I am happy to share with you my music video for "Re-Imagine". Reflective of the challenges facing the world today, "Re-Imagine" is a call for unity and imagination in order to rise above. The pandemic put a pause on many activities and has offered an opportunity for a more robust global effort to combat issues facing humanity – these include disease, the existential threat of climate change, economic disparity, and social injustice. Only by bringing out the very best in one another may the call be answered to ensure a harmonious existence for current and future generations. Ultimately, this project seeks to encourage global unity by viewing human existence from a much higher perspective.
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Well, the news we have this morning is certainly not comforting. Our President has tested positive for COVID-19, as have over 7 million other Americans and over 34 million inhabitants of planet earth. We have lost over 1 million loved ones, and many more are living with permanent conditions and hardships as a result of the virus. I didn’t necessarily want to release my new song along with this morning’s unfortunate news, however, this is where we are, and it must be acknowledged. This song is born out of these times; written out of the loneliness and uncertainty felt by people around the world over the past year. However, it also calls for reflection about our common humanity. We are all just hurling through space on this giant sphere together. Clearly, we have common challenges and the way we face these challenges determines our fate. We have our best bet of having the best results when we act with unity and common purpose. These tough times actually present us with an amazing opportunity to “re-imagine” who we want to be, and with it, the trajectory of our world and future generations.
I present to you my new song “Re-Imagine”! It can be found on all digital platforms where music is sold. I will be giving away free mp3 downloads of the song on my website through the weekend. Please share the news, share the song, share the message! I hope that it can be a source of inspiration for all of us to be the best that we can be.
MAN OF THE SEA Music Video Premiere on Saturday, Aug 1 at 8pm EST!!! Set your reminder to join me in watching the live premiere: https://youtu.be/35VXkbJXZfo
OK so I have a confession and a little announcement. I have been so incredibly ANTI-SOCIAL the last few months!! Let’s not kid ourselves, this has been really tough, especially here in NJ we were hit HARD with this virus at the very beginning of its trek through the US. If this were normal programming, I would have just been arriving home after a 2-month contract playing and singing at sea. I would have been ‘stationed’ in Galveston and cruising to all the beautiful Caribbean ports, playing music, meeting lots of awesome people, and making money!! Well, cruising was necessarily shut down and I joined the group of corona-unemployed – and I can confirm – there’s just not many job replacements out there right now especially for a live performer! I have taken this time to focus on some ‘home’ things – painting, going through clothes, trying to organize, etc. It’s been a time of reflection.
So last year I shot a music video with Douglas Ferguson (DAF21 Productions) for my song “Man of the Sea”. We had gone through a few edits, and because I was being probably a bit hard to please, we had talked about doing another shoot for it, but had just not gotten around to it yet. Well, I got to thinking this week, I’m just gonna put it out! I’ve been thinking about the sea and how I would have JUST been arriving back home from a cruise gig, and now I FEEL SO INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO HAVE THIS VIDEO TO SHARE AT THIS TIME! Doug just sent it over and now I’m like – YES! I have some summer lovin’ to share with you! So give me a few days to get it all together and I will be sharing with you a bunch of photos, clips, and the full music video. I’m trying to get it ready to release by this weekend!! It’s turning out to be my favorite video yet – and at just the right time when a little sand and waves are desperately needed! Pic here is from the video!
Just did this fun interview with Rick, Miguel and Shawn from Critic'al Thinking Podcast ! Thanks a bunch for hosting me on the show and thanks to Joseph Nardi of Singers Worldwide for connecting us! You can listen on Spotify here... and my interview starts at around 19 mins in...
You may have heard my playful album "Whimsical Romance", but have you heard my haunting EP "Opus Luna I-IV"? This is a collection of 4 songs that is inspired more from the classical side with a good dose of what I think of as 'nighttime music'. This EP was released a few years ago under my artistic name at the time Zahra Universe. Here's a link to the digital download: https://sarahragsdale.com/album/312925/opus-luna-i-iv
Tracks include: 1. Naked 2. Luna Lullaby 3. Vampires 4. Dirty Thoughts Dark
I had a few music videos from this EP. Here they are:
"Dirty Thoughts Dark"
"Vampyress" (Lyrics Video)
I will be joining Carnival Liberty April 4 - May 24 at the piano bar! I am excited to meet great people, have fun making music, and learning more about Bahamian culture and people! Perhaps I'll see you there! ;)
Photo by: Ray Jenkins
Having so much fun playing out at sea that I decided to continue the voyage - this time on the Carnival Valor through the first week of March! See you on board!
Pic: on the beaches of Progreso, Mexico
I'm currently out at sea playing and singing in the piano bar on Carnival Vista! It has been an absolutely wonderful experience full of music, fun, great people, and worldly adventure! The places that I've visited on board the Carnival ships include Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk,Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and the Bahamas. It's been historically and culturally educational. One of my favorite experiences was visiting Bob Marley's home and playing the family piano! Watch my instagram: @mzrags for more pics and updates!
Pictured is me sitting on Bob Marley's inspiration rock in Nine Mile, Jamaica.
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!
Thanks so much to Erick from ElectroWow for this interview feature!