Thursday Morning Alleleu
My new CD is available for download or purchase via CDBaby and Bandcamp (and thank you, in this era of online streaming these two sites are the best for musicians actually getting paid for what they create ). You can also create a Kathleen Tracy Pandora station!
I’m calling this album my love letter to the world. There’s a tinge of irony to this, as in many ways Thursday Morning Alleleu is a response to the death of my sister Penny from ovarian cancer in 2011. Since then, everything has become more shadowed, and more luminous, as the fleetingness of life embeds itself ever more vividly into these aging bones. The pain and rage of grief, and the ultimate need to finally just surrender to it, seem to be refining some dross out of me. With that comes a new urgency to express that which needs to be expressed, right now. Riffing off a line from Marie Howe’s poem The Gate, “who knew it would be through the gate of your absence, that I would finally step into the fullness of my life.”
The most powerful part of this time has been the necessity of being more emotionally transparent. Of being vulnerable, because there was no other way to be. When something breaks you open that fiercely, the pieces are just not going to reassemble in the same old way. It hurts like hell, and I am so grateful and in awe of the freer, more spacious home my heart inhabits now.
These songs literally saved my life. Most were written in the past five years. I was grieving, and also raising my daughter, experiencing that same fleetingness of life in other more wondrous ways. The solace and transcendence I found in Nature find their way into the music. And, most delightfully, I fell in love.
So, this album is a love letter. A love letter to the fact that we are all living and dying at same the time, in every moment. All of us broken, all of us free. Here’s to the luminous inside both you and me.
In my world, everybody sings
Take a break from the digital,distracted madness of modern life and hit that big reset button in your heart through the simple, magical ritual of singing together!
Columbia City Community Chorus
& Columbia City Family Chorus
Tuesdays April 18 – June 13
6-7p Columbia City Family Chorus
7:30-9p Columbia City Community Chorus
Columbia City Church of Hope
3818 S Angeline St Seattle WA 98118
all singing abilities welcome!
Columbia City Family Chorus 6-7p
Bring the kids, the cousins, the grandparents – or just yourself! Looking for a way to spend some fun family time, hang out with your friends and neighbors and sing your hearts out? Come join the Columbia City Family Chorus!
Columbia City Community Chorus 7:30-9p
Singing together for eight years and still having fun! The Columbia City Community Chorus welcomes people of all ages and musical training to come together in a fun, inclusive and spirited singing community. All ages and singing abilities welcome.
CCCC capped off our Fall Session by videoing ourselves singing Light Returns Again. A song for our times indeed.
Here we all are singing This Is My Song at last year’s Spring Concert. We had a great time singing and raised $1234 for Mary’s Place!
I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.
This year we raised $1520 for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project at our Spring Concert. Thank you all for your generosity!