Calling the Dragons Home
Kathleen Tracy dives deep on this lush, poetic offering. Original instrumentation includes Kathleen on ukelele and charango, Jami Seiber on cello and Linda Severt on percussion, creating a rich and unique sonic tapestry, with Kathleen's honest and intimate vocals right down the middle. Or in the case of "When I Was a Horse," soaring into the stratosphere when she incorporates overtone singing into the arrangement. The title song 'Calling the Dragons Home' is a beautiful and haunting melding of music and lyrics to create a strikingly unique take on the age-old break-up song. "Busy Little Monkey" conveys the ambivalence of motherhood, "the most healing and humiliating experience of my life so far." These are songs for grown-ups, songs about loss, vulnerability, insight and transformation. A musical artist, at their best, connects with each listener in a profound and personal way. So it is with Kathleen Tracy, a Seattle based singer/songwriter who crafts soulful compositions filled with heart that are at once lush, inventive and emotionally affecting. Her songs weave together layers of emotions with lyrics that touch the soul. Her moving style and rich musical flavor bring to mind the sensibility of Joni Mitchell, lyrical depth of Leonard Cohen, the sometimes spare and atmospheric sounds of Brian Eno and the lush harmonies of the Roches. Tracy's interest in music began with a Christmas gift - a zither - when she was six years old. Her musical tastes and talents blossomed over the years blending folk, pop, and snippets of 'world music' flavors. She has toured both coasts and has opened for many notable artists including Ferron, the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, Venus Envy, Del Ray and the Blues Gators, and Tammy Wynette. Tracy has released three independently produced recordings, "Speaking Stones", "So Bodaciously" and "Calling the Dragons Home". Each of these recordings is an evocative journey of the spirit, guided by this insightful artist, whose compositions engage the listener on many levels; with a lush blend of rich harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, melodic and distinctive vocals and inventive instrumentation that draws on ancient cultures and modern rhythms. Victory Music reviewed "So Bodaciously" saying, "...rich, multi-layered and inventive arrangements that cross stylistic boundaries with ease and grace...unexpectedly moving." * * * * Her songwriting is superb, her poetry an oasis. - Laura Love.