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1st Jul 2011 Posted in: Blog 3

Getting a song on TV is called “synch.”

For the uninitiated, “synch” is what you call it when music is synchronized with a visual image – as in a commercial, a movie or a TV show. My first experience with this was when my song “Beautiful Tree” was picked as the theme song for the CW show Life Unexpected.

(Actually, my first experience was when my song “Yosemite” was licensed for a rheumatology  nurses’ education video. But you probably didn’t see that.)

Once upon a time, synch was the biggest sellout, and in my naive youth I dissed many artists for licensing their songs to commercials. But that was when the way to obtain a new album was to pay for it. Nowadays, it’s very respectable and everyone knows it’s the only way to get the money to make the next record.

Synch is desirable, then, because it’s one of the few ways to actually still get paid. And it’s also awesome because it’s passive, meaning that if you place a song somewhere it can make money without you being present.

I go to at least one music conference a year, like South by Southwest and Folk Alliance, and as a result of religiously attending and asking questions at many panel discussions and following up afterwards, I now have agents who promote my songs for synch placements. These placements take two forms. The first is if someone wants to license a recorded track from one of my albums. The second is when I get word of an opportunity to record a song on spec.

These opportunities read something like this. (Actually they read exactly like this, as I’ve copied and pasted a real request but redacted it.)

“1. Main Title Song!  Something fun, feel good, upbeat to kick off the movie – rock or alt/indie rock.
** unreleased, new or releasing in summer 2011

2. End Title Song – Something anthemic / triumphant / bright in an indie-rock / alt-rock kinda way.  big track, nothing too thin production-wise
** could be lyrics about life or love”

Then I decide if I think I can pull it off and if so I email a couple of people I work with to see if they have time to work for free with the possibility of getting paid someday. Then I either choose a song to cover (if that’s appropriate) or write something, and we record really quickly, send the song off and…then we wait for a week to three months! Yay!

So the song I recorded day before yesterday was a cover song, which I love to do. Earlier this year I wrote a song for the movie version of a book, which was a very interesting writing assignment. I’ll hear back about both of them later this summer, and I will either post my unbridled excitement or my disheartened frustration on this blog.

About the blog: okay, so I did all that work getting it good to go and had an airtight plan to create interesting posts every day. As you can see from the haphazard posting schedule in the archives, this is something I’ve never quite achieved. But now the infrastructure is awesome and all I have to do is generate content on a regular basis. So I made my first video, and I had my first contest (“write a haiku”), and I had a great response (10 haikus!). And then…I went to go visit relatives in Boston. And then, less than two weeks later I went back to Boston because one of my beloved aunts had passed away. And after that, for a little while, I didn’t feel much like posting hilarious observations about life.

And now it’s summer, and my 14-year-old daughter is not yet driving, so my days are…amorphous, shall we say.

And it’s not like the world is pounding down my door to read the musings of a semi-rural singer-songwriter/mom.

But…I hereby commit – to myself, as well as to those early readers who have actually come this far – not to regular content – but at least to slowly but surely continuing to put my heart into this blog, because I’m inspired to do so, largely because I’m so moved and entertained by this guy and want to blog kind of like him when I grow up.

Thanks for reading this far.


24th Jan 2011 Posted in: Blog, Road Diaries 1
Getting ready to blog for real, and thank you Liz Tigelaar.

Hi. I’m Rain Perry, writer of the song “Beautiful Tree,” theme for the beloved and unfairly cancelled show Life Unexpected.

I’ve been frittering around for awhile with the idea of starting a video blog about my life as a singer-songwriter/mom. So I’ve been researching Flip Cameras vs. Bloggies, learning about three-point lighting systems, watching Natalie Tran and Amanda and iJustine and What the Buck and Nigahiga, researching The Pioneer Woman and Rechelle (the anti-Pioneer Woman),and – always – obsessing over my most favorite blogger, Andrew Sullivan.

But Life Unexpected ended this week, and it occurred to me that I could get the technical stuff together later. (more…)

20th Sep 2010 Posted in: Blog, Momhood, Road Diaries Comments Off on Inside Life Unexpected – My Adventure in TV Land
Inside Life Unexpected - My Adventure in TV Land

So, my husband and I were looking for something special to do for our anniversary.

“Hey, guess what! Los Lobos is playing in Vancouver that weekend!” My husband is pretty much a fanatic, and I’m close. Also, we knew that Life Unexpected is shot there. Maybe we could go by the set. I email LUX creator Liz Tigelaar to tell her we are coming to town and see if there is any chance we can come say hi.  She says definitely yes.

Oh, fun!

Then a couple of days later I learn about an unbelievable coincidence. It turns out they are planning to shoot a music festival sequence right around that weekend but aren’t sure exactly which days, and do I already have my flight booked? Would I be willing to adjust my travel plans so I can appear on the show? (more…)

15th Sep 2010 Posted in: Stuff People Have Published About Me Comments Off on No Depression loves Internal Combustion

Talking Internal Combustion with Rain Perry

Posted by Hal Bogerd on September 14, 2010 at 5:30pm
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If you watched the first season of CW Network’s “Life Unexpected” you’ve heard Rain Perry’s strong clear voice sing the theme song “Beautiful Tree” from her 2008 release Cinderblock Bookshelves. Confession: I didn’t. I hadn’t. How did we get here? An email offering a cover of Bob Seger’s “Till It Shines”, a song I know but don’t own, by a singer I had never heard of somehow caught my eye, then caught my ear and left me wanting more. Internal Combustion (Precipitous Records), produced by Mark Hallman, is an Americana gem that finds room for gospel, folk, country, rock & roll and soul in Rain’s music tent.
The usual cast of contemporary intelligent female singer/songwriters (Suzanne Vega,Vanessa Peters, Aimee Mann, Tift Merritt, etc.) are easy reference points but those comparisons might sell Rain short. (more…)

15th Sep 2010 Posted in: Video Comments Off on KTLA Morning News