Award-winning recording artist Rachael Sage has premiered two newest songs, first off “Heaven (Is A Grocery Clerk)” was premiered on Glide Magazine. Meanwhile, Curve Mag had the exclusive for “Loreena”, listen here. The tracks are the third and fourth release off of her forthcoming full-length studio album, Choreographic, due May 20 (MPress/ILS/Caroline).
“‘Heaven (Is A Grocery Clerk)’ [is] about a beautiful watercolor painting of the same name, by a Bay Area artist named Riki Chen…His colorful paintings are very similar to my own, but he’d had a very hard life and as I got to know him better I learned he was not only recovering from addiction but essentially homeless, crashing on friend’s couches or in shelters.
Somehow, amidst all his challenges Riki always managed to keep painting. He made new work and shared it constantly, including a piece he made for me inspired, in his words, by a “hot checkout guy I met at a grocery store”.
I wrote this song as a tribute to my amazing friend [and] the challenges he faced…Riki passed away before I could share this recording with him, but he did hear me perform it live in San Francisco, and I’m grateful to have known him and been touched by his art.”
– Rachael Sage