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Onstage with Raina

An artist's perspective on venues, shows, and the music-making life

Raina has been an internationally touring folksinger since 2006. She lives in Austin, TX, with her bassist husband and sons.

Onstage with Raina

An artist's perspective on venues, shows, and the music-making life

Raina has been an internationally touring folksinger since 2006. She lives in Austin, TX, with her bassist husband and sons.

A Songwriter's Uniform

Your music and your presence transcends any outfit you could wear.  It's all good.

Aw thank you Kathy. I just want to level up ;)

 

Raina, what an insightful post. Relying on the strength of the lyric seems like the right thing to do if you're a "serious" songwriter." I hate being referred to as an "entertainer,"  and I think that the desire to not make the wardrobe a "thing" is a proper defense against the banal crap that surrounds us. The idea that Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits manufactured their personae makes me cringe, and yet I suspect that they don't mind being referred to as "entertainers" and are careful about maintaining a performing wardrobe that is consistent with their musical message. I think you're mining something here that goes deep for all of us who think about what we are doing. Something I also noticed, sorta in the same vein, is that it's hard to find a photo of any of the writers I consider my "mentors-in-absentia" where they are smiling! Dylan, Waits, Cohen. Maybe there's a post in that. I'd like to hear your thoughts...