Katy Bourne


Nothing & Everything

POSTED ON May 30, 2017 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 5 Comments
 

Since the inauguration, I’ve been experiencing an uncharacteristic inertia. A malaise has insinuated itself into my psyche, and my days are often void of the requisite energy to write or practice.  As such, my productivity has tanked to a troubling low. This feels different than depression. Still, I’m not exactly sure what’s up. I’m curious ... Read More

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

Our Creative Lives: Ambition

POSTED ON August 04, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

  I’m losing my ambition. This is probably something that a person shouldn’t admit, especially out loud on a blog post. In our culture, we place a high value on ambition, even celebrate it. Ambition is equated with forward motion, something fresh-scrubbed and enthusiastic. “Lack of ambition,” on the other hand, conjures up the image ... Read More

How NOT to Treat a Fan

POSTED ON June 01, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

Today’s post is about an unfortunate encounter that I recently had with a musician out on the scene. I’m not going to say where this happened and for the sake of this person’s band mates, I’m not going to out the group. But because I’m lazy, I’m also not going to dance around a bunch of ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Surrender

POSTED ON October 06, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

My brain has been sitting across the room from me with its arms folded. It’s not given up anything: a workable idea, an intriguing metaphor or even a cool word. I’ve tried cajoling, bribing and even a few threats. But it continues to hold out on me. The standoff started a few days ago. I’m ... 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

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

Hiatus: The Art of Recharging

POSTED ON October 15, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

A month or so ago, I made the decision to take a brief hiatus from music. For the most part, it was a purely practical move. I’ve been slamming on a couple of big writing projects. I’ve also been putting in extra muscle on this beautiful new website. Both of these have exacted an inordinate ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.