On Tuesday we recorded the scratch piano for a new song, “Fix”
What is scratch piano?
Before Scott (Nickoley) and Ryan (Franks) and I tackle a new tune, we start with a scratch piano and vocal. This will be the initial foundation that the rest of the song is built on. The most important part is sticking as closely to the click* as possible, playing the correct chords, and (maybe) including some stylistic themes that are already written for the piano. The scratch piano for this song is much more involved than most of the other tunes because we already have a pretty good idea of where this song is going to go.
After we are further along in building the arrangement for this song, I’ll go back and play the final piano cut. That’s right – this entire take will be completely replaced with a much cleaner and precise performance.
Stay tuned to see how this song begins to come to life over the next few weeks!
(Song By: Scott Nickoley, Ryan Franks, Katelyn Benton, Megan Burtt)
*Click Track: Basically a metronome that no one really likes playing to, but is the absolute agreement on how fast time is happening relative to the song,
I got an iphone yesterday and now I’m geeking out. Now’s a good time to like my Facebook Page, since I’m all about sharing stuff like this there!
Just playing around this morning, recorded a song of mine this morning – Patch it Up (By Katelyn Benton).
This is one of my all-time favorite songs. Ever. It was written by Charlie Chaplin for the film, Modern Times. If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should. I think it would resonate with a lot of people today.
The lyrics weren’t added until the 1950′s. They were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons and in 1954, Nat King Cole recorded it. When I was a kid, Natalie Cole’s album Unforgettable… With Love came out and my Dad and I used to sing so loud in the car! We would mostly sing “When I Fall in Love” over and over again, but it was around this time that I heard “Smile” for the very first time. Since then, I’ve adopted it as my own anthem. When I was a freshmen in high school, my friend Courtney would ask me to sing it to her every day in class. I’ve never recorded it until today for this series. Maybe one day I’ll have a better sound situation for these videos As always, lyrics posted below the video!
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worth while
If you just smile
Here’s a song from my upcoming record! I was also featured singing a clip of this on Me in my Place back when my shoot was up. Enjoy!
(Lyrics posted below the video)
By: Katelyn Benton Copyright 2011
Somebody else’s love
Somebody else’s dreams
Somebody else’s life is
Right here in front of me
How long until I break
How long until they see
Something I cannot fake
Somebody’s dream has me
This can’t be right there’s been a mixup of some kind
The longer I stay in somebody else’s life
Somebody else has mine
Maybe I’ll hold my breath
Maybe I’ll pinch my skin
Will that wake me from this sleep
I have been living in?
This can’t be right my dreams have been here all this time
The longer I wait for somebody else’s life
The longer I’m stuck with mine
Ladies and Gents, Runners, Musicians, Fans, Friends, Family and Stalkers, I present to you the very first edition of “Live from my Living Room!” The goal is that every week I write a song, I record it in my living room, and then give it to you! I hope you like it. This week’s song is called Empty Boxes. It’s brand new. The lyrics are posted below the video. Enjoy!
By Katelyn Benton
Gives the impression he’s settling in
Don’t get your hopes up
It’s a matter of time
Before all those boxes are sealed up again
I’ve been down this road
Everything is wonderful ’til everything gets old
He’ll leave, it’s just a matter of when
He’ll be un-packing boxes again
Same man, new place
New heart, old game
I see it coming it’s happening now
Who can blame him
He doesn’t know how
To finish the story before taking a bow
Who says that people can’t change
He’s just a product of his pain
I’ll tell you now
What I wish I’d been told
He’s harded and cold with more wounds than his boxes can hold
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.
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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.
This week, I have been featured on the website Me in my Place. I wrote about doing the shoot a little while back and how extremely empowering it was. This week, watching the different pictures go up has been both very exciting and a little terrifying. I mean, there’s no going back now and it took a lot of guts for me to step out of my shell long enough to do this and figure out that it’s okay to love your body. I don’t usually go into fitness/health/diet/body image rants here even though I’d say it is a very dominating topic in my life as an athlete. There is so much negativity being fed to young girls and women on a daily basis. I’d love to be part of a different type of beauty movement, something that supports strong, confident, happy women, of every shape and size. Not only the skinny and tall and not only because they look good in designer clothes.
Now that the photos are up, I have been getting a lot of support and positive feedback from friends and loved ones. I’d have to say that the only real negative side I’ve had with this was my initial reaction to one comment on one of the photos that posted later in the week. Whoever was looking at that photo really didn’t like how I talked about myself in my quotes. Obviously, it’s not my goal to have everyone like me and I don’t need this person’s approval for me to feel complete, but what I hated about it is how it immediately made me feel like withdrawing. It made me feel like I needed to be embarrassed or ashamed that I had shared my accomplishments and attributes with the world and that I should have instead been pretty and quiet.
It’s so gross how my natural reaction at first was to just feel squashed – as though I had my head in the clouds with this experience, learning to let go of insecurities, engaging in an attitude of loving myself and showing that to the world in hopes that it is contagious and it will spread, and then someone else’s silly comment made me feel like I should be embarrassed. When really, there should be more confident women out there telling the world what they are capable of. Thicker skin = grown
(hops off soap box)
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