Smiling “Watercolour” from the UK

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.

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All I Got for Christmas…

All I got for Christmas was this holiday album called…

Just kidding.
A couple of months ago my friend Ford Heacock with Firebreath Media asked me to be a part of this fun ‘lil holiday project he was putting together. The result is 10 eclectic and colorful Christmas songs by many talented artists (read more about them here!) – all yours for FREE!! But if you would like to give, all the proceeds will be donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Hope you’ll check out my track, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” fea. Duane Borba on percussion and Laura Vance on background vocals. Thanks for sharing it with anyone you think would enjoy it!

Here I am with Duane Borba recording at Firebreath Records

Here I am with Duane Borba recording at Firebreath Records

I’ve been in hiding…but not anymore!

Guys, it’s been awhile.  It’s been a lonnnnnnnnnng while.  Here’s the nutshell since June:

I got married!

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I got a band!

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I was a Newsie for Halloween! (not exactly a life-changing event but a fun fact nonetheless)

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And…drum roll please…

I released my brand new album, “The Shy Gemini Sessions!”

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I hope you’ll consider giving it a listen, purchasing, or sharing it with your friends:

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’

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