Friday, December 17, 2010

women of wonder: my 7th (and final) mission - rediscover yourself.

My final mission for the Rediscover Your Wonder project with WonderBra was to "Rediscover Yourself". Over the past few months I've rock climbed, taken a life drawing class, written a children's book, taken a photography class, gone on a quilting road trip, and even belly danced!  This has been an incredible experience - one that would not have been possible if it weren't for being asked to participate in this project.   Thank you to the folks at WonderBra and the other ladies who participated for inspiring me to try new things and truly put myself out there.
Paul Stouffer and me in the studio
But back to rediscovering myself.  That's a tall order.  I did a little bit of thinking about how I might do this.  The one part of me (a big part) that I don't make time for, is the part of me that loves music.  I have studied music (I even went to post secondary school for it!).  It has been years since I have had the opportunity to sing.  My friend Jay Leonard (fabulous musician and recording engineer) offered to record me.  He even set up the session and hired the wonderful pianist Paul Stouffer.  All I had to do was decide what I wanted to sing and show up at the session.  Yeah, I know I'm super lucky to have friends this awesome.  (Jay's girlfriend, my soul-sister Alana illustrated the children's book for me.)
Jay making the magic happen! He told me he wouldn't autotune my voice, no matter how nicely I asked.
We recorded four tunes on Tuesday night.  Jay busted his tail mixing for me (and even put up with my anxious calls and emails wondering when I was going to get my tracks).  I was very nervous about hearing how it all turned out.  I'm happy with the recordings.  As Jay put it, I'm definitely rusty, but you can still tell there is a singer in there (somewhere).  Thank you again to Jay and Paul for your time and patience and for giving me the chance to sing again.  I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.  Enjoy (and please be kind)!

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  1. Anonymous7:38 p.m.

    Great voice Kat! Your autograph please!

  2. Anonymous7:46 p.m.

    I love the photos! And oh yea, the music too.

  3. Julie Ellis9:40 p.m.

    Totally awesome Kat! Congrats!

  4. Vanessa10:42 p.m.

    Beautiful Kat! I'm proud to have been your Banff Roomie!
    Congrats, you really sound great, it must be so rewarding to have these recordings done :)

  5. wow - you have a really nice singing voice - very nice control! Nice jazz sound :) Thanks for sharing!