This summer was a whirlwind of work and travel and I'm settling into September as one might settle into a nice, soft bed.
I absolutely love the slow sweetness of fall and it usually means it's time for me to start working on music again. Which, guess what? I am! As of June it was three years since I released this little baby of mine:
And two years since the release of my single "A Girl Who Waits".
So, I've decided that it's time to start recording again. And soon! There's still a lot to be determined so I'm not going to say much except that I'll be working with Fremont Recording again, as well as Amanda Breese. Of course I'll be working with a few more amazing and integral musicians, but I'm keeping things kind of under-wraps at the moment. (Yay surprises!)
What I will say is this: I've been in my cocoon writing the last two years – filling pages and pages with words and chords and ideas. Taking time to travel, gain experiences (and an unexpected appreciation for the words home, and alone). I drank too many espressos, I spent entire days at Powell's with a book in my hand and a dream in my heart. And now, it's time to share all of these things with you.
So get excited for new music, and a few songs that you know and love with a fresh coat of paint. So hello old friends. I'm Molly Kate, and I'm back again – the same but different. Stay tuned.
First of all I think I owe you all an apology: It's been a long, long while since I updated this blog and I apologize for not updating sooner. But for whatever it's worth - hello my friends! I hope the last year has been kind to you. My life has been a complete whirlwind this last year with little room between. I've traveled to so many places, and have met so many amazing people...
I just got back from Barcelona and fell madly in love with the city and all of her charms (the photos you see on this page are from my trip). And now, I'm sitting here fairly jet-lagged, on a very sunny, very out of character hot April day – thinking (of course) about music.
I turned 27 last week and as 7 happens to be my lucky number, I've decided that I need to record new music in my 27th year. It's not very scientific, or logical, but it's a good enough reason to me to get back to the love of my life.
I've been truly inspired lately by other ladies of folk and Americana and it's drawing me back to pen and paper. During my travels I make time to write, and to ruminate, so I haven't exactly been avoiding songwriting, but I haven't been truly committed. But now it's time to really compile all of my thoughts and ideas into fully-formed songs and that's what I aim to do.
As much as I love to travel, I love being back in Oregon – home of my heart. I'll be traveling most of the summer but I'm making plans to record as soon as I can, and can't wait to share my music with all of you.
Until then, thank you for following along this journey with me – I appreciate and love each and every one of you more than you'll know.
It's almost been a year since I moved to Portland! Can you believe it!? I love it more and more every single day, and am so in awe (and supremely thankful for) of the life I live.
I played my first show since moving up here last weekend at the Streetcar Bistro in the Pearl with Jenna Ellefson, and Amanda Breese. Those ladies always blow me away with their talent, and overall amazingness.
I'm a firm believer in surrounding yourself with the people who inspire you, and push you to do
great things. In fact, no matter where you are in life, if you ask me how I got where I am (and how I'm getting where I'm going), I would tell you to do just that: surround yourself with those who constantly inspire, and encourage you.
I like to think of it in terms of planting, and finding just the right soil. If a plant doesn't have just the right soil for its composition it won't bloom to the best of its ability -- it may sound silly, but your people are your soil.
So last weekend I got to play a few new songs, and some old goodies. I hope to start recording again in the fall after all of my travels. I have a pretty big trip to Ireland, and Scotland coming up soon. (Which I can't wait to show you all pictures of! Well, once I take them of course haha.) After that I'm going to start working on getting everything in place to make more amazing music.
As summer approaches I'm reminded again that seasons change, just as all things change. I always have to stop and remind myself to embrace the unknown. Take the time to bloom.
I realize it's been awhile since I wrote a blog post, and as I'm currently sitting in Sisters Coffee Company waiting (an hour) for my newest song to upload to Youtube I figured it was time to get on the ball.
First of all, I hope you all had the most wonderful holiday season. Mine was filled with family, hot coffee, work, more work, and more coffee. Needless to say, I was busy.
My New Year's Resolution is to do more with my music, and that's just what I'm aiming to do. What is life without the things we truly love to do? I'm not sure, and I don't plan on finding out.
What I do plan on is traveling as much as possible this year. A trip to Ireland/Scotland is in the works, as well as some travel around the US. I'll be starting off in San Francisco at the end of January, and I'm really excited to be back in that beautiful city. (If you'd like to see me play in a city/town near you just shoot me an email and I'll see what I can do, I'd love to meet you all!)
And just in case you were wondering, the photos you're looking at are from a wonderful vegan dinner party I attended right before Thanksgiving. (I know, it's been quite awhile since right before Thanksgiving...) It just made me love this crazy, wonderful city even more. I've met some of the most amazing folks since moving up here last summer, and I just know it's getting better and better every day.
This summer was full of amazing transitions for me.
I moved to Portland, started a new job, and started setting some roots down in my new city.
I often think of an old picture my grandmother had when I was little that read in big pink-and-red block letters, "Bloom where you're planted". This saying often finds me when I'm lonely, or missing home. I'm constantly reminded that by learning to love my own company, I've gained something really invaluable.
At any rate, it's been a whirlwind for sure, and I feel so lucky to be where I am right now, but I'm so glad for the fall. Summer tends to make me feel like I need to be somewhere at all hours of the day, and this last summer was exceptionally busy.
Now that we're moving into my favorite time of year, I feel at ease to slow down and get back to work. Thanks to fall I've been working on the songs for my first full-length album, and as of right now I have 12 songs that I'm really proud of. My new album is going to be more folksy, and more me.
And while I don't mean that my EP was any less "me" I feel a lot more "me" than I ever have before, and I know my music reflects that. Of course I'm so excited to start recording again, and it'll be no secret when I do.
So until then I'll be hunkering into the season with a smile on my face, and a hot cup of coffee in my hands.
As always, I wish you all the best. Until next time.
Molly Kate here! I recently made the move from a smallish city in Oregon, to the biggish city of Portland! It was an extremely bittersweet transition, but much needed, especially for my music. I got a great new job (which hasn't started yet, but I am SO excited), a great little apartment (that I've just started decorating), and a great opportunity to make the most of life.
A couple days ago I ventured out to First Thursday in the Pearl District, and had fun just listening to the live music, wandering around the fantastic street vendors, and trying on an utterly adorable, hand-made jacket from Bella Sisters (which I hope to purchase once my job gets goin').
So onward to the "new mug" portion of this post! I am unabashedly addicted to buying mugs. In fact, I had to leave 6 mugs from my small (but growing) collection at home because I don't have room for them all! (Don't tell my mom I bought another one!) Haha. I found this adorable constellation mug at Ace Hardware, and once I saw it we were (obviously) immediately bonded, and I couldn't just walk away! Eventually my plan is to find a cute Ikea cabinet that has glass doors, and display my mug collection that way!
Here I am, casually sipping. Oh, and fun fact, although not pictured, each side of the mug has different constellations! Rad!
Also I picked up these super cute prints at a super cute shop I just happened upon a couple of days ago called Cargo (which is also in the Pearl). They're old-timey bird prints, and they were only $4 each! And anyone who knows me, knows I love birds! (I even got one tatted on my shoulder for goodness' sakes!) I can't wait to explore Cargo more because it's really big and filled with amazing things that just need to be, well, explored! (Also, as you can see I love succulents and they hangout by me while I sleep. If I could, I would turn this whole place into a mystical land of succulents!)
Until next time lovelies!
(All photos copyright Molly Kate)