Sunday, March 28, 2010

Muse Music and my Weekend

I am a little late reporting, but my gig at Muse Music on Thursday went well. It was a lot of fun and I met some cool people.  I didn't have a huge following for me, but quite a few people stayed from the other performers so that was good! I am so grateful to the people that did come to support me.  It is hard, because I don't expect my friends to dish out the money to come every time I play.  I just hope they know how much it means to me when any one of them shows up to any one of my gigs!

I am working on getting fans...March was a pretty good month for me, I did quite a few performances, and April is looking like it is getting more stuff lined up too! I believe the next thing I have lined up at this point will be a show at my friend Lindy's house in Salt Lake. My friends Danny Heslop and Kraig Brinkerhoff are going to play too.  It should be a really great show! I just met Danny a couple weeks ago at the acoustic night I played at and he is fantastic!  I can't wait to hear him play again.

I am working out another show at the end of April with my friend Steve Solberg who does stand up.  We are going to see how a double header goes over.  We will have an MC and then I will play for about 30 minutes and the Steve will do his stand up.  I hope it goes over really great!

This weekend I went and picked up my nephew Grant and brought him to my house to hang with me Friday and Saturday.  We went and saw How to Train Your Dragon.  We both loved it!  What a great movie!  I would go watch it again in a heart beat!  We hung out pretty late Friday night and then Saturday morning went and played frisbee in the park with my friend, who is also Grant, and Mindy.  It was a lot of fun.

Being in charge of your nephew, or niece for that matter, really makes you check yourself out.  Am I a good influence?  Am I being a good example?  We watched some episodes of Lost and I kept wondering if his mom would be ok with him watching!  (Carlin, if you are reading this, I hope I'm not in trouble!)  I just wasn't sure what kinds of shows were ok, he is 14 years old after all (as he would say!! :)) I realized that I have to give more credit to kids these days!  My nephew is very smart, and is just a really great kid!  I enjoyed our time together very much! He was always asking me, "have you read this?  Have you read this?"  It made me feel way behind with my book reading!  He didn't complain about anything (except going home of course!) And helped out with anything I needed help with. Not that it was a lot, but simple things like taking his dishes to the sink, bringing the sheets and blankets in to see where they needed to go, offering to carry the mattress back downstairs where we got it!  Anyway, it was great and my nephew is awesome!  Props to my sister for raising such a great kid!

P.S. If you want to take a kid to go climbing at the quarry you have to get a signature from a parent! We were totally bummed!    

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

So I just had to jump on and tell you how great things have been going this week!  I have this radio thing tonight at 9:00-10:00 in Weber (tune in at if you read this in time! :)  )  Then I am playing at Muse Music in Provo on Thursday!  I got a call on Monday to play at Velour on Wednesday but since Muse is literally 30 steps away from Velour we thought it would be a better idea to put me on a later show so I could get more people out.  I was still excited to get the call however!

So I will probably be playing at Velour sometime in April and then my friend Lindy and I are planning to put together an acoustic night in April at her house in Salt Lake.  I am also possibly playing at the Tulip festival in April as well.  I hope things keep going good!

I better hit the road, its time to go be on the radio!  :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Some Music News

As you can tell by the decrease in blogging things have become a little busy lately.  Things are going well with my music.  I have a radio interview set up on Tuesday March 23rd in Weber.  The station is 88.1FM if you live around the Weber area, but if not you can still listen online at  I am scheduled to go on air at 8:30 PM and I am just hoping that I don't make a fool of myself!!

For those that know me very well you know that I don't always do great right on the spot in certain situations.  I feel like I do well in social settings where everyone in the group is chatting and sticking in their funny jibes or stories and whatever.  But, when it comes to answering questions right on the spot I tend to stutter and sometimes I even say things that I look back at a day later and think..." thats not really how I feel! Why did I say that!"  I don't know...maybe we all do it!  Or maybe I am just that way!  Ha!

Back to things going well with my music.... I also have a gig set up on Thursday March 25th. This will be a good one.  It is at Muse Music in Provo and there will be 4 people playing.  I will be playing 2nd or 3rd and will be doing a 30 minute set! Check out my website for more details about the show. ( Or just check out my website because its so cool!  :)

Anyway, last night I went and played at an Acoustic Night in Provo that one of my friend Lindy's friends set up.  (Did you get all that?!) It went over really great! I got to play 3 songs by the end of the night and there were a lot of other great performances.  It was really a lot of fun.  There were tons of people there.  The whole front room and kitchen were packed!

Thats all I have time for right now!  So I will blog ya later!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Skiing at Snowbird

It has been a few days since I wrote so I have some catch up to do, but for now I will tell you about my Saturday skiing adventure.

So Saturday was a forgetful, retarded, funny, awesome, frustrating, exciting day!  Yes  ALL those things!  And I will tell you why!  Saturday morning I got up and started getting ready for the ski trip that I was going on.  I was running a little late so I was rushing around the house trying to get everything together. I ran downstairs, got my ski bag, made sure all the stuff I wanted to be in there was in there and took out the un-needed items.  So far so good, right?  Hmmm... well, I run out to put my bag into my car, but it was locked.  So I set it down behind the car...I'm sure you can only guess what happened with that situation!  No worries, Ill get to it.

So I run into the house, pack my lunch run through all the things that I wanted to take in my head and out the door I went!  Jumped into my car and started backing out!  YEP!  Right into my bag.  Since it had my ski boots in it and it is a fairly large bag...ok its a large didn't quite go under my car it just slid across the concrete and tipped over creating small holes in the bottom where my ski boots go!  Sad!  I know...but it is still ok.  That was forgetful moment number 1! Yes there were several!

I drive over to my friend Michaels house to pick him up and realized that I had forgotten my cell phone. That was forgetful moment number 2! I was bummed, but it wasn't really that big of a deal because I don't pull my phone out on the slopes anyway.

So we started driving.  We stopped at ski n see where I had rented my skies the night before. Then we went to Michaels parents house to pick up his skies.  We headed up to Snowbird...which by the way was forgetful moment number 3, 4, 5, and 6 because I kept thinking and saying you may have seen on my facebook status as well!

So we get to snowbird and start putting on our gear when forgetful moment number 7 happens.  I FORGOT MY COAT! MY SKI PARKA!!  I was SOOOOO FRUSTRATED!!  I can't even tell you!  The bag? FINE!  The cell phone?  FINE!  Who really cares!  But my coat!!  My beloved coat that I love so much and get soooo excited about skiing in.  It was probably sitting at home just fuming when I left it there! Poor thing.  Poor me!  I was very upset!

So after my feelings of stupidity and frustration subsided a little I tried to tell myself that there is nothing I can do about it now and we are just going to have to figure something out!  So we drove all the way back down to Michaels parents where I borrowed a rainproof shell/jacket thing and we headed back up.  (I was still frustrated...but trying very much to swallow it!)

The rest of the day was pretty good minus the clothing malfunctions and issues that I kept having with my alien coat!  We just had to stop at a lodge once so I could re-adjust and then we were back on the mountain.

The skiing just got better throughout the day because it was snowing on us all day.  Which made it wet, but it was still a lot of fun.  Michael took me to the back side of the mountain where you ski down into this big open bowl and then they have some runs and chair lifts on the back side once you get out of the bowl.  It was really cool other than the fact that we couldn't see anything at all!  It was completely white and you couldn't see where the mountain went up on the right or where it dropped off on the left.  I almost didn't go because honestly it freaked me out! But eventually I mustered up the courage and followed Michael down. Once we started going down and there was no turning back, there was a very close moment of panic...but I was quite proud of myself because I held it together quite successfully and enjoyed this new adventure I was taking. It was a really sweet spot to ski and the snow was great!  It was just hard to tell if you were even moving because of how white it was, and it also made it hard for me to trust myself so I was skiing pretty cautiously.  I would love to go back there sometime when the visibility is better.

Anyway, I need to get going so here is a picture for you! ...Michael kind of looks like an alien or something....ha ha ha...I'm lookin pretty hot myself!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kat's Thoughts...

Its one of those Friday nights where I am completely content just staying home by myself. seems like I was just writing about how I always have a need to have something planned on the weekend!  Ha ha... I did write that, I think just last weekend.  Well, don't you worry, because I am going skiing in the morning, and probably dancing in the evening tomorrow! So I think it is ok to just hang out tonight by myself.

Still haven't heard anything from America's Got Talent.  I kind of forget about it honestly, is that a bad sign?  I'm not jumping every time my phone rings hoping that it is them.  Hmmm....

I do have a gig this coming weekend on the 19th in Salt Lake.  I will post more details about that one as I get them.  It should be a low key, fun gig.  I was thinking today that it would be really cool to find someone that was playing around places and just open for them everywhere they go, or at least when they are around here. I really need to research the artists coming and going.  I have heard that you can get on their myspace pages and what not and ask them if you can open for them.  I should do that.  I would say that I have an outgoing personality, I get along easily with people and I feel like I am fun to be around.  But I sure don't like bugging people with my music.  I want them to just want me.  But before it gets to that I have some work to do.

Anyway, for all those reading was kind of just the random thoughts of Kat...hope you weren't too confused by the end or anything!  :)

P.S. I'm not re-reading to fix awkward sentences or mis-spellings.  Just an FYI!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pottery Picture Crazy

My pottery turned out soooo great!!  I am very happy with the results.

The greenish blue cylinder was my second try at a cylinder. Here is the before and after! The white one is what turned into this pretty green color. I love how the color turned out!                     

The plan, in my head, with this one (below) was to have a black pot with a red top that kind of dripped down the sides.  It defiantly turned out different than I was anticipating, but I was still very pleased! This is from the beginning to the end. :)

My bowl and my curvy pot are my two favorites!. However, the colors on my bowl were totally unexpected to me and I absolutely love it! I'm a geek I know...but this was very fun for me and I am going to enjoy every bragging second

Mindy made some really great stuff too!  She is very creative and artistic with stuff like this!  I think her stuff turned out really great!!

I need to go to bed now, so I am going to stop there! Thanks for coming on this pottery journey with me.  You might see and hear more about pottery stuff later because I am thinking about taking the class again in April... Just a little warning for you. ;)

Monday, March 8, 2010

I had a good weekend...again...I find that I usually do. :)  I don't know if it comes from college or what but for some reason I feel this need to have plans on weekends.  There have been some weekends where I have sat home on my own and just watched movies or read or things like that and I have enjoyed those too. I guess those are kind of planned as well...or they end up feeling like they were planned in the end. Anyway, for the most part, I try to have plans.

This weekend I had my gig and I blogged about how well that went last time, so you don't need a re-cap I don't think!  I hung out with a good friend on Saturday and on Sunday I finally got to jam on my mandolin!  I'd say I did pretty well for a beginner!  :)

It is funny to me. I sit here writing about myself, kind of like this is my journal and I think it is funny that there are people out there that actually want to read and even enjoy the things that I write. I think that sometimes my blogging gives me a little self esteem boost too.  I have had a few people now say that my blogs are funny or that I am good at writing.  I know that I can be funny sometimes...that is one of my personality traits that I know and like about myself.  However the good writing compliments were a surprise!!  I have never considered myself very good at writing at all!

So I guess what I am trying to say is thank you for the compliments! They are a real self esteem booster, and I think that because of the way they make me feel, I will try to give them out more often than I do now!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Glazing and Friday's Gig

This last week has been pretty busy!  On Tuesday we went to our pottery class and finished glazing our creations.  I had two pots a bowl and I don't really know what to call my other one.  Kind of a bowlish vase type of thing.  

Glazing is interesting because I really have no idea how it is going to turn out.  My bowl is going to be three different colors!  Kind of like a Neapolitan bowl!  I hope all the colors match or at least look ok together!  We didn't have any examples of what the colors were actually going to be when we were finished, so this will be interesting! ;)

Sometimes the sandy/muddy stuff in the glaze kind of settles at the bottom if it hasn't been stirred for a minute, so when I was dipping one of my pots I went too deep and it got all goopy on one side.  So when it dried I had to kind of scrape it off and dip it again.  I finally just stopped caring and started going dip crazy!  So I have some multi-colored stuff going on and what not!  I'm excited to see how they all turn out. I will definitely take pictures! 

I have pictures of the "before firing" glazed stuff, but as I am at my parents house today I will have to add them later!

As for my gig last night!  It was great!  

Sometimes when I play, people that have never heard me don't know what to expect and I think they look at me and think that I am going to get up and sound crapy or something.  So there are those occasional sets, like the one last night, where I get up and start playing and I get this "deer in the headlights" look from some of the people in the audience! 

Can I just say...I live for this!  I love it when I surprise people, or when I see someone finding in me new music that they like!  It is one of the best feelings in the world for me!  

So, like I said before, last night was really great!  It was way laid back and chill. I really liked The Basement and would play there again any time.  It was a lot of fun and a great venue!  Thank you to those of you that made it out!  It was great to see you and I really appreciate your support!  I had a few really great surprises - friends that showed up that I wasn't expecting at all! Very cool!

Now it is just a matter of getting more gigs set up and getting my name out there.  So make sure to tell all your friends to look up Kat Tingey!  

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Portland Fun

Candice and I flew into Portland very early in the morning, so we had the whole day to explore before the auditions.  I will try to give you the condensed version of our travels since knowing me, I could probably write a whole novel about our one day of exploring Portland, OR.

One of the first places we went was Old Down Town. This was where china town was located, and (according to the lady at our hotel) it is "saturated with restaurants and shopping!"

Well, when we stepped off the Max (that is their rail system) we ran into several bums, got asked for spare change a few times and found two unions and kind of found China Town.  It was quite deserted, however there was a parade of great Danes with their owners that passed us by. I was random! It didn't take us long to decided we weren't into old, but that we were into new!  So we headed back to the Max to go to New Down Town Portland.  Maybe you need to know someone who can show you the cool stuff in the Old Town because on our own we didn't get very far.

On the way into the "new" city we randomly found an awesome music store which is where I found this fabulous mandolin!  I know what you are thinking...why did Kat buy a mandolin?  Well, little did you know that I have been wanting one forever and have been looking at them and hadn't bought one yet because the ones that sounded the best were over $600. And that is a little extreme for a beginner.  So when I found the one in Portland it sounded great and was a very good price compared to what I had been looking at in Salt Lake.  So I couldn't leave without it! As you can see I am very excited about it!  A little scary excited now that I am looking at the picture!

We rode the Max and the street car all over Portland!  We found this awesome mask store, called Mystique, in the mall!  It was fantastic!! If you want to check out some awesome masks you can go to their website  Anyway, the owner of the store was awesome and let us take pictures and try on the masks!  We even got a picture with her because she was so cool, but we took that one on Candices camera.

While in the mall a very nice girl in a very cute jewlery/craft-ish store told us to get on the street car to go to some other cool places.  She also gave us a way better map than the little one we were trying to use that the hotel lady gave us. (We think the hotel lady just wanted to see if we would make it back alive from China Town!)

We got on the street car and to our delight discovered an Aerial Tram!! We knew the minute we read those words on our map that this had to be our next destination!  So we found the Aerial Tram and bought tickets to ride it up.  We had no idea where it was taking us or what its purpose was, we just wanted to ride it. Well, for your took us up to a hospital that must have had some kind of historical background or something...(we didn't take the time to find out because we just wanted to walk around the outside of the building because it was cool - and it was a great view!)
Us on the tram ride...
Pretty pictures of Portland from the top!

This hospital happened to be the location of our favorite find, and I would have to say, one of the best moments of the whole trip!  Don't judge me!  We weren't quite sure what to think at first either, but we came to love this fantastic statue we found!

In case you were wondering, the bunny man is holding a sad dog.  At first we were confused...


Then we felt a strange sympathy for the statue!

And then of course...because this is me and Candice we are talking about pretty much just got ridiculous!

Yes, I am laughing out loud right just doesn't get old!

After the wonderful moment that we had with the bunny man and the sad dog, we knew we had to go back. The music store guy was holding my Mandolin for me and the store closed at 6.  We headed back to the store and as I was purchasing my Mandolin we ran into another fellow Auditioner for America's Got Talent! 

We sat and talked to our new friend and his Dad for a bit and exchanged random info that we had found online.  We were really glad that we talked to them, and it made us more excited for our next days adventure!  After I bought my Mandolin we went to Target (which happened to be right on the way back to our hotel) where we bought lunch and snacks for audition day (since we had no idea how long we were going to be hanging out there.)

We got back to the Hotel, got everything ready for the morning and crashed!

And if you haven't already read it, our second day of adventures - Audition Day - are posted on the post previous to this one labeled, America's Got Talent Auditions.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our Saturday adventures in Portland!

Monday, March 1, 2010

America's Got Talent Auditions

My trip to Portland was awesome!!  My cousin Candice got to come with me and we had a great time.  We also had a lot of great adventures that I am excited to write about too, but I know that a lot of you are dying to know how the audition went! So I will write about the other stuff later!

The auditions were held at the Convention Center in Portland.  Candice and I got there to line up at 5:45 AM!  The line wasn't too bad when we got there so that was good.  Then they decided to let us in around 6:30 AM which was another sweet surprise since we thought we were going to have to wait outside until 8!  

Once we were inside we went through a security check and were sent to another line where they made sure we had our paperwork filled out, gave us wrist bands and gave me a number.  Once we got through that line they checked our paperwork and sent us to the other side of the giant room where there were tons of chairs set up for us to go chill on, and wait wait wait. 

We waited in that room for a little while and then they had us all go outside on the steps where we cheered and yelled stuff for the cameras.  It was kind of funny to keep yelling "Portlands got talent!" since I am not from Portland.  It will be really funny if I am in any of those shots when they air the show!  

Anyway, after that they started calling us in to audition.  They took us out of the big room in groups of 50 and I was in the second group!  Number 98 to be exact!  :)  

They separated the people that were just singing from the rest of the group and we went and waited outside of the room we were auditioning in.  I had fun waiting outside, just hanging out and chatting with the other people auditioning. Some were chill and cool and some seemed really nervous. 

They had all of the guitar/singer people go into the audition room at the same time.  There were about 10 or 11 of us.  Inside the room there was a table with 3 judges and a camera man.  We each got called up individually to stand in front of the judges and the camera, stated our name and stuff and then played our song.  After sitting with these guys so long outside, I was glad I got to see all my new found acquaintances/friends do their performances. When it was my turn I felt like I presented myself very confidently and I played well. (I played Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree by K.T. Tunstall)  My voice did something a little weird on one of my growly parts but I pushed through it and it is possible that they didn't even notice.  All in all I felt very good about my performance.

When we were all done taking our turns the judges told us they weren't making any decisions today but that they will contact us if we are going on to the next round by the end of April.  We all left and waited outside for the door guy to go talk to the judges and then come tell us what to do.  When he came back out he asked me and another girl from the group to stay and told the others they could go.  Some of them weren't very happy about that...and some were way cool and supportive.

The other girl went in first and it seemed like I was waiting outside the door forever!  Then she came out waited for a few minutes and then they called her back in again. When she came back out the third time she said she was auditioning in another room now.  My speculation is that they wanted her to go into one of the voice only auditions because she had a fantastic voice, but not as great guitar skills.

Now it was my turn to go back in.  They told me they just wanted to hear me play another song so they could get a little more variety from me.  So I stated my info again, for the camera, and when I said I was going to play Ice Cream by Sarah McLaughlin the judge lady looked at me kind of funny.  So I asked if that was ok, and she asked if I knew anything a little more up to date.  

PANIC!! The only song I could think of was Fairytale by Sarah Barelis (sp?). So that is what I ended up playing and while playing I was piecing together in my head how I could get all the best parts into the song before she stopped me!  So I was grateful when it all came together as I played it and I felt like I did a good job, up until the end when I started messing up chords!  But luckily she stopped me right then!  Whew!!

At that point the judge lady told me again, that they weren't making any decisions yet and that if they should choose me to go on to the next round I would hear from them by the end of April. 

All in all, Candice and I had a great time!  We met a lot of fun people and had a really good experience with the whole thing!  I am so happy that I did it and I am very proud of myself for going for it!!  

Stay tuned for more Portland adventures!  I am done for tonight!!

This was inside the Convention Center the night before. I was thinking 'where are all the people?' We weren't aloud to take pictures of anything when we were there for the auditions.  
This is outside the Convention Center.  If you look closely I am pushing the thing that rings the bell!  I was trying soooo hard to make it ring!  But for some reason it wouldn't work! :)  Also note my new purchase on my back!  I found this really great Mandolin for a great price!  I have been looking at them and wanting one forever, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity! 

Last but not least! This was when we got back to the Hotel after the auditions were over!  This is my best friend/cousin Candice, me and my audition number. Yes...I was number 5080098!  :)

Ok, thats all for tonight! For real this time!