I can hardly talk about my friend Rachel Wagner without beginning with “my dear friend”.
I believe she’s the sort of person everyone should know.
She’s the sort that calls you to come over on a Saturday to help paint her door six different shades of green. She’s the sort that writes sensual haikus about unabashed rose hips. And she’s the sort that reads your favorite book quite on accident and calls to recommend it saying, “It reminds me of you.” She’s that sort of friend.
And her being a singer/songwriter and mother of three older ones she understands the incongruities of ambition and housekeeping. And when either of us thinks that, surely, we will never create again, the other is there to remind her that inspiration will return.
I’m encouraged to remember that Rachel emerged from the cloud of young motherhood to find two albums worth of songs under her belt and the realization that it had been a strangely productive time, though it hadn’t felt like it, all tangled up in the midst.
Now her fourth album is under way metamorphosing in the cocoon of the upstairs playroom/studio. And she has begun a Kickstarter campaign to back it! The album will be called “In Side Out Side In”. I love the Kickstarter model and am so thrilled to see what becomes of this project and to be a part of it. Rachel’s music gets played in my house regularly, most especially when there is sibling conflict and dinner needed to be on the table five minutes ago. Her songs soothe and remind me that there is music to be found in the mundane and poetry to be found in the prose.
To give you a taste, here is her latest music video “Flares” which was accepted into the Sacramento Film Festival in 2013 and which I had a small hand in:
I will be posting about my dear friend Rachel Wagner more this month, hoping to use my limited forum here to highlight her progress. Please head over to her Kickstarter page and take the opportunity to help fill the world with a bit of truth and beauty!