What's Love Got to Do with It?
This CD came about after Ruth was asked to do a cabaret show for a friend's venue .... stringing together a selction of songs she'd written over the years on love. Lost love, unrequited love, self-love, love of children, love of humanity, falling in love when you're already with someone else, moving on from love - it's all there. Universal themes and songs that tell of the human condition - from despair to elation - and a whole heap in between. Emotional, playful, intense, joyful - for anyone who likes their music to move them - rather than as background noise. The cabaret did an initial season before touring interstate in Australia and Ruth has plans to tour further. What's Love Got To Do With It? Listen and find out Open Your Eyes: Conscious awareness of what we feel and why means less reactivity and more creative action. The only way I see to true intimacy with self and others. Heart Surgery: The pain of love. Writing the music for Bryony Lavery's play Her Aching Heart was my first venture into writing the music for someone else's lyrics. It was fun! What Now?: Cerise de Gelder invited me to produce and write the music for A Narrow time for Angels; her lesbian romantic comedy set in a morgue. More fun! Reminds Me of You: Walking on a beautiful beach in Africa, this song arrived 2 ½ years after the death of my partner, Helen. Captured my Heart: Unrequited love. Sometimes the act of loving - irrespective of what comes back to you is what's important. Can be painful, but can be transforming. Solid Ground: Why do we sometimes cling to relationships that aren't working rather than be alone? Strength is found in listening to the inner whispers that know when it's time to move on. Take Me Dancin': Dancing can be like sex; where it's possible to lose oneself in moments of physical expression and pleasure. But the music (and atmosphere) has to be right! Caught in a Crossfire: So many people can touch us deeply and beautifully if we allow it. I question monogamy or anything that tells us we shouldn't feel what we feel; be who we are, love where we love .... Gentle Love: I wrote this song for Marg when she entered my life like a breath of fresh air after a difficult time. One Way or Another: Written after one of the periods in my life I wasn't sure I was going to survive. I am grateful that even in those times, I have often felt guided by spirit. How Could I Not: For a special woman who guided me through yet another layer of deep childhood pain. She will always have a piece of my heart. Baby's Crying: Tears - energy in motion. Listening helps us sort out who we truly are, and guides us over the hurdles to become all that we can be. Who Will?: I have spent so much of my life struggling to find my way in a sea of other people's opinions and criticisms. I try to focus on the voice at my core - the only one that really matters. Maddi's Come Home: An early ultrasound during pregnancy with my daughter gave fears for her survival. One night, she spoke in my head "Don't doubt me Mama". She is now a dynamic, amazing 8 yr old. In Your Eyes: The desire to have children arose for me after a period of death, and the need to welcome new life. I wrote this for infant Joel, now an enquiring & creative 11 yr old. I am still in awe! Lay My Hat: Enough of the drama - peace is where it's at! Connected to You: Lots of warm smiles shared with strangers on a walk one day, prompted this one. How similar and interconnected is our human journey, despite our differences. Those moments of recognition are special, and keep me humble. 'Katerelos's songs reflect a woman who remains defiant and undefeated by the tempestuous and tragic twists of life, she's picked 'em up and sent them packing with an earnest pinch of salt.' Kerri Simpson "Such great talent! Beautiful, heartfelt music. Congratulations on a night I will never forget" Bruce (Bent TV) 'I found this to be a riveting, story-filled cabaret of original material that was completely captivating, engaging, and satisfying musically.' Dr Graham Clarke (PHD in accoustic voice).