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!

Over-Happiness Heart/Explosion Phenomenon!

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I’m sitting here on my couch eating steamed cabbage (because isn’t that everyone’s go-to midnight snack?) thinking about how freaking wonderful life is. I am so grateful for the people in my life that make my heart feel like it’s going to explode from over-happiness but then my heart doesn’t explode from over-happiness because it knows I would no longer be happy if it did indeed explode.

Jan Bossing is the type of lady that can make the heart/explosion phenomenon happen. I first met Jan through our mutual friend (and 18-string bass player) Scott Fernandez before we played a show at Drifters in East Nashville. Ever since then, Jan has consistently promoted my music on social media and always (I mean always) has encouraging words for me.

Later I learned Jan runs the non-profit organization Nashville Fringe Festival (NFF). I can tell Jan lives out her organization’s mission statement every day:

“The Nashville Fringe Festival exists to celebrate the diversity of Nashville artists, and to honor the legends among us who enrich our city and inspire our lives.”

This woman is the type of mover-shaker-gogetter-cheerleader-Facebook SuperWoman you want representing your town – so Nashville should be honored to have her as a staple force around here.

So then, Jan really started laying the kindness on thick. She invited Jonathan and me to be featured guests on the NFF’s radio show with Radio Free Nashville. After that, she included my song “Infinity” on the NFF Winter 2015 Sampler (it’s free folks). But if that wasn’t enough, Jan and the NFF just offered to sponsor a Rae Hering show!

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I’m so thrilled. I mean, I was not expecting this. How often does someone come into your life and say, “hey, you look like you could use a little boost to send your heartfelt art out into the world therefore making it a more beautiful place” ???

Thank you Jan, for giving back so much to Nashville Creative Community.

Details to come about the show specifics. All I can say right now is…be prepared to be extremely entertained.

P.s. – click below to check out the FREE NFF Winter 2015 Sampler!

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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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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.

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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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