Weekly Music

January 3rd, 2012

You may recall, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, that my younger brother is a talented musician that I make music with sometimes when I’m home in Seattle. He can play pretty much every instrument under the sun, and I am an award winning vocalist, (Jokes. But really, I won State in high school choir and have you seen Glee, guys??) so our powers combined makes my heart sing. But we are Miss’s, and that means we have a lazy streak so though talk about recording long distance happens often, it wasn’t until both of our extreme brokeness this year made us realize this was the perfect time to finally record some songs and give them out as the most winningest Christmas present ever.

The songs are a random grab bag, but they are also parent and grandparent friendly. My grandpa is a Willie Nelson fanatic and taught me all the words to Crazy when I was a kid, so that was just for him. A few didn’t make it that I’m determined to add later, like something from First Aid Kit or Fleetwood Mac. Some were really hard, and I’m a bit self conscious about my voice on, like Somebody I Used to Know, but mostly I’m so damn proud that we pulled this together in just a few weeks. My brother Matt gets most of the credit, and a gold star for staying up til 5am finishing everything on Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy it!

ps. props to Will for the awesome cover illustration of us!

UPDATE: As requested, you can now download the song files here! We don’t legally have the right to sell the album, but thanks for the interest in purchasing it.

Here’s the track listing with the song credits:

Birds of a Feather / The Civil Wars
Harvest Moon / Neil Young
Rich Woman / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Cinder & Smoke /  Iron & Wine
Somebody That I Used To Know /  Gotye + Kimbra
Goshen /  Beirut
Barton Hollow /  The Civil Wars
Crazy / Patsy Cline/Willie Nelson

97 Responses to “Weekly Music”

  1. K Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:17 am

    This is great! Harvest Moon is one of my most favorite songs, and you guys nailed it.

    One of my dreams is to record a little album like this. I started taking voice lessons last year, but that shit gets expensive. But I’ve got my track list growing, and can’t wait to record it some day.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Katie Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:19 am

    You do have a lovely voice! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. bigBANG studio Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am

    GAHHHHH!

    Wait, this is INCREDIBLE!!! You guys are AMAZING. move over She+Him! Let me catch my breath.

    GAHHHHHH!

    Crazy is my *favorite*. Favorite favorite favorite. Your voice is INCREDIBLE, Kate Miss of Many Talents! GAHHHH!!!!!

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  4. Debs Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Really lovely to hear your singing voice.
    It’s great for the soul lifting your spirits and makes you feel alive.

    Well done it’s really good.

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  5. Heidi Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:35 am

    You are a talented bunch! I’m sure your families loved such a thoughtful gift.

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  6. victoria Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Now I’m dying to hear your Fleetwood Mac … standing by for part 2.

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  7. Mary Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Your voice is incredibly beautiful. What a lovely Christmas gift!

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  8. Erin @ Bklynstitch Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Amazing Christmas gift! Great Job!!

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  9. elle Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Wow, what a talented family! Really amazing, well done!

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  10. Meagan Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:32 am

    OMG. Awesome. Really really awesome.

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  11. Sara Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Oh.my.word. Your voice is glorious!! Loving these covers Kate!!

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  12. rachel Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:39 am

    kate, Harvest Moon is so beautiful! what a wonderful gift.

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  13. Dilia Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This is amazing!!!!

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  14. ashley Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Amazing!!! So beautiful!

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  15. janis Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Love this! You’re so talented!!

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  16. Arlie Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:22 am

    i love this Kate!!!

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  17. Natalie Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This just made my day!

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  18. whitney Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

    what a treat!

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  19. t Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:47 am

    hello amazing. i love all of these a million times over!

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  20. satsuki shibuya Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:48 am

    amazing!! & you have a beautiful voice! definitely will be playing this while working in the studio today. thank you so much for sharing!

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  21. Camilla Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wow. Love it!

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  22. Francine Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Kiiiick aaasssssss!!!!!

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  23. amber Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:10 am

    this is so lovely! good on you and your brother for making something so special.

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  24. Jenny Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Love, love, love. <3

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  25. Margot Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Jeepers you are so talented! Save some for the rest of us, will ya :-)

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  26. Ashleigh Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Seriously? Your voice is beautiful Kate! What else have you been hiding from us? Glad things are returning to normal for you guys and that Will’s health is on the up & up. Happy New Year.

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  27. Bre Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Your voice is soooo beautiful. This must have been the best gift for your family EVER.

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  28. Aurora Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love it! So beautiful. Makes me want to go do some crooning, but it doesn’t sound quite as lovely as yours.

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  29. sallymae Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Your voice is amazing!!!!

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  30. Hila Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Wow, really loved it!! Beautiful covers <3

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  31. Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Beautiful! I love your bro and sis album, such a sweet idea and special gift. If your bro is ever looking for vocalists in the Seattle area, please give him my info. I’m a singer and songwriter and I love collaborating with talented peeps! :) xo

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  32. laura [prismera] Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    ahh that was so pretty.

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  33. Bridget Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful! What a great gift to you and your family.

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  34. Catharina Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Love this! You have a beautiful voice. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. MissNatalie // Canoe Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Wow!! This totally blew me away. You guys sound great and I agree that “Harvest Moon” is really something special. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  36. hila Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    this is so awesome kate! two words: more please.

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  37. Jennifer Young Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    holy cow, kate! is there anything you can’t do?! ;) you’re amazing!
    j.

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  38. Crystal Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I am so envious of folks with awesome talents… love this! Crazy is my fave :)

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  39. Lauren Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I love homemade gifts — and love to give musical compilations to the people in my life — so this post made me happy! You’re so lucky you can sing!

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  40. Dani Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Wow, I am beyond impressed and totally obsessed! (I didn’t mean to make that rhyme) Honestly, I could listen all day. Such talent!

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  41. cde Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This is great! You two are very talented. What a fun bond for you and your brother. Lots of good tracks here–Goshen is such a moving song.

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  42. Mandy Moo Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    OOOOOOh … BIG love! …. & so so inspiring & chock full of talent, thoughtfulness & beauty.
    I will play it over & over & share with my loved ones & friends.
    I love sharing music, Thank-you for sharing with us.
    Cute cover work too!
    x
    You guys rock. Oh. yes. you. do!
    MsMoo

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  43. Alison Coombs Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Are you kidding?? This is incredible!

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  44. Siri Says:

    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    So so awesome!!! How did we not know of this talent earlier?!! More please!

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  45. trinsch Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    wow! just amazing. what a wonderful gift this must have been for your friends and family. happy new year.

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  46. vic Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Oh COME ON. As if it’s even fair that you’re good at this too. xx

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  47. Franzi Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 4:05 am

    What a beautiful gift – and I really like your voice! No need to be self conscious – your “Somebody I used to know” version is incredible :)

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  48. Cindy Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    After reading your blog for so long, its amazing to finally hear what you sound like! And it totally ROCKS! Wow, you’re amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Noni Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 5:55 am

    first music i can hear.

    everything was too folk-y around here – for me.

    but – can´t belive – it´s so you.

    <3 it

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  50. Frances Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Another talent?? You are unstoppable! Your voice is really really lovely. I could have been given this CD and told it was someone with a full on band, groupies, and diva attitude due to all her success. Well done.

    I think today is the big day. You will both be in my thoughts. Stay strong!

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  51. Skraeling Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    You’ve got a great voice … keep up the good work.

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  52. Rebecca Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Kate, this is so great ! You guys rock.
    And so funny to hear your voice :)
    CRAZY is my favourite, it sounds wonderful.
    Have a very very happy new year.

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  53. Jessica Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    These are so good!! Sultry sultry voice. And your harmonies are fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. ellie Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    you’re such a treasure, kate. xoxox

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  55. Lauren Newkirk Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Kate, what a beautiful collection of covers. My boyfriend and I had such a lovely evening listening to your music! You voice sounds great on Somebody That I Used to Know… my favorite of all the tracks.

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  56. What Possessed Me Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Girl, you guys are HAWT. I love this.

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  57. Belinda Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Oh Kate! Beautiful! What a thoughtful gift for your family.

    I especially like your interpretation of Kimbra’s vocals on the Gotye track. It’s a challenging track to attempt – I can see how it would make you a bit nervous. But you definitely pulled it off.

    I’d love to hear you do some Fleetwood Mac!

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  58. Sara/Matchbox Kitchen Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Kate, this is amazing! Props to you and your brother for putting this together. I’ve come back to this page way too many times so I can listen over and over. Please let there be a part 2!

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  59. Kate Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    fantastic Kate! I really love the songs, you have a beautiful voice as does your talented brother and this is a great gift idea. SO lovely! Thank you for sharing!!

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  60. Dennise Says:

    January 4th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Kate, is there anything you can’t do?! You have such a beautiful, soothing voice, I think I’ve listened to Crazy about 20 times already. xo

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  61. evie Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    wow what a treat!! you guys are wonderful thanks so much for sharing with us. what a talent family!

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  62. Miss Moss : Things I Like Right Now Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    [...] kate and her brother made a covers album. i actually have no words for how great this [...]

  63. Belinda Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Kate Miss you are a wonder!
    Oh and Matt’s not too shabby either…!
    Thinking especially good thoughts for Will right now. xx

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  64. Anna Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 2:19 am

    AND you can sing. Wow. You are totally inspiring me to do something creative RIGHT NOW. So ood to hear your voice after reading your blog for ages! Makes you like, a real person or something

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  65. Sophie Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 4:41 am

    This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Kate. So surprising to hear your voice, and it sounds great.

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  66. Béa Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 5:12 am

    It must be my first comment since I’ve been following your blog but I had to say how great you sound ! I love all these 8 covers!

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  67. michelle Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 6:32 am

    i can’t believe this is you! these are really great, and the fact that it was a little family project is very inspiring. thanks for sharing.

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  68. michelle Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    …and i actually just read what Bea above me said, and ditto! also my first comment because, well, wow! very impressed.

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  69. katy Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    ooo…enjoyed this!! xx

    bravo!

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  70. jude Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This is a such a great album but I’m wondering – is there any way to download or purchase it so I can add it to itunes instead of listening to it off here? Has anyone done this?

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  71. amanda Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I echo everything above, I would love to download this. You have a delightful voice!

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  72. leah Says:

    January 5th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Wonderful. I love how you’ve done Cinder and Smoke. It’s been perfect for my mood tonight.

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  73. Jessica Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 2:08 am

    French reader here, I LOVE All of these songs. This is fantastic and totally the music I want to listen to right now (and surely during the past 12 months and coming 12 months as well). Thank you very much for sharing this! Oh how I miss the US……

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  74. Renee @ eatliveshop.com Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Wow I’m so impressed! You guys are really good…great voice Kate!

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  75. joana Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    <3<3<3

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  76. L'élephant Rose Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    [...] Kate and her brother, Matt made this cd for their family for Christmas. So far, the raddest thing of the year. You can download the album here. [...]

  77. wishful nals Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    you have the most beautiful voice! this is so wonderful.

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  78. nicole b. Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    So impressive! Downloading it now! Thanks for sharing. You guys are a great team! I’m sure your folks and grandfolks loved it! xo.

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  79. Kasey Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    You are beyond rad (and have a beautiful voice!!!) I absolutely love that Iron & Wine rendition.

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  80. celia Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    you should know that i just played a couple songs for cheech and the joy that ensued was OUTRAGEOUS. and my girl has good taste. ;)

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  81. Jane Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Kate this is amazing!! You and your bro are super talented! Congrats!

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  82. robyn Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve been enjoying listeing to your music all morning, whilst drinking hot tea here in Nairobi. Brill!

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  83. aman Says:

    January 6th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    You have such a smoooth and wonderful voice!
    Absolutely lovely! :D
    wishes!

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  84. joannegarcia Says:

    January 7th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    wow! this is SO GOOD!

    i’m so glad that i Cup of Jo linked to you :)

    what a great find. thanks for sharing!

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  85. Rebecca Says:

    January 7th, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Fantastic! Found you through Cup of Jo and am so happy to know your blog exists. Thanks for the music, I love their sound.

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  86. Tanya Says:

    January 7th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    This is so wonderful! “Harvest Moon” is one of my all-time favorite songs (as Neil Young is one of my all-time favorite musicians) and your rendition is perfect. My husband and I are putting together a playlist for the birth of our daughter in a few weeks and I’m definitely adding your cover of this song on the list. Thanks for doing this!

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  87. love+cupcakes Says:

    January 7th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This was so sweet. Thanks for sharing. Harvest Moon is definitely a favorite of mine.

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  88. Down and Out Chic Says:

    January 7th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    holy wow. amazing. your voice is BEAUTIFUL.

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  89. {gemmifer} Says:

    January 8th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    A beautiful and most personal Christmas gift. So much thought and creativity went into this, more than if you grabbed your wallets and went to the store. Your friends and family were very lucky to get such a lovely present–as are we!

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  90. Amber Shaw Says:

    January 9th, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Kate, your voice is gorgeous!! I love Cinder and Smoke!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  91. Design Crush » Matt + Kate Says:

    January 10th, 2012 at 6:00 am

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  92. Emma Says:

    January 10th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    really beautiful stuff! so glad you love the civil wars as much as i do — the neil young cover is nice too! i love your sound!!

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  93. Jennifer Says:

    January 10th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Holy shit girl. You are even more crazy-talented than I thought!!!
    xx
    Downloading NOW.

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  94. Courtney K Says:

    January 10th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Wow. You two are crazy crazy talented.

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  95. hanna anderson Says:

    January 10th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Lovelovelove. Your voice is inspiring.

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  96. Miss_Em Says:

    January 14th, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Hi Kate, I don’t usually comment on people’s blogs but felt I had to after this one. Thank you so much for your music its brilliant!

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  97. Candice Says:

    February 5th, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I downloaded the album a few weeks ago but I didn’t had the chance to listened to it until today. It’s currently snowing, I’m warm in my bed and oh my, your covers are so lovely ! You did such a good work with your brother. Plus I absolutely adore Rich Woman and Harvest Moon, they are so beautiful songs, so I’m really happy.

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