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.

Rae Hering Watercolour

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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.

“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!

 

A Crooning Accordion Collaboration! – “Pace” by Handsome Dan

 

I love collaborating!  This video is of Nashville songwriter Handsome Dan singing his song “Pace” and me accompanying him on accordion.  Apparently (as Dan tells me) he’s wanted me to play accordion on this song since waaay back in 2007 when we first met!

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Say it Like I Sing it

And ode to the promise of warmer weather!  Have a great weekend!

 

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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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The Most Happenin’ Night I’ve Had Since…When? (Part 3/3)

Last week I was talking about this kickass jam session I was a part of and the importance of being OK with making mistakes in these types of situations. (well, hell, when is that not relevant?)  Here’s an example of the beautiful music we made, mistakes and all.

This is Zach from Fable Cry singing one of his songs as we were all listening and learning:

 

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