On Alive with Clive: “Come Take a Ride” with Classically-Trained Singer-Songwriter, Katie Garringer, and She Will Not Only Inspire You to Find the Courage to Fulfill Your Dreams, But Also Bedazzle You As She Sings Her Song “Kerosene” on Her Ukulele with Only Three Strings!

“The day had come for her to spread her wings,
So she opened them up and she prepared for the jump
Before she flew, she turned her eyes to the sky
And said ‘I’ll see you soon’ and off of the edge she flew
She learned how to fly.” ~ Katie Garringer, “Bird Song”

Disenchanted with the way her life was going, and knowing that she could no longer ignore the feeling gnawing inside her to explore a life of fulfillment she knew was available to her, Katie Garringer did what any talented and courageous young woman with a passion yearning to be fulfilled would do – she learned how to fly!

Katie Garringer on Alive with Clive, 1st of 2 Shows

New York City beckoned, and now three years after she answered the call, she is looking back on all that she has achieved in that short period of time with a sense of pride, joy and accomplishment.

Originally from Muncie, Indiana, classically-trained oboist turned singer-songwriter, Katie Garringer, who started to write and perform songs 4½ years ago, also plays the piano, the ukulele and the English horn.

She’s performed all over the United States and some of her notable performances include Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Global Musician’s Workshop with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

One of her recent accomplishments is the release of her debut EP, That’s Where You’d Go With Me, with 10 songs.

Katie Garringer with Mike O'Malley, 1st of 2 Shows on Alive with Clive

In two shows on Alive with Clive, accompanied on bouzouki by Mike O’Malley, frontman of Mike O’Malley + Beastie Band, in which Katie plays the oboe, Katie performed 8 of the 10 songs from That’s Where You’d Go With Me, as follows:

1st Show
2nd Show
  1. “Come Take a Ride”
  2. “Bird Song”
  3. “Hold You in the Light”
  4. “Kerosene”
    1. “Honeybee”
    2. “Connecticut”
    3. “That’s Where You’d Go With Me”
    4. “Paint Me”

In the 1st Show:

  • “Come Take a Ride” is a song about inviting someone to take a ride with you simply because you want to be with them;
  • “Bird Song” is a metaphorical autobiographical description of the shift in mindset Katie initiated to leave her previous environment to pursue her passion in New York City;
  • “Hold You in the Light” is an expression of support to anyone in the midst of a challenging situation; and
  • “Kerosene” is about feeling overwhelmed in one place while wondering about someone you care about in another.

“Rain is fallin’ down now, the roof is leakin’ on my skin
The noise it never stops now, it hits me like a gail force wind
“The sun is shinin’ down now, the kids run ’round with barefoot feet
They hold my hand and play now, they light up just like kerosene” ~ from “Kerosene”

Katie Garringer on Alive with Clive, 2nd of 2 Shows

In the 2nd Show:

  • “Honeybee” is an expression of hurt feelings after being upset by the words of another;
  • “Connecticut” was the result of combining feelings of homesickness with seeing the image of a butterfly in a church on a trip to Connecticut;
  • “That’s Where You’d Go With Me” is an expression of Katie’s gratitude for her husband and their relationship; and
  • “Paint Me” is a song that poetically captures the impact of being in New York City, with all of its contrasts.

“Paint me, o paint me in Harlem and Brooklyn
Under those city lights in halos of smoke
Paint me, o paint me in Queens and Manhattan
Walkin’ so lowly, the moon risin’ slow


“Never felt richer, never felt poorer
Never felt so close to hatred and love

And I’m always hungry but this city feeds me
With all of its poetry, its people and sounds.” ~ from “Paint Me”

Combining a vivid imagination with keen observation, a knack for using the written word to provide inspiration, and an ability to create melodies that leave fans in a state of admiration, Katie’s sound is a treat for anyone who loves to listen to uplifting and enchanting songs.

She will also amaze you with her ability to play her song, “Kerosene,” on a ukulele with only three strings!

So, make sure you set aside some time to savor the songs Katie performs with Mike in her 1st Show and 2nd Show on Alive with Clive.

Best regards.


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