KC's Divine Renaissance

When I was a little girl, my parents bought an ivory colored Baldwin console piano with gold trim and immediately enrolled me in piano lessons. My father, a former nightclub singer turned sales executive wanted me to be a self-reliant musician who did not need an accompanist as he did when he performed in nightclubs during the fifties and sixties. He struggled with learning to play the piano as a child and playing the guitar hurt his fingers too much. My mother hoped that I would somehow develop a mathematical acumen that would motivate me to pursue a lucrative career in math, science, technology or business instead of music. Imagine being discouraged in early childhood from becoming an original performance artist. It was not easy for me to listen to the voices of practicality.

There was a long stretch in my life when my musical activity came to either a grinding halt or was downgraded to a hobby. Just singing in choirs or performing in local talent show events is nice but there was a time when it wasn’t enough anymore. Music will never be just a hobby for me. It’s a passion that will not quit.

Several friends and acquaintances told me about “The Divine Comedy” over the years but the message did not resonate until I heard Neil Hannon sing the closing credits to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Neil Hannon is an artist who specializes in setting everyday concepts to music and making those stories and concepts bigger than life. Catchy melodies, cinematic instrumentation, classical influences and humorous touches in all the right places are the distinguishing characteristics to Divine Comedy music.

I fell in love with this idea of making intelligent, humorous music so much that I started writing songs, arranging them on my keyboard and began performing them at the local open mics. Neil wasn’t just another artist, to me he was a distant musical brother that I could relate to. Just for fun, I would challenge myself by learning one Divine Comedy song by year per year and then performing it in costume around Halloween with vocal effects. My audiences often found my original music to be not only unique but also refreshing break from the usual acoustic covers.

The moral of this story is to always listen to that inner child that tells you what you really want to be when you grow up. Try not to listen to the naysayers even if they’re members of your own family. Find a way to make things happen even if it’s just one small step at a time, over time. Also, if your first album was released to crickets and criticism rise up to the occasion, get up and stay out there. Try to meet your heroes if you can. They just might remember you and actually listen to you…. My encounters with musical friends of the Divine Comedy were fun and unforgettable. I had the pleasure of meeting Duke Special and Pugwash the band so far. One hero is yet to be met.


Hi everybody!

Welcome to my new website! A revitalization of www.keyboardcathy.com was a necessary component in Keyboard Cathy’s evolution as an artist. These days, an up-to- date website is important to attracting new listeners, which I hope will become fans. As much as I write about food, it isn’t always about the food songs. It’s about any inspiration that translates into song.

Can you believe that I have been out there performing consistently for over ten years now? During that time, I released three albums, “Inspiration,” “Sushi Lover,” and “Live at the Sidewalk Café.” I also appeared on several local cable television programs and internet radio shows plus got a mention in The New York Times. If it weren’t for the support from the friends that I found in my fans, the “Sashimi,”“Peanut Butter” and most recently the new “Sushi Lover” music videos would not have come to fruition as they did. For that, I am grateful and appreciative of my fans and my followers because without them, an artist goes nowhere.

I continue my uphill journey in a world where original, not easily categorized music doesn’t always get the exposure and recognition that segmented, mainstream music does. My music continues to be influenced by movie soundtracks, Broadway musicals and of course my favorite band of all time, TheDivine Comedy. I am proud to be a “one woman band” that sequences several tracks of accompaniment on a keyboard to create and simulate orchestral arrangements.

Since relocating to Florida in the summer of 2013, I have written several new songs. I am also slowly and I mean SLOWLY writing a musical in collaboration with South Jersey/Philadelphia area playwright and director, Gerald Van Wilgen. When it is time for me to record a new album, you will know. I will be counting on your financial support to help make it possible. It will not happen right away since it takes a long time to write, arrange and notate a musical, especially if one has never done it before. Plus, I want to make sure that I think things through to ensure that I can provide the deliverables on a timely basis.

Once again, I welcome you to my website. Please take a look around to see how things have changed.

I hope you find the new www.keyboardcathy.com easy on the eyes and a breeze to navigate.

Always moving forward in the pursuit of Cathiness,