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

Creating in the Void

POSTED ON February 02, 2016 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

I recently came across a post by Jennifer Garam entitled “How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Shit.” She begins the piece with an unflinching overview of the current state of her writing career: “…no publisher is wooing me with six figure advances…nothing I’ve written has gone viral…no one is compulsively refreshing my ... Read More

10 Alternatives to Losing Your Mind on Thanksgiving

POSTED ON November 26, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

  Uh oh, here comes Thanksgiving. I personally dig it. I love the lazy hang and the big feed. But for a lot of folks, this holiday has the potential for all kinds of trouble. Between trying relatives, disasters in the kitchen, overcharged expectations and bad behavior from inebriates and other ne’re do wells, the ... Read More

To the Jumper

POSTED ON September 19, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 12 Comments
 

Two weeks ago today, our worlds intersected on the 12th Street Bridge. It was just the two of us. I was on my way home. You were seconds away from ending everything. I was unwitting. You were despondent. You climbed on the railing. I wondered what…but before I could even finish the thought, you jumped. Life ... Read More

The EntreMundos Jam Sessions: 8 Reasons Why YOU Should Go

POSTED ON August 18, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

There’s some mighty, mighty magic happening on the Seattle music scene on Monday nights: the EntreMundos Jam Session at Capitol Cider. Each week, musicians, fans, neighbors on the hill and other locals gather together for what is one of the most extraordinary hangs in the city. If you’re in Seattle and haven’t rolled through yet, ... Read More

Mantra For a World Gone Mad

POSTED ON August 11, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments
 

  It seems the world has gone mad.       There are airstrikes (again) in Iraq. Brief, uneasy ceasefires notwithstanding, there is fighting (still) on the Gaza Strip. Ebola continues its somber rage across West Africa. Airplanes are blown from the sky or fall silently to points unknown and never found. Closer to home, ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: The Litter in the Void

POSTED ON July 15, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

Friday evening. It’s sweltering out. My apartment is a sauna. I should be practicing but all I feel like doing is lying in front of the fan and watching Netflix. At the very least, I should be writing. Yeah, I know, I’m writing now. What I mean to say is that I should be writing ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Assholes

POSTED ON April 14, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 6 Comments
 

Assholes. Every creative community has a few. They slime around the scene, inflicting varying degrees of unpleasantness and leaving an acrid aftertaste in their wake. Ugh. Assholes aren’t a particularly upbeat thing to write about; neither are cockroaches or plumbing problems. But we all encounter them from time to time, right? It’s good to think ... Read More

In Defense of Pop Music

POSTED ON March 17, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

A few days ago, my friend Jason Parker, trumpeter, bandleader, educator and KPLU blogger, wrote a post entitled “Why Jazz Fans Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Dismiss Pop Music.”  Jason is a member of a Facebook group “Jam of the Week” and wrote his post in response to negative comments that some “jazz snobs” had ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Rejection

POSTED ON February 18, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 6 Comments
 

  Last week, a local organization announced the finalists for an annual vocal competition that it hosts. These finalists will sing at Jazz Alley for a shot at winning a trip to Japan. Throughout the afternoon after the announcement was made, I received emails and texts from a handful of vocalists, friends who did not ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.