NEW RELEASE | “TEXAS WITHOUT YOU”
Addiction and mental health issues do not represent the heart of the addict or the depressed. Rather, they speak loudly to a situation that must be met with compassion, connection, and awareness. There is no shame in addiction and mental health instability. It’s hard to know how to help those that are closest to us. Perhaps we can be brave enough to make the mistakes by being willing to have the dialogue. #UseYourVoice #SpeakUp
Kasey Rausch wrote this song after she lost a childhood friend to suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
Drug & Alcohol Recovery Hotlines: www.recovery.org
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: www.bbrfoundation.org
American Mental Health Foundation: americanmentalhealthfoundation.org
Alcoholics Anonymous: aa.org
Support for the family members of alcoholics:
Support for teenage family members of alcoholics:
Released June 24, 2017
“Texas Without You” written by Kasey Rausch
Performed by: The Country Duo & Friends
Kasey Rausch: vocals, acoustic guitar
Marco Pascolini: pedal steel guitar
Matthew Brahl: drums
Brendan Moreland: electric bass
Recorded and mixed by Brendan Moreland
Temple Sounds, Kansas City, Missouri.
June 13, 2017. Arranged and produced by everyone.
“What choice can I make today to help my dreams become a reality?” I read this quote in the book “Something More” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. My new friend Stefanie loaned the book to me. I love that. I love it when someone puts in your hand the very thing that you didn’t realize you needed. And so I ask myself this very question. I wrote it on a sticky note and placed it on my laptop where I’ll see it every day. It’s staring at me now. What can I do today to make my dreams something livable, tangible… to make my dreams my way of life?
Last night I attended a seminar on website building led by my friend, Chris Dahlquist. She’s not only one of my favorite photographers, but one of the people I feel so fortunate to have in our Kansas City artist community. She goes above and beyond to keep integrity in her art and to help others do the same (thus the seminar). She spoke of the importance of blogging and sharing a little of yourself outside of just your chosen art form. For some reason the term “blogging” really gets under my skin. I’m gonna have to figure out a word for it that I’m more comfortable with, but for the sake of clear communication, I’ll use it for now. So this is me – “blogging” **shiver** in an attempt to share lil’ about myself and in a conscious choice to make my dreams a reality.
I often feel that things like blogging or asking people to buy my music are such egoic actions. I search for the balance in all that I do and still the pendulum constantly shifts – this I know. I knew that by choosing to attend Chris’s seminar last night that was me putting into action a choice that could help my goals in music become reality. I willingly opened my hand (and heart and mind) to the evening and once again, someone placed within it something I didn’t know I needed. It was this: Don’t make your blog entirely about yourself. Be giving. Talk about the people who’s art you love, the music you’re listening to, the things that inspire you. It was one of those, “well, duh!” moments for me. Oh here I go again. “For me. Me. Me, me, me.” In all honesty, I feel so strongly connected to people that it’s almost impossible to talk about “me” without talking about “you.” Make sense? Yeah… I’m still trying to figure it all out, too. But again, for the sake of clear communication, what I’m really trying to say here is this: Please check out the beautiful landscape photography work of my dear friend Chris Dahlquist! Perhaps the book “Something More” will inspire you, too! My new friend Stefanie is a gem for sharing it with me! I love to smile! And I’ve been listening to a lot of music by Kyle Reid from Oklahoma lately!
July 24, 2015
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