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"Re-Imagine" (Tiny Desk Style) 

The NPR Tiny Desk Contest pushed me to make this acoustic-style recording of my song "Re-Imagine".  Wanted to share!  I quite like this recording setup, think I might do some more of it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXZdLVWiLQc

And, of course, here is my "produced" version of the song and the music video I released last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H46wZv4pZbQ

This song was really just my thoughts on a stormy day last year.. it felt like the world was out of control around me and ..well, you know, we've all witnessed it all together. It's been a wild time. However, I was also studying and reading and watching inspiring people, projects, and ideas..I realized that there was so much opportunity in the rebuilding that would have to be done. Courageous individuals and creative thinking meant that as hopeless as things might seem, the reality is limitless potential!  We must constantly RE-IMAGINE what the world can be!

"Dear Eliza"... The conspiracy theories that divide 

This is a song in the works. I don’t remember a time I shared a song like this while it is still being completed, but I feel like being vulnerable and putting it out there today! This song is unique for me on several levels. For one, it’s the first time I named a song after a person – Eliza. Second, I typically sit on songs for a while before I ever put them out; however, in this case, this is a fresh song, still in the works, and this is me just sitting down at the piano and playing through it. You are experiencing this new song, as am I. In some ways this makes me feel uneasy, but I feel like I can’t hold it back because it is from this time in our history, and it makes sense through this lens of us – right now -- experiencing this history together. Another difference, I don’t usually provide the context of a song (unless you’re watching me live – then some stories come out!), rather just put it out there and let anybody who listens try to figure out the puzzle. In this case, though, I will give some context. I do not want to offend anybody with this, but I can only tell this story from my perspective, and I can only call it as I see it. 

I was talking over the phone to a lady in North Carolina. Her name is not Eliza, but I changed it to respect her confidentiality. I’ve been making calls to help get out the vote. It’s no secret to any of you how I feel about the upcoming election, and we were discussing this. She was so perplexed about her own feelings, and very open with me. It sounded like she really needed someone to talk to. Just days before, the family had buried her aunt who had just died from coronavirus, and she was hurt and confused why her neighbors would not wear masks to go anywhere, saying they didn’t have the virus so they didn’t need to. She comes from a family of military service, and she did not understand the blatant disrespect for those in service. She said she is pro-life, however she understood that supporting women’s access to healthcare and birth control is necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortion. She did not understand the disrespect to women, in general. She also did not understand how people who are pro-life can be ok with the hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths to coronavirus. With all of this being said, she said she was just so confused why her friends kept telling her that she has to vote Trump if she was Christian. THEN SHE TOLD ME. Despite all of these things that were not aligned with her own beliefs, she said that they are all worried about the Democrats’ plan. She said that the Democrats are using coronavirus to kill all the world’s population except for 5 million ‘elites’, and so she said that she just needed to do some more research on this. I was floored and caught myself literally on the phone frozen with my mouth hanging open. 

This is what we are all dealing with right now. Reality is being twisted and truth turned upside down. Everyone is being targeted. The wild conspiracy theories that you may see in your Facebook feed or across the web are specifically tailored to you. I have seen this in stark, almost unbelievable terms as I’ve been talking to people around the country. Believe me, whatever demographic you are – you are being specifically targeted to your vulnerabilities, and we ALL have vulnerabilities. The things that “Eliza” and her friends see in their Facebook feeds – I have never even heard of! This experience really opened my eyes to the problems that we are currently experiencing regarding truth and fact. No wonder people are having a hard time finding common ground! 

So, I keep “Eliza” in my heart as an example of a good person, trying to live her faith, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and struggling with her understanding of right and wrong in the face of these attacks on reality. It is sometimes even hard to follow what your heart tells you is ‘right’ when you are surrounded by people or stories telling you that you are wrong. If “Eliza” hears me now, I want her to know that I hear her, I see her heart, and I understand her struggle – I empathize with her. 

In the days ahead, these attacks on reality could get even more intense than they already are. My advice: check sources, check each other, listen to others with different views, and talk with one another. Let’s remember that we are all human. May we lift each other up to seek truth and common understanding in these strange times.

"Experience life!" Songwriting inspiration tip included in Fupping 

Big thanks to James Metcalfe at Fupping for including my thoughts on songwriting in their article "13 Brilliant Ways for Musicians to Reclaim Their Inspiration".  I believe everything I said and am trying my best to follow this creed!  Check out the article HERE with more great tips on songwriting inspiration!

 

New Music Video "Paranoia" Coming Soon 

I am excited to announce the release of my upcoming video "Paranoia" COMING SOON on February 8!  The video was shot on a cold snowy day in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY and it's different from any that I've ever done.  Thanks to Douglas Ferguson who shot the video (and also took this picture!).  More updates to come!

"This Kiss" Airing on IndiMusicTV! 

My new music video "This Kiss" will be airing on IndiMusicTV on Amazon Fire TV, ROKU, Flipps TV, Film On, and their website www.indimusic.tv ! Catch it at the following times (EST):
12/1/20172AM - 4AM  &  6PM - 8PM 
12/2/20177AM - 9AM & 5PM - 7PM 
12/3/201712AM - 2AM & 11AM - 1PM 
12/4/20179AM - 11AM & 8PM - 10PM 
12/5/20173AM - 5AM & 4PM - 6PM 
12/6/20173AM - 5AM & 7PM - 9PM 
12/7/20172AM - 4AM & 6PM - 8PM 
12/8/20171AM - 3AM & 1PM - 3PM 
12/9/20179AM - 11AM & 8PM - 10PM 
12/10/20173AM - 5AM  & 7PM - 9PM

 

Album Release Party and Thank you! 

I want to thank all of you who came out to the "Whimsical Romance" Album Release Party over the weekend in Baltimore.  Germano's Piattini was just the perfect place to have this celebration with wonderful and supportive people!  I cannot wait to be back in the area for another get-together with all of you!  Thanks to Lynne from Bluebook Photography for capturing these special moments with her lens! 

Album Release Party Oct 7 

This coming Saturday Oct 7 is the "Whimsical Romance" Album Release Party in Baltimore and I really want and need your support! It will be a dinner and show at Germano's Piattini and Cabaret. Dinner seating starts at 6pm with the performance to follow right there on the baby grand. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here: https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=A2ED0459-A64A-B736-8C110ADFA5FC0E04

This is THE release event for the album with so many people that helped make it possible and my last show currently scheduled in the Baltimore/DC area for the year! If you have gotten your tickets already, thank you so much, and if you haven't, there's the link, please let me know if you have any questions about any of it! I am honored by your presence! 

"Next Time" Music Video Exclusive Premiere on PopDose! 

"Next Time" has it's Exclusive Music Video Premiere today on PopDose.com! See it HERE

http://popdose.com/popdose-video-premiere-sarah-ragsdale-next-time/

Thanks to Allison Johnelle Boron for her second writeup about songs from upcoming album "Whimsical Romance". (She also did a piece on "This Kiss".)  I totally LOVE her take on the video! :)

"Whimsical Romance" Album Preview Sep 9 at Robert Harper Books 

Physical copies of the album "Whimsical Romance" will be exclusively available for the first time at this Album Preview event. Excitement!!! Come by and claim your copy in this listening room environment with a beautiful baby grand!

Robert Harper Books

6216 Rhode Island Ave

Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Saturday, Sep 9, 8pm

"This Kiss" Download to Donate to the Animal Legal Defense Fund 

Thanks for all the support - download to donate - for "This Kiss" and the Animal Legal Defense Fund www.aldf.org.  All download proceeds from Aug 11-31 for "This Kiss" will be contributed to this wonderful organization that works for the defense of animals through public outreach and by law.  Thanks for all the great work they do!

The Huffington Post "This Kiss" Exclusive Premiere 

Just a big HUGE thanks to The Huffington Post for the very positive exclusive premiere and review of the "This Kiss" music video!  Thank you for appreciating these unique elements of the song and music video.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/exclusive-music-video-premiere-this-kiss-hot-new_us_598b60fee4b030f0e267c980

Single and Music Video "This Kiss" Release Set for Aug 11 

I am THRILLED to announce the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED (at least by me!) FIRST SINGLE of the upcoming album is now set for release!  The single AND music video "This Kiss" is now set for release for August 11. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, my website, and all major digital distributors. Pictured is a "sneak peek" at the music video!  XOXO