Today is my last day as the featured model on meinmyplace. It’s been such a fun experience. Thanks to everyone who said such nice things! Here’s a few goodies:
I keep a web series on this site that documents adventures in ultra-marathoning and making a career in music. You can find them under the video tab up at the top under “Music and LSD Episodes.”
Here’s one of my favorites:
Here’s the making of the music video I posted a couple of days ago:
American Thrift (Baton Rouge, LA) posted some photos of my show last month. I can’t wait to return to this awesome venue!!
Most of you are here from the Me in My Place plug. Thanks for visitng! Here’s a few things to share:
Cool music video I did a couple years ago:
Tonight is the night! I’ll be playing at Swallow Hill at 7:30 tonight with Kyle James Hauser. I am SO excited about this show! It’s only $7 at the door (or $5 if you’re a Swallow Hill member). I won’t be back until the end of the year! Come out tonight for an intimate performance in a really cool venue!
Swallow Hill is located at:
71 E. Yale Blvd
Thanks for everyone who tuned in today to KBPI for my on-air interview with Uncle Nasty! Here’s more info on the stuff we talked about!
First of all – you can buy my music here.
TOMORROW NIGHT I’m playing at Denver’s Swallow Hill. Click here for the show info. Let me know that you heard me on the Uncle Nasty show and get my CD for only $5 at the show!
Want to check out my videos? I have a ton of videos posted here on the site under the video tab. You can see everything from my award-winning music video to my adventures in running 100 miles. They’re also all in one place on my youtube channel.
And last, here’s all the ways YOU can connect with ME
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I will be on the Uncle Nasty show on Denver’s 106.7 KBPI TODAY!! Be sure to listen in! Follow my twitter for updates on when the interview will air! You can listen online here and you can buy my music here!
Hey folks! I’ll be traveling Monday through Tuesday so I won’t be posting anything until possibly Wednesday. In the mean time, here’s my music video and some other goodies.
My Me in my Place shoot is beginning to post today, starting with this charming photo of Thomas and I in matching outfits and matching expressions
Really Katelyn. How can you say you’re a blogger when you haven’t posted all WEEK? Boo – sorry friends. I had such a good update streak going before I fell down completely exhausted about a week ago and haven’t had much interaction with the world since then. To say I’m tired would be an understatement.
I’ve written briefly about how I am going to need to do some serious fund-raising (and FAST) to get my record going. I’ve been fighting the urge to disengage and spend all day in bed by throwing together information kits to give to potential investors, but really, if I don’t plan every moment of my day the night before, I may very well spend it in bed protesting the work that needs to be done before I can get back to work. This isn’t helpful. I know. And to be fair to myself, far more has happened this Summer that has contributed to this feeling of defeat and exhaustion that wouldn’t be appropriate to share here. I very well could probably benefit from a couple days of detachment and rest, but I’m not sure how to do that without feeling like the entire world will collapse upon my absence.
I think everyone feels this way when they’re overwhelmed and stressed.
Well, last week I decided to go to some audition. I wasn’t invested in the idea of going at all. It was for a show I hadn’t heard of, it wasn’t really a paying gig, and I had to drive into the hot hot hot valley to get there and hopefully not be stuck in traffic the whole way there and back. However, I knew it would be good for me to leave the house. I would ultimately feel better just knowing I had at least gone somewhere that day. The audition was fine (got a call back, not sure if I’ll take it or not because it may be while I’m in CO), but the interesting part of the outing happened right as I was loading my keyboard up into my car. As though my eyeballs were made out of magnets, in the midst of maneuvering that heavy keyboard into the back of my Subaru, they fixed their gaze directly at the road beneath my feet and locked in on something laying there on the ground. Right in front of me was a $100 bill. No one else was even in sight. It was just me, my keyboard, and seemingly a gift from the universe to smack me into realizing that I am fortunate, my music IS worth pursuing, and I will come up with the money to fund my project. I consider myself to be more spiritual than strictly religious, but that doesn’t mean I miss signs from God when they’re right in front of me. A couple of weeks ago I cried to myself asking the universe for some sign that I was even supposed to be doing this anymore. It was a very sad, lonely and dark moment for me. In the time between then and now I have had two people donate to my cause without officially launching my campaign, a close friend of mine donated her graphic design services to make my information kits look professional and lovely, and here right on the ground in front of me was a $100 bill. WHO finds $100 in the street? I bet you’re mad at me a little, because just by me telling you my story of finding $100 makes it much less likely the same will happen to you. It’s rare. I’ll take it as a sign because that’s what I asked for. You don’t ask for signs and then ignore them when they come.
Thanks to everyone who came out to The Mint in Los Angeles last night. We had a great show including 2 encore songs. You all made my entire week. I’m so lucky to get to play with such great musicians and to have a following of such wonderful and supportive people. Thanks for filling the house!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some photos tagged on facebook/twitter from last night. Enjoy!
Anyone interested in a [PHOTO] of me jamming in my place before tonight’s show at The Mint?
I’m going to be straight forward here. This has not been my week. A combination of being tired from travel and tired from crewing, my defenses have been down lately which have left me vulnerable to getting stuck in a pretty negative place. I’ve learned this week that Scott and I are going to need to do some serious fund raising if there’s any hope of this record getting done. Fund raising to the tune of $10,000+, which is overwhelming enough to keep me hiding in bed with the covers pulled over my head. Logically I know that I will find a way to see this record through and I’ll find people who really want to help me, but because of my state of mind going into this week, I really took the entire event as a personal blow from the universe to me.
How vain of me to even think that, really. That the universe specifically wants me to have love and passion for something but then at the same time seems to throw hurdle after hurdle at me. I know that the music business is tough, but it’s hardly a choice I have rather than the one thing that I feel like I’m on the planet to do. It chose me. Many days I wish I could be satisfied being something more attainable, because it seems I break my own heart just as often as I feel fulfilled. But really, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing because…. well, I don’t actually have a choice.
I spent most of yesterday brainstorming (in between my fits of anger aimed at whatever higher power was obviously out to get me I have a lot of good ideas of ways to go about raising money over the next 6 weeks. I know the next steps I will be taking. I know I am a hard worker, I won’t let this completely flatten my momentum even though that’s how I feel right now. I do have things I can do. This is an “action” moment – a moment where the ball is in my court and I can make a difference when it comes to what comes next. The thing is, is that I’m just too tired. I feel like I generally attempt to see the positive light in most things. I try to be a compassionate person, I try and stay optimistic because I really do believe that it comes back to you, but right now I just feel like a well that has been completely tapped of it’s resources.
In the ultra-running world, I would say that it feels like I just finished climbing a mountain. I spent all day climbing this mountain and I’m at the top only to find another mountain (thanks for the reference, Toby). It feels like the low points of a hundred miler. It feels like I’m at mile 90, I know the things I have to do to finish and I know I CAN do those things, I’m just feeling the fatigue of the miles I’ve already covered and every step forward takes 100% of my concentration and energy.
This morning I managed to get my pouting self out of bed and out to the weekly Coyote trail run. I walked up the Westridge fire road with Jimmy, Adam and Malcolm. Malcolm is Adam’s English Setter, and is what we consider the closest thing we have to a hazing ritual in the Coyotes. Malcolm is by far, the fastest Coyote. We have what we call the “Malcolm Challenge” where one brave soul runs Malcolm all the way up Westridge fire road, and even more challenging, all the way down on the single track. Once, we even strapped cameras to the runner and the dog to document the journey.
The four of us hiked along as I shared some personal details of my current disposition on my life and career. When we had hiked and talked our way up the fire road a ways before we crossed over onto the single track where Jimmy handed me Malcolm and told me it was time to run.
Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I still felt like questioning the universe and it was much easier to hike and vent than it was to run Malcolm down the mountain, even if it was only halfway down. I struggled to keep up with him, even though he was still practically walking some of the bits. Nervous about my recently sprained ankle, I had to focus all my energy on not landing funny on my left foot as I was jerked awkwardly down the mountain.
The entire time, I heard the message loud and clear, when I hit a bump in the road, I amazingly DO have what I need to move forward. Ultra marathons are a series of highs and lows. The key is figuring out how to quickly rebound from the lows (paraphrase – Jimmy this morning). This is why I run. I’m not an impressive athlete by any means. I just happen to be able to run for a long time, and I’m attracted to that because I feel understood by trail running in a way that I feel understood by music. I’m definitely at a low point, but that means that this is the part before it gets better.
Days like this make me wish I had aspired to be something more attainable.
I just got back from a trip to Baton Rouge, where I performed as part of a new concert series that features singer/songwriters in a more intimate and engaging environment. This is an amazing and new thing. I am not new to being a musician, nor am I new to Baton Rouge. I was born in Baton Rouge and have been playing live gigs there since I was in high school. At the time, I had to get creative about finding places to play. I played small restaurants, the occasional coffee shop, and even a sorority function. Unlike the other cities I’ve played, Baton Rouge has never really embraced singer/songwriters as a form of entertainment worth spreading.
2 years ago I booked a show at Chelsea’s, which is primarily a rock venue in Baton Rouge. I love Chelsea’s. I’ve been there to rock out to some great music, enjoy the rowdy atmosphere of a primarily college crowd, visit and mingle while music filled the air and broke the ice, and everyone dances and drinks well into the night. I was incredibly intimidated by that image when I booked my show there 2 years ago, because I was not going to be playing with a band. With a band, I can pretty easily be filed into the “Pop/Rock” category, but alone, I am a singer/songwriter. I am a singer/songwriter that leans more towards Ben Folds than I do Norah Jones, but the bottom line was that I wasn’t going to have bass, drums, and guitars filling the air around my voice and creating an environment that Chelsea’s is accustomed to.
I invited my friends Peter Simon and Luke Ash to play with me that night. They are both singer/songwriters as well. I thought it would be fun to introduce Baton Rouge to a songwriter style of show. We were going to commit to our folkiness and try and get everyone else on board too. I remember both Peter and Luke seeming a little apprehensive, probably for the same reasons I was. We didn’t want to be up on stage struggling to keep the attention of our audience. However, something amazing happened that night. When we gave that crowd something to listen to, they stopped and they listened.
Before the end of the first song, we had a crowd of people sitting indian style on the floor of a rock club! The three of us took turns sharing songs and stories with our audience. We even played on each others songs, impromptu harmonies and instrument parts naturally weaving entrances into unrehearsed material. Local musical talent Ben Herrington even joined us (unplanned) on stage, with his trombone and accordion. What was so natural for us, the language of music, seemed like a magic trick for our audience. No one talked during the show. People just watched, listened, enjoyed. It was one of my favorite shows I have ever done.
225 Magazine writer Jeff Roedel called me a couple of months ago and asked if I’d like to perform at a new venue in Baton Rouge that features songwriters. The venue was The Haven Gallery/Listening Room and the concert series was named American Thrift. I jumped at the opportunity, and was excited to hear that there was an effort being put into venues featuring Baton Rouge songwriters! So this past week, I flew to Baton Rouge for the show. I asked Peter Simon to play a set, and also asked Ben Herrington to play on some of my songs. We put on a great show. We filled the room, and finally, it was a room made just for us. It was just for stories and songs with an audience whose expectations were to feel something.
Peter and I were visiting during the preparation of our show, and he mentioned how our Chelsea’s show was somewhat of the birth of the singer/songwriter circle starting in Baton Rouge. I don’t know if you can point to a single event as the beginning of anything, but it is a wonderful feeling to think that I might have played a role in expanding the art scene in the city of my birth.
I’m so happy, Baton Rouge. Thanks for giving me a place to play, and filling it with new fans. I had a wonderful time playing the American Thrif show at the Haven Gallery/Listening Room and I honestly can’t wait to make my return.
Sorry for not having an update for you yesterday! I’m on my way back to Los Angeles right now and will be back to regular updates tomorrow!
In the mean time, you should totally check Peter Simon! He’s a great singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge and his music will make you want to spread it like a wildfire. He rocks!
First of all, for those of you who didn’t see my post earlier today, I booked a show in Los Angeles for the end of the month with my band! If you’re in town, come out to The Mint and say hello!
This weekend has been quite extraordinary. For starters, I had a photo shoot with Me in my Place, a photo blog that features women in their homes. It’s actually quite sexy and I never imagined I would have the balls to do something like this, but it turns out that I do, because I did. Check out their blog, just do so in the comfort of your own home because some of the site is not safe for work.
The entire experience was incredibly positive. Just because I run 100 miles at a time does not mean that I am immune to body image hangups. I consider myself to be a confident young woman, but truly, I’m actually quite conservative. Conservative. That’s a word I wouldn’t normally tag myself as, but during my conversation with Scott yesterday about the image I project as an artist, the word “conservative” came up a few times. I guess I like being classy and respected, but truly, my own lack of a healthy body image has prevented me from putting myself out there on stage in a lot of ways and this is translated as being conservative. This wasn’t something I was conscious of until after I finished the photo shoot on Saturday. I spent a good 20 minutes laying on the floor of my living room feeling so invigorated! I had spent 3 hours that morning being told how beautiful I was and encouraged to let my sex appeal show its shy little face. During the shoot I got to see some of the photos and I was in disbelief that the girl in display was ME! It was so sexy, but without being gross or perverted. I felt rejuvenated. By the end of the shoot I was feeling so empowered. I felt like I could take over the world. And really, the feeling has been lasting ever since. I had no idea what I have been keeping to myself.
I started yesterday morning off at the beach before I had a recording session with Scott. We’re working on a ton of background vocal parts for “Pretend” right now. Scott has been working extremely hard on the production of this tune, and believe me, it is worth it. This song is really starting to merge with the rest of the songs we have produced. It seems that Scott and I have been able to bring more energy into the studio lately. We both have had a lot of activity in our lives lately that has caused us both to treat our time together as something we know we should be doing, but in reality neither of us had much of the emotional or physical energy to be working. Now we’re acting more as co-creators again, having fun and getting a lot done. I’m really excited for all of YOU to hear these new tunes!!
Last night I played at Hotel Cafe with Nina Storey. We’ve played there a million times, but it’s always nice. Because it’s sort of our “go to” venue, it feels like home and I never feel like I have to think about the gig too much. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t think I played very well last night. I’m not sure what played into that exactly, but I’ll tell you one thing, it didn’t matter one bit. Nina was amazing. The crowd loved her and I think she had a great show. Besides, with her on stage, I don’t think anyone is noticing the handful of times I wasn’t quite playing 100%.
After the show, Toby and Nabeel from White Lights came over for dinner. Nabeel did a Tarot card reading for me. I asked what was holding me back in moving forward with my career. The cards gave me a vocabulary of some interesting things that I found very relevant to me right now, especially after the shoot with Me in my Place the day before. It’s kind of cool to use Tarot as a tool in helping yourself translate what control your emotions and environment have over you and how the way you perceive those two things impacts your actions. The good news is that the Tarot cards suggest that I am in a good head space to be moving forward and taking action now and I am surrounded with people who are going to lift me up. Sounds pretty good to me!
Tomorrow I’m off to Louisiana! I’m so excited to come and play at The Haven Gallery/Listening Room!
Keep and eye out for more updates/videos/pictures throughout the week!
Hey Everyone -
I got some fan footage from Friday’ night’s show at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles. Here is the live footage of “Impossible Love”. Enjoy!
And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the official music video!
Thanks to everyone who made it out last night. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a picture!
Y’all. I am officially able to do a pull-up. I do one every time I walk by the pull-up bar! It took about 10 days of trying, starting with me not even able to get off the ground. Now I can really do one! I do 4-10 every day (but not in a row). I’ve done so many lately that I actually hurt myself this past weekend from doing too many. Now I have to take a few days off from pull-ups to let my muscles recover. You hear that? I’ve done so many pull-ups that my muscles exploded.
I’ve spent the last 2 days giving my resume a serious facelift and attempting to look for actual paying work as a musician. It seems so silly to be as qualified as I am and to be struggling so much to find work as a singer in Los Angeles. I know that the hard part is getting in the door, but for crying out loud, it’s time. I’m psyched to have the opportunity that I do to be working with Scott and putting out this record, but I also need to pursue other avenues of income and I really don’t like straying from music. As you all know, I’ve had my share of crappy jobs. I’ve paid my dues with the best of them, but I will not justify my hard work and talent being unseen because I’m not doing everything I possibly can, and if I’m not doing everything, I’m not doing enough.
Anyway – I noticed on the Berklee alumni page that Cirque du Soleil will be auditioning singers in LA later this year. I have no idea what they’re looking for but I’ll definitely audition, because, why not?
This Friday is my first show with my new band. We’re headlining at Molly Malone’s, which makes me very happy. I love Molly’s and I love playing last. Molly’s doesn’t have the most ideal green room. When you’re playing, often times you can hear the band playing after you arriving and loading in gear right behind you. It’s kind of lame, but I won’t have to worry about that this time.
Summer running has been interesting for me. I find I have very little desire to run when it’s sunny out. It’s not even that it’s all that hot yet in West LA. I just prefer to run in the shade of the marine layer first thing in the morning, and when I don’t get out first thing in the morning, I find I probably won’t go run at all. So – this morning I made sure to get a run to the beach and back before breakfast. Success – I feel great and beat the sun! I’m beginning to toy with the idea of another ultramarathon later this year…. which one, which one….
Off to go promote the heck out of my show at Molly Malone’s this Friday. Are you in LA? You should come? If you mention my blog I’ll give you a discount on your CD!
I’m traveling to Baton Rouge in a few weeks to play at the Haven Gallery/Listening Room. They sent out this press release yesterday which is pretty cool!