Show this Weekend – Huntsville, AL

flyerIf 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!

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

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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

New Record “The Shy Gemini Sessions” Coming Soon!

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Here's me playing the Wurlitzer with my co-producer/engineer/friend Bobby Holland.

Playing the Wurlitzer with my co-producer/engineer/friend Bobby Holland at South Street Studios on Music Row.

I think it’s about time (actually past time) to tell you all about my upcoming record, “The Shy Gemini Sessions” (name sound familiar to anyone?).  Regrettably I’ve been neglecting my blogging lately because I’ve been so busy recording this project.  What I should have been doing is blogging about the project all along – but what’s done is done, and I’m here now to tell you all about it!

“The Shy Gemini Sessions” consists of seven songs recorded in two ways (what else would you expect from a Gemini?)  Side A features a full production approach; fleshed out with strings, Wurlitzer and accordion to name a few, it soars with all the pump of a full band.  Side B showcases the same songs in their stripped-down essential form, highlighting the space where voice and instrument are simply together as one entity.

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Endless – The Torture of “Tick Tock, Tick Tock”

I’m angry with my 22 year-old self.  She was aimless and flippantly said things like “it will all work out somehow.”  I bitterly ask her what the HOW part of ‘somehow’ was.  She would daydream in her music business classes and ignore songwriting for other petty projects that sidetracked her.  I want to scream at her, “what were you thinking!?”  I’ve imagined an unhealthy amount of times how it could have been if she hadn’t wasted so many precious years.

“Youth is wasted on the young” – George Bernard Shaw

The 22 year old Me.

The 22 year old Me.

I haven’t been able to forgive that lost 22-year old girl yet.  This game of mental torment is a poor placeholder for forgiveness, but I keep coming back to it.  I bang my head against the fact that I can’t go back and do things differently.  It’s a familiar story – I’m sure many of you can relate.

I spent my younger years being clueless in my music career endeavors.  I regret this tremendously.  I stayed in relationships that were not conducive to pursuing making a living with my music.  I maintained the belief that it would all fall into my lap.  I chose to pointlessly drink with friends at the bar more nights than I stayed home to work on songwriting.

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