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Joni Mitchell Leonard Cohen Tom Waits

Genres You Will Love
Rock: Americana Moods: Mood: Fun Rock: Roots Rock Folk: Alternative Folk

By Location
United States - California - SF

Links
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Kathleen Dunbar

San Francisco Singer-Songwriter Kathleen Dunbar performs her blend of rootsy, humorous, and spellbinding storytelling about tragedy and redemption through her original song compositions in the Americana tradition. She takes you on a musical journey into the darkness of the heart, love, betrayal, steamy romance, and the transformation of the spirit after passing through the flames.

About My Music:
Hello. This is Kathleen, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about my artistic interpretation of life as I express it in my music.

You may notice that many of my songs are about angels and devils, birth, life, death, about creation and crumbling destruction.

These are stories about us as we face the circumstances we humans get ourselves into and the choices that we ultimately make—some of them funky, some of them ending in the dark, others rising into the light of morning.

Touching, humorous, spellbinding storytelling—my songwriting brings you into the irony, the tragedy, and the possibilities of life. It’s about people and the life that happens to us.

My experiences have lead me to believe that universal truths apply to everyone because emotionally we share the same need to be loved.

I feel we are simultaneously angels and devils, alive and dying, creating and destroying. We want to be loved, understood and accepted—and sometimes we go into crazy gyrations and odd pathways in that very human search. The stories in these songs speak to our hidden desires, our shadow side, our untarnishible gold, our poison and our medicine.

When we deny our beauty, our joy, our creativity, our rage and sorrow—we become: Consumed. Addicted. Enthralled. Entranced. And then…by the hand of grace and the sweet mystery of our souls we may also Resurrect ourselves, Transform, Love and Blossom again. As far as the angels and the devils, there are different times in our lives when we are both. The wisdom is not to be one or the other. They are just energies we learn (or not!) to use. The wisdom is knowing when to be one or the other.

Sometimes you have to stand fast and use the muscles in your arms that are made to hold the boundary. Sometimes you have to take yourself away from the situation as your absence will make the poison stop. And sometimes you have to remember that you are fundamentally and unequivocally loveable, that people do love you, and that you need to love them back. And take them and be taken into their arms.

Quite a potent story cocktail, this being human.

When we are confronted with authentic prosperity, the thing that we’d like to do but don’t, what we wish for but won’t let ourselves receive, we allow ourselves to be eaten up by the dark of our own shadow, bumbling and unconscious and afraid, lost in the Underworld.

I try to hold on
I turn around and I find it’s all gone
There’s angels and devils won’t leave me alone
Makin bets on which road I follow back home

And the medicine—to love ourselves, including our shadow, as well as our light.


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