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 Feel So Painted!

Thank you to Ugo Paradiso, a talented (and super friendly) artist who made this kicking’ painting of my image:

Ugo's painting

I love the owl!  So cute!

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Navigator/Aviator – I Finished the Song!

 

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!

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Idle Minds and Window Shrines – Preludes to the Creative Space

My music room

My sunny 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.

a_girl_hanging_upside_down_from_the_couch_1883099I 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:

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

Photo from Wikipedia.

Photo credit: Wikipedia.

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. Continue reading

A Christmas Video for You

“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.

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Behind the Song “Hitchhiker of the Universe” and the Legendary Hippie Halloween Costume

What’s your favorite or most meaningful Halloween costume you’ve worn?

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.  Hippie costumeAlthough 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!

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