MUSIC FRIDAY - BY PATRICK O'HEFFERNAN - September 30, 2014
Rain Perry is an award-winning songwriter, an actress, playwright, event organizer and now film producer. Her song “Beautiful Tree” was the theme for the CW Network’s Life Unexpected, a criminally cancelled series on which she also had the surreal pleasure of playing herself alongside Ben Lee and Sarah McLachlan. In addition to releasing four albums on her own Precipitous Records, Rain is the author of the autobiographical play Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide for Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads.
She is the Grand Prize winner of both the John Lennon Song Contest (Folk Division) and the ROCKRGRL Discoveries competition, as well as a Telluride Troubadour finalist. She divides her time between motherhood and the lucrative world of independent folk-rock music.
She has recently ended a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds for a documentary on the demise of the independent recording studio, Congress House, location for many famous recording over the years. A heartfelt, funny, thought-provoking film that explores the collapse of the music business while celebrating Mark Hallman, an unsung hero of music, and the indie spirit of the stellar group of artists who have recorded in his studio in Austin, Texas. In interviews and archival footage, Rain Perry asks "In an era where anyone can make a record but nobody can make a living, what's going to become of the people who create the music we've loved?".
So true Rain, so true. We now see Music Row in Nashville being converted to condos, studio after studio in LA closing. And what is the cause: Garage Band, FinalCut Pro and other online tools for recording. I know artists who even use their cell p;hones for first cuts and then reworks them at home. It is wonderful freedom, but what are we losing as we transfer wealth from independent recording engineers and studios to Apple and other companies. Looking forward to talking with you on this one....and playing some of your music.