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Nine Lives

by Kate Sullivan

Folk, jazz, contemporary songstyle look at the highs and lows of midlife changes.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Nine Lives
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2. I'm so Sorry
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3. Kisses
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4. Roller Coaster
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5. I Gotta Move
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6. Sometimes I Feel
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7. One Step Forward
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8. Dreams
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9. Midlife Bust-Out
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10. Mothers, Sisters, Lovers, Wives
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11. Bad Weather Lovers
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12. A New Song
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13. Life
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14. Nobody Knows but Me
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15. The Road Not Taken
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kate Sullivan’s music reflects a lifetime of varying musical and artistic experience – from classical piano to folk guitar, from jazz combos to gospel choirs, from childrens’ theater, one woman shows, latin teaching, poetry reading, from Gregorian Chant to Go Tell Aunt Rhody. She has written, produced and performed several CDs, including Lettres de Paris, an internationally acclaimed collection of French popular songs, Bolling with Words, which feature her lyrics to Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio, and Nine Lives, a collection of original songs. She has written and produced two one-woman shows, the award winning “LENYA The Love of Kurt Weill” and “PIAF The Little Sparrow”. Sullivan also wrote and directed a musical adaptation for chamber orchestra and chorus, of portions of the epic poem, “Sweeney Astray” with translation from the old Irish by Nobel prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Her setting of Pinocchio for string quartet, hammer, chisel and musical saw is being performed in the Providence area by the Providence String Quartet as a part of their CommunityMusicWorks strings program for inner city youth.
“Fugitum est”, a very short fugue, was premiered by the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as part of their birthday tribute to Mozart.
An accomplished painter, Sullivan always keeps an eye on the visual, creating theater or film pieces to accompany her music. In addition, her love of the spoken word is always evident, often with narration in both English and foreign language.


The key to our hearts is held by our senses – and our brain. Story gives
meaning to our lives. Our senses of hearing, sight, taste, touch and smell
enhance and embellish. . But we musn’t overstay our welcome in any one
territory, no matter how rich. Try smelling a rose. The luscious fragrance
disappears if you continue. You must walk away and come back again.
I try to move gently from one realm to another – always in search of an
experience that can touch us, stop us and make us feel whole and energized
by our own lives.

Kate Sullivan


Mrs. Sullivan wanted her daughter Kate to take piano lessons and grow up to be a good wife and mother and teach Latin on the side. Kate did all those things but she had some trouble with a short attention span so she also learned French, Spanish and German and took up writing prose and poetry, then started to paint. And her mother definitely underestimated the ultimate power that music had over Kate and the entire Sullivan clan, what with the family constantly singing around the piano, memorizing My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, The Music Man, Finian’s Rainbow, and of course, there were always the required piano lessons. And let’s not forget her father’s love of the magic of words, nor his ever-present violin at parties.
There was no escaping history, really. And being the fifth of six, Kate learned a lot just by watching. Her sister Anne sang like a bird and starred in every Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Sheila listened to Nina Simone and played the guitar like Odetta and The Kingston Trio. Her sister Geddy made up dances to accompany Strauss waltzes and Harry Belafonte and her slender fingers played Bach’s Gavotte in B minor like a dream. Brother Tim loved Simon and Garfunkel and reminded her to play an occasional round of whiffle- ball golf in the yard or roly-poly in the street. Her baby brother Michael taught her how to deal with adoring fans.
Thus began a long-stewing, slow simmering (all the good Irishmen are late bloomers) of a lifetime of fiddling around with words and music and painting. (Actually, nobody in the family had ever tried painting. She made that one up.)
What with increased life expectancy, hopefully Kate will have the chance to become a world class composer or a Pulitzer something-or-other. If not, there’s always the Latin teaching to fall back on.

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