Katy Bourne


Our Creative Lives: Always Greener

POSTED ON June 03, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

The other day, I was talking to a guy who, by most definitions, would be considered a success. He earns six figures a year and works in a beautiful office in the Galleria Office Tower in Houston. (To those unfamiliar with the Galleria, think swanky.) He recently got remarried. His new wife is super smart, ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Practice

POSTED ON April 02, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

   A year or so ago, I was chatting it up with a fellow vocalist.  We were chortling, snorting and swapping stories, when at one point in the conversation, she told me that she doesn’t practice. (Screeching brakes, crashing plates) “Huh? Say what?” I sputtered back. She said it again, “I don’t practice.” In that ... 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

Passion, Fear & Drive with Hilary Gardner

POSTED ON August 05, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Passion, Fear & Drive | Post A Comment
 

 For a little over a year now, I’ve been writing a series on this blog called “Our Creative Lives,” which is an examination of the creative experience and a tender look at some of the things that we encounter along the path of our creative pursuits, both in our own psyches and also in the ... 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: 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

Our Creative Lives: Inspiration

POSTED ON June 28, 2011 | POSTED IN: My Blog, Our Creative Lives | 10 Comments
 

“Our Creative Lives” is a new blog series dedicated to the examination of the creative experience. Throughout my own evolution as a writer and a vocalist, I’ve often been curious about how other artists think and feel about what they do. I am interested in everything from the inner workings of the creative psyche to ... Read More

grace, ambiguity & gratitude

POSTED ON November 24, 2010 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 3 Comments
 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the beautiful autumn celebration of communion, food and giving thanks. Many of you will be gathering with friends and family over sumptuous feasts and lively conversation. Some of you will be traveling, enduring icy roads or TSA pat downs to reach your waiting loved ones. I will be nestled into my apartment. ... Read More

Five Days

POSTED ON September 21, 2010 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments
 

I’m depleted. I’m talking about that all-consuming exhaustion that creeps into the bones on a cellular level, sucks the very life out of a person and basically renders her brain dead. My body is running on empty at present and even the smallest exertion of energy feels hopelessly cumbersome. If I stop for even a ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.