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Scoping It Out - A Musician's Look at Periscope

Rae Hering

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:

 
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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.

 
Click to watch my latest scope

Click to watch my latest scope

 

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!

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! :)

Absolute, total, HIGHLIGHT of the summer!

Rae Hering

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!

Rae Hering on accordion, Keith McGonigle on drums and Jonathan Morse on bass.  Video by Make it Pop.

Face to Face: my favorite social platform

Rae Hering

I may joke at shows that my favorite social media platform is Face to Face, but I do really mean it.  And judging by the audience reaction, it sounds like people agree.

We all know that the definition of Community has vastly changed over the last 20 years.  As a musician I can attest to the wonders of the Internet for making my indie music career possible - how amazing is that?!?  But I’ve also realized that my Virtual Community has weak legs to stand on without my Face to Face Community. 

For me, Face to Face is where Community begins. 

These two fellas are a big part of my Community: Ford Heacock of Firebreath Media and Jonathan Morse of Husband! :)

Over the next couple of months I’ll be discussing the topic of Community and I hope you’ll join the conversation.  It will all be leading up to Friday, July 31st.  That’s because my husband Jonathan and I have been given the opportunity to curate a Nashville Fringe Festival show and we decided to make the event all about COMMUNITY!  

This will be a Full Moon, Friday Night, FREE Event to acknowledging the Community in which we live - people meeting people, Face to Face.  If you’ll be in the Nashville area, I hope you can come be a part of the Community. 

 
Thanks to Jan Bossing of NFF!

Thanks to Jan Bossing of NFF!

 

Face to Face: an Up-Close Concert by Rae Hering
FREE Event!
Friday, July 31st
6:30pm
2301 Franklin Pike

If you won’t be in Nashville, that’s OK – the Internet still has it’s charms :)  We'll be live streaming the event thanks to Firebreath Media

Read more and RSVP on Bandsintown or Facebook.

 

So now that you know what Community means in my life...“What does Community mean in your life?”  I recently asked my Facebook friends this question.  To get the conversation started, here are some of their thoughts:

“Support in all ways through unconditional love.  It means intentional living…we are all connected.”

“Being mindfully present in good times and in bad.”

 “A tribe based on respect, trust and experiences…mutual compassion for each other’s fundamentally lonesome paths.”

“Kids playing together, the swans in the lake, neighbors stopping unannounced, raising kids together, community rummage sale and fishing fest.”

“…it means knowing that wherever I go, there’s going to be people there that I know I can or will love and who can or do love me.”

“If we fail to find a place for everyone, it would just not make a choir.”

 

...if you'd like to share, I'd like to hear from you.

Cancer sucks, Team Karsyn Rocks, and my thoughts on Metal Music

Rae Hering

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Let's just be clear right away - YES, I'm playing a metal show.  But ye who thinks I have nothing in common with metal, think again!  Scroll down to read more thoughts on this, but first, the important stuff...

This night is all about supporting a brave little girl named Karsyn.  Back in 2011, just before her third birthday, Karsyn was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer (ATRT).  Since then, she's had ups and downs in her journey to recovery.  Long story short, Karsyn now needs a lung transplant and the community is stepping in to financially make this happen for her.

Karsyn's parents, James and Cassie Thornton, keep us updated on Karsyn's day to day on her Facebook page, Team Karsyn.

If you can't make the benefit this Saturday, but are still interesting in donating to Karsyn's cause, please visit Team Karsyn's fundraising page

And please take a moment to watch this endearing video of Karsyn taking her first bite of food in over 4 months!!  So sweet.

Now...

I admittedly know very little about metal music.  It would seem that metal and I are worlds apart. But think again!  There is a common thread...  

I was thinking about it the other day.  I had an inkling that some metal, especially the virtuosic guitar stuff, is influenced by "classical" music (i.e. European composition from about 1600-1900).  Upon doing a little research, my suspicions were confirmed.  Wikipedia sites Kurt Bachmann of Believer stating:

"If done correctly, metal and classical fit quite well together.  Classical and metal are probably the two genres that have the most in common when it comes to feel, texture, creativity."  

Great!  I grew up playing classical music.  That was most of my musical education until I was 20, and it still comes through in my music.  Metal and I have officially found our bond...Bach fugues, Mozart Sonatas, Beethoven madness...  

At any rate, metal music and I will have a LOT in common this Saturday when we're playing our hearts out for Karsyn.  Go Team Karsyn!

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!