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A brush with Death, a Chopin Nocturne and yes...Thanksgiving!

Rae Hering

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!

Show this Weekend - Huntsville, AL

Rae Hering

If anyone of you friends, folks or music fiends out there live in or around Huntsville I'll be playing a show this weekend NEAR YOU!  My fellow piano player and co-writer Robert LaSalle has asked me to share the show with him this Saturday.  I've got to say, he's one of the most creative writers I know, and that's why I love writing with him.  We'll even be performing a few songs we've written together.

The Lumberyard Event Bar is the newest addition to the well-established Historic AM Booth's Lumberyard property.  It's the kind of intimate space that provides a true listening experience.  If you plan to attend, just make sure you send your email to inviteme@thelumberyard.info - it's a requirement to come to the show! Once your email is on the list you may bring whomever you want.

On a personal note, I'm excited because this is the beginning of playing shows outside the Nashville area.  If you would like to see me play in your city, the main thing that will help me to do this is house concerts.  If you or someone you know would like to host a house concert, please reach out to me.

And to all you Huntsvillians - see you at the show!

Showcase at The Hight Watt was the Jam!

Rae Hering

J & R at High Watt

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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.

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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.

Here we are rehearsing for the show.
Here we are rehearsing for the show.

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:

Duke Mode Fresh Coat Tales

Behind the Song: Wordless Words (a Special Valentine's Video)

Rae Hering

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An Out of Order Love Song

I wrote “Wordless Words” around the same time I met my now-fiance Jonathan.  At the time, if you had asked me whom this song was about, I would have flat out denied that it  was about him!!  Thinking back on it now, I believe our relationship did influence this song, though I wasn’t able or ready to put that into words...

Jonathan and I goofing around...
Jonathan and I goofing around...

Love Makes You Tongue-Tied (or Tongue Tired)

As bloggers, we LOVE words (and aren’t they wonderful? what a paradisiacal playground!) But in “Wordless Words,” I attempt to get at the heart of a certain feeling when there are no words.  I feel that there’s a point where words inevitably fail us, where definition goes only so far, and the only way to express our deepest emotion is through things that require no words at all...

The Love of My Life

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Music-enables-us-to 2

I love music because it communicates on a different level than words.  When words are paired with music, the music takes those words to a higher emotional level.  I believe that whether we’re listening to music or making music, it enables us to connect to emotions that are not normally accessible through words alone.  It’s what made teenage girls scream for The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, it’s what gives us the chills when we hear those moody high notes in Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” and what makes us smile and dance when we hear the infectious tune by Pharrell Williams, “Happy.”

How do you use wordless words in your life?