Monday, November 11, 2013

New Song!

I wrote a new song! I wrote a new song! It's a Darwinist love song. It's called 100 Million Years.

I know.

Any Kickstarter backers can listen to the whole thing (I recorded it here in my room at the Cleveland La Quinta...) in my latest update. And for anyone who hasn't joined in on the kickstarter fun, now might be a good time :)

View the Kickstarter project here!

AND you can hear a snippet of the new song here...

Saturday, November 09, 2013

New Album!

Eeeeeek! It's time to make a new album! I made a silly Kickstarter video:

Click here if you want to be a part of the project, and thanks!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Radio... lesson learned.

"Hey Allie! You know what the best thing about this radio spot is? We don't have to wear makeup or even clean clothes, because it's the RADIO."

...And now it's a youtube video. Lesson learned, Kate. Lesson learned. But I like the song. Think it'll go on the next album. What do you think?

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Abilene, TX and Writing Songs

Hey guys! So, I've been writing lately, and hope to post more songs on Bandcamp (and link to them here) soon.

I've actually written a few songs commissioned by fans this year, too. It's been really fun – I've written songs for a wedding, an anniversary and this one here, which was written for Terry in TX about his hometown of Abilene. These projects both challenging and rewarding and I hope to do more of them in the future. Here's "Abilene." What do you think?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Work in Progress

So, my failure to maintain this blog is exactly why I shouldn't get a dog. Anyway, I've been writing again. I just posted a rough-draft, not quite finished song on Bandcamp, but I like it. Listen for yourself...

Monday, December 05, 2011

A newish song for ya...

Hey guys! So, I finally finished a demo of this song, called "All In" this week. I also finally got around setting up a bandcamp account, so if you like it, you can listen, buy it, share it, etc. I'm kind of in love with the idea of making my living by writing songs and delivering them straight to fans, which bandcamp is great for. (I also do plan to still make a fully produced CD or EP every few years. So don't worry.)

Here's the story behind the song:

The idea for it had been bouncing around my head for ages -- the idea that love is a bargain. You'll give me this, and I'll give you that. I'd wanted to use really concrete examples, but the idea never fully formed.

That is, it never fully formed until one day this summer when I needed a ride to the airport at 7am. I was picking up a rental car for a brief Texas tour. A good friend agreed to drive me, and on the way there I told her, "I can't believe you agreed to do this. Truly, it's awesome. But this is a boyfriend job." Because, in truth, we all want someone to come home to and spend our lives with. But we also want someone to drive us to the airport, reach tall cabinets and call during traffic jams.

So, the song was born. Most of it was written in a hotel room in Arkansas, and some of it was finished in the car on the way to the first gig of the tour. I actually sang it at that first show without ever having sung it out loud in its complete form. It's got a special little place in my heart :) -Kate

I’ll give you all of my freckles for the scar on your chin,
I’ll make a strong cup of coffee for a swig of that gin,
And if you’ll drive me to the airport, I’ll water your plants,
I’ll give you a few good years if you give me a chance,

What do ya say now, ‘cause I am all in,
Do we call it a deal now, or do we just call it?
‘cause I spent my whole life, hiding my heart away
I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours,
What do ya say?

Give you a spot for your toothbrush, and the wall side of the bed,
If you can make me feel pretty, on the days I forget
I’ll tell you most of my secrets and all of my jokes
If you hold my hand on the cab ride home,


I just want someone to look for, and someone to miss,
And something familiar, when nothing else is
And someone to dance with, or sit this one out with
Who tells me he loves me, and I never doubt it,

What do ya say now, cause I am all in,
Do we call it a deal now, or do we just call it?
‘cause I spent my whole life, hiding my heart away
I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours,
What do ya say?
I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours,
What do ya say?

Monday, November 07, 2011

On the Road, in Pictures

So I drove from Nashville to Corpus Christi and back in just under 4 days. I looked back at the pictures in my phone yesterday, and while I didn't take many, I feel like they offer an interesting glimpse into life on the road. Here they are (all of them, the pretty ones and the boring ones). I've decided I will allow myself only one word captions.









Anyway, I was in Corpus Christi to attend the APCA Conference, and in hopes that my ten-minute showcase would earn me a handful of college gigs in the spring. It was, in short, fantastic. We're up to ten college gigs (so far) in TX, LA and AR. I look forward to it, and plan to stop at DeGray Lake (above) anytime I pass it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

New Musiks

Well, while I may not be blogging up a storm, I've been writing up a storm. I still need to demo the love song (that's right! of the non-tragic--albeit hypothetical--variety!) I wrote a few months back that I'm pretty psyched about. So that one's coming. But here's a new (still working the kinks out, rough 2am demo) song called "I Tried to Warn You":

Part of the energy behind all this writing (aside from my ever-complicated personal life) is a great new "Song Salon" I've been attending here in Nashville. Hosted by the incomparable Amy Speace, the salon is a group of great, dedicated songwriters who gather weekly to eat, drink and share their newest songs for suggestions, critique and some cheerleading. It's kind of amazing. And it has me bringing out old songs I'd abandoned, pushing myself to write more, and finding inspiration in my talented friends.

So yay for that :) Happy November.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cover songs?

So, I just went to this really inspiring meeting at NSAI about being a DIY musician and using the internet to grow a fan base. One really good item that I learned was that Youtube is the #1 search engine (it is one, after all) for music. And the best way to get people to your Youtube channel is by doing a cover song... (yes, Laura, you have been telling me this for years...)

Anyway, looks like I'll be making a video of a cover song. Suggestions, folks?

Monday, August 15, 2011

A New Recipe/Tradition is Born!

A little background:

I leave on Wednesday morning for a brief Texas tour. (It's gonna be awesome. I even planned a stopover at Degray Lake on my way there for a little self-reflection.) If you're remotely near Texas, you should come!

August 18, 2011 (Thursday)
Johnny Cace's Restaurant, Longview, TX, 7:00pm

August 19, 2011 (Friday)
Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX

August 20, 2011 (Saturday)
Hummingbird House Concerts, Austin, TX. 8pm, 

Anyway, I showed some restraint and decided to NOT go out to dinner tonight, but rather use up some of the food in my fridge. Specifically, anything that would go bad while I'm on the road. And with that, I give you this recipe. And by recipe, I mean a series of questions that leads to food. (Confession: I did consult a couple recipes for some guidance. But then threw most of that out the window)

Kate's Pre-tour Everything in the Fridge Black Bean Burgers

  • One can of black beans? Definitely
  • Leftover brown rice? Yup.
  • Strawberries? No. Gross. Eat those on the side.
  • Most of a bag of clementines? Also, no. Eat those with the strawberries.
  • Shredded carrots? Hmmm. Yeah. Why not. But just a handful because a carrot burger sounds gross.
  • Some of your roommates onion? Yes. Sauté it. Fancy girl.
  • Bag of pre-peeled garlic cloves that says "Best used by August 11th"? Also, yes. Two cloves. Sauté that too.
  • Sweet and Spicy Korean Sauce? Live dangerously! Shit just got interesting!
  • Now squeeze/mix it all together with your right hand (which is going to be covered in this stuff) while randomly throwing spices in with your left hand. BONUS: This has no meat so you can taste as you go to make sure this doesn't taste like poison. I used cumin, chili pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

...AND IT WAS AWESOME. I made the patty and pan fried it in the leftover oil from the onions and garlic. (Healthy fats, right?) I also managed to use 2 of my last 3 slices of bread and top it with the remnants of a bagged salad, as well as some more of that Korean Sauce which turned out to be a brilliant decision.  

A tradition is born, my friends. Who knows what the next tour will bring? Kate's Pre-Tour Everything Perishable Pasta salad? A girl can dream. See you in Texas. :)

P.S. - Yes, I should have taken a picture but I was very hungry.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

That song's done(ish)

It'll still have some lyrical tweaks. And this is kind of a sloppy bedroom demo. But I kind of love sloppy bedroom demos.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It's been a while...

Is anyone ever prolific when life is easy? Well, it's good to be creating again...

Here's a sample of the newest. Just the first part, so prepare for it to end abruptly:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

At the Same Time

At the Same Time.

I am at the symphony.
I am listening, absorbing… and soon find I am instructing myself to let the music wash over me. Just let it come.
My mind wanders to just a week before, when I was standing in the ocean and pondering big things, as one can’t help but do when standing in the ocean, and telling myself the same thing. Let it wash over you. Just enjoy it.
I think about how similar the experiences are. I also think about how long ago that seems. One week.
I think, these two points in time seem distant because I am standing on the timeline.
If I took a step back, the two points would seem closer together.
If I stepped back even further, and then further than that, the two points in time would be indistinguishable. Just one small, single dot in a very long string that started long, long ago.
So, I am at the symphony
And at the same time, I am in the ocean
At the same time I am trying out for the school play and
There’s a bang of the timpani.
There’s a big wave and I jump.
At the same time I am meeting him.
At the same time, I am 5 years old and afraid to jump off the swing.
At the same time, he is breaking my heart.
From far enough away, it appears that I am taking the SATs while simultaneously making the world’s best margarita and having my diaper changed.
At the same time, I am 7 and jump off the swing only to land face first in the gravel.
At the same time, I am turning 80 years old and have obviously survived the swing incident of 1988.
At the same time, I still love him.
At the same time, I am in my bedroom, writing this down
But the entire orchestra is playing hand cymbals and it sounds like snow, or confetti and I will always be here.
And the water is unseasonably warm.

Thursday, February 03, 2011


Oh creativity, you always strike in the wee hours. Like 1am.

I feel like I've been writing a bunch of science songs lately. I just finished a song about love and the apocalypse (literally mentioning birds falling from the sky, massive amounts of dead fish, and Iran enriching Uranium). Hopefully I'll record that one soon. And while it's not a new song, "Nothing To Do With You" mentions Occam's razor. Ooh, and the bridge to "Why It's Blue" loosely explains how certain colors of the light spectrum get absorbed by the atmosphere. Maybe my next album will have science theme...

I started this song, and made this rough recording last night. This is just the start of a song about stars and space. Or really, it's about my desire for big and distant things, and how the difficulty or distance doesn't make them shine any less brightly, nor appeal to me any less.

These aren't going to be the final lyrics. I wanted to re-record "where we're going" as "where I'm going," but at that exact moment, science failed me and my recording equipment decided it did not want to play nice with Snow Leopard. Technology thwarts my science song!

So, a glimpse into my creative process...