Exploring Vulnerability & Creative Expression – My First Music Video
Music was a huge part of my life growing up.
My dad is a musician and we would spend hours playing the piano and singing together when I was a kid.
It's actually how my parents met. My dad was playing the piano at Villanova Law School back in the 70s, and my mom walked up and they started singing together and instantly fell in love.
I think that's why, when I met my fiancé Ben and learned that he sang – it felt like coming home.
It's been a dream of ours to write songs and perform together since we met.
When our friend Michael asked if he could film us for his project calledAuthenticSessions – it was a clear yes, even though Ben and I hadn't practiced for a while, and would only have 1 or 2 takes.
We recorded the whole thing in 30 minutes and that was it!
After finally watching the edited video – I'm not going to lie – I felt very shy, and resistant to sharing it.
My inner critic was going, "My hair is doing something weird! I'm out of tune! What a silly look I just gave! What am I wearing!"
After a few minutes of that nonsense, I had to take a deep breath and allow myself to see the bigger picture.
We all have things we love to do that make us come alive. Quite often our level of skill isn't fully aligned with our taste – as Ira Glass would say – so we cringe when we experience what we produce, however it's necessary we show up and share our gifts, even if we don't think we're good enough!
The truth is we may never feel good enough, and that belief keeps us playing small.
I'm learning how essential it is to take risk in the creative process – especially when there's resistance. I've found that breathing into these places of discomfort – and taking action anyway – is when I've grown the most!
I invite you to take a moment and think of a creative aspect of you that you are too shy to share with others, and share it, like I am here with this music video.
Reply to this email and let me know what you will share, and with whom.
Be brave beauty!
More on the music video by film director Michael Zeligs
"We get to witness two beautiful beings unified in song. Ben and Rachel's live-take music video was filmed this year in the green and misty redwoods of northern CA.
Their lyrical soul journey offers us roots into an epic story heard from Ben's grandmother. It's about how long ago the grandmother met her husband and fell head over heels in love with him, and only months later he was shipped away overseas. Neither of them expected the deep wound of missing each other for an extended time.
But sometimes devotion can stretch beyond time and space, and in the case of Ben's grandparents, it did. Their longing for one another survived years of separation and went on to cross oceans and live on until the time that they could unite in person again. Together finally, Ben's grandparents went on to create a beautiful family and sow the seeds of devotion for generations to come.
Ben and Rachel wrote this song in honor of his grandma's passing, and they speak to us of the other side, reminding us of the power of devotion, and how true love can triumph any challenge.
You are now invited to watch Ben Henretig and Rachel Rose's video celebrating love through a blanket of soulful folk harmonies. "I'm Coming Home" takes us on a journey honoring the threads of connection that can bring true love across across oceans."