The Bridge – The new CD from Austin’s Kit Holmes
By Michael Abedin – Austin All Natural Magazine, April 2017 Issue
When someone tells you they’re a musician in Austin, it’s tempting to whip out the old punch line about being an actor in LA. “Really – what restaurant?” Being able to quit your day job is the hallmark of success for an artist, and for more than a few holistic practitioners – unless your day job blends right in with your art.
Wimberley singer, songwriter, arrange and producer Kit Holmes has been making music professionally since she was thirteen and her 2011 album Return to Love was a Grammy contender. She’s also a transformational coach (a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner and Certified Life Mastery Consultant) and was a featured presenter at Joe Vitale’s Advanced Ho’oponopono retreat in March.
Makes sense. Coaches, musicians, actors and artists all have pretty much the same gig. Their job is to change your vibration, tweak your consciousness – and consciousness, as Kit says, “creates our experience.”
Her sixth CD, released this month is The Bridge, the perfect metaphor. Whether you’re playing music or crossing a river, a bridge is a transition, a way to get from one place to another. On a guitar, it’s the part that holds up the strings so their vibration can resonate with the sounding board of the instrument and be carried to the ear of the listener – without it, the vibe has nowhere to go.
The Bridge is also something of a style transition for Kit, whose pop work has been compared to Carole King and Carly Simon and described by one reviewer as “silky, jazzy and memorable, with brilliant lyrics that are thoughtful and witty.”
The new CD was recorded at the renowned Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio outside of Austin, and backs her soulful piano and vocals with strings, horns and a band with an A-list cast of musicians, including Tosca Strings and fiddler-extraordinaire Warren Hood.
She describes her music as “piano-driven Americana” encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, folk and even some New Thought-inspired lyrics that slip in a message without you even realizing it. Her instrumentals and guided meditations have been used in Unity churches, even to calm mothers during childbirth – a pretty good soundtrack for life, as one reviewer put it.
The Bridge – Album Review
by Ellen Debenport – Album preview, March 1, 2017
Listening to Kit Holmes’ new CD (her sixth), “The Bridge,” raises just one question: Why isn’t Kit Holmes already famous?
This sparkling collection of songs might be the one that captures the world’s attention. Kit’s music has always been silky, jazzy and memorable, with brilliant lyrics that are thoughtful and witty. But this album will touch your soul.
This is her best work yet. Through the years, Kit’s voice only has become richer and her piano more soulful. How delightful to hear her backed up not only by a band but horns and strings that give her music the attention and support it deserves. Recording this CD at the renowned Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studios outside of Austin with a cast of A-list musicians (including the Tosca Strings) captured every nuance.
Most of the songs here are Kit’s own, but she has included a haunting arrangement of the Beatles’ lesser-known “Tomorrow Never Knows” that will linger in your mind. And her resonant rendition of “Let There Be Peace on Earth” will make you love that well-worn song again.
Anyone familiar with New Thought will hear its messages in Kit’s lyrics, but she is never heavy-handed. You can offer this CD to friends without explanation, and they’ll likely say, “She was singing right to me!”
Kit understands the difficulties of living as a human being and the longing for connection with something greater. But just as she brings tears to your eyes with “Turn It Over” or “The Well,” she’ll crack you up with “What kind of dogma makes the best pet? What kind of karma do you drive?” Then have you tapping your toes to a country fiddle (by the masterful Warren Hood) on “One Long Road.”
Get your hands on the whole album—you’ll want every song—then make time just to sit and listen, to be present with the variety of Kit’s music and messages, and experience the love for life she expresses through her incredible talent and gifts.
LIGHT FOR THE ROAD AHEAD
– by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett (www.ur-divine.com)
December 4, 2015
A song running through my mind comes right on time. Through the past few days — and in moments of wakefulness during the night — the inspired message of singer songwriter, music minister, friend Kit Holmes provides an essential refrain:
“I’m gonna hold you in the light, hold you in the light
Hold you ’til you know again that everything’s all right
And I’ll remind you as you are you are enough
I’m gonna hold you in the light of love”
– “Hold You in the Light” ©, 2008, Kit Holmes Music / No Place Like Holmes Publishing (ASCAP)
I tagged this song for the candle lighting start of Unity of San Antonio’s annual Remembrance Service scheduled for Wednesday December 9, 2015 (7 p.m. in UCSA) sanctuary). I was thinking it’s message would be comforting to anyone attending the Remembrance Service in grief. I was already holding them in the light, as I prepared the details for the service. Also, I thought, participants might sing along with their loved ones in mind, holding them in the light. The song reaches us all, a hauntingly beautiful melody along with lyrics of reassurance.
Checking in on Facebook Wednesday evening, my heart sunk at the becoming-too frequent-and-too-familiar news of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. I read posts filled with dread and rage. I read pleas for positive change. Kit’s inspiring song rose in me. It’s all I could do, hold them in the light: fourteen killed and twenty-one wounded party-goers; their grieving families; the community of San Bernardino; and the two who planned and carried out the massacre: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen
It’s natural to “hold in the light of love” people harmed by violent acts. It’s essential to hold the wrongdoers in the same light. Why? Because no one needs light more than those who walk in the darkness of confusion, hatred, and extremism.
“I’m gonna hold you in the light of love.” I’m gonna be the champion of your awakening spirit. I’m gonna lift you into the light of love, the magnificent power of harmony and unity. I’m gonna flood your spirit with the light of love/oneness so that you see now what you were blinded to when running scared on earth — the beauty and harmony of diversity.
And while I’m at it, I’m gonna sing this song to my own sore spirit, that I rise in hopefulness to be a living representation of the light of love.
Note: find Kit’s music at https://www.kitholmesmusic.com
All About Jazz Magazine
“Return To Love” CD Review
October 18, 2011
The piano-based melodies of singer/songwriter Kit Holmes may suggest Norah Jones, but the confessional, introspective romantic laments on her new record Return to Love are wrapped in an unmistakable ’70s pop sensibility that actually echoes more Carole King‘s Tapestry. Nearly every track on Return to Love could have been played on AM radio back in the day, and as a lyricist Holmes would’ve held her own against the likes of Adult Contemporary staples such as James Taylor and Carly Simon.
As the album title suggests, Return to Love is mainly concerned with romantic relationships, especially with the difficulties of healing and moving forward after one has had its fire snuffed out. Surviving a breakup is like crawling from a wreckage and then trying to drive again; there are equal amounts of trepidation and excitement, anger and newly found joy, and Holmes covers all of the bases with honesty and warmth. Holmes actually opens the record on a positive note with the title cut. “But when my heart is open/ And my mind is clear/I know I can,” Holmes sings with cautious optimism. The song’s mellow groove comforts the heavy weight in the words. Holmes is clearly not saying that the time of acceptance has arrived; she is singing of some imaginary future date when all’s well.
Conflicting emotions make their presence known as well; indeed, love is never simple. Holmes’ sultry delivery on “Bad Seed” may suggest desire but the lyrics have the sting of a spurned lover’s slap to the face. In “Bad Seed,” Holmes focuses on the vulnerability many people, male or female, have towards the aggressive pull of the dangerous kind, which often leads to disappointment and bitterness. However, she speaks from the perspective of someone who is no longer going to put up with anybody’s garbage. Holmes’s show of strength is best exemplified by “Blue Guitar,” in which her voice soars with self-confidence.
Holmes started writing tunes at the age of 9 but she didn’t release her award-winning debut album, All I Know, until 2004. Return to Love finds Holmes reaching a level of musical craftsmanship and depth of feeling that is quite impressive and impossible to ignore.
NEW ALBUM FROM SINGER/SONGWRITER KIT HOLMES UNVEILS HONEST REFLECTION OF ADULT RELATIONSHIPS
July 18, 2011 (Austin, TX) Written by Robert Sutton.
The roads that Return to Love can be ridden with potholes and busted signposts. Singer/songwriter Kit Holmes is painfully aware of this. “You’re really good/At saying how you love me,” Holmes declares on “Blue Guitar.”
In the highway of heartbreak, love is too often stated but not proven. Action does speak louder than words, and Holmes’ latest album, Return to Love, is pop music filtered through a mature perspective. A lifetime’s worth of broken promises creates scars that no amount of “baby” talk can heal. The complexities of adult relationships are placed under a microscope and Holmes unveils their bumps and bruises with straightforward honesty. Prepare to be moved.
Holmes fits within the style of classic, confessional female solo acts such as Carole King and Carly Simon. Like those artists, she is effortlessly able to wrap hummable melodies around particularly stinging lyrics. “Split Decision,” for example, features some engaging, jazzy piano but the song is actually whether or not taking back a lying old lover or finally leaving him behind like a dog burying a bone. “Beggin’, cryin’ on the phone/Should I throw my life away ‘cause you just can’t handle being alone?” Holmes sings, outlining the indecision weighing on her wounded heart.
Holmes produced the album herself, and it has a definite early ‘70s feel to it. Most of the finest records during that era had crisp, crystalline sound; each instrument made its presence known. On the title cut, Roger Friend’s drums have the kind of punch that isn’t often heard in these days of overly processed recordings.
Although a lyric sheet is thoughtfully provided, one can hear Holmes’ every word. She sings them with the soaring confidence of a survivor, a woman who’s been there and done that. “So send him packing down the road/With the dogs at his heels,” Holmes advises on “Bad Seed.” Nobody said returning to love would ever be easy.
SOUND CONNECTIONS ISSUE #46, JANUARY 2009
Produced by Music Ministry Team and the Sacred Music Resources Department
Richard Mekdeci, Editor; Sue Riley, Team Chair
“It’s A New Day” by Kit Holmes. CD reviewed by Sue Riley
Austin, Texas based singer/songwriter Kit Holmes has a great CD that no music ministry should be without. This CD is full of empowering lyrics and beautiful melodies. The songs are accessible with a soloist or a full band. You can listen to clips of each of these songs and others on Kit’s webpage, listed at the end of this review.
The title cut, “It’s a New Day” is a rocker. This song proclaims that each person has the power within them to create the life they want and you will be tapping your toes while affirming this. “Choose What I Say” reminds us of the power of the spoken word. We all know this, but Kit has a fresh, sweet way of reminding us. “Love First” is a haunting melody reminding us how beautiful our lives can be if we put the power of love first in everything. The lyrics explore how we react when our love is not returned and encourages us to love anyway. Very beautiful. “Secret Place” is another song about the power of love, once again exploring the gift of life when viewed through the soft lens of love.
Our music ministry at Unity Church of Clearwater, Florida is using many of Kit’s songs this Feb because her music is full of messages of hope and love. Kit tells me she is close to finishing a second CD, and I eagerly await it. Visit her at www.KitHolmesMusic.com.
Review of Kit’s 6/24/11 Concert at The Bugle Boy, La Grange, Texas
Lane Gosnay – owner – The Bugle Boy (Venue) (Jul 5, 2011)
Fused into unity are the audience members at a Kit Holmes concert. Whether kindled into an upbeat sing-a-long or galvanized by the truth and insight of her lyrics, her live show can best be described as the perfect set list.