Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
May 28th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Kathleen Murray

lylb KathleenMurrayFolk singer Kathleen Murray’s show at Kuumbwa Jazz is going to be huge for a few reasons. First, it will be her last concert before she moves to Seattle in September to continue her studies. Second, it will be a release party for her debut CD, Woodland Voices. And finally, it is a big deal because initially, Voices wasn’t going to be released to the public.

“I mostly just wanted to make something I could show my kids some day,” Murray says. “But it’s a very personal project that I ended up sharing with people.”

A charming coming-of-age folk record, Voices invites listeners into Murray’s journey of self-discovery. The gorgeous folk track “Fallen Branches” uses lyrics like, “Questions upon questions upon answers I don’t trust,” to demonstrate the period of searching Murray found herself in when writing this record. Similarly, the ambient folk of “Alive” is representative of some of the album’s more spiritual aspects.

Throughout the record, Murray is unflinchingly honest with herself and others.

“A common thread on the album is this need to be authentic,” Murray says. “So through different stories and perspectives there’s this common theme of this desire to find authenticity in my life.”

Murray has been learning throughout this entire process, however, that while freeing, being so open and honest with her writing also has its down sides.

“There were definitely some moments [during recording] of thinking ‘Oh, this is scary!’” she says. “And especially as the album release is approaching, I’m thinking, ‘Oh man, people are going to listen to this now!’ It’s like saying, ‘Here’s my diary for you to read.’”

Moments of anxiety like these, however, have borne more fruit than not, because they have forced her to step outside of her comfort zone, a fact which she appreciates.

“It’s been scary, but there’s a lot of beauty in being vulnerable,” Murray says. “That’s what connects people, is when they decide to go out on a limb and be honest with each other.” 


INFO: 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $10. 427-2227.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Ocean Odyssey

Sailing the high seas from Santa Cruz to French Polynesia, Sally-Christine Rodgers documents the trials, tribulations and joys of exploring the world by boat

 

Gemini Festival of Goodwill, World Invocation Day

This entire week is a preparation by the New Group of World Servers (NGWS) for the June full moon (Tuesday) and to welcome the Forces of Reconstruction, great outer planetary forces streaming into the Earth at the Gemini Solar Festival. The Gemini Festival at the June full moon is called the Festival of Goodwill and World Invocation Day (recitation of the Great Invocation, the mantram of direction for humanity, hourly around the world). During the (12 degrees) Gemini festival, the Wesak blessing of the will-to-good is released and radiated (Gemini distributes) to humanity. When the will-to-good is received, humanity is then able to radiate goodwill to each other and to the kingdoms. The Gemini Festival is the third of the Three Spring Festivals (triangle of Force), setting the spiritual template and resources for Earth for the rest of the year (‘til next spring). This festival recognizes the true spirit of humanity—aspiring toward and seeking the will of God, dedicated to right human relation. At the full moon, the Divine nature of humanity is recognized. Christ stands with humanity, leader of his people, “the Eldest in a great family of brothers” (Romans VIII, 29.) Each year at the Gemini festival, Christ preaches the last sermon of Buddha, His brother, a sermon calling forth human and spiritual unity, represented by an outflow of love (work of the Christ) and wisdom (work of the Buddha). The forces of reconstruction stream in during the Festival, ushering in an era of pronounced creative activity, rebuilding the tangible world on new creative lines. This necessitates the total destruction of the old forms no longer useful for the new world era. Everyone is invited. Join us everyone for this Festival of Goodwill by reciting the Great Invocation.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of May 29

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

The Main Avant

Jozseph Schultz caters New Music Works’ 35th annual Avant Garden Party, plus brews for a cause

 

What will Santa Cruz be like in the future?

 society that is more awakened and realizes its own value and the beauty of the stunning Earth. Marguerite Clifford, Felton, Nutrition Health Care

 

Chesebro Wines

Piedras Blancas-Roussanne 2011

 

Real Thai Kitchen

Ratana Bowden on why Thai cuisine isn’t as spicy as everyone thinks