Erisa Rei Homegrown- Ep. 2 (Into the Jar)

1 May

Here is the second episode of my new vlog series, “Erisa Rei Homegrown”.  This time I ventured out into my garden.   As my plants come up, I’ll show different things about actually growing them, harvesting them, and preserving/eating them. I was so far behind in planting that I had to get most of it done in one day.  I still have to plant a few things, so I’ll try to get a video about those vegetable specifically. Here is this one for now:

The longer I do this video thing, hopefully the better I’ll get at actually showing people how to do things.  I’m still learning about the video editing program; and I have a last minute mini-tour that I’m putting together.  (Plus I was in the middle of another HUGE project for my music fans.)  I’m reallllly busy right now.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erisa Rei

Erisa Rei Homegrown Ep. 1- For the Record

25 Apr

Hey! :)

On Thursday night I launched my “Erisa Rei Homegrown” video series.  Here is the first episode!:

Please subscribe and COMMENT!  If you comment on this video, you could win an Erisa Rei T-shirt.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Exciting New Announcement!

23 Apr

Hey everyone!!! :)

I’m announcing that I’ll be starting to post more videos on Youtube, not only of me singing, but also a new vlog series called, “Erisa Rei Homegrown”.  I’m starting this to show you all a glimpse into my life and into who I am as a person, as well as an artist.

Here’s the introductory video to tell you more about it.:

I’ll be posting the first “Erisa Rei Homegrown” vlog tonight at 7 p.m.!

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel!  Subscribers who comment on each of my vlog videos will be entered into a contest where I am giving away a free Erisa Rei.

A Song of Hope For YOU!

10 Apr

If you are struggling with situation, with work, with your dreams, with life, or with inner demons, this song is for YOU.  (((hugs)))

“Don’t Fade Away” by Erisa Rei/ copyright 2014

When fear’s all around
Your sorrow’s your crown
And terror reigns
Darlin’, look in my eyes
Grab ‘hold of some pride
And don’t fade away
‘Cuz I know the darkness is real
And I have felt what you are feeling
Just know there’s more in you
Than you ever knew
Don’t fade away

When doubt is your friend
Your trouble won’t end
And there’s debt to pay
Throw that weight off your shoulders
Dare to be bolder
And don’t fade away
When you’re tired and depressed
And there’s only a shell of you left
Just know there’s more in you
Than you ever knew
Don’t fade away

Unknown Blues Singer

9 Apr


Imagine a black woman in an era where there was not only inequality concerning race, but also between genders.  The song sounds like it is probably from the late 30’s/early 40’s. (At least I am guessing from the style.)  If I am correct about the era, then this woman also lived in a time of war when our country was living on rations, saving money for the war our soldiers were in.  This woman walks into a studio to sing a song that could possibly change her life.  One song is all she got, and she sang it well.

Her name isn’t on the record. Who is she?  Did she make it?  Did her chance to change her life slip through her fingers?

The song’s name is “Time Haunts”.  Was it an ironic coincidence that she was forced to remember time and time again?

What an incredible discovery all these years later.  I think she’s awesome.


6 Apr

I normally take pictures during the holidays, but this weekend was so busy that I didn’t have the energy to even remember to take them.

All day Saturday, we cleaned and prepped for Sunday, because…  We cooked for 19 people yesterday!  For brunch we had some friends over with their kids.  There were 14 of us for that.  We had cinnamon rolls and biscuits & gravy.  If you have followed me for very long, you know that every bit of that was from scratch.  My Grandma’s recipe for cinnamon rolls, (coffee cake,) is a family favorite and a holiday tradition.  I made the biscuits from scratch, (quadruple batch,) while my oldest daughter made the sausage gravy.  Our friends brought o.j. and fruit.

Then I had my parents, my awesome mom-in-law, and my brother, his girlfriend, and their newborn son over.  We made roast leg of lamb using an herb butter and my homemade raspberry mint jam to baste.  We also had an orzo-mint salad and brussels sprout-kale salad, boiled baby gold potatoes with chive butter, & homemade honey rolls.  My mom made a green bean casserole and brought a cake & cupcakes.  My mom-in-law brought apple pie.  I also made a lemon cream tart.  Here is the recipe I always use, created by Dorie Greenspan:

Needless to say we were stuffed and exhausted by the end of Sunday night.

This morning I woke up still a bit tired, but content. I did my regular morning ritual before the kids get up of a cup of hot tea, checking on e-mails and social media, and some contemplation.  It was nice to sit in a house that we’ve spent time fixing up to our liking, having a good time laughing with family and friends the day before, and the promise of a good future.

Last year, from August to December, we had some really crazy things happen to us. But one-by-one, with God’s help and some important decisions on our part, we’ve eliminated and separated ourselves from most of the drama.  Eric lost his job and then got a new one with the same company that allows him to work from home AND he got a raise.  We got renters for our house in TN who are also going to fix it up, so that when they move out, the house there will be ready to sell.  We started Taekwondo classes so that we can, as a family, learn how to protect ourselves from criminals.  We have been able to reconnect with family and heal some old wounds there.  We have been able to work on our beautiful house here and make it a home again.  We are planning a nice, long family vacation later on in the summer.  There’s a lot more peace, joy, and hope all around. We are, most of all, very happy and content.

Musically, things are fitting into place.  I don’t look very busy, but I’m doing a lot of things behind the scenes, mainly a lot of planning.  I have a handful of gigs scheduled this year and some more new music on the way.  I have a lot of ideas that take time to implement.

Yesterday many celebrated the resurrection of Christ.  All around us, our world is coming to life again.  And in our home we are seeing the fulfillment of that tiny spark of hope we had for sunshine and life in our own lives.  The old life is our new life here in Illinois.  And we are really grateful for it.

Video of The Tokyo Rosenthal Program

25 Feb

Here is a video of my performance and interview on the Tokyo Rosenthal Program!

And guess where I’ve been this week?

In Nashville….





YAY! :)


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