Kara McGraw Blog

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM

main imageYesterday, a fan who was planning on performing "The Chandelier" at her church emailed me a question: "[C]an you tell me what you were thinking / feeling when you wrote that song, or what you intended it to 'be about'? I don't know if I've quite grasped all the layers of it."   [Read more]


Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

main imageI used to dream frequently of whales: mostly gentle, but intimidating and mysteriously powerful. These were the inspiration behind the flying whale paintings scattered across my website. More recently, however, bears have been surfacing more in my dreams. They are always large, intimidating, and dangerous, yet they never harm me. I wonder what my dreams are getting at....


Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:12am

main image We all connect to the story format, because our lives feel to us to be one, long narrative wherein we are the struggling protagonist whose purpose and fate are unclear. The classic story format steps in where the narrative of life fails, providing a sense of meaning and direction.    [Read more]


Tuesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:05pm

main imageAbout the New Album: "The Hound & The Hare"   [Read more]


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:10pm

main imageI'm of the opinion that writing lyrics shouldn't be easy. It should be labor of love to find the exact words that perfectly express the sentiment being communicated. The quality of a person's lyrics reflects the depth of their knowledge, insight, and experience. Though I view these as my limitations when I write, I can at least take credit for what I regard as my better lyrical moments because there's no denying that those lyrics -- they came from me.   [Read more]


Monday, January 2, 2012 at 4:37pm

main imageI just randomly remembered a song I wrote back in 7th or 8th grade. It was called "Waterfall" and at the time I was writing it I knew that the waterfall was a metaphor for something, I just wasn't sure what. Lacking a clear answer, I said that it was about a destructive relationship.   [Read more]


Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 12:30pm

main imageI've been sending a lot of emails lately about "The Chandelier" and the fundraiser I'm currently running. It's always a challenge to tell my story in a succinct fashion, but I must do so; no one wants to read a novel about someone they barely know.   [Read more]


Monday, November 21, 2011 at 5:46pm

main imageThe lyrics of a song by Vigri triggered the memory of a dream I had in middle school that still gives me goosebumps to this day.   [Read more]


Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 1:36pm

main imageRefrigerator poetry from various moments in my life, in chronological order:   [Read more]


Monday, October 24, 2011 at 5:05pm

main imageAll the sounds of which I've become acutely aware during the past week of recording at Widow Moses Studios:   [Read more]


Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:29am

main imageCertain things we experience tap into the heart of what life is made of. These things I call Amaya. The ocean's Amaya whispers to me of the great power of the Life Force itself -- its versatility, transformation, death and rebirth.... As for musical Amaya, it taps into the core experience of being alive, submersing me in the tidal waves of emotion...   [Read more]