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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.

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!