Singer, Songwriter slash Mom
Archive for January, 2012
18th Jan 2012 Posted in: Blog Comments Off on FINALLY, going away to write

29 Palms Inn is calling me, my dorky casio keyboard, my blue Autoharp, my iPad and my bulging file of random song ideas. Thank you, Secret Supper attendees…you’ve made this possible!

I’ve been encouraging others to write for quite a while. Now it’s my turn!! Yes!

2nd Jan 2012 Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Basics of Songwriting!


I’m starting a new Basics of Songwriting class on January 10th. I know you may be thinking “I’m not a songwriter” or “I’m terrible at music” or “I don’t have time,” but I believe that  deep down, you have always wanted to write songs but don’t know where to start.  I can help!

This is what some of my students had to say:

“I thought the class was so much more than I expected. Everyone had so much to say in their own ingenious way!  I was impressed….and I had a GREAT time!!!!! and learned a lot in spite of myself!”

“It was a fantastic class and you are a fabulous teacher, Rain! I learned so much. Thank you.”

“Thank you again for the opportunity to take this class. I learned so much! And I have two whole songs now!!!”

“Thanks again for including me in your maiden teaching trial. I enjoyed the entire thing.”

Go out on a limb and try the song class!  You don’t have to have any previous musical experience, just a love of music and the desire to try something new.  We will have a blast, I promise!

Here’s the flyer. Hope to see you in class!

2nd Jan 2012 Posted in: Food Comments Off on Christmas Secret Supper

Happy New Year, everyone!

This is a quick update regarding the Secret Songwriter Suppers. The Christmas show was so much fun, with festive holiday food and quirky songs sung by Santa Hat-clad musicians JB White, Charlie Bosson and me. I have pictures which I’ll post next week. Also, I have an article coming out about the suppers in the Edible Ojai magazine. Watch for it this month!

Upon reflection, I see that every other month is probably the most realistic schedule for the suppers. So the previously announced January dinner will not be happening. Instead, Julie Christensen and I will entertain you later this Spring. Besides, Julie has a new album coming out right then, and instead of coming to a Supper, you should go see her sing her collection of brand new amazing songs!

So! The next Secret Supper will be the Academy Awards Edition, with food inspired by the yet-to-be-announced nominated films. I will be singing bluegrass versions of songs from movies with multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Tom Corbett! Very excited about this one.

The date is February 24th – the Friday before the Academy Awards, so mark your calendars!

If you haven’t come to a Secret Supper yet, you are in for a treat. We are having a lot of fun, and the secret is starting to get out…