Catie Curtis to bring 'Stretch Limousine on Fire" to The Kate
Seeing a limousine in fire flames is actually most likely not really something normally considered of as being inspirational to songwriting. But Catie Curtis is not necessarily your ordinary songwriter. Curtis, which will be at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Saturday evening in Old Saybrook, lately gave her fans her latest album, titled “Stretch Limousine on Fire.” And indeed, she did once notice a limousine on fire. “About a year ago ... as soon as I saw it, I started singing to myself,” Curtis said. “And yes, everyone got out alive. The title track is about coping with difficulty by noticing that everybody has bad days” even people who ride around in stretch limousines all day.
Inspiration from life
Curtis has recently been utilizing ideas from life during her 20-year profession as a folk singer and “Stretch Limousine on Fire” is a selection based on life encounters many, if not all, people share. “This album is about understanding some challenging things about life,” Curtis said. “Death ... marriage. I feel like this (album) I left my personal story and this is a little more about telling stories that are not actually my story.”
Curtis storytelling has mostly concentrated on her own life throughout the years, she said. With “Stretch Limousine,” she maintains her own style but this time opens up to write from a first-person perspective about themes everyone can relate to. “Theres one about wanting to get married to someone called I Do, theres a lot of songs that are written in the first person that are really more about a universal experience,” she said. “ Shadowbird is about wanting stuff we cant have.”
Curtis said she took some time away after releasing “Sweet Life” and the bluegrass album “Hello, Stranger” to focus on her life at home as a parent. “And then I was just moving into a new place in life, kind of moving outside of the parenting experience as being the primary focus of my life as the kids get older,” she said.