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.
Soooo excited to present to you all the new album artwork for “The Shy Gemini Sessions!”
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.
Rae Hering, who is based in Nashville Tennessee, is an exceptionally gifted artist. At first listen, you’ll think that you’ll have heard her before with her sweet, sultry voice. She will impress you with her smooth piano and guitar playing. With an album already under her belt, Rae is only just beginning. She writes in her WordPress blog titled, “Shy Gemini,” which she uses to share her music and post stories behind her songs, as well as, glimpses of her life. She is a gemini, however, she is far from shy when it comes to her passion for music. Early on, Rae exhibited musical skills that surpassed her peers, which lead her to work closely with one of her life mentors. There are many artists out there who don’t hold a truth and honesty that Rae exudes in her work, songs and performance.
The music that Rae Hering…
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I just realized that I’ve neglected a friendship in my life, a really important friendship I’ve had for years. I’ve ignored her for lots of petty reasons: I haven’t had the time to hang out, I’ve felt like we’re moving in different directions, or sometimes (I admit it) she’s just whinny and annoying. OK, this is probably the point where I should admit that this friendship is with Myself. Yes, I’ve realized that I need to get to know Myself again.
Most of us have been in this boat before. We find ourselves at home in the evenings stressing over work instead of relaxing. As an afterthought, we remember when we had less responsibilities and seemingly more time to indulge in those things we love to do just because – painting, reading, hiking, journaling, playing music. One of my favorite activities I used to do for pure enjoyment was coloring in my Sesame Street Coloring Book. And no, I was not 5. I was in my 20’s. I did this because Myself – you know, the friend I need to get to know again – sometimes acts like she’s 5, and it’s OK to do what she wants to do once in awhile.
Being a responsible adult who does responsible adult tasks is what we all need to be. But if we don’t replenish our souls as well, what will eventually be left of us as we show up for work day after day? I’m constantly getting trapped in giving first priority to the “necessary” things in my life – emails and phone calls. I forget that to keep the friendship I have with Myself alive, I have to put that stuff aside sometimes. We certainly don’t develop friendships out of necessity. The friendship we have with Self is no different.
I was hit with the idea for my song “Watercolor” when I was driving. I saw an image of me sitting under a tree, painting, all by myself. I had no obligations that day. The sun was shining. I was happy. This image of painting with watercolors (some unconscious association I’ve made with my coloring book hobby no doubt!) encapsulates everything I want to say. I want to spend time, not out of obligation but out of enjoyment, to get to know Myself again!