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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.

 

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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.

 

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!

Check out my new tune "How the Wind Blows"

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The second song in my Live at Pentavarit monthly song series has arrived! 
Give "How the Wind Blows" a listen HERE or download it below:

Want to receive monthly songs in your inbox? Support me on Patreon!

You know how couples remember their first kiss or their first dance? Well, for songwriters we remember the first song we wrote together (LOL!) "How the Wind Blows" is the first song my husband Jonathan and I co-wrote and I'm so glad it's finally out in the world! We'll see where the wind takes this song...hopefully far!

Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video of us recording live (yes, the name of the series is honest!) at Pentavarit Studios here in Nashville, TN.

 

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!

 

What?? It's Women's History Month?!?

Rae Hering

Alright, all you Procrastinators, if you haven’t gotten around to doing anything for Women’s History Month yet, or heck, didn’t even know it was going on, now’s your chance!

(Note: being that this blog post is on the last day of Women’s History Month we can all tell who’s the Biggest Procrastinator of all. Uh…yeah.)

Actually, I’ve been thinking about notable women throughout history a lot lately. Not because it’s the month of March even though, hey, it’s nice to get some yearly recognition for our gender, but the real reason is that I’m working on a concept album inspired by fascinating women from all different time periods and backgrounds whom, quite frankly, I’ve never heard of and maybe you haven’t either!

I’ve written five songs so far and oh my goodness! these women have truly become my muses. They’ve entranced me thoroughly with their triumphant valor, bloodthirsty schemes, charismatic wit and unearthly resilience. Are they perfect examples of what humanity should strive to be? You bet they aren’t! But that’s what makes them so beautifully interesting.

Which leads me to sharing with you this magical wonderland of a website I found in my research, www.rejectedprincesses.com. Expect to find (and I’m quoting the site here): “Women too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat for Kids’ Movies.” Let me introduce you too:

(All artwork by Jason Porath)

Creator Jason Porath sums up what he does this way, “I illustrate and wax poetic about interesting legendary women you’ve probably never heard of.” (Got that from his Twitter profile. He also has a Patreon account you need to check out.)

And I’m totally sucked in. The way he writes about these women’s stories is completely engaging and his animation-style images make each come to life. Suffice it to say I have a lot of food for fodder here for my concept album and I hope you dig in, too! Once you get acquainted with a few of these colorful characters you may want to check out his official Rejected Princesses book that just came out late 2016. 

OK folks, Happy Last Day of Women’s History Month and enjoy the good reads!

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!

I Smell a Video Series...

Rae Hering

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...  

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

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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!

Over-happiness Heart/Explosion Phenomenon!

Rae Hering

I'm sitting here on my couch eating steamed cabbage (because isn't that everyone's go-to midnight snack?) thinking about how freaking wonderful life is. I am so grateful for the people in my life that make my heart feel like it's going to explode from over-happiness but then my heart doesn't explode from over-happiness because it knows I would no longer be happy if it did indeed explode.

Jan Bossing is the type of lady that can make the heart/explosion phenomenon happen. I first met Jan through our mutual friend (and 18-string bass player) Scott Fernandez before we played a show at Drifters in East Nashville. Ever since then, Jan has consistently promoted my music on social media and always (I mean always) has encouraging words for me.

Later I learned Jan runs the non-profit organization Nashville Fringe Festival (NFF). I can tell Jan lives out her organization's mission statement every day: 

"The Nashville Fringe Festival exists to celebrate the diversity of Nashville artists, and to honor the legends among us who enrich our city and inspire our lives."

This woman is the type of mover-shaker-gogetter-cheerleader-Facebook SuperWoman you want representing your town - so Nashville should be honored to have her as a staple force around here.

So then, Jan really started laying the kindness on thick. She invited Jonathan and me to be featured guests on the NFF's radio show with Radio Free Nashville. After that, she included my song "Infinity" on the NFF Winter 2015 Sampler (it's free folks). But if that wasn't enough, Jan and the NFF just offered to sponsor a Rae Hering show!

 

Here I am with Fringe Radio host E.T. Brown

 

I'm so thrilled. I mean, I was not expecting this. How often does someone come into your life and say, "hey, you look like you could use a little boost to send your heartfelt art out into the world therefore making it a more beautiful place" ??? 

Thank you Jan, for giving back so much to the Nashville Creative Community.

Details to come about the show specifics. All I can say right now is...be prepared to be extremely entertained.

P.s. - click below to check out the FREE NFF Winter 2015 Sampler!

 
 
 
 

Help Take Me to France!

Rae Hering

A well-known performer in France by the name Téte has given me the opportunity to open for him when he tours the release of his new recording in the fall of 2015. The relationship and exposure with Tété would be a great boost in my career.  My band and I are ready to get out and start performing for a bigger audience. Growing a fan base, however, has a lot of catch-22’s and quite frankly what it comes down to succeed is money, awareness, determination and perseverance.

If this tour comes together as planned there is still travel, food and accommodations to cover. Like any business, investment dollars are an important part of getting off the ground and banks don’t loan money to artists that are not established. The estimated cost will come just under $10,000. This is just for a seven-day tour in France. 

My husband Jonathan (who is also my manager, bass player, photographer, co-writer, you name it!) and I are not used to asking for support…but here we are!

So what am I asking?

SPREAD THE WORD
With just a few words, you and anyone you tell about my story can boost the awareness of my music. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Here are some links to share:

Website: raehering.com/music
iTunes: ow.ly/FvhqE
Spotify: ow.ly/Fvicr
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/raehering/sets

CD SALES
As many of you are aware, I have two CD’s: “Reality Over My Head” and my latest release, “The Shy Gemini Sessions.” Both may be purchased from my website for $5 each in digital and physical forms. My music is also available on iTunes, though because iTunes controls the pricing, the album is $9.99.
  
LIVE PERFORMANCE
This is what I LOVE to do. And I especially LOVE doing House Concerts!  If you would like to know more about how to host one of these fun, intimate gatherings (which can be totally free for hosts) EMAIL ME and we'll talk about it.  Also, if there is a venue in your town you would like to see me play, I'd love to know more about that venue so we can play where you are!

 

And thank you for your participation in the campaign to share my music!

FIREBREATHRECORDS HOUSE SHOW #3 - RAE HERING /MAY 22, 2014

Rae Hering

Reblogged from FirebreathRecords:

Hey everyone!  Ford here.  Our next house show has been announced for Friday, May 30th.  It is $5 at the door and completely FREE online!  If you are outside of Nashville you can watch the show here.  

To help you get to know the performing artists before the show, we are asking them 4 simple questions.  First up is Rae Hering!

 

FBR:  Have you ever played a house show before?

Rae: Yep, a few. I love them. It's such an up-close, intimate experience for the performers and the audience members alike. They're a great way to support independent artists and have a really unique encounter with the arts at the same time.

FBR:  What makes you most excited about the show on the 30th?

Rae:  I'm excited to be playing with some really talented, inclusive, creative, pro-active and community-oriented musicians and friends of mine!

FBR:  What do you think of live streaming as a way to watch concerts and interact with fans?

Rae:  As recorded music is becoming de-valued (down to 99 cents that is!), live music performance is becoming a valuable commodity. People are craving interactive, one-of-a-kind experiences more and more. Live streaming is an excellent way to make these one-of-a-kind performances accessible to many.

FBR:  Tell us your deepest, darkest secret....or a fun fact!

Rae:  Fun fact: I can touch my tongue to my nose...just sayin'

Don't forget to FOLLOW us on twitter at @FRBRTHrecords and LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firebreathrecords 

Habitual Inhibition

Rae Hering

Has anyone ever told you to let go of your inhibitions?  When are you actually able to do this?  Or are you?  It's a nice thing to say or think about doing - but can we every fully let go?  

These are the thoughts running through my mind after my co-write this weekend with my friend Robert LaSalle.  We finished a song about a wealthy man whose spirit is getting crushed by his lifestyle.  He drives a long distance to the ocean and leaves everything behind as he transforms into a Beach Bum (ever wonder where beach bums come from? well, now you know.)  

Admittedly, it's an extreme example of letting go of inhibition, so much so that this character gives up possessions, social norms and loved ones.  But I think the idea is something we can all relate to.

"Beach Bum"

Chorus:
Falling from grace
Falling out from the Great Unknown
(The Great Unknown is calling me.)

After writing this song, the presence of my own inhibition is clearer than ever.  I feel it in my own songwriting.  You see, I love collaborating, but it's as if I mentally block myself from the flow of inspiration when I’m sitting next to a co-writer.  I feel the most comfortable coming up with lyrics curled up by my lonesome where I can crawl into the caverns of my mind.  

But I long to be open with others with my thoughts and creativity - I just don't know how to get there yet.  How do we work ourselves out of these unconscious patterns?  Robert says drink more alcohol - ha, I’m not buying into that solution yet.  For now, my uninhibitor is a strong cocktail of therapy and acupuncture with one of those umbrella thingys for good measure. 

I'll be posting the finished song soon!

 

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:

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I Feel So Painted!

Rae Hering

Ugo's painting
Ugo's painting

Thank you to Ugo Paradiso, a talented (and super friendly) artist who made this kicking' painting of my image:

Ugo is working on a series of musicians and their instruments.  Personally, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

Also, thanks to fellow blogger and painter Mary for introducing us.  This is the meaning of strengthening the Creative Communities around us!

Navigator/Aviator - I Finished the Song!

Rae Hering

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A couple of months ago I posted a song in progress and now I'd like to share the finished piece!  One of my most favorite feelings in the whole wide world is to call a song done, and "Navigator/Aviator" has been an idea laying dormant in my head for 8 years now - so the "done" feeling is REALLY a great one in this case!

My ritual is to take all the wonderfully messy scribblings I've been working with and to neatly type out my lyrics.  Kind of like when you get a brand new wardrobe and you get to toss out all the stuff that always made you look frumpy anyways.

Also, I want to dedicate this song to my big brother Nate, who is my very favorite Air Force Pilot ( he likes my song, even with the obvious logistical inaccuracies - creative license!)

Nate and me on Halloween
Nate and me on Halloween

The Most Happenin' Night I've Had Since...When? (Part 3/3)

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Last week I was talking about this kickass jam session I was a part of and the importance of being OK with making mistakes in these types of situations. (well, hell, when is that not relevant?)  Here’s an example of the beautiful music we made, mistakes and all. This is Zach from Fable Crysinging one of his songs as we were all listening and learning:

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Our fearless ringmaster and cellist Josh Dent weaved effortlessly between being a thread in the musical fabric and directing the creative energies of his guests.  Without his leadership, our music-making could easily have turned into a chaotic wall of sound.

Josh humorously describes himself as an old man most of the time, but not tonight.  He's giddy as a little kid:

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Josh's House 11

What I found extra impressive is that he encouraged us to have dialogue about the music we were making.  So often musicians stay confined inside the walls of unanswered questions.  Maybe the perfect groove was just an eighth note away, but if we aren’t willing to risk letting everyone know that we don’t know everything in the world, then we’ll never find that perfect groove.

I can safely say we found our perfect groove together.

Here's Ally Brown singing one of her tunes with everyone jamming with her.  So much fun!

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The Most Happenin' Night I've Had Since...When? (Part 2/3)

Rae Hering

Organic Hi-Fi
Organic Hi-Fi

Wednesday I was talking with you all about my awakening at a crazy/refreshing jam session.  Check this out:

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So I was thinking about it, and I realized that what really made the night was seeing all these artists make connections with each other, make plans to work with each other and show up at each other’s gigs.  I smile just thinking about the Creative Community I’m actively creating because…

My musical history consists mostly of learning solo classical piano by myself, writing songs by myself, teaching myself guitar, by myself…yeah, I think you get the point. When it came to music, I was in strict solitary confinement. I didn’t know how to play well with others and definitely did not want to share my toys.

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Colors 2

Through the past few years my path has slowly lead me to embracing the communal aspect of musicianship – something I’ve resisted and wanted for so long.  At the core of this struggle, I see that the fear of making mistakes has had me hunched in the corner with my volume knob down for years.

So when I listen back to the recordings from our jam, I hear acoustic electricity that’s raw and real and – well, everyone’s making mistakes.  But no one cares!  We’re all gracefully stumbling through each other’s songs, emotionally levitating so high that there are no longer mistakes, only colors.  Someone just played a minor 3rd in a major key?  Hey that sounded pretty cool…

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Don’t go away, there’s more…

The Most Happenin' Night I've Had Since...When?? (Part 1/3)

Rae Hering

My Home Entertainment System
My Home Entertainment System

Once in awhile, an experience comes alongthat knocks you back into being.  You didn’t event know you were sleepwalking until you find yourself holding an accordion in the middle of an intellectual bohemian jam session next to a harpistand a twelve string bass player (check these musicians out – they’re doing cool stuff).

It's dark, it's mysterious...

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(By the way, that's also Joshua Dent playing cello - more on him in a later post.)

So you might not be a musician who’s sleptwalked themselves into a carnival of musical instruments, but I think a lot of you out there have had a version of an awakening.  When something feels so startling and new, yet so familiar that you settle right into it with ease.

I found myself blubbering strings of phrases containing such poignant words as “awesome” and “so cool” and maybe just a “fuck yeah!” cuz really, what can you say when you’re having as much fun as you’ve had since…when?  I don’t even know.  We all were so buzzed off the experience that you’d think our tunes were 9% alcohol.

Stay tuned for more of the story in a couple of days.  For now, check out this song I sang on accordion and we all jammed on called Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, an old Andrews Sisters tune.

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And just for fun, shits and giggles (let's get Ca-ra-zee!) here's the original version as sung by The Andrew's Sisters:

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Idle Minds and Window Shrines - Preludes to the Creative Space

Rae Hering

My music room
My music room

In the moments before creation, there is stillness.  I’m standing in front of my keyboard, but I don’t play.  Instead, I find that I’m staring out the window again.  Not wasting time, no, no no.  I'm...resetting the brain.

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I remember summers as a kid – I would hang upside down off our sticky leather couch and stare up at the ceiling.  In this seemingly awkward position, I would imagine how wonderful it would be if the ceiling was the floor.  How clean and tidy it would be!  Nothing to pick up or trip over - expect for those twirling fans.  I’d stay upside down until the rush of blood to my head would make me woozy or until my mom would find me.

Looking back at this memory, I realize I was probably just giving my mind some transition time.

The window in my music room provides that much needed transition time in my writing process.  Here, I enter the slippery space between feeling the tinge of inspiration and actually opening its creative coffer.  I give myself time to zone out (which is, as I've recently learned, an essential part of the creative process) and forget about the menial tasks of the day and enjoy the view:

Jonathan and I live in an apartment complex in Berry Hill, TN – a small town that is actually right in the heart of busy, bustling Nashville.  I love living here.

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Popular-Wooden-American-Style-Window copy

The daily activities outside my window are excellent fodder for the creative spirit, but what’s on the inside of my window is inspiring, too.  My windowsill is one of my favorite spots in my apartment.  Without being too conscious of it, it’s become an assembly of meaningful nick knacks and trinkets.  I’ve made a creative shrine - a concept I first read about in Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” a year or so ago. It’s funny how I came around to making one without even knowing it!

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The Accordion Angel on the right is a gift from my good friend Jen.  It reminds me of the support I have in my friends.

When I first got the succulent plant I almost killed it.  There were but a few specks of green left when, with a little tender care, it started coming back to life.  It reminds me to always hold on to hope.

If you look really closely on the left hand side of the plant, you will see a needle sticking out – this is an acupuncture needle.  This reminds me to not forget about maintaining simple practices for health and vitality.

Next are the dried avocado seeds.  I used to etch patterns into them and try to preserve them as art.  Although I could never achieve the full effect I was going for, these seeds remind me to keep experimenting and dreaming up new ideas.

Then there’s the bicycle.  I think I picked this up at a thrift store.  Years ago I wrote a very whimsical and playful song inspired by this toy.  Now, it reminds me to always keep my playful creativity close to my heart.

Here’s the song if you want to give it a listen.  It’s called “Bicycles Go Woosh!”  (And mind you, it’s only a work track.)

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Do you have a way of resetting your brain before your creative process?  Do you keep meaningful objects close by to inspire you?