Live! Sessions at Grace

by Katie Kuffel

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These are the audio files from a video session I recorded at Grace Episcopal Church over on Bainbridge Island. All recordings produced by Matt Longmire at northwestfilms.com.

Be sure to check out the videos at my youtube channel!
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFbAa8UEiCPgdo_2CSYDXQ

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released November 24, 2014

album art by Anne Ferguson. Be sure to check out her work at aeferg.com

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Katie Kuffel Seattle, Washington

Katie Kuffel is singer-songwriter currently residing in Seattle. With a contemporary sound that draws from blues, jazz and folk music, she is creating innovative, and thoughtful material. Her background in classical cello and jazz piano allows her to blend her complex lyrics into a sound that is entirely unique. ... more

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Track Name: Devil
Devil you called again
Slept in my faults again
And I recall your hands
i recall your Hand

Devil you called for me
In the love in the faces of these people and places
And you haunt the spaces in between
Am I numb, am I alone, am I asleep

And regarding your manifold face
I see you cannibal you gave to take
And now on all sides my soul is marred
By the shards of the jar where I kept all my scars

So I patchworked reasons I’ve been tied in
Knots of tearfulness, and knots of sighing
But my hands, my hands weren’t made for prying
So I swallow these tears I’ve been crying
Track Name: Porcelain Stain
The first time my voice ever sang
My heart got chipped like a porcelain stain
How balmy the burn that burrowed in my palm
My nights were soft and lonely and my days went on too long

I grew up hearing my neck looked lovely concave
So I stooped and stuttered simply stowed my sympathy away
Life was a pill I swallowed dry, I’d sip the sea to soak my pride
I was a daughter to the slaughter, please don’t make me food for fodder
Can someone tell me how long I’ve been mixing oil and water?

I met a man with a fist for a hand
He had a tantalizing tendency for breaking all my plans
But to be hurt and to be strong
I'm the dichotomy of song
The loneliest of conquerors who's battled on her own
But no one can tell me for whose sins do I atone
Track Name: Humor Tumors
After forming my facets and sanding my faces
To find a form I could keep together
I was breached and my cups ran over and flooded
Ready to drown, love untethered

I peaked pictures of my mother I hid in the covers
Of my books wondering what you thought of me
I’m theory, not action yet my chest is unfastened
you’ve been fluttering in my ribs and in my speech

I’m a hard-hearted siren
A goddess of gears
My humors are unbalanced
But I’ve had sea legs for years
And love’s loudest in the dark
I’ll grasp the static in my heart
To make some room to kiss you my dear (x2)

I was faking anecdotes, embellishing my rote
I may have lied so you would find me funny
My melancholy I explained, But I refused to say
That happiness had never overwhelmed me

Unabashed and unashamed I”ll keep the humor in my name
To keep the peace between my head and heart
Though pillars are endearing, I’ve been cracked and I’ve been healing
So hold me steady chip these walls apart

I’m a hard-hearted siren
A goddess of gears
My humors are unbalanced
But I’ve had sea legs for years
And love’s loudest in the dark
I’ll grasp the static in my heart
To make some room to kiss you my dear
Track Name: Animal Pragmatist
What's the use of this self-infiltration
My mind's meditations
when all that I do is sing songs of you?
But you were illuminated
My my mutilated
Sight of your person
My own constructed version
But I was learning and re-learning
Who I was, what I was yearnin' for anyways

I was an animal pragmatist
young, naive, always guided by consequence
And you were the trigger
And I was shot straight through from the start
For my practical actions bled dissatisfaction
When I passively gave you my heart

Because the first time you look upon yourself
Through the lens, through the glass of somebody else
All you see is the weight of your hunched frame
From that grotesque truth every person has to tame
That realization was the tar at my feet
So I lashed out thrashing false words between my teeth
And in that decay I breathed and bereaved
I became the wretched form I thought you saw me to be
Track Name: Moorings
Unanchored undertaker they say her fingers forsake her
With their tips cascading untethered
But Ill deny my ungrounding, these alarms I’m re-sounding
I’m floating in contours but I’ll stay together

I could better map my ambition than you, warm apparition
For your curve is sharper than sabers
Could I beg for your patience through my stumbling cadence
Though the air in my words comes now labored

My dear I’ve swallowed stones
The weight of jaded bones
To hold me down, but you cast my moorings away
But you lean could you reach?
I will sing and I’ll beseech you
To hold me? Could you grasp me? Could you stay?

Your murmurs indented my skin-deep defenses
Have I weathered this tempest before
But in my paradigm tilt please say my name as I wilt
So I know when my divesting’s secured

I will cling to your grips or your holds or your lips
And i will plant my soles firm in this soil
For if my body is rooted, though my heart has been looted
I’ll stay if fear urges my love to recoil

My dear I’ve swallowed stones
The weight of jaded bones
To hold me down, but you cast my moorings away
But you lean. Could you reach?
I will sing and I’ll beseech
You to hold me? Could you grasp me? Could you stay?