Katy Bourne


Our Creative Lives: Fix It

POSTED ON July 15, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 3 Comments
 

  A few weeks ago, my landlord sent (finally) the maintenance guy (Waffi) over to deal with a variety of problems in the apartment: an oven that wouldn’t light, a bathroom sink that wasn’t draining properly, a busted hinge on the hall closet door and a perpetually dripping faucet in the kitchen. We’d been living ... Read More

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 up ... 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

Our Creative Lives: The Ebb & Flow Of It

POSTED ON May 28, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | Post A Comment
 

 It was around this time last year that I started work on my e-book about the business of vocal jazz. I wrote diligently throughout the summer and by fall, I’d completed the first draft. The plan was to do rewrites over the course of the winter, to tape the video segments for the book and ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Disappointment

POSTED ON March 13, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 5 Comments
 

    The other day I was talking to a fellow musician who had recently experienced a disappointment on the career front. She was understandably upset and was deep in that very familiar pit of lamenting, second-guessing and self-doubt. She was questioning her worth as a musician and contemplating as to whether or not she ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Courage

POSTED ON February 03, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 2 Comments
 

Courage According to the Cowardly Lion, courage is “what makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk.”  John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” And the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Slammed

POSTED ON December 01, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | Post A Comment
 

    Lately, I’ve been slammed: psycho slammed. I’m working on a sizable writing job that will pretty much go until the end of the year. I’ve got another big ass job for one of my regular freelance clients. On top of these demands, I’ve been gigging a lot and also just trying to stay ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Grit

POSTED ON October 31, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 2 Comments
 

  Today’s post is about going the distance. Let’s face it: the universe does not always shower us with inspiration and flowers on a daily or, sometimes, even weekly basis. Every artist that I know occasionally goes through periods of seeming stagnation; long stretches of waiting for the phone to ring or the grant monies ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Mud

POSTED ON August 22, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 2 Comments
 

  Over the weekend, I was writing in mud. I spent over seven hours in front of my computer, toiling away on something that should have taken me an hour and a half or two hours to finish.  I battled with every word, for the most part unsuccessfully. They stood stubbornly in the distance, flipping ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Fear

POSTED ON July 18, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 4 Comments
 

Fear appears to be an ongoing theme in the lives of many creative people, or so it would seem judging from what I see out on the blogosphere. On any given day, I come across multiple posts on this topic. I’ve certainly written about it myself a time or two. (Here and here.) For as ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.