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April 16, 2011

I’ve been too busy to write because I’ve been preparing for my album recording.  Holy shit this is stressful.  I’ve never recorded a full solo album and I’ve never recorded so many originals.  I’m so glad to have so much support and I think you will be able to feel that sense of community and camaraderie in the album.  I would never have had the confidence and courage to do this even as little as a year ago and I’m pretty sure the people who were holding me back are some of the worst people I’ve ever encountered.  Luckily, they are out of my life and I have moved on to wonderful, amazing people who care about me, my health, my happiness, and my music.  I love you all.  I love you for being my safety nets, my night vision goggles, and my life rafts.  Thank you thank you thank you.

Please look for the album sometime this summer and pray it takes me places.

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March 28, 2011

In addition to planning a music festival, writing songs, writing a book, playing gigs, and working a day job, I’m going to add one more project to my plate…

On April 16th, I will record my debut solo album, live at the Rathskeller in Franklin, NC.

I’ve wanted to record an album for a long time, but I’ve gone back and forth on the way in which I should go about it.  I’ve looked at a hundred studios and thought about instrumentation and production I finally decided I would best represent myself  if my listeners could hear me in my most comfortable element- live, in front of an audience. This is going to be a such exciting gig and I’m so excited to be able to have this opportunity.

If you are in Franklin, NC on April 16th, please attend this really exciting event.  This will be a great opportunity for you to be part of a very meaningful experience for which I am very passionate.  I hope this energy and excitement will come through on the recording and those of you who aren’t able to come will be able to share in the experience via your headphones.  “Like” Rebecca White Music on facebook for more updates and so forth.

I love you all for being so supportive and so encouraging.  I’m on an amazing journey and I’m glad you have chosen to come along.

Day Job, Day 3

March 26, 2011

Okay, I promise this is the last day I’ll be whining about my day job.  I’ve had some of the most amazing and encouraging responses and I thank you all so much for believing in me.  It’s really tough to express my frustration with my day job without sounding like a spoiled little baby, so I’m trying to keep that in mind and remember there are a lot of people out there who don’t have jobs or who weren’t given the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.  I am a lucky individual to have these choices in life and I’m grateful for such supportive people who don’t judge me for working a blue collar job and also cheer me on to keep pursuing music as a career.  Someone commented on facebook that she was going to be my “personal cheerleader” and that just made me smile from ear to ear.  My confidence shot up in an instant.

So, I’m definitely motivated right now.  I’m anxious to get my production company off the ground so I can put on my music festival and I’m getting up early every morning to do a little book writing. Tomorrow, I have the day off so I will be working on a really important upcoming project.  I will announce it on Monday, so check back for the big reveal!

The Day Job, Day 2

March 25, 2011

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with working a day job and I don’t look down on others who work jobs similar to mine.  I just feel I have something else to offer, something for which I’m more qualified and prepared.  Are my goals really and truly attainable or have I pissed my life away on a stupid musical pipe dream that ends with me working the register at the local grocer?  I could teach, but  it’s not consistent, I’m not really qualified, and oh yeah, I hate it.  Which pretty much makes me a bad teacher.  I learned that the hard way.  I could go back to school, but for what?  I want to play music for a living.  I want to be in  music circles and produce music events.  I want to write and record albums.  That’s what I want.  No schooling can make that happen.  Now I have to get creative.

The Day Job, Day 1

March 24, 2011

Okay, I’m following my own advice.  I, once again, have a steady day job.  It’s been a year since I left the day job world and now I’m back in it.  I have had several odd jobs to supplement my music gigs over the past year, but this job is full time with lunch breaks, training, and schedules.  I keep hoping that some one is going to come up to me and say, “Rebecca you are too talented to be working that silly day job.  I can’t believe a musician of your caliber has been forced to stoop to such a painfully low level.  Let me help you get out of this situation.  Please join my tour and come play your music for great money.”  I know people are wondering why I’m working this job.  People come in and see me behind the counter and do a double-take and then ask questions like, “what are you doing here?” and “are you playing anywhere anytime soon?”  It’s not a good feeling.  I hate having to answer these questions.  My pride has never been so tough to swallow, but I’m doing it.  Fuck.

Rebecca! Buy New Strings!!!

March 24, 2011

I need new strings.  I need new strings.  I need new strings.  I need new strings.

I need new strings. I need new strings. I need new strings.

*I keep forgetting to order them and I played like shit last night because I was self-conscious about my old, yucky strings, so I thought this would help me remember.

“Homage”

March 21, 2011

I learned a new way to use this word, which is one of the sexiest words in the English language.  Say it. Homage, homage, homage Doesn’t it just fall out of your mouth?  Now say the word “cover.”   Cover, cover, cover.  Not as beautiful?  Not as liquid?  Not as whole?  Well, because of that, I will never again use the word “cover” to refer to a song which I perform, but did not write.  I believe wholeheartedly in reworking homage songs so they are different than the original recording.  I also believe in picking songs which I am passionate about, or which drum up positive memories or feelings.  In other words, my homage songs have to derive from awesome originals.

Recently I had the privilege of meeting and learning from a great musician, Eric Hendrix.  When I first saw Eric perform, he used the word “homage” when he performed songs written by other artists.  I noticed that he played the songs with passion and respect.  He wasn’t just playing through them as they were written but instead was bringing them to the surface via a new path.

Paying homage can be practiced in many forms.  I am not a religious person, so I don’t pay homage to any deity.  In fact, I often wish I were more devout to some spiritual practice so as to reside in a humble, “homage-ready” mode.  But that is not the case.  So, thanks to Eric, I will be “homage-ready” and humble to the artists who have come before me, to the ones who wrote the songs I wish I had, to the ones who made their living off the song that I humbly attempt to pay homage.   I will not cover, because I simply can’t.  I can’t cover-up anything they did.  That just seems disrespectful.

So I encourage you to do the same.  Don’t just play a song and definitely don’t play a song in an attempt to sound just like the original.  So rude.  Instead, make it your own, and pay homage to the poetry within it and the artist who made it great.