Kristin Cotts

Kristin Cotts

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

Kristin Cotts is the front woman of What About Rosalind, a compellingly original alt/rock band with eloquent lyrics and lush, varied arrangements.

Biography

Can you feel the pull?

Kristin Cotts is the front woman of What About Rosalind, a stunningly original alt/rock band with eloquent, incisive lyrics and lush, varied arrangements. Kristin has been performing in Chicago and beyond for the past eight years with the help of some of the best classical, rock, and jazz musicians Chicago has to offer. Also a composer of classical music, Kristin writes edgy alt-rock tunes, with folk and classical influences. She’s been influenced in equal parts by classical composers, sixties folkies and rockers, and eighties pop tunes but allows each song to serve its own purpose rather than forcing it into the auspices of genre.

Mixing wit with sadness and a straightforward delivery with an irony-laden roll of the eyes, the objectives of Kristin Cotts and What About Rosalind are to connect emotionally with the audience and entertain. Kristin's lyrics delve into the beauty, angst, mystery, and joy that comprise the natural world and the human condition. Kristin believes in the power of music to heal broken hearts and bridge the gaps among us.

In 2006, Kristin released her first album called Spatial Relations. The new album, Gravity the Moon, was completed in September of 2009. Can you feel the pull? WhaRos is ready for you.

Lyrics

Trouble

Written By: Kristin Cotts

You say my mouth's gonna get me into trouble
And I ask when will that be
When will I start to see a little trouble
And know it's all because of me

Did you mean to put me down?
I took it as a compliment you see
I've been meaning to get around
To pissing off people I meet

Chorus:
And you can be the first to see
The down and dirty kind of wordy
All too nervy natural me

You say my mouth's gonna get me into trouble
And I ask what greater bliss could there be
'Cuz if my mouth's getting me in trouble
Then I know someone's listening to me

CHORUS

So watch me shed this mild-mannered skin
As I prepare to slither free
Then, let the trouble begin
It starts with a "T" which rhymes with me

CHORUS

So if you wanna cause a little trouble
Lay down your propriety
Our mouths might get us into trouble
My trouble with you is your trouble with me

I didn't mean for that last verse to be double
I meant it all quite innocently
It goes to show you'll get yourself in trouble
The moment you let your mouth go free.

And trouble's my favorite word you'll see.

Source of the River

Written By: Kristin Cotts

Life is easy when you don't have a conscience
Life is easy with no one to answer you
Shallow rivers are easy to cross
Diving deep you'll never know what you're getting into

Cross the shallow river's churning
Love and safety will be what they seem
Unless you've got a yearning to swim upstream.

Life is easy when you don't have a brain
Accepting truth in the mirror held in someone else's hand
Stay shallow. Rest assured you'll be safe
You'll have friends and money; you'll be easy to understand.

Cross the shallow river's churning
Love and safety will be what they seem
Unless you've got a yearning to swim upstream.

Life is easy when you're good at making friends
When you're smile tells another you're both okay
But try ti find the peaceful source of the river
Swallow its water make everyone feel that way.

Cross the shallow river's churning
Love and safety will be what they seem
Unless you've got a yearning to swim upstream.

This is the Fragile Song

Written By: Kristin Cotts

Sometimes you'll know you are fragile
Sometimes you'll know you will break
You'll assume blindly and bravely
You're agile enough to escape.

Sometimes you'll know you're the only one
Who's got his head on straight
But knowing that doesn't make it
Any less of a lonely road to take

Sometimes you'll feel the chill of winter
Rising from your own core
And watch as your dreams
Splinter and shatter on the floor

You might close your eyes
As though darkness might set you free
And when you find the strength to life your lids
You might see me

It might not be a consolation
But I am true and sure
And some day if my stock should rise
You'll be secure.

Discography

Spatial Relations (2006) Streaming on last.fm; played on radio stations including WEFT (Champaign, IL) and WSBF in Clemson, South Carolina
Gravity the Moon (2009)

Set List

Kristin Cotts and What About Rosalind play mostly originals and can play for up to 150 minutes.