Katy Bourne

Heartened & Humbled

POSTED ON May 17, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 10 Comments

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  Last weekend, I made the trek to my hometown of Ponca City, OK and played a concert in the theater where I used to go to movies as a kid. I don’t think I could have asked for a sweeter homecoming or a more enthusiastic welcome. My Ponca City brethren rolled out the carpet for me in grand style. They put my name up in lights, interviewed me on the radio and came out in droves for my performance. Even before I arrived, the good people from my hometown had already sent excited emails to me and posted about the show on Facebook. I was flabbergasted by the response. I was and am heartened and humbled.

 It was a wonderful feeling to play in the Poncan Theatre; it’s such beautiful landmark. But the thing that made it special was all of the people that came out for the show: former teachers, relatives I hadn’t seen in years, jazz fans, old schoolmates, childhood neighbors and, of course, so many dear friends, several of whom traveled from out-of-town to see the concert. I was astonished. If it is possible to be flooded by love, then I was most certainly drowning.

 It was quite the trip to revisit the village that had patiently tolerated the slightly feral little tomboy who “practiced” trick-or-treating in August and who had a proclivity for potty mouth. I was surprised by how much they remembered about me and was entertained (albeit slightly embarrassed) by some of their stories. It’s amazing how many people we connect with along the way in this grand adventure called life. As I spoke with all these lovely souls, I felt blessed. Sadly, there were many other people that I didn’t get the chance to speak with and I feel very sorry about that. The post-performance was a little dizzying. I wish I could have lingered over coffee with each and every person who came out to the show.

   Another big piece of the magic that night was my fabulous band. Randy, Michael and David played their asses off and made my job easy. This group of musicians could make Mrs. Miller sound great. It was a fabulous ride. I am grateful to Randy for making the trek out from Seattle and also to Michael and David for their willingness to make a road trip to Ponca City to play a gig with a chick singer they’d never met. I sincerely hope that our musical paths cross again someday.

 I am basically a regular goober. I have bills to pay. There are piles of dirty laundry in the hallway of my apartment. I could stand to lose 15-20 pounds. My kids fight over who gets to ride shotgun in the car. I’m forever misplacing my keys and my glasses. I stay up too late and get up too early. I run out of #2 coffee filters at inopportune times. I’m pretty much like anyone else. I am not particularly extraordinary. However, the people in my hometown made me feel like I was truly special–like I was somebody. For a few days last week, I got to feel like a super star. And I will never forget it.

Thank you and big love to all of you.Katy Bourne Poncan Theatre


10 responses to “Heartened & Humbled”

  1. Jennifer Herrin says:

    Congratulations on your concert being such a success! My parents were there and said they really enjoyed it. My mom was very impressed that you’d met the UCO guys only hours before. (Did you go to Enrique’s?)


  2. Hilary says:

    So lovely. Congratulations on a wonderful homecoming.

  3. Patti says:

    Katy- I’ve been anxiously awaiting your blog post all week. I’m so pleased that you received the super star P.C. homecoming that you richly deserve. You were showered with love because you are truly an amazing human being and talented to boot. I’ve always admired how comfortable you are in your skin and how easy you are to be with. I wish I could have been there to hear you croon… Wildcat love, Patti

    • admin says:

      Wow Patti! What an absolutely sweet comment! You had no idea how much I needed that today. Many, many thanks…and back at ya! Wish you could have been with us at the Poncan. It was a fab ride. xoxo…

  4. This is a very beautiful experience and my heart was flooded with Joy for you! I cannot imagine how much love you were bathed with! Katy you deserved every once of it! Any time I can hear you in concert I do mostly cause of the joy you bring to the Art itself … And with Randy it has always been Love at first site… He is so amazing!
    Congratulations! You’ve encouraged me to go home & do the same….my home is Longbeach Ca….but all they know about me is that I was first and foremost a shy little Church Girl!….so.I am interested to see what happens….but first things first….spend a little more tiime under the gentle guidance of Miss G- the rest will fall in place! Sending love & Light your way!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for such a kind and lovely comment, Mercedes. I really was “bathed” with love. It was truly an extraordinary experience. By all means, go back & play for your hometown crowd. They’ll love you! Sending love right back to you…

  5. Heidi Hutchinson says:

    What an extraordinary experience! And I love the marquee. Congratulations. 🙂

  6. Anitra Brown says:

    Dear Katy, I love seeing your name up on the Poncan Theatre. You’re like Dorothy Lamour! What a wonderful experience.

    You always were a bit of a star in Ponca City — so funny and high-spirited and a real character. I’m sure everyone who knew Katy has a Katy story. I recall all those lugubrious saxophone practice sessions — you were so dedicated — and the dog you trained like a horse in the back yard, making him go over fences. Boozer?? And how grand you looked atop High Card, riding English saddle at the horse show in Tulsa. There were complaints about the snotty Southern Hills girls. They were mean girls, and we came from a place that didn’t have any.

    Last week after seeing Martha’s photos I had a fantasy about moving back to my parents’ place. Sometimes I miss Ponca, even though it’s not the place it used to be, and we’re not the people we used to be, either. xx, Anitra

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