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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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Ave Maria - Healing the Wounds of War

Rae Hering

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If you didn’t know there is a suicide epidemic going on in the US right now well, I didn’t know either.

That is, until my good friend and videographer Mike Quinones asked if I would contribute a song to his film about PTSD-related military suicide called “Wounds of War.” Being involved in Mike’s project creatively and emotionally opened my eyes to this tragedy.

According to a report released by CNAS entitled Losing the Battle: The Challenge of Military Suicide, Army suicides have climbed steadily since 2004.  Between 2005 and 2010, the authors estimate a soldier took his/her own life every 36 hours.  Though only 1% of Americans serve in the military, this small population constitutes 20% of all suicides in the US.

In "Wounds of War", Mike uses my original version of “Ave Maria” to underscore the tragedy of combat trauma and PTSD. If you have 5 minutes, watch this film - I feel it is well worth it.


The fact that Mike uses "Ave Maria" to underscore these after-effects of the War makes a sobering full-circle effect because I originally wrote “Ave Maria” for the one-year anniversary of 9/11.  This was when Americans’ hearts were full of fiery determination as we were just beginning the invasion into Afghanistan and Iraq.  Now, here we are, on the other side, and we are all seeing the consequences.

“Ave Maria” is a song for healing, a song for reflection.  It is for mourning our loss and it is for holding on to hope.  In the version I wrote I’m singing in Latin.  Here is the translation:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee.  Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

For more information on military issues, including PTSD, visit these sites:

Harvesting Happiness for Heros

PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within

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