Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Rebecca Katz’s favorite four-letter word is “folk.” Equal parts songwriter and storyteller, she is all-heart all-the-time, and brings her special touch to every room she plays.

Biography

Rebecca Katz's favorite four-letter word is "folk."

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rebecca has been singing, making up songs, and making noise on various instruments since she was very young. At 13, she picked up her dad's guitar so she could be the cool counselor at summer camp. A year later, she wrote her first original song and has been writing ever since.

In college at Brandeis University, Rebecca played more than 80 shows on campus. Now a touring artist based in Boston, Rebecca has performed at venues and events up and down the Eastern Seaboard including Studio 99 (Nashua, NH), Ebenezers Coffeehouse (Washington, D.C.), and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Along the way, she has shared stages with many performers including Kym Tuvim, Lara Herscovitch, and Adam Levy (guitarist, Norah Jones), and opened for Teddy Goldstein, Ryanhood, and Pamela Means.

Rebecca truly has an acoustic heart. An explorer of a myriad of genres, she will always come home to one hundred percent handmade music. She considers herself a lifelong student of language and songwriting, as you might expect of an artist with an advanced degree in English literature. Like her hero Nanci Griffith, Rebecca is also devoted to passing on traditional songs and favorites by fellow writers.

In addition to writing and performing, Rebecca has been a folk radio deejay. She co-hosted The Watch City Coffeehouse, Bob Weiser's program on 100.1 FM WBRS (Waltham, MA), for over three years, and directed and engineered the station's live concert broadcasts.

Above all, Rebecca enjoys connecting with people through music. On stage, equipped with a clear, confident voice, she can as easily evoke laughter from her audiences as improvised harmony. Equal parts songwriter and storyteller, she is all-heart all-the-time, and brings her special touch to every room she plays.

Rebecca's debut recording, Spendin' On Today, engineered by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds Studio, was released in September 2007.

Lyrics

If You See The One

Written By: Rebecca Katz

If you see the one I could love
Just give them a push in the wrong direction
'Cause I've been waitin' for so long
I just spent the last of my affection

I was down to my last dime
One last kiss, one last bottle of wine
And I just broke my last glass
So if it's love they're sellin', tell 'em I'll pass

'Cause I've got two feet to carry me along
These two arms and shoulders that are strong
And I've been doin' just fine my whole life long
So if you say I need someone, I say you're wrong

So if you see the one I could love
Just give them a push in the wrong direction
'Cause I've been waitin' for so long
I just spent the last of my affection

Now you might say, "Well that's too bad"
Oh, but I think of the good fortune that I've had
And so I'm throwin' my money bank away
Instead of savin' I'll start spendin' on today

So if you see the one I could love
Just give them a push in the wrong direction
'Cause I've been waitin' for so long
I just spent the last of my affection.

'Cause I've been waitin', waitin' for so long.

© Rebecca Katz 2006

This Story (The Maid & The Sailor)

Written By: Rebecca Katz

She is waiting
Every day on the sand
Stands there waiting
Every night by the strand
And though I know her, I don't say a word
Though I know her, I don't say a word

He is sailing
Every day at the wheel
Keeps on sailing
He loves the ocean for the feel
And though she loves him, he never will turn
And though she loves him, he never will return

And she's clutching his hat to her chest when she lays down at night
And she's telling herself she's only doing what she knows is right
She's believed in love for as long as her memory might allow her to tell
But how can I tell her, I know this story too well

She can picture
The wind in his collar under sail
She does picture
He'll think of her face growing pale
And he'll remember, and he'll tack back around
She thinks he'll remember her, and he'll tack back around

And she's clutching his hat to her chest when she lays down at night
And she's telling herself she's only doing what she thinks is right
She's believed in love for as long as her memory might allow her to tell
But how can I tell her, I know this story too well

And she's clutching his hat to her chest when she lays down at night
And she's telling herself she's only doing what she feels is right
She's believed in love for as long as her memory might allow her to tell
And how can I tell her, I know this story too well

Yeah, oh....
He won't be
comin' home.

© Rebecca Katz 2006

Kiss Me Goodnight

Written By: Rebecca Katz

You don't have to stand by me
when you know that I'm wrong
You don't have to tolerate me
when I come on too strong
You don't have to forgive me
when I act out of spite
But always, kiss me goodnight.

You don't have to sing out with me
when we go to a show
You don't have to come out with me
anywhere you don't want to follow
You don't have to speak softly
when we turn out the light
But always, kiss me goodnight.

Because it's your breath that I live for
from sundown to sunrise
And all our phrases in the daylight
are just a crazy disguise;
I can't promise our love will always
remain tender and true
But to further all our chances
this one thing I ask of you:

You don't have to lay down beside me
when I'm feelin' alone
You don't have to battle knightly
with all the demons I own
You don't have to love every poem
that I can recite
But always, kiss me goodnight.

Because it's your breath that I live for
from sundown to sunrise
And all our phrases in the daylight
are just a crazy disguise;
I can't promise our love will always
remain tender and true
But to further all our chances
this one thing I ask of you:

You don't have to dream about me
and pray that it never ends
You don't have to shelter my heart from
the whole world 'til it mends
You don't have to hold me forever
with all of your might
But always, kiss me goodnight.

© Rebecca Katz 2006

To Donnie

Written By: Rebecca Katz

He was the kind of person, the moment he removed his hat
Made everyone turn their heads and whisper, "who's that?"

He had a body like an Olympic alpine skier
And everyone would notice when he was here

Oh Donnie won't you come back home to
Your friends, my darling, we all love you
Oh Donnie, won't you come where we can see
We all miss you--no, it's not just me

And I remember one time out in the fields
When he convinced me old man Jackson's ghost was real

And he told us all, I think we all can remember
About that time he kissed that girl from Denver

Oh Donnie won't you come back home to
Your friends, my darling, we all love you
Oh Donnie, won't you come where we can see
We all miss you--no, it's not just me
We all miss you

And I know you must be angry
But I trust you'll read this letter
'Cause when you're busted up and burnin'
Who but your friends can love you better?

Oh Donnie won't you come back home to
Your friends, my darling, we all love you
Oh Donnie, won't you come where we can see
We all miss you--no, it's not just me
We all miss you--no....

He was the kind of person, the moment he removed his hat
Made everyone turn their heads....

© Rebecca Katz 2006

Discography

Spendin' On Today (2007)

Set List

A typical set may range from 10 minutes to several hours, comprised primarily of original songs including:

Askin' For Your Time
Best Of Me
Can't Have Me
The Great Daneeb
Home Again
If You See The One
Kiss Me Goodnight
Lead Me
Miriam's Story
Paradise
The Real Thing
Riding West
Room By The Bay
Storming The Castle
This Story (The Maid & The Sailor)
Thursday Night
To Donnie
Tombstone
Trip Downstream (Row)
Walkin' Song
When I Was Alone
Won't You Come By (The Streetlight Swing)

Covers may include:

Barbara Allen (traditional)
Joke And Push About The Pitcher (traditional)
Sittin' On Top Of The World (traditional)
The Last Leviathan (Andy Barnes)
Midnight Special (Leadbelly)
It's A Hard Life (Nanci Griffith)
Love At The Five & Dime (Nanci Griffith)
Threads (Carrie Newcomer)
Hole In My Pocket (Terri Hendrix, as sung by Ruthie Foster)
Any Way I Do (Dave Carter, as sung by Tracy Grammer)
When You Say Nothing At All (Keith Whitley, as sung by Alison Krauss &