Writing this belated blog post in Cleveland National Airport during my layover as I make my way back East for a string of shows for my Kickstarter Tour! Am super excited to reunite with The Woman Songwriter Collective, and play a show w/ my friend Dave Dersham as well. It's hard to believe I've been away almost 6 months!
The Kickstarter is still going strong - Just past 75% funding, which makes reaching our goal on or before the deadline seem even more possible and real. I cannot even begin to tell you what an experience this whole thing has been. So many ups and downs. So much love and gratitude and opportunities for reconnection. As the campaign begins to have an end in sight, I am looking forward to having these funds secured, and being able to re-focus my energy on the recording part of the project.
Lastly, had such a blast playing at Uke-A-Mania last night! A super cool wrestling and Nirvana themed Ukulele showcase put on by Ukulele Society member Jacob Borshard. All of the bands were super cute and quirky (I guess this is to be expected...) Have included some pics above, and a link below to a video Sarah took of my cover of "Rape Me" by Nirvana
Enjoy! Until next time... XOXO Katie
Having grown up in Amherst Massachusetts near frat row and attended college at UW-Madison, I have kind of an aversion to large crowds of drunk people. SXSW is a pretty big deal here in Austin, though am quickly discovering that for locals (especially of those of us in the service industry) it is kind of like the universe taking a giant crap of corporate drunk people onto your town for endless debauchery and clogging of already terrible traffic.
Still... I try to be optimistic of opportunities and of the really cool stuff and great music that I know is hidden somewhere between the cracks. After working hard the past few days at my day job, am super grateful to not have to return to work until Sunday. (And I really can't complain- I know that most of my co-workers are working 1,000 times longer and harder hours than me. So please, please tip your waiters and counter people well folks! :)
COOL STUFF COMING UP:
Some old camp friends are in a band that's playing in town (the eco friendly) that I plan to check out later today. There is also a rad sounding ladies of Jazz Jam happening down the street at Flipnotics (sooo sad it's closing!! :( Am planning to do some busking on 6th Friday or Saturday before the showcase I just landed. Huh, I guess things are starting to look up after all :)
PS> the Kickstarter is still going strong, with a little less than 3 weeks to go! Feel free to check out and share. :)
Until next time... XOXOX Katie
This past week had been a complete whirlwind. Through all the stress, challenges and sadness, I do my best to learn lesson of letting go of expectations/plans, how to really live and, as Bruce and Laura would say, "keeping the main thing the main thing" (Main thing = love)
Last Sunday night, I arrived home to discover an ambulance in my driveway. My "house mother' Laura Rose, had been ill, however previous to the weekend her condition seemed nothing out of the ordinary. Over the course of the week, events rapidly unfolded and turned for the worse. It was discovered last Monday that she had been living with a Staph infection that had now spread to her blood, turned into sepsis, and worsened a pre-existing heart condition. While in the hospital, she also suffered multiple strokes. On Friday night, her family and doctors, after careful consideration, made the decision to take her off of life support and she passed away.
Though I had only known and lived with Laura Rose since December, we had grown quite close, and she has been an extremely supportive presence in my life here in Austin (as well as the lives of countless others.) It is telling what a unique and loving person she is by the fact that there has been a stream of 20 - 50 people outside of her hospital door praying for her and showing their support. The whole thing has been extremely sad and emotional, and completely devastating for her partner, family, and those close to her.
Through all of this, I must move forward, and continue to figure out how to ask strangers, friends and family to contribute to my Kickstarter campaign, (I took a break for a few days over the weekend because I frankly just needed to, and it only seemed appropriate.) It feels even more uncomfortable now, however, to ask for such a seemingly selfish endeavor during such a sensitive time for those around me. I try to have compassion for everyone, as well as myself, and remember the reason behind these requests - that it is not about the money or the attention in and of itself, but rather that the money represents energy that I wish to use to make my music and art to spread love and joy and healing and make the world a better place. Laura did this better than almost anyone I have ever met, and I do my best to hold her lessons and spirit in my mind and body as I move forward into the middle of the campaign.