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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:

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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!

 

Behind the Song: Piece on Earth

Rae Hering

A few years ago I was in Henderson, KY enjoying a beautiful summer day at my in-laws’. Richard was on the far side of the yard at his meat smoker, faithfully turning a batch of ribs. I closed my eyes to take in the scent of charred sweetness when I hear Dorothy’s infectious laugh, all full of life, coming from the sunroom.

That day in Henderson the sun laid lightly on the skin and the breeze drifted through like we were seaside. I let blades of grass go through my toes and listened to the birds happily chirping away…

Well maybe the City Girl in me is getting a little sappy here, but you get the picture: it was a really nice day. It was the type of day that inspires a songwriter to write a Summer Song.

I had my guitar with me and started picking out some chords. I wanted the song to sound like it had a porch swing built right into it. I wanted it to feel like that little smile you get as you’re drifting off in the hammock under the shade of a tree.

“Piece on Earth” is an ode to loving your Home. It's about accepting what you have and being happy with your life for what it is. No frills needed, just your own backyard.

I think that’s just how Dorothy and Richard have lived their lives. They’re still in the house my husband grew up in and have made a lot of history in that house! It’s also a house with a strict open door policy: you can expect friends and neighbors to stop in on the regular just to say hi. They have an open refrigerator policy, too. :) 

So here it is: "Piece on Earth," my Summer Song, written in Henderson, KY. I hope it’ll make a nice companion to your summer days ahead! 

I Got a Song Cut!

Rae Hering

That's right, folks, I got my first major record label song cut - how cool is that?!?  I'm feeling pretty excited and very thankful.  The song is called "It's Alright" and MCA/Universal (Philippines) artist Solenn Heussaff just released the pop ballad on her third album titled Solenn.  Give it a listen!

I wrote "It's Alright" with my husband, Jonathan Morse, and our friend Jimmy Borja.  I'm lucky to have met Jimmy - he's a great friend, a wonderful piano player (he taught himself by ear which completely amazes me!) and a hit songwriter.  Many of Jimmy's songs have become classics in the Philippines including the Christmas song "Sana Ngayong Pasko," performed by Ariel Rivera.

So now that you've heard Solenn's version, I thought it would be fun to share with you my demo version of "It's Alright."  Personally, I find it interesting to hear where a song started, so if you find it interesting, too, check out the link below (I included lyrics at the bottom).  By the way, that's Jonathan on the left and Jimmy on the right in the Soundcloud picture.  They're just the greatest!

It's Alright - by Jimmy Borja, Jonathan Morse and Rae Hering

If my eyes were mirrors
Would it bring you nearer,
Would you see what you want to see?

If my eyes could show you
What your heart has been through
Would you stay or would you look away?

No use fighting,
Stop your hiding,
You can’t escape it
But you can face it.

It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

The trials and the triumphs,
The song and the silence,
It’s all a part of who we are

Lift your eyes and see
Through the brokenness there’s beauty.
Don’t be afraid, to be afraid.

No use fighting,
Stop your hiding,
You can’t escape it
But you can face it.

It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

Look into my eyes,
I am your reflection.
Look into my eyes,
I am your reflection.

It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

A short film that's going a long way

Rae Hering

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For someone who doesn't get high, besides the morning cup of coffee of course, last weekend had me on the wings of something spectacular.  I'm sitting in the Green Hills theater, at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival, listening to the song I wrote and recorded for the short film "Daddy's Little Girl," playing on the Silver Screen.  What a feeling.

This extraordinary little film tells the story of a precocious young girl who uses her self-taught science knowledge to take control and finally tackle the problem of her abusive father head on.  Among the many talented folks involved in this film is the film's star, 11-year old Robin-August Fritsch, who is quite the precocious and lovable kid in real life.  Then there's the BRAINS behind it all - Trey and Chad McClarnon of Best Part Productions (once you see the film you'll know why the word "brains" is so squeamishly special.)  Trey and Chad are brothers who make a perfect writer/director team, and I'm so happy to call them friends and creative comrades.

Chad McClarnon, Rae Hering, Michael Kitts, Robin-August Fritsch, Sullivan Street, Trey McClarnon.

Chad McClarnon, Rae Hering, Michael Kitts, Robin-August Fritsch, Sullivan Street, Trey McClarnon.

Finally, let me say that with great hoopla that Nashville loved our film so much after the first showing that it voted us into the TN Audience Awards at the Nashville Film Fest!  The show is tonight and sadly for you, it's all sold out.  But you can still catch the last showing Friday at 1p.

I leave you with my song of the same title.  Check out the music box version, too...it's creepy :)

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!

 
 
 
 

Smiling "Watercolour" from the UK

Rae Hering

Wow, am so thankful to be surrounded by such a creative community!  Check this painting out by Peter Williams, a fantastically talented artist who lives in Leiston, England.   

 
 

I always love seeing artwork in progress, so I thought I'd include these, too...

Peter has cleverly names this piece "Watercolour" to serve a sneaky dual purpose:

1) he did, in fact, use watercolor paints and...

2.) he named it after my song "Watercolor" (posted below). 

Being that Peter is from the UK and I live in the US, we've been joking about who's spelling "watercolour/watercolor" incorrectly...hehe...  

But the best part about the story is that Peter found me and my music through a mutual artist friend, Ugo Paradido (who also did a beautiful painting of me and my guitar) on a site called Paint My Photo.  I am continually astounded by these connections being made online and through friends.

Thanks for making me smile, Peter - literally! 

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!

 

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)

Rae Hering

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:

Josh's House 11
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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Heartbreak Hang Up

Rae Hering

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I'm practicing a new song today and thought I'd share it with you all.  It's called "Heartbreak Hang Up," inspired by a French songwriter that I absolutely love - Tete.  Here's on of my favorites from him:

http://youtu.be/QLQMflyjr_k

Behind the Song: Ethereal Convention - Narrowly Avoiding a Car Crash

Rae Hering

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I was driving 45 mph on the busy street when a woman pulled out in front of me.  I slammed on my brakes, narrowly missing T-boning her car.  Here’s the weird part: I knew this event was going to happen hours beforehand.

It was just another day of teaching piano lessons, except for the fact that I knew that something big was going to happen in my life.  It was an intuition.  The space in which I existed felt different.  I felt the urge to prepare myself.  I kept imagining a car crash.  Something inside me told me to be vigilant, to BE PREPARED.  That day, I decided I would be extra careful as I drove from lesson to lesson.

We are grounded human beings with limitations.  We become complacent to run the same track we’ve tread for so long.  But underneath our routines and self-inflicted boundaries, we long to have a connection with the heavenly wave lengths just beyond our grasp of understanding.  Once in a while, an event happens that wakes us up.  That says, Yes! we are more than just a body running a course.  We are spiritual beings with a connection to a greater source!

My spiritual intuition saved me and the other driver from physical injury, damage to our cars, and possibly even our lives.  After avoiding the crash, relief obviously overwhelmed me.  Then, disbelief that my intuition actually became a reality.  There was no logical reason for me to know that this was going to happen.  I surpassed the laws of space and time dictating the order of events.  I was allowed passage into information that was not rightfully mine to know, at least according to the idea of linear thought.

I wrote “Ethereal Convention” six years ago.  It’s a song about longing to have a connection to the ethereal – a transcendence where space and time don’t follow the same rules with which we are familiar.  It’s a song about feeling the burden of our limited scope as humans, and it’s about getting a glimpse into this spiritual ecstasy or, as I refer to it in my song, a glimpse into the “ethereal convention.”  After my intuition experience, this song has taken on a much deeper meaning.  There’s a place for all of us at the ethereal convention.  We get small glimpses of it every once in a while.  And when that does happen, “the certainty’s serene, somewhat sobering, but mostly somewhere in between.”

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Behind the Song: Watercolor - Getting to Know Myself Again

Rae Hering

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I just realized that I’ve neglected a friendship in my life, a really important friendship I’ve had for years.  I’ve ignored her for lots of petty reasons: I haven’t had the time to hang out, I’ve felt like we’re moving in different directions, or sometimes (I admit it) she’s just whinny and annoying.  OK, this is probably the point where I should admit that this friendship is with Myself.  Yes, I’ve realized that I need to get to know Myself again.

Cookie Monster!
Cookie Monster!

Most of us have been in this boat before.  We find ourselves at home in the evenings stressing over work instead of relaxing.  As an afterthought, we remember when we had less responsibilities and seemingly more time to indulge in those things we love to do just because – painting, reading, hiking, journaling, playing music.  One of my favorite activities I used to do for pure enjoyment was coloring in my Sesame Street Coloring Book.  And no, I was not 5.  I was in my 20’s.  I did this because Myself – you know, the friend I need to get to know again – sometimes acts like she’s 5, and it’s OK to do what she wants to do once in awhile.

Being a responsible adult who does responsible adult tasks is what we all need to be.  But if we don’t replenish our souls as well, what will eventually be left of us as we show up for work day after day?  I’m constantly getting trapped in giving first priority to the “necessary” things in my life – emails and phone calls.  I forget that to keep the friendship I have with Myself alive, I have to put that stuff aside sometimes.  We certainly don’t develop friendships out of necessity.  The friendship we have with Self is no different.

I was hit with the idea for my song “Watercolor” when I was driving.  I saw an image of me sitting under a tree, painting, all by myself.  I had no obligations that day.  The sun was shining.  I was happy.  This image of painting with watercolors (some unconscious association I’ve made with my coloring book hobby no doubt!) encapsulates everything I want to say.  I want to spend time, not out of obligation but out of enjoyment, to get to know Myself again!

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