Katy Bourne


The Annoying Goo of Inertia

POSTED ON September 27, 2016 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments
 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. The last thing I put up was in July and was about my young nomad taking off again. Prior to that, I wrote a post about a Yayoi Kusama exhibit I’d recently seen in Houston. That was back in June. The “Out to Lunch” sign has ... Read More

The Tenderness of Joy

POSTED ON December 16, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

Back in September, I made the decision to take a brief hiatus from music. I needed the extra time and space to focus on writing for my new website and to finish up a couple of other projects. I also needed a beat or two to step back, take a breath and reevaluate the whole ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Space

POSTED ON October 16, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

   The infamous voiceover that started each episode of Star Trek called space the final frontier. Of course, that particular reference was about outer space, with planets, moons, galaxies and all of that  cosmic stuff. Certainly, there are many ways to think about space and the concept has been the center of many lively metaphysical ... 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

When You’re Up There (an excerpt)

POSTED ON December 08, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 14 Comments
 

I’m sure that volumes have been written on the psychology of performing. My philosophy is this: It’s about the JOY We all work hard at perfecting our craft. Lord knows the myriad of things that we vocalists have to shed on: intonation, phrasing, expanding our scat vocabulary, tricky arrangements, eighth note triplets, Cole Porter changes, ... 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

10 Ideas for Feeding the Muse

POSTED ON July 06, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 8 Comments
 

I recently sat down and wrote a letter to my muse, kindly asking her to please return. At some point in the spring, she wandered off. It seems I wasn’t paying enough attention to her. My mind was so engrossed in just trying to survive the last few months of my teaching gig that I ... Read More

Blue Christmas: Artists & Depression

POSTED ON December 19, 2010 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

My good pal Jason Parker recently posted a link on his Facebook page to an article about musicians and depression. It was from the blog “Behind the Music.” The post was about a list complied by Health.com of the top ten professions with the highest rate of depression. Artists ranked fifth on the list. Further, ... Read More

Fear & Other Debris in the Road

POSTED ON October 28, 2010 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

A few months ago, I took on a new job that I knew wasn’t right for me. Fiscally-speaking, it offered low-hanging fruit, and my fears about economic insecurity won out over the small voice inside of me that kept whispering…..warning me…..that I was about to take a wrong turn. That small voice was right. This ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.