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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!

Flying High with "Navigator/Aviator"

Rae Hering

This song is for all you two peas in a pod out there. When you're together, anything is an adventure. Sometimes you might feel like you can't stand each other, but that's only because you suit each other so well! Laughing comes easy and the memories are endless.

Click HERE to get "Navigator/Aviator" on Spotify and iTunes, or click below to buy now! 


I just love how these in-studio videos turned out recording at Pentavarit Studios in Nashville, TN. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube to keep up to date with more videos coming soon!

 

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.

 

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 Scenes: New Photos

Rae Hering

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

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!

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.

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!

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!)

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Nate and me on Halloween

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?

Behind the Song: Wordless Words (a Special Valentine's Video)

Rae Hering

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An Out of Order Love Song

I wrote “Wordless Words” around the same time I met my now-fiance Jonathan.  At the time, if you had asked me whom this song was about, I would have flat out denied that it  was about him!!  Thinking back on it now, I believe our relationship did influence this song, though I wasn’t able or ready to put that into words...

Jonathan and I goofing around...
Jonathan and I goofing around...

Love Makes You Tongue-Tied (or Tongue Tired)

As bloggers, we LOVE words (and aren’t they wonderful? what a paradisiacal playground!) But in “Wordless Words,” I attempt to get at the heart of a certain feeling when there are no words.  I feel that there’s a point where words inevitably fail us, where definition goes only so far, and the only way to express our deepest emotion is through things that require no words at all...

The Love of My Life

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Music-enables-us-to 2

I love music because it communicates on a different level than words.  When words are paired with music, the music takes those words to a higher emotional level.  I believe that whether we’re listening to music or making music, it enables us to connect to emotions that are not normally accessible through words alone.  It’s what made teenage girls scream for The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, it’s what gives us the chills when we hear those moody high notes in Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” and what makes us smile and dance when we hear the infectious tune by Pharrell Williams, “Happy.”

How do you use wordless words in your life?

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

Rae Hering

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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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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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 Creative Community Movement

Rae Hering

I've been talking with my fiancé, Jonathan, a lot lately about what a creative community is and how to strengthen those communities around us.  We all have a lot to offer each other, no matter what we love to do: paint, dance, sing, write, play, speak, draw, levitate… Through blogging this past year, I’ve been making wonderful creative connections with other bloggers, one of whom is Rida of Work In Progress.  She was inspired after watching a video I posted of my song “Navigator/Aviator” and wrote her original lyrics to my tune.  How cool is that??

Here's my song "Navigator/Aviator:"

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGZKsUNfBP8&w=480&h=360]

And Rida's beautiful, creative response:

i’ve been traveling round and round been looking for what can’t be found i don’t really know where i belong

life keeps taking pound for pound and i can’t find that stable ground i don’t really know where i’ve gone wrong

i meet you, i’m spun around i once was lost but now i’m found i know with you i am finally strong

bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump baah dum dah dah ump

bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump baah dum dah dah ump

you keep me from falling down no longer feeling like i’m drowin’ for in your loving arms i do belong

all my walls you’ve broken down it’ so safe to play the clown how did you know i was the one

i’ll be your queen and wear your crown once so lost but now i’m found ’cause you put in my heart an eternal song

bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump baah dum dah dah ump

bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump baah dum dah dah ump

with you i know i’m safe and sound have no need to look around for you cannot compare to anyone

my loneliness forever gone you and me, we can’t go wrong being with you babe, i am someone

hold me baby til the dawn we’ll be together all life long for you are my moon and my sun

bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump baah dum dah dah ump

bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump bum bum dah ump baah dum dah dah ump

Check out her original post here.

What a testament to being inspired by each other!

So what inspires you?  Are you inspired by your friend’s painting?  Your co-worker’s poem?  Your boss’s mother’s hairdresser’s interpretive dance routine?

And if you’re inspired by one of my works, please, jot it down, record it, video it - share it. Let’s strengthen our creative communities together.

Behind the Song: Navigator, Aviator - SNEAK PEAK

Rae Hering

I've been having a great time working on a new song called "Navigator, Aviator."  Here's what it sounds like so far: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGZKsUNfBP8&w=480&h=360]

I've had a hankering to write a song about asking someone to be "my Navigator" for probably eight years now.  It's been one of those ideas that hangs around, floats in and out of my thoughts...I never could fully flesh out till now.

As a musician trying to navigate herself through this tangled music industry, it's easy to see where the desire for some navigation comes from.  In times past, I've certainly wished for someone to just DISCOVER ME, to go "POOF you're famous!"  But I've realized (through these eight years) that I need direction, not someone to do it for me.

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Jonny and Me pic

WARNING: I am a total Cheezeball, but here I go: I've found my Navigator, my wonderful fiancé and manger, Jonathan.  He lets me fly the plane, of course, but together as Navigator and Aviator, we get the aircraft off the ground and on to new places.

Yep, I think that's why this song is finally forming for me.  Well, I'll keep working on it.  Hope you enjoy the 'lil preview!

P.S. - Do you have a Navigator in your life?  Who is it and what do they do for you?

 

A Christmas Video for You

Rae Hering

"I'll be Home for Christmas" - I've always loved this song.  Something about the easy-flowing melody, the nostalgic lyric and the deep emotional content captured my heart from the start.  Naturally, when I sat down with my guitar to play through the tune a few weeks ago, it poured out like it's always been in there, waiting for its moment.

Being a musician who focuses on songwriting, I don't do a whole lot of covers - I only do the songs I really really really like - which is the way it should be, I think!  My motivation for playing covers is 100% to perform it in my own style.  The process for learning the cover is basically this: play through as much of the song as I possibly can without referencing sheet music or a recorded version, put aside any thought of the original rhythm and chord structure, and play what comes out.

And that's exactly what I've done here!  My hope is that you find it as fresh and unique as it is familiar and comforting!

Hope you enjoy my 3rd annual Christmas cover - I'll be Home for Christmas

P.s. - If you have to be away from home for Christmas this season, or have had to in the past, leave a comment and share what you miss most!

Behind the Song "Hitchhiker of the Universe" and the Legendary Hippie Halloween Costume

Rae Hering

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Hippie costume
Hippie costume

Mine has got to be the Hippie costume I wore in 5th grade, replete with seed beads, head scarf, rag purse and the tie skirt my Mom handmade when she was in her twenties.  Although the costume was, in my opinion, fabulous, that’s not the only reason it means so much to me.  My fun disguise reveals a poignant time of transition in my life: from girlhood to womanhood, the beginning of restlessness, longing and exciting discovery.  I ached to be an adult without knowing what that really meant, of course.

As with most adolescence, signs of my transition came in the form of many a frustrating remark to my parents.  I remember changing into my costume at school before my Mom picked me up to take me to the ALL IMPORTANT CAN NOT MISS THIS EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE THERE Halloween Party.  The not-so-logical part of my attitude was that I was embarrassed to be seen at school wearing a Halloween costume on (gasp!) Halloween of all days!!  Oh travesty!

I can hear my Mom’s confused and exhausted voice saying, “But Rae, you never get embarrassed.  Why now?”  I just sank further into my angsty frustration, trapped in the minivan as we headed to The Party, a place of anxious unknowns.  What if no one else is wearing a costume?  What if I stand out like a sore thumb?  What if my costume is stupid and everyone else’s is cool?

The toughest part about going through this transition stage is that everyone has a place on the social ladder at school.  Mine happened to be just a nose hair above the lowest of the low.  Here I was, so caught up in my internal conflict I didn’t notice that I was about to enter a place where the social playing field would essentially be leveled out.  I mean, what does a costume do anyhow?  It makes you become someone or something you’re not.  It disguises your true nature.  It transports you into becoming a silly whim or your deepest desire.  I was heading towards a free ride with my peace-loving, hitchhiking Hippie Child garb on!

But can you expect a hormone-enraged pubescent to think this clearly?  So there I was at the Halloween Party awkwardly mingling with my gossipy schoolmates while getting a taste of non-parental guidance.  And you know what?  I have to say with shining honor that my (oh so embarrassing) Hippie getup won the Best Costume Award.  Take that suckkkers!!!  I can see the envy in all those parochial school girls’ eyes now as I received my prize, a Boyz II Men CD.

“Hitchhiker of the Universe” is not only about longing to be older, more experienced and independent, but it’s about looking back at that time now that I am older.  It’s about reconciling with my younger self for being so naïve and thinking that I’m some “casual prophet of youth” who’s got it all together.  Even though the person I am now doesn’t look like who I thought I’d be, I revel in the strange comfort of knowing that who I think I will be twenty years from now is absolutely unimaginable.  Dream on, Hitchhiker of the Universe…

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