Katy Bourne

Our Creative Lives: Other People

POSTED ON August 25, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | One Comment

     Today I’m writing about other people and how they impact our creative lives. Of course, “other people” is a broad swatch. It can include friends, fans, people who buy our products/services, family, “the competition,” mentors, audience members and possibly, the crazy next-door neighbor. Unless you’re living and creating in some isolated spot far ... Read More

An Open Letter to LGBT Youth

POSTED ON August 16, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments

  An Open Letter to LGBT Youth, My name is Katy. I live in Seattle. I am a writer, a jazz singer and the proud mother of a wonderful gay teenage son. You don’t know me. We’ve never met. But I am writing today to deliver this message: YOU MATTER You matter a lot. You ... Read More

Passion, Fear & Drive with Hilary Gardner

POSTED ON August 05, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Passion, Fear & Drive | Post A Comment

 For a little over a year now, I’ve been writing a series on this blog called “Our Creative Lives,” which is an examination of the creative experience and a tender look at some of the things that we encounter along the path of our creative pursuits, both in our own psyches and also in the ... Read More

Riff on a Perfect World

POSTED ON July 26, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 3 Comments

  RIFF ON A PERFECT WORLD   In a perfect world….. The days would begin and end with a chant, a wink and a smile that stretches across miles, winding in and around the Milky Way and back again. There would be outbursts of spontaneous salsa dancing in grocery stores and it would be the ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: The Vegetarian & the Roast Beef Sandwich

POSTED ON July 20, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 2 Comments

  It’s actually the “Caribbean Seasoned Roast Beef Torta Sandwich”– a monster of a feed with a whopping 10 ounces of beef on a ginormous bun, topped with a garden of cilantro and enough jalapeño peppers to kick you from here to Texas and back. It’s the ultimate gastronomic bliss-out for meat eaters.   And ... Read More

The Big 5-0

POSTED ON July 07, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments

 My guiding principle in creating this blog is authenticity and I always write from a place of openness and honesty. But every now and then, I wrestle with the conundrum of vulnerability and the simple question of whether or not to post about some of the more tender aspects of my humanity. Such is the ... Read More

Gay Pride, Proud Mom

POSTED ON June 23, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 25 Comments

  My son came out to me in the form of a text. I was working on my computer late one night last September. Enzo was staying at his dad’s house that particular evening. I had my nose deep into something I was writing when his text came in. The text, which was sent to ... Read More

The Lessons We’re Always Learning

POSTED ON June 18, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 5 Comments

 Emmett stopped by my apartment briefly yesterday. He was swinging by to raid the fridge and to show me the new tattoo that he’d just gotten in honor of his fallen comrade, Nap. I hadn’t seen him since Nap’s memorial last week. He dropped in late afternoon and his visit was brief.  Emmett comes and ... Read More

Sweet Dreams (a postscript)

POSTED ON June 06, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

     As Venus passes over the face of the sun, Nap is soaring above the heavens; moving on to the next leg of his grand adventure. *** Shower the people you love with love. – James Taylor   ... Read More

A Screeching Halt

POSTED ON June 02, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments

Everything came to a screeching halt. On Wednesday afternoon, I received the news that my son Emmett’s best friend had been in a horrific accident. As he was riding his bicycle to work, he collided with a van. He suffered massive brain injuries and underwent emergency surgery at Harborview, where he now floats in a ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.