This will be a special night for me, filled with talented musician friends, some personal stories behind the songs, and some fun surprises! Please come join the fun. I go on at 9:30pm. I appreciate your support, thank you friends!
Hi friends! I'm currently in the studio working on my new album, Out of the Mouth of Caves, and things are going really well! We just added percussion and drums and it has really added a unique feel to the songs. Thanks Tim Rahman! It has a Bon Iver/ Feist vibe in some ways, but with a Ree Boado familiarity still there. I'm really looking forward to sharing it with you guys!
I'm also tracking a couple songs for the documentary I was featured in in Mexico City, "Children of This Light", which is set to be released end of March or April 2014. One song in particular was inspired directly by my interactions with the people I met on the streets of Mexico. They really touched me in a way I can't forget. I will keep you all posted as to where you can view the film once it comes out.
In other news, my band Dearspeak is on hiatus and unsure if we will return as a band, though I am daydreaming about some collaborations and potential new endeavors. We shall see!
Thanks for all your support all these years, in different bands and with my solo work!
Much love, Ree
A little trip down memory lane. Here's a song I used to sing all the time as a dreamy-eyed little girl. :)
Song #3 from my series "A Voice & A Bathroom" - When You Wish Upon a Star.
In two days, I will embark on a journey to a foreign land, by myself, to experience many things I've never experienced before. I've been asked to be a part of a documentary that aims to shed light on the situation of children on the streets in Mexico City. We will be visiting the kids there and my role will be somewhat of a spokesperson, describing to the viewers what I see and experience. They will also be using some of my songs for the soundtrack and have even titled the film "Children of This Light" after one of my songs. Pretty cool.
I have been in much thought and prayer about this whole thing, and my hope is to simply love on those I meet and to offer them hope. Hope that they matter to someone. Hope that there is help in this world, not only suffering and abuse. And hope for a better situation than what they currently have. I have not always felt hope in my life, and have many times related more with despair. Being a human being on this earth is not always easy and there is suffering and abuse all around us. But may God help me to have hope and love for others, and through this, may my hope grow even more in the areas I need to and want to see hope in. This Thanksgiving Day brought a massive amount of joy into my life, as there was some huge reconciliation within my family. Kind of a big deal. Kind of something that unexpectedly flooded my heart with HOPE. So perhaps this prayer has already been answered. And that gives me even more hope!! :o)
In October, I had the opportunity to play a showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, an important music festival for emerging artists. I was also able to attend sessions on various industry topics, hosted by industry panelists. This was my first time in NYC and it was a really great experience in so many ways. I learned some good information, saw some fantastic bands and performers, got to hang out with my husband, and met some family we didn't previously know. And of course, experience NYC with all it's 24/7 activity and excitement. Even saw a Broadway show & kissed the Mr. at the top of the Empire State Building! :o)
After processing the trip, however, I realized that the true highlights of this trip were spending time with family. Experiencing the NY culture with the man I love, playing music for his extended family, and getting to know them. Years ago, I think I would've loved to move to NYC or LA, but I guess these days I'm more of a simple person. I am still a huge dreamer, but my dreams have changed some. I don't feel that I have to impact the whole world with my music, but I sure do love to share it with a few people and make that personal connection.
Ironically, I think I enjoyed the gig I just played at ASU much more than playing in Brooklyn, NY to a crowd that had been over-saturated with so much music for several days of the conference. Why you say? Well, there were some ASU students that really seemed to NEED my music that night. And that truly is so much more valuable in the long run... and so much more rewarding for me. I do think I made a connection with a few Brooklynites there, maybe more. I may never know. I guess that is true for any show, but it sure is nice to feel that someone perhaps needed the comfort of music and I was able to provide that. And THAT is the reason, I keep going. To let others know they aren't alone.
Thanks for listening. :)
Um, yeah, so I haven't been playing around a ton lately. If you didn't catch me at Crescent a bit ago, or at 8th Day Coffee, then you could be wondering where I've been.
Well, I've been working a lot, saving up for my new album I'm about to record, and getting songs ready, woohoo! It's been two and a half years now since my last solo record came out and I am feeling ready to get this next album going! I believe this "sophomore release" of mine will have a new feel and attitude to it. Some of the similar themes that many of you love and have come to associate with me, will definitely be there, but there will also be a new attitude within it all. A lot has changed and grown within me over the last couple years, and some things have been more hellacious than my childhood, if you can believe. But I truly think we have to go through sh@t sometimes to get to the good in life. And working through that pain is what makes us grow into better human beings, with more compassion to offer to others. So... through all this, I've definitely got some new feelings that need to be expressed.
There are also some great & exciting opportunities coming up for me, which I will be announcing very soon!
Thank you so much for all the love & support you guys!