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Let's Celebrate ONE YEAR on Patreon with a Blowout Broadcast and RAFFLE!

Rae Hering

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You're invited!

I'm celebrating ONE YEAR on Patreon by having a Blowout Broadcast on Periscope. And guess what? I'll be featuring my very own SunRae patrons ON the livestream!

✨Just go to ➡️ periscope.tv/raehering this Sun. Aug. 19th at 6pm CDT✨

But wait! There's more. MUCH more. You could be a...

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IT'S RAFFLE TIME!

You could win up to $200 worth of goodies! 🏆🎁

To get your name in the hat, become a SunRae patron (between Wed. 8/15 and Sun. 8/19) at any tier level.

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This is not just one prize, this is a Cornucopia of Goodies! You'll get to choose 6 goodies total from the list below.

Choose up to one of these:

  • The SunRae Mug
  • Phone Case Featuring an Album Cover or Rae Hering Photo of Your Choice - available for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X / Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S7, S7 Edge, S8 only.

Choose up to one of these:

  • 18x24 Signed Poster Featuring a Rae Hering Photo of Your Choice
  • 2019 Simon the Cat Calendar (fulfilled in December)

Choose up to three of these:

  • Personalized Voicemail Greeting
  • 10min Birthday Phone Call (fulfilled on your birthday)
  • Handwritten Lyrics of a Rae Hering Song of Your Choice

Choose up to five of these: (you may choose one item multiple times):

  • Set of Two 8x10 Signed Rae Hering Photos of Your Choice 
  • “The Shy Gemini Sessions” Signed CD 
  • “Reality Over My Head” Signed CD 
  • The Rae Hering Digital Music Package of 2 albums and 6 singles 
  • Pack of Three Ringtones Featuring Rae Hering Songs of Your Choice, Including Exclusive SunRae Recordings

➡️ Shipping costs are covered by Rae
➡️ If you live outside the US please be aware that some countries have tariffs on incoming packages. I will unfortunately not be able to pay these fees.

 

Share on the Socials

If you're as excited as I am about this Sunday's Broadcast, please share the posts I'll be putting up this week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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!

 

I Smell a Video Series...

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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...  

Why I color INSIDE the lines

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First thing’s first: I LOVE to color.  And yes, I mean that I color in a children’s coloring book; me and the Sesame Street gang have spent A LOT of time together and no, I’m not 8 (at least not on the outside…) 

Somewhere in my early twenties I got the notion to return to this childhood mainstay and quickly got obsessed.  I love picking out a page that reminds me of someone I know and coloring it for them; I even colored a page for a man I met on an airplane once.  People will see me coloring and break out in a smile or a light-hearted chuckle.  I get the feeling it brings them back to simpler times when coloring felt as necessary as washing the dishes.  Well for me, it still is that way…or at least, I’ve prioritized it to be that way. 

You see, I’ve come to see coloring as a form of moving meditation: as I focus on this one simple task my mind clears and relaxes.  I’m not worrying about my to-do list or my personal anxieties and I am completely at ease with life.

But in order for this to happen, I need to color INSIDE the lines.

It hit me one day that the reason I’m addicted to coloring is because it’s one of the only times where I allow myself to take a break from attempting to be original and adventurous. 

Society is constantly telling us to color outside the lines, think beyond the box and forge our own path.  We’ve learned to praise innovation as the greatest good and to see following the pack as something for the dull-witted masses.  While being different or innovative is not bad in of itself, I think there's value in trotting the beaten path as well. (Mind you, this is coming from someone who's life's ambition has been to buck the system!) 

When I color, I follow the lines in front of me and use a limited set of pre-existing colors.  Consequently, my expectations of making “great art” are lowered and the burden of “being genius” is lifted (as though that were a real issue, ha!)  The paradox is that when I put down my coloring book, I am able to better create and innovate in other areas in my life, like songwriting.

The pressure to be different in our world gets compounded with the multitude of choices we have in front of us on a daily basis.  In this great NY Times article about the dilemma of having too many choices, the author says that according to research “an excess of choices leads to us being less, not more, satisfied once we actually decide.  There’s often that nagging feeling that we could have done better.”  What if we all took a little time to give ourselves limited options?  To be satisfied flowing with the river beneath us?  To color inside the lines?   

Only in this past year did I realize there’s a growing community of adults that are discovering the benefits of coloring and can’t get enough.  There are now even coloring books for adults!  My favorites are by Johanna Basford - I have her magically intricate “Enchanted Forest” book (thanks for the Christmas present, Mom and Dad.)  Here’s what I have so far: 

 
 

So how 'bout it?  Color INSIDE the lines!

Live Performance Montage VIDEO

Rae Hering

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! :)

Should songwriters perform cover songs?

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photo by Chad McClarnon

Over the years I’ve heard varying opinions about songwriters including cover songs in their live shows.  Some say having a sizable amount of covers (40-70%) is the best way to connect with listeners because it offers a measure of familiarity.  Others say adding covers dilutes the experience the songwriter is creating for their audience.

Should songwriters perform cover songs?

As a songwriter, I go to concerts to see musicians perform their original material because I’m passionate about songwriting!  But I know that not everyone is like me in this respect, so I posed the question to my Faceboook friends where a discussion got going...

Some folks said that performing covers can be a foot in the door and referenced Tori Amos (check out her version of Angie by The Rolling Stones) and The Beatles as those who have used this technique.  Others staunchly opposed including even one cover in a set or echoed that they only want to see original music performed.

The resounding majority was somewhere in the middle: people like hearing one or two covers from a songwriter if they can perform it in a way that’s unique to their artistry.  

I agree.  I think it's really cool when a songwriter whips out a badass cover and kills it.  For instance, when Ray Lamontagne sings Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” it sounds like a completely new creation.  However, if the cover outshines the original material, the unfortunate comparison can sure make the audience cringe!  Songwriters can find themselves with the opposite problem on their hands, too; if the cover song bombs everyone walks away remembering that one moment.  

Considering these two pitfalls, I've come to the conclusion that songwriters can’t rush the process of finding covers to perform.  It should be natural (almost accidental) coming across the right song - as though it fell into the your lap!  Great cover songs also come from the songwriter's history.  To offer a personal example, "Bei Mir Bist du Schöne" by The Andrews Sisters was my solo in my high school musical; I've loved it ever since and couldn't help but create an accordion version of this near and dear tune.  Now, it's become a highlight and audience favorite at shows.

When it comes down to it, songwriters have varying abilities and inclinations to perform cover tunes and there's really no "one right way."  I know of many songwriters who started their professional careers singing covers and transitioned to writing because, according to them, it felt more meaningful.  There are some bands that even lead double lives as a cover band and an original music band, like The Empty Pockets (read more in this CD Baby article). 

But for us songwriters that want to be known primarily as songwriters, we can't get caught up in representing ourselves differently!  If we're cramming to beef up our cover repertoire for that 4-hour long gig (I've totally been there and it wasn't pretty) or if we keep giving in to singing those covers that everyone is used to hearing from us, we won't ever be satisfied with our musical selves.  

Songwriters need to ask themselves this question: how do I want people to know me? and to realize that representing ourselves this way is not a future endeavor, it starts NOW.  Know who you are and stick to it!!