Comfort Cat (the musician)
Comfort Cat (Tami) performs in and around New York City, usually with a ukulele or violin. When she isn’t performing as her solo act, Comfort Cat, she’s playing in Neurofire or other projects. She’s from the Pacific Northwest, having first moving to New York for college, and has also lived and studied in the United Kingdom.
This part of my bio is derived from my bio on Neurofire’s website, which was also written by me. So, yeah. I’m ripping myself off!
Comfort Cat didn’t sing for many years. She sang as a toddler, but became fiercely against the whole “singing” thing around age 5, feeling weirdly and suddenly threatened by it. She still liked music, though, and learned violin at age 8. For a long time, she thought her path in life was to be a classical violinist, and studied this at Sarah Lawrence College, along with computer science and literature. However, she was incredibly lazy, angry, and had zero artistic restraint–not good qualities for a classical musician.
CC’s goals changed when she studied in the U.K. at Dartington College of Arts during its last year of existence, from 2009 to 2010. There, she was expected to do whatever she wanted–which is actually much harder than it sounds. Her marks were not that great, and her instructor’s comments included that she had a “weird voice” and a “shitty violin pickup.” Her violin teacher had a good sense of humor, though: for example, he’d sometimes make her sightread misleadingly difficult music when she came to lessons hungover (like ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ for 2 Violins) and laugh at her confusion.
At DCA, CC finally acknowledged that the classical track wasn’t right for her. She also wrote lots of songs there, which felt cathartic because, while studying classical violin at SLC, she had felt guilty about songwriting–like it was procrastination. When she returned to SLC, she slacked off on the violin, learned ukulele, and wrote more songs. She would eventually return to the UK in 2013 to study songwriting at Bath Spa University.
Now, CC makes a living as a freelance writer.