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Shaking things up with "Earthquake"

Rae Hering

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!

Flying High with "Navigator/Aviator"

Rae Hering

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 just love how these in-studio videos turned out recording at Pentavarit Studios in Nashville, TN. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube to keep up to date with more videos coming soon!

 

New Single "Natural Disaster" Available Now

Rae Hering

My new single, "Natural Disaster," is out today on iTunesSpotify, and all your other favorite ways of soaking up new music.  

Take a listen here, or download it below.

Hope you enjoy!

 

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!

  

My Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book (um, kind of...)

Rae Hering

Remember Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books? ME: (wildly flailing my arms about) "Hey there Buckaroo!! Guess what?!?!"

YOU: "You sound pretty over-the-top excited there...what's up?"

ME: "My 2011 release "Reality Over My Head" is on Noise Trade!! Plus, coincidentally I can't stop shouting!!! I think I have a disorder!!!!!!"

*Now YOU get to decide! Turn to page 22 to frantically run away, turn to page 11 to start shouting with Rae, or visit the link below to download her album for free!

AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Download for FREE on Noise Trade

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Album Cover LARGE jpg

Keep staying tuned! "The Shy Gemini Sessions" is coming out soon!!

The Art of Resting in Motion (When There's Just Too Much To Do!)

Rae Hering

Photo from Wikipedia.
Photo from Wikipedia.

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The process of recording an album is different for everyone.  Some musicians complete their album in a week’s time, maybe it takes a couple of months, or if you’re Miles Davis, you can knock out an album in just two days – worked out beautifully for his 1959 album Kind of Blue. I’m not that kind of musician - at least not yet.  Teaching lessons during the week pushes recording time to the weekends.  And the fact that I don’t tour consistently means it takes longer to figure out how the song should sound on the recording. Nonetheless, I’m happy to report that the tracking for “The Shy Gemini Sessions” is now complete!  This marks the end of a six-month period where Jonathan, Bobby Holland (my

Here's Bobby and I working out some parts. Photo credit: Jonathan Morse.
Here's Bobby and I working out some parts. Photo credit: Jonathan Morse.

producer and engineer) and I have spent almost every Saturday and Sunday exploring parts, experimenting with instruments and hammering out details.  We sure have had a lot of fun working our butts off!  Time for a break, right? Silly Rae, recess is for kids!  The moment I start thinking that I have my weekends back for a little R&R, I remind myself that when it comes to being an independent music artist, weekends simply aren’t for relaxing – there’s a LOT more to do.  In fact, I’m frequently saying to myself there’s too much to do.  For those of us that are moving towards bigger visions for our lives, there’s always going to be too much to do.

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library.defenderdirect.com.

But I try to keep in mind what Rory Vaden eloquently states it in his book “Take the Stairs.”

Successful people “understand that there’s no real finish line, no magic moment when they will ‘arrive’ and get to rest on their laurels. Discipline is a perpetual process, and the growth is in the journey.  Simple, but here’s the part that you won’t want to hear – you don’t get a day off.  Ever.”

There have been plenty of times where I feel like I’m running the hamster wheel, never getting a chance to just finish something.  But when I have the discipline to stay active with moving my music career forward, I realize that I’m rejuvenated by staying active, NOT from taking a break!  I find that maintaining this state of being wipes away that craving for “zone out” time in front of the TV, luxurious weekend spa treatments, or drinking the weekend away.

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In her book “The Artist’s Way,”Julia Cameron depicts this idea perfectly when she urges her readers to learn to “rest in motion.”  It’s a counterintuitive truth that I think we all have a good grasp of already.  Think of it this way: exercising our bodies requires energy, but it gives us a whole lot of energy in return.  Exercise gets our blood flowing, which delivers oxygen throughout our bodies – oxygen that’s required for making energy.  In short, we spend a little energy to get a whole of energy back (now that’s my kind of investment!) “Endless” is a song about continuing to move forward even when it feels like there’s no where to go.  (Please keep in mind that this is a SNEAK PEAK unfinished version!)  Now that a milestone has been achieved with recording “The Shy Gemini Sessions” it’s time to tell myself, “good job!” and then quickly tell myself to keep moving. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133254573" params="color=00aabb&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

Going for the Imperfect Vocal Take

Rae Hering

Having a good laugh at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, TN.
Having a good laugh at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, TN.

Lately, when I've been recording vocals for my new EP "The Shy Gemini Sessions," one of the most challenging things is to get The Imperfect Take. (uh...what now??...Imperfect?)  Yep, the "perfect take" is NOT what I'm looking for.  Instead, I want an emotional take, a moving take, a vulnerable take, and most likely that's not the prettiest or most perfect one of the batch.

In the vocal booth at Destiny Studios in Nashville, TN.
In the vocal booth at Destiny Studios in Nashville, TN.

It's a tough choice to keep making because, who doesn't want to come off all nice and polished, right?  But the thing is, Imperfection is just downright more interesting!  Ever notice that your significant other prefers the candid photo with that true-to-self, unprepared expression on your face?  You thought that you looked better in the shot with the nicely-placed and practiced smile, but that candid shot captures something about your essence that the well-rehearsed one just doesn't.

Lost in a song at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, TN.
Lost in a song at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, TN.

When I find myself picking apart and polishing up my vocals, it's helpful to listen back to singers that I personally love.  Dave Matthews, Tom Waits and Rufus Wainwright may not be technically "superb" singers, but I'll listen to these characteristic voices over auto-tuned vocals any day!

Interestingly, even our health depends on living in an Imperfect environment.  If we over-sanitize our homes, we can become more susceptible to disease because we're not giving our bodies the chance to build up immunities.  This is a good reminder that I need to let my music live in an Imperfect space and to not over-sanitize my recordings.

Recording the Yamaha CP 70 at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, TN.
Recording the Yamaha CP 70 at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville, TN.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to balance raw emotion with tempered technique.  To combine character with culture and intuitive flow with well-practiced poise.  But the temptation (for me at least) is to smooth over too many edges.

To be human is to be Imperfect.  To be Imperfect is to be relatable.  To be relatable is to connect with others.  So, I choose to embrace my Imperfections because I believe this will allow me to move, excite, provoke and engage - my hope is that this will shine through on my new recording project, "The Shy Gemini Sessions."

P.S. - Thanks to Ernest Chapman (bass), Jerry Roe (drums), Bobby Holland (sound engineer/producer), Mark Zellmer (Brown Owl Studio), and Jonathan Morse (creative director).

Bobby Holland (left)  and Mark Zellmer (right).
Bobby Holland (left) and Mark Zellmer (right).
Jerry Roe on drums
Jerry Roe on drums
Jonathan Morse
Jonathan Morse
Ernest Chapman on bass
Ernest Chapman on bass

New Record "The Shy Gemini Sessions" Coming Soon!

Rae Hering

Destiny 2

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Here's me playing the Wurlitzer with my co-producer/engineer/friend Bobby Holland.
Here's me playing the Wurlitzer with my co-producer/engineer/friend Bobby Holland.

I think it’s about time (actually past time) to tell you all about my upcoming record, “The Shy Gemini Sessions” (name sound familiar to anyone?).  Regrettably I’ve been neglecting my blogging lately because I’ve been so busy recording this project.  What I should have been doing is blogging about the project all along – but what’s done is done, and I’m here now to tell you all about it!

“The Shy Gemini Sessions” consists of seven songs recorded in two ways (what else would you expect from a Gemini?)  Side A features a full production approach; fleshed out with strings, Wurlitzer and accordion to name a few, it soars with all the pump of a full band.  Side B showcases the same songs in their stripped-down essential form, highlighting the space where voice and instrument are simply together as one entity.

A view of the room at Desitiny Studios in Nashville, TN.
A view of the room at Desitiny Studios in Nashville, TN.

The “Gemini” aspect of the project is pretty straight-forward – as a Gemini I am expressing my twin/dual nature through the two incarnations of the same songs.  But why “Shy?”  Well, the reason I call myself “The Shy Gemini” is because, although Gemini’s are often out-going and bubbly (and I think that holds true for myself), I am protective and non-transparent about certain aspects of my life.

Some people may not think of this as being Shy, but when I go to look it up in the dictionary, the first definition I see is “being reserved.”  I think everyone, to one degree or another is reserved about showing the vulnerable parts of them.  Having this blog and recording this album is my way to move past that Shyness.

In the vocal booth at Destiny Studios in Nashville, TN.
In the vocal booth at Destiny Studios in Nashville, TN.

The songs on “The Shy Gemini Sessions” are written rom the most intimate and honest place I’ve been able to reach yet.  The song “Infinity” (I’ve posted a rough mix on this blog for you to give a listen – download is coming soon!) is about facing the fear of going deep into relationship with my fiancé, Jonathan.  It’s not a comfortable place being exposed and vulnerable like that.  I am still fighting the hesitancy that fear creates, but life is not about conquering fear, it is about facing its continual presence.

Sex is not what moves us closer, it’s the mirror in which we see ourselves closer.  It intensifies the intimacy we have cultivated in our daily relationship.  Though being seen so fully by another person is scary, I plunge deeper, embracing that “we are unfinished.” This is a small beginning to understanding the unending depths of intimacy.

P.S. - Anyone have any association with the car company Infiniti?  If so please contact me at: raehering@yahoo.com.  I am interested in creating an alignment with their campaign.

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