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

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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.

 

My Interview with TASCAM Talkback Podcast

Rae Hering

That's right. I was recently interviewed for the TASCAM Talkback Podcast about my experience live-streaming on Periscope. You'll especially enjoy this podcast if you are a podcaster or live streamer because the TASCAM Podcast is made to help you do what you do!

Also featured in this episode is fellow Nashville singer/songwriter Aubryn talking about Concert Window and Ashley Norton who is part of the group Whiterward talking about Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Enjoy!

 

Happy National Farmers Day! 🐮

Rae Hering

October 12th is National Farm Day and I thought I'd celebrate the occasion by sharing with you one of my absolute Loves in life outside of making music: local, organic foods!

A few weeks ago my friend Trista invited me to join her for Fall Farm Day at her CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, which is a group of individuals who pledge to guarantee a farmer's crop financially and in return receive shares of food weekly or bi-weekly. It's a great way to live by the seasons, have an adventure in your kitchen every week with seasonal produce and support your local farmer! 

So, let's begin our virtual tour of Rosie Belle Farm, an hour or so south of Nashville in a town called Pulaski, TN. (All photos taken by me or Trista except if otherwise noted).

 

Meet Pat and Paul Schertz, the farmers of Rosie Belle. Overall-clad and sporting a purple bandana, Pat greets us with a warm smile and leads us through the flower gardens up to the Farm House which was built, along with its outbuildings, in 1894. Once I step onto the front porch I have an overwhelming urge to just sit, sip, and stay here forever, but I fight it back and head on inside...

Photo from the Rosie Belle website: www.rosiebellefarm.com 

Photo from the Rosie Belle website: www.rosiebellefarm.com 

The first thing I see when I walk inside is this amazing staircase. I can honestly say this is the most unique set of stairs I have ever seen. And yes, those are real yard sticks.

Just to the right of the staircase the house opens up into the main sitting area. Past the wood burning stove with fresh rosemary foccacia bread waiting to be devoured (Pat is an extraordinary cook by the way) there is a heaping pile of apples sitting in the light of the window. Go ahead, take one! I've already had three...

We head outside on this gorgeous autumn day and start exploring their 65 acre backyard. Can someone please explain to me why farm buildings make such great photography material?? 

Oh, there's Trista, chillin' by the pumpkins...

There are plenty of farm animals running around! Eleven dogs, many of whom were rescues, are making good use of the open space. And look...wasn't it nice for the pigs to line up for a family photo?

And how about those goats! They're certainly eager to eat my purse and...I KID you not, this actually happened...later on one jumps on the table as I'm eating and head straight for my plate! 

All I have to say about this shot is that Diana Ross's "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" somehow starts playing softly in the background...

And what Farm Day would be complete without cuddling with a baby duckling?

Lunch time! After three rounds of appetizers (we're being fed like Queens!) it's time for the crispiest fried chicken I've ever tasted, farm cheese and tomato sandwiches and yes, even the ice cream on the ice cream sandwich is made from scratch.

It really has been a perfect day. Thank you to Pat, Paul and the whole crew at Rosie Belle Farm for your hospitality and generosity!

If you live in Middle Tennessee, become a CSA member of Rosie Belle Farm! Live somewhere else? Find a CSA near you and start supporting your local foods!

Now, I leave you with Trista and I laughing because Farmer Paul is acting like he doesn't know how to use an iPhone (he did a nice job though!)

 

Check out my new tune "How the Wind Blows"

Rae Hering

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.

 

Behind the Scenes: New Photos

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I absolutely love how these new photos turned out! First of all, Chad McClarnon is a wizard with all things having to do with a camera - thank you for the amazing photos, Chad! Next, thank you to Glen Weiss of 1087 Studios for the great space to do the shoot!

As you guys probably know, I’m such a thrift store addict! I had fun going through my closet and pairing together my latest finds along with a few from friends. What I ended up with are definitely clothes that I felt the most “me” in! 

I love this sheer mini-floret sleeveless top. For me it’s that perfect go-to summer piece. I feel 10x more FUN in this outfit!

Thanks to my fellow thrifter, Trista McClarnon (pst...watch for her new vintage online store opening soon called Jean Eileen!), I got to sport this outrageously wild leopard sweater! There are no words to how funky cool this thing is.

Have you ever had a clothing item you put on and you feel invincible in? Yeah, that’s this leather jacket by Gryphon.  It’s the perfect tan color that goes with everything and fits just right. HANDS DOWN it's my favorite find from Designer Renaissance - I LOVE this place, you gotta check ‘em out!

I’m on a mission to bring the hat back! Hats add such unique style and character to a look. I lucked out and found this Goorin Bros emerald-colored hat at Buffalo Exchange

Most importantly, I think these photos reflect the sound of my upcoming “Live at Pentavarit” song series in images (well, if that can even be done, we’ve done it!) The new songs were recorded, as the name suggests, live in a trio setting. We didn’t do any fancy sound layering, and it wasn’t a lengthy teeth-pulling process. The songs were recorded with exactly what they needed, no more, no less. I think these photos achieve the same goal. They really show me, wearing clothes that feel like me…just simple, and just right.

Scoping It Out - A Musician's Look at Periscope

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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!

Still Sophie

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Hume-Fogg theater in Nashville, TN.

I’m so happy to have been a part of such a meaningful and poignant film, “Still Sophie” directed by Caroline Knight, which will be making its world premier today in Charlotte as part of the 100 Words Film Festival (a festival where all films must use exactly 100 words!  Talk about tricky!)

“Still Sophie” is a seven minute documentary that tells the story of a young woman, Sophie, who suffered a stroke when she was 19.  After four years of therapy she’s made amazing progress but still struggles with aphasia, which is where her thinking process is completely intact but speaking those thoughts is extremely difficult.

Singing, however, is easier.  Sophie has always loved to sing and that hasn’t changed a bit because of her stroke!  In fact, the documentary features Sophie singing “Maybe This Time” and that’s where I come in – I’m accompanying her on piano!

What a strong, determined and beautiful young woman Sophie is!  An inspiration!

Read more about “Still Sophie” and The 100 Words Film Festival.

Sophie and me on set! 

Caroline Knight, director, talking with Sophie about the interview.

Why I color INSIDE the lines

Rae Hering

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!

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

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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!

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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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Navigator/Aviator - I Finished the Song!

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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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Organic Hi-Fi

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 1/3)

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

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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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juliacameronlive.com

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" /]

The History of the Wishbone and Other Wishful (but not wishy washy!) Thoughts

Rae Hering

I’ve had a wishbone (yes – that kind that comes from an actual chicken) sitting on my kitchen counter for months now.  Why you ask?  Am I supposed to be able to answer such questions??

OK, I admit I have an unusual fascination for “little found treasures.”  For instance, I regularly pick up small objects I find on the ground and collect them in the pouch on my car door.  I came across this particular chicken charm while making homemade broth (which, by the way, is super easy and very good for you!)

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Every now and again I would take a quick glance at my wishbone, thinking I might coerce Jonathan into having a little superstitious fun.  But I never did because, honestly, making a wish on it seems pointless and silly - where does the idea of breaking wishbones come from, anyhow?

Well, according to Matt Soniak at Mental Floss, “The custom of snapping these bones in two after dinner came to us from the English, who got it from the Romans, who got it from the Etruscans, an ancient Italian civilization. As far as historians and archaeologists can tell, the Etruscans were really into their chickens, and believed that the birds were oracles and could predict the future.”

Isn’t it AMAZING how long-lasting these ideas are that become woven into the fabric of our lives?? 

The Etruscans (800-400 B.C.) would dry out the wishbone, or furcula if you want to get scientific, so as to preserve the mystical powers the bird possessed while living.  People would use wishbones as treasured spiritual objects, stroking them and making wishes on them.  The act of actually breaking the bone was a variation developed by the Romans when they crossed paths with the Etruscans.

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Back in my kitchen, I’m staring at my chicken bone thinking of what to do with it (if you’re still wondering why, I’m just going to say that I’m weird!!)  I’m certainly not going to carry it around stroking it (...I’m not that weird…)  I could just throw the damn thing out so I don’t have to look at it any longer – I’m sure anyone more sensible than me would gladly choose this option.  But I’ve always been a pack rat and pack rats just have a tough time with that whole “throwing out” thing.

So, I take my beloved poultry collarbone in hand and decide to give this age-old symbol some new significance:

Don’t just make wishes – make wishes happen.

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If I wanted to take my chances at having my wish, I’d snap this wishbone faster than you can say Chicken Little. But I’m not interested in taking chances with my precious future.  The potential to achieve my wishes comes deep within the person I am actively cultivating, not anything else.  The more I am aware of what I want out of life, the more I am able to attain those things.  In fact, I can even “feel it in my bones” – an idiom which speaks of having intuition about one’s circumstances.  The more I am aware of myself and my surroundings, the more I am able to guide myself by the strength of this intuition.

As a musician moving her career forward, I know I have to have pretty tough skin, but now I realize I have to have some pretty strong bones, too.  A lot of singer/songwriters (myself included here) rely on the “wishbone method” of getting discovered.  I’ve put myself through plenty of hell and torment because my wishes hadn’t been granted.

I’m keeping this wishbone to remind me that I’ve tried the wishbone method, and now I know it doesn’t work.  Dropping coins down the wishing well, blowing out candles and wishing upon a star, they all don’t work.  And they’re not for me.  What can I say?  I actually want my wishes to come true.

Make wishes!  But don’t rely on the wishbone – rely on the intuition in your own bones.