When I’m not playing piano and jamming out with the Mr. Right Nows, I’m actually pretty serious at making children’s music. For the past several years, I’ve been working on a project called Alphabet Rockers.
I actually get to use my crazy rap skills that you never see in my shows listed on this site. Yea, that’s right. Drop beats, do dances, and even scratch the records. It’s pretty fresh.
We’re releasing a new album in just a few weeks, so I’ll be posting updates on that for all you folks who want to bring some new tracks to the youngest generation. We have a cool booking video you can enjoy until you see us up close.
I’m going to be a featured performer at a special fundraiser for the writers series “Lip Service West.”
I read at the series last May, a first for me. I began to rediscover my writers voice in September of 2010, when my friend Zach Clark posted a call for entries for his arts magazine Composite. When I told him I was interested, he first said, “This is not music-related, Kaitlin…” but he gave me a chance to put a narrative together for their inaugural issue. (You can read that here.)
After that, another friend demanded I write for Lip Service, convincing me I had a unique point of view to share. But I felt like I had nothing to say. Every few weeks he would nudge me. Eventually, in May 2011, I read a piece after a month of writing and deleting, called “Lessons from a Beatdown.” The piece is not for the faint of heart, but reading it gave me a sense of closure to an event in my life, and gave me the writers’ bug. Which is not a cockroach, FYI. Since January 2012, I’ve been working on a narrative/memoir, inspired by the brilliance of my friend Tony DuShane (published writer and contributor to LipService West). Until I get a draft done on my book, it will just be my exploration to enjoy and be challenged by; a true compliment to the musical journey.
Tonight I’ll perform songs at the fundraiser for LipService West. Tony will read. Joe Clifford, the founder and rockstar behind it all, will I believe read and sing. He gets it – he uses both the guitar and the pen.
Earlier this year, I interviewed a few of the go-to experts in the Bay Area on house concerts and songwriting careers: Ian Crombie from West Coast Songwriters, and KC Turner from KC Turner Presents. It takes a lot to take your career to the next phase, and they inspired me to start booking more house concerts instead of always going into venues! The last house concert I performed was after my first album was released, when I did a show just for industry friends in San Francisco. I’m overdue!
Check out the article here as published in Electronic Musician.
Here’s a clip from a music industry house concert I set up in 2009.