics in the Philippines including the Christmas song "Sana Ngayong Pasko," performed by Ariel Rivera.

So now that you've heard Solenn's version, I thought it would be fun to share with you my demo version of "It's Alright."  Personally, I find it interesting to hear where a song started, so if you find it interesting, too, check out the link below (I included lyrics at the bottom).  By the way, that's Jonathan on the left and Jimmy on the right in the Soundcloud picture.  They're just the greatest!

It's Alright - by Jimmy Borja, Jonathan Morse and Rae Hering

If my eyes were mirrors
Would it bring you nearer,
Would you see what you want to see?

If my eyes could show you
What your heart has been through
Would you stay or would you look away?

No use fighting,
Stop your hiding,
You can’t escape it
But you can face it.

It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

The trials and the triumphs,
The song and the silence,
It’s all a part of who we are

Lift your eyes and see
Through the brokenness there’s beauty.
Don’t be afraid, to be afraid.

No use fighting,
Stop your hiding,
You can’t escape it
But you can face it.

It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

Look into my eyes,
I am your reflection.
Look into my eyes,
I am your reflection.

It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

Album artwork Unveiling!

Rae Hering

Soooo excited to present to you all the new album artwork for "The Shy Gemini Sessions!"

     Back cover                                                                                    Front cover

     Back cover                                                                                    Front cover

Thanks to my friend and very talented artist Chris Longs, "The Shy Gemini Sessions" now has a visual story to go with the music.  What's extra super duper cool is that everything on the artwork has significance relating to the music.

The two sketches of me on the front and back covers are inspired by the Greek Gemini twins Castor and Pollux.  The significance of the gemini is that we recorded each song in two different ways - full band and acoustic to show the varying sides of my artistry.  

The canyon not only represents the song "Canyon," but it also runs in between Castor and Pollux, both connecting and dividing the gemini twins, showing they are the same yet very different.

The instruments represent the trio that made the heartbeat of this album pump.  Jerry Roe on drums and Ernest Chapman on bass are the definition of badassery + creative genius.  

The infinity symbol on the drum set is there because this theme runs heavily throughout the project.  In fact, the album begins with the song "Infinity" and ends with "Endless" (if you can call that an end?)  We could probably psychoanalyze why I'm obsessed with the unknown unending abyss, but then again, who isn't?

Finally, the album cover is actually a watercolor painting inspired by the song "Watercolor."  I love how Chris left the canvas showing on the edges.  To me the painting looks intentionally unfinished in this way.  Chris is showing the process of its formation; what's lying underneath, undone.  Even the Castor and Pollux gemini sketches are undone looking because, well, they're literally quick rough sketches.  I fell in love with them so much that Chris decided to use them in the real artwork.  

This idea of being in the process, unfinished and undone, couldn't be more telling of the personal place I'm coming from with recording this album.  We are all works in progress...

Anyhow, can't wait to share with you the MUSIC!!  Coming soon!

  

Engagement - Isn't That a Warfare Term?

Rae Hering

A year ago, I got engaged to my fiancé, Jonathan.  We were uncharacteristically sitting at a hooka bar when he told me that when I was ready, he would marry me, “no matter if it’s one year from now, five years, ten years, or even twenty.”  (Insert SWOON!) I couldn’t believe what had just happened.  For a few days I existed inside a surreal bubble filled with love, rainbows, lemonade and big red balloons (Jonathan was like, “does this imaginary happy place really have to be a little kid carnival?  This is kind of creepy.” And I was like, “YEP.  Live with it, sucker!  You’re mine now!”)  I have never been more elated in my life.

DSC09176
DSC09176

And then the buzz kill came when I told my parents.

I imagine a day many years from now when I’ll be able to fully appreciate the parallel between my life and the countless comedy films with “wedding” and “parents” in the storyline.  But right now, things are still a little raw.  Basically, my huge Life Step marched right onto a land mine.  My engagement triggered all the hidden issues my family and I had been ignoring.

I spent a good half a year convincing myself I was A-OK and that I wasn’t freaking out about planning a wedding.  But the more I tried to please people who weren’t excited about us getting married in the first place, the more I realized I was practically half naked seeing how much I had completely unraveled.  I love my parents dearly and I know the love is reciprocated, but man, it’s been a tough year.

Brawling my Brains Out
Brawling my Brains Out

One of my good friends told me that engagement is one of the happiest times I’ll ever have, and to relish it.  But bawling my brains out was no way to spend the happiest time of my life.  So I decided to seek help through a therapist.

The second half of my engagement year has been a slow uphill climb in learning how to separate my happiness from the fulfillment from my parents’ expectations.  And I can say with confidence that my parents are working towards coming to terms with how I’ve chosen a different path than the one they envisioned for me.

Now I want to show you the illustration that inspired this blog post.  My talented and impossibly sweet friend Chris Longs is doing the album artwork for my forthcoming double EP, “The Shy Gemini Sessions.”  It’s still a work in progress, but he sent me this as a preliminary sketch.  I fell in love with it immediately.

Dark Cloud Sketch
Dark Cloud Sketch

When I look at this illustration, it feels as though I’m looking at my reflection for the first time in a very, very long time.  It’s as though I have been wandering through a world without mirrors, unable to truly see the person I have become until suddenly, now, I encounter myself again.  There I am!

Puzzle piece
Puzzle piece

I can’t stop staring at it.  I’m incomplete and scattered, but my lines are formed and that’s all I really need. I don’t need to be whole right now, I just need to be in the process.

Going through this tumultuous engagement year, I’ve lost perspective, composure and a little bit of sanity, too.  Thank goodness for music though.  I was able to inject my emotions into the songs that turned into “The Shy Gemini Sessions.”  And now, here I am, on the other side, looking at who I’ve become.  A rough sketch, but I think it’s turning out beautifully.