Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Sage Wisdom: Rachael Sage Knows How to Flavor Her Music with Real-Life Experiences, like Her Conservative Jewish Faith and Crushes Gone Wrong

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Sage Wisdom: Rachael Sage Knows How to Flavor Her Music with Real-Life Experiences, like Her Conservative Jewish Faith and Crushes Gone Wrong

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Out singer and songwriter Rachael Sage thinks of her albums in terms of colors--even if those colors haven't always accurately represented what was going on in her head and in her life. "Even though my last album was pink, I was a little bit blue while making it," she admits. Fortunately, Rachael found herself painting a sonically diverse, multihued rainbow with her melodic seventh album, The Blistering Sun (MPress Records).

"It's the most multicolored and really reflective of my personality," Rachael insists. "Anyone who knows me well knows I'm a different person every day--a little bit schizo. And that's an aspect of myself I haven't really reflected yet on a record." The varied hues of Blistering Sun include a perky Tori Amos--esque cut ("Alright, OK"), earthy pop ("Featherwoman"), and alien beat-poet jazz ("Hit Song"). Then there's the passionate, accordion-steeped "93 Maidens," based on the poetic letters of Chaya Feldman, a Jewish teenager in Warsaw who drank poison rather than be captured by the Nazis. Rachael first recorded this track 10 years ago after discovering Feldman's writing in a High Holidays prayer book.

"I was bored during the rabbi's sermon and started reading the back of the prayer book," she recalls. "It was so moving, I think I wrote the song that same day when I got home."

Born and raised in Greenwich, Conn., Rachael garnered some of her first musical experience at synagogue, accompanying the canter with her synthesizer. …

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