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Monday, May 3, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT- An Open-Hearted Performing Songwriter Spotlight on KatRose Serendipity- Sandy Demina Reporting...


Staff Reporter
• Monday, May 03, 2010
A veteran of the music scene, Kat Rose (RL) is a sultry performing songwriter who loves to please crowds with covers and originals alike. Kat Rose's vocal delivery is soothing and exudes comfort and serenity. Kat's lyrics are both rich and compelling containing haunts and influences of many styles, making the disc difficult to pigeon-hole into a narrow genre. WIth Kat Rose, you can count on a vast, spacious genre-blending delivery.

KatRose is warm, open-hearted and honest with a performances that convey her passion for life and her love of live music. The great female singer/songwriters such as Stevie Nicks, Joan Baez, Jewel, Indigo Girls, Heart, Carole King, and countless others have strongly influenced KatRose not only in music, but also in her philosophies of life itself and the world around her. KatRose has performed on televsion, radio and real life gigs. She honed her skills around venues in Houston, Austin, the campfires at Kerrville, as well as performances and jams around the country in real life and on the net. Kat has been busy touring the US, Canada, and the UK.

INTERVIEW: 



SANDY:Where are you from?

KatRose: My hometown is Brownsville, Texas, just like Kris Kristofferson. I moved to Houston to finish college and stayed there.
SANDY:How long have you been playing music?


KatRose: I have been singing all my life. I started playing the guitar when I was 15 because we started a new parish and the guitarist in the youth choir was in the old parish. I started leading the new choir at the new parish, but I needed a guitar and needed to learn chords, so I got a chord chart and a guitar and taught myself to play. I went to Matamoros and bought a $10 Jom guitar that tore up my finger tips, so I saved up babysitting money until I bought the 12-string I play today.

SANDY:What instruments do you play? 
KatRose: I play 12- and 6-string guitars, and I dabble in mandolin, native flute, dulcimer.

SANDY: How would you describe your style? 
KatRose: Singer/songwriter, Americana, soft rock, folk, I am a melting pot in many ways. I love all music.
SANDY: You are a composer too, how long does it take to write a song/piece of music? 


KatRose: Depends on my muse. It may take me 15 minutes; it may take me 15 months. I always start with a hook of lyrics or a hook of a melody and it grows from there. Everything starts with an idea, don’t you think?

SANDY: How prolific are you?

KatRose: I am very prolific, but the question really is, how much do I choose to share with the world? I have many songs that I feel are still in infancy and not ready for anyone to hear. Some songs are my prayers and very private.
I am very involved with the Kerrville Folk Festival, started by Rod Kennedy and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary almost 40 years ago. It is my yearly MECCA to rejuvenate my muse and immerse myself in the songwriter community that is much like Woodstock. My role on staff is WORKSHOP LIAISON. I run the schools and take care of the faculty which mostly consists of Main Stage performers. I am very lucky Dalis Allen, the producer asked me to do this job for the Festival. I have learned from the best out there and love it! Needless to say, I will be gone from SL for about 18 days because NOTHING else exists when I am a KERRVERT. 


SANDY: What do you spend the most time on :music or lyrics? 


KatRose: Depends on the song, depends on the muse. Some music flows, some lyrics flow. Sometimes they both flow. I usually have to sing a song over a year before it is really “set”. The songs grow as I feel them when I sing. I usually change songs in every performance as the mood strikes me. To me a song is like a kiss: no two kisses are alike. The passion comes from deep within me and is always different, so I may change music and lyrics at the drop of a hat. Sometimes I sing something I didn’t know was in me after singing it one way for months and just thank my muse for the inspiration. 
SANDY: Which acts have most inspired you? 

KatRose: The greatest inspirations were from what I heard at home with my older brothers and sisters. Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, America, The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel. At church it was the music of John Michael Talbot, a Franciscan monk, formerly a Woodstock performer in the band Mason Profit with his brother, Terry.

SANDY: Where do you get ideas for songs/pieces of music?



KatRose: Life. Nature. Daily events. Ponderings. Prayers. 
I led a choir at church with hundreds of people in attendance every week and many times several times a week from the time I was 15 until 10 years ago when I when through my divorce. So my first inspirations were from the people at my parish. The gave me affirmations all the time. First, my pastor, Father Pat Doherty, an Irish priest who I feel God put in my life to give me guidance that was missing. My dad died when I was five and Father Pat always told me he needed my music to reach people. He said the two things he needed was the Word of God and the Music was what helped people listen to the Word of God. The first songs I wrote were putting the Psalms to music. I would write a song every week for the choir. Then I wrote the parts of the Mass. I didn’t realize how good they were until I went to a wedding of a friend at St. Mary’s Church in College Station, Texas at A and M University (where Bush’s Presidential Library is). The wedding started and when they got to the parts of the mass, THEY WERE ALL MY SONGS. It was amazing to hear them sung by other people. What happened was the guitarist from my choir in Brownsville took my songs to college and the choir there adopted my tunes. I had no idea about copyrights at that time, so I felt like I gave my tunes to a good place. They were from God anyway. 


SANDY: What has influenced you to get your to where you are today musically?



KatRose: Other people. After my divorce, it was Richard Pinney. He used to work with Greg Brown. Richard guided me to discover the diva within me by singing covers and writing. I never wrote for myself before that. I had always kept my stories to myself. I wrote Power and Passion for him. He encouraged me to go to Open Mics. From there people asked for a CD to buy!! I thought it was funny, but after getting those questions as often as I did, then I found they were serious. I started a band and recorded a cd which is now on sale at CD Baby. 
SANDY: Which song would you most like to have written?



KatRose: There are quite a few!

A Case of You by Joni Mitchell.

The Promise by Tracy Chapman.

Dog and Butterfly by Heart.

Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper.

THE WHOLE ALBUM Tapestry by Carole King. 

SANDY:  How did you discover Second Life?


KatRose: I played on PalTalk for 10 years. Many of my friends I met at RL Jams over those 10 years kept talking about SL and they encouraged me to try it out. It took me FOUR years to get over here. They helped me to get acclimated and into the Live Music community here. Without them, I would still look like a male elf wondering around aimlessly. Namely, my RL/PalTalk friends who helped me and STILL help me are NANCE Brody, Lexie Luann, Blue4U Nowicka, Edward Lowell, Doc Firecaster, Russell Eponym, Firestarter Flanagan, and also the late UFS Unclefunkyshoes, and Kevin Wantanabe or to us Dabigdawg. I have been bringing other friends over since I started.
SANDY: Did you ever think to use your real name for what you usually do in Second Life?


KatRose: I am Kat Rose. Yes. The only difference is the space. I put it together for my first name in SL.

SANDY: What you like to do here in Second Life when you are not playing?


KatRose: My RL/PalTalk friend like Nance Brody talked me into starting a venue to sing whenever I want. I started The Kat Rose Secret Garden of Live Music. I dedicate it to my fellow songwriters. I use all of my earnings as a musician to pay them for their efforts at the Garden. 

SANDY: Do you like shopping or going to music concerts or art exhibits?


KatRose: I have to have a guide shopping. I have made many mistakes and lots of time and Linden on bad deals! I love going to concerts and I am a huge lover of the arts.

SANDY: Do you think SL can be a valid showcase for your RL works?


KatRose: Yes, of course. That is why I am here.

SANDY: Do you use other kind of digital promotions?



KatRrose: Yes, I have a MySpace and I am also working on Reverb Nation.


SANDY: Where do you see yourself a year from now: will Second Life still exist?



KatRrose: Of course SL will exist. In a year, I hope to have more services available to songwriters on SL. I hope to be more successful as a musician on SL and RL. I expect to expand both and intertwine them. My dream is for someone to record one of my songs and it for it to become a huge hit. I will continue with gigs in RL and SL. I have toured some of the US and England. I expect that to continue and possibly more countries. 

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