Erin Rae, a folk musician residing in Nashville, TN sings her sweet and beautiful track "Soon Enough" for our synch song spotlight this week. Erin also took the time out of her crazy schedule to answer some questions for us, so scroll to the bottom to read more from this talented artist.
The song is an ode to embracing a period of growth. It is backed by sweetly sung vocals that swoon words of patience and acceptance: "Don't give up on me now/I'm only just now beginning to figure it out". We are strung along the whole way as the simple notes from the steel guitar lead us from one verse into the next. It seems to serve as the moving road before we pause again and embrace another period of change in the coming verse. Erin Rae modestly sings: "And my sweet girl, the lessons you will learn from love/no need to hunt 'em down/they'll come to you soon enough".
Erin has a voice that can't be ignored. Her melodies swing like the branches of a willow tree; wise and commanding, yet soft and loving. She leaves traces of honesty and self-evaluation at the end of each song, and the messages in her lyrics will ring in your soul for days to come.
We can't wait to see what's next for Erin Rae & the Meanwhiles. We hope to expose their incredible to sound to Music Supervisors everywhere, as we are certain that it has its special niche in the visual media world. Following the theme of patience, we can imagine "Soon Enough" in a Coen Brothers', Inside Llewyn Davis type of film, with its dusty and tender emotion.
Be sure to attend one of their room-silencing live performances which can be found on their personal website. You can also follow them on social media for new information. We promise you that if you download the entire album "Soon Enough", you will have it on repeat for days. Without further adieu, we introduce you to Erin Rae from Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles. (Scroll to the bottom to listen to "Soon Enough")
Do you find yourself visually inspired to write music, or does inspiration come from elsewhere?
Inspiration for me comes from a deep sort of feeling place. Sometimes, if I'm open enough to it, images, film, colors, and photos can sort of tap into that. I think movies, photos, books, people in everyday life all play a part!
Your music has this beautifully smooth, swinging quality, but yet is so prolific and story-driven. Do you purposefully construct these stories, or do they come along as the song comes to life?
Thank you! They usually come along as the song comes to life. Usually just starts out with a central theme, or idea that I want to get out, and then somehow the ending comes along. I have tried writing songs based around music that's mostly finished, and it works sometimes, but seems to feel more natural when it happens all at once!
As Music Supervisors, when we listen to a song, we always fantasize about a specific visual to pair it with. Do you have the intention of getting your music in the tv/film industry? If so, what is your ideal pairing?
I'd love for that to happen, I think family-themed films would be ideal. So much of the music I've written up until now is based around family/relational experiences. Ideally, some sort of pivotal scene for a character, either coming of age, or having a change in perspective. I guess I'm requesting an indie-film about my life. haha!
What is your favorite music in film moment?
In "Elizabethtown" when the song "Io" by Helen Stellar is played during a flashback scene for Orlando Bloom's character, remembering his dad, Mitch. Mitch is swinging his little boy around in their new house in slow-motion, and they look so hopeful. The lyrics are "This time around, you can be anything, you can be anyone, this time around". Very moving!
We love finding artists that make music that they believe in, and we can feel this quality in you. Was it hard to find your special niche in Nashville, or do you feel that things have just fallen into place?
I feel super fortunate, because since I grew up here, I definitely feel I had a foundation of comfort when I was like 18 and starting out. The first couple of people in town that I played music with, I had known one of them in highschool, so it sort of eased that transition. But now, the city has grown so much, and living on the East side for the past few years has felt like its very own city and experience. The community of friends and fellow musicians is so supportive and I feel like we all just take turns supporting each other.
What was the most important setback/transition in your career?
I think just being gifted with some awareness of how much I needed to grow and learn personally and musically. Younger me was blissfully ignorant/ and sort of in a dream world, where I thought I was already really great. That sort of youthful optimism helped me to grow and learn as an artist, but I think the real growth has happened when things haven't worked out like I wanted them to. Like playing songs a few years back for industry people, and just having them not be interested. Or just continuously realizing how things aren't going to fall into my lap if I'm not laying the groundwork for them.
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us, Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles! We can't wait to see how your career evolves.