Saturday, December 11, 2010

Aftermath..... *dust settles*

I didn't know quite what to expect when I pressed "upload" on the video titled "Erutan - Raindancer ~ CD now available". All the little things that went through my head....Would people like the previews? Would they laugh at my choice of a stage name? Would I get enough of a return to make up for what I spent making this CD? Repair and replace my broken equipment?

Over the last few weeks there has been both negative and positive in relatively equal balance, and it definitely has been a learning experience.

One of the things I appreciated most was that no one blinked twice at my stage name, Erutan, and that was what I was worried about the most!

I've loved all the messages I've recieved this week about first impressions of the CD. It's a little strange though... I got so used to them being "mine alone" that it's almost bittersweet to think that they're out in the world now....going places I will never travel, within the minds (and iPods!) of others. Out of my reach. Bittersweet or not, I adore receiving messages about people's thoughts on the songs! Especially in depth ones!

One of the biggest downfalls to this last year is that I was working so hard on recording...that I didn't get in the simple maintenance practice of my instruments and voice. Recording isn't practice, and if you're doing only that, your skills begin to slip. That is certainly the case with me at the moment. Everything feels rusty, especially my violin playing. Plus I haven't had time in two years to just sit down and compose. I haven' t written anything new in a long time because I haven't had the time to do so. Now, with the CD being done, everyone seems to be calling in favors...but I just want to take a break from the hubbub, practice, get my skills back up to par, do a lot of reading, and write some new songs.

I've actually already written most of the songs for the next album. Most of them are more than 5 years old just like Raindancer's songs. I also want to write and add in some completely new ones as well. One of the songs I'm most wanting to share is the song I wrote when the Twin Towers were hit in 2001. It's one of my favorites, but it was too dark to put on Raindancer.

I also have many covers planned for next year, plus another few Stella Voci projects, but these things will have to be worked around the practicing and recording for the next album. Let's hope I can get a nice number of covers up even so!

Ahhh....I'm sure I'll have a lot more interesting things to say closer to New Years! ^w^;
So Happy Holidays everyone!!! Thanks again to everyone who got my album, take care of my babies, and forgive me for any shipping issues that resulted from my n00bish-ness.

Luv you <3



  1. I can understand that feeling of not knowing if people will like your songs or not! But in your case everyone knew your songs were going to be amazing *__*!
    Erutan is a beautiful stage name, it fits you a lot~
    I wouldn't worry about writing new songs if I had already composed hundreds of them O_O! xDD I guess you still have lots of things to tell us through your compositions though!! It's hard to find the time to compose, practise, record, sing, reading messages and answering questions... ;_; But I know you'll be able to organise your time, cause you're Kate The Great!!~

    Thanks for working so hard to release your first album, it's a masterpiece! I'm looking forward to listen to your next projects~

    See you Kate! <3

  2. I'm so happy with your album, since the first time I got it. I didn't expect so much care even for the *?wrapping. I've listenet more than 10 times by now and I love it even more with the next time I listen to it. It helps me a lot for many things that I usually do, as relaxing, reading, writing, drawing, working, travelling... Take care, recover yourself to the 100% and hope to see new things from you as soon as possible ^^
    A big kiss from Spain! =)

  3. Merry Christmas Kate. We love you!

  4. I adore all the songs, though I think I finally found my favorite. Even though it's a rather bitter sweet discovery. Will o' the Wisp

    I'm going to write more about it in my blog. So I don't bore you with my blabbering.

    With all that you do, it must be hard to keep up with it all. Just make sure not to burn yourself out. That wouldn't be a good thing and none of us want that for you.

    Erutan has been a quick adoption for me. I thought I would have a harder time with it than I did. I'm glad that everyone else has accepted it too. It's a beautiful name and I think fits you very well.

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  6. I've been a long time fan of yours, and I'm so happy for you that your CD is finally out there. I can't wait to purchase your album for myself and hear all of your new songs.

    Keep moving forward and good luck!

  7. Kate your music is gorgeous and I love it SO much! You did an amazing job! I love you!

  8. in the "better late than never" category: Raindancer album is as awesome as I expected it would be from watching your videos. which is to say, very. I appreciate the unique surreal & ethereal-fantasy quality of your songs, a marvelous twist on folk music. "Erutan" is a fantastic name, and suits you/ your musical style. Erutan should be considered its own musical style/genre. I'm also relieved that all the comments here are favorable, because the album deserves no negative feedback. "No One But You" is my favorite, and "Birds of a Feather" is the only song I don't love (though I don't hate it). the CD booklet is also magnificently designed.
    Thank you for creating such wonderful music and sharing it with us. you've done something truly amazing. I'm eager for more.

  9. You should be proud of your work, you did something that most could never realize and that's fulfill a dream.

    For me, I can be one of those that can say, "I knew here before she became famous." You have a bright future Kate, work hard and stay true to your vision.

  10. I just wanted to thank you Kate :) The cd arrived in the mail the other day and I love it! The music is beautiful as is the artwork! And it really made me smile to see the small thank you note inside (which I will be keeping inside the case so I don't loose it).

  11. Hay muchas cosas que hacen extraordianrio tu trabajo: Al parecer, no perteneces a ningún sello, y eso es muy bueno, porque eres libre. El sonido de tus creaciones... Transportan a lo profundo de un bosque, e invitar a jugar con hadas y el viento entre las hojas. Tu creatividad, asombrosa. Y tu voz... Un privilegio oírla. Poder oír tus canciones es una de las buenas cosas de estar vivo. Gracias por crear.