Simon Says…

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The King of Lazy is here to defend his throne.  So, what do you think Simon is saying in his dreams?

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Notes on My Fridge – The Gray is OK

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I write notes on my fridge to help me stay mindful throughout the day.  Lately, I’ve been contemplating that “the gray is OK.”

“The gray” means questioning what others believe and your own beliefs.  It means living with indecision and uncertain outcomes.  It means feeling constant contradiction, and most likely being misunderstood for that.

When I was in high school, I wrote a poem about taking a black and white photo of the world.  Instead of having a crisp, well-defined B&W aesthetic, my photo turned out gray.  It was a metaphor for the murky color of our current society’s morality.

My vantage point has significantly changed over the years of experiencing those murkyphoto 1 shades and hues of this world.  Where at one time I loftily looked down upon this gray world through my metaphorical camera lens, I now am looking much more closely at the gray within myself.

This is because I don’t always know what I believe.  Or rather, I see multiple sides to an issue, which may lead to multiple beliefs.

The black and white mindset tells us that if we are not white, then we must be black because…what other option do we have in a dualistic world?  Do you like cats or don’t you?  Are you a republican or a democrat?  Do you believe in God or are you a non-believer?  From the small considerations to the really big ones, even when we’re told to question beliefs there is usually an expectation that we must land on one side or the other eventually.

What if living in the gray is an acceptable place to be?

The point I’m trying to make is certainly NOT that we should be opinion-less.  On the contrary, it is to be comfortable with having multiple opinions simultaneously.  It is to question our own beliefs and to consider that our beliefs may, someday, even change.  Mine certainly have!

 

Album Artwork Unveiling!

Soooo excited to present to you all the new album artwork for “The Shy Gemini Sessions!”

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Thanks to my friend and very talented artist Chris Longs“The Shy Gemini Sessions” now has a visual story to go with the music.  What’s extra super duper cool is that everything on the artwork has significance relating to the music.

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

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

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!

 

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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