Flipping the big page. On to Music City.

Music always makes me emotional, but something about choral music always seems to “widen” my soul and brings everything in its place. I think it’s the angels’ music of choice and the earth echoes back.

Tonight was the end-of-the-year choral concert at Lakeland Christian School. That school has been the longest relationship that I’ve had with any community. I’ve known some of these teachers for all my life. I was blessed with a part-time piano teaching job there this semester, and I’ve been able to save money and get ready to move to Nashville.

It finally hit me tonight, that this is the end. I graduated from Lakeland Christian in 2009, and attended and graduated college here in Lakeland. It never really felt like I had ever left, except for my short and life-changing stay at the Contemporary Music Center last Spring. I’ve had a “taste” of my future, but not quite the whole thing yet. In only 5 weeks, I will be driving north to Music City, to start this new life. I won’t get to see special people like my piano teacher of 12 years, and mentor for even longer than that, my grandparents, my parents, my brother, my friends I’ve had since middle school or earlier. This HUGE page is about to flip, and I have no idea what will be on the other side!

All of these people have shaped me, taught me, loved me, and have encouraged me in this path that I am on. God has given me a few moments of clarity these past few months, how he truly is guiding me and fulfilling the desires of my heart. 

Thank you Mom, for singing to me all sorts of songs since I was born. Thank you for always singing and performing, and showing me how important music is, and how fun it is. Thank you for giving me the gift of music.

Thank you, Mrs. Latham, for pushing me to be the best I can be. For dedicating your extra time to make sure I learn and grow as a musician and as a person.

Thank you, to all of my grandparents who came to every show, every concert, every recital, and always cheered me on.

Thank you to all of my friends, old and new, who are always so encouraging and loving. 

Thank you to my parents (all three) who always make sure I know the important things that no one else would tell me. Those nuts and bolts in life that I don’t know yet. ;)

 

I love you. I love you more than anything. Thank you. Thank you so much.

<3 Kamber

 

“Creativity tak…

“Creativity takes courage”- Henri Matisse

Leaving the box of “acceptable”, “digestable”, and “status quo” is not always easy. Sometimes I find myself in this very place- seriously feeling scared to write a song that doesn’t seem to fit a mold! But, why would I do that? As a songwriter, I am the only one who can write my music. It’s like Matisse is saying, “take courage and be yourself”

:)

Kamber

 

Thanks Mixtus Media for sharing this wonderful quote!

Black, Blue, and Gray

“Black, Blue, and Gray”, is the second track of Tension & Release, and I think it may be the most important.

This song broke a barrier, or as I like to say, it “broke a portal” in my heart and mind. All of my songs before this one never quite expressed my heart like this one does. It takes all of the intensity and raw energy and expels it like the piercing cry of a newborn child. At least, that’s what I felt when this song fell out of the sky-a “rebirth” of sorts.

BBG started with a picture in my head. A very specific clear picture that came to mind several months before I attended the CMC in Nashville. I knew I needed to write about it, but I never quite found the “right” words or melodies just yet.

The picture kind of looked like this:

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An old, abandoned, condemned brick building, alone in a wide open field. I’m kind of shocked that I found this picture on the Internet-it fits the picture in my brain almost perfectly!

I lived in a brick fortress spiritually for a long time. I was blind in so many ways-cold religion and fear shielded my eyes in darkness, and I was bruised with “blues” and “grays” so to speak, because I never considered myself “good enough”.

Until one day, the Truth in my heart, the Truth of the Father’s love, broke through every lie, every twisted thing, and immersed me in His warmth, peace, and love. I was free. Sunlight and grace filled my soul fully, and everything in my Heart was unleashed and I’ve never been the same!

Love is about freedom. Freedom from fear, and freedom from a “performance-based” life. I’m so thankful for this journey. Thank you God.


I see a brick building

Sitting in an open field

No light passes through it

Only what the dark will yield

Black, blue, black, blue, and gray

Black, blue, black, blue, and gray

I locked myself in, and I locked myself out

I shut off my brain, and I shut my heart down

But I won’t shrink back and I won’t second guess

My heart beats loud and it’s pounding in my chest

All this time, I couldn’t see the light of day

All this time, I’ve been living in black, blue, and gray

Breaking through the cold mortar

Scared to see what’s really outside

Despite my fear, I make the first step

I can truly say that freedom is mine

Live, love, life, love, and peace

Life, love, life, love, and peace

The light, the sun, the warmth

The purest love I’ve ever known

The fear is gone, the shame is gone

The purest love I’ve ever known

Now, I want to know your story. Have you ever “lived” in a “brick building”? And somehow, you found your way out?

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Love,

Kamber

“My job isn’t t…

“My job isn’t to be enraged. My job is what Chekov said…the proper presentation of the problem. The obligation of the writer, is not to provide the solution to a problem. That’s the obligation is a legislator, a leader, a crusader…we’re not selling, we’re not inviting condemnation. We’re inviting understanding.” Phillip Roth

My songwriter teacher from CMC in Nashville shared this today. Most of the time an artist is pulled in so many directions and constantly expected to defend something or attack something…it’s refreshing to remember that it’s not why we started creating in the first place. <3 Kamber

Favorite Vocalists

I somehow got on a Google kick and started searching for various “female rock vocalists”. Sometimes, they seem like few and far between…but I got excited again because I remembered how many rock goddesses are out there and how much they influence my music. Here are some incredibly talented musicians that I love! 

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Shara Worden- My Brightest Diamond 

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Courtney Love- Hole 

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Brandi Carlile

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Plumb

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Gwen Stefani- No Doubt

 

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Lacey Sturm- Flyleaf (My all-time favorite ^_^)

 

I love vocalists who give it their all! Each one of these singers has such passion, energy and a fierceness that soars through them! They can’t help but SING. 

WHO is your favorite vocalist?? 

<3

 

Kamber

 

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SNAP!

Frustration! Boiling point! EXPLODE!

This is the story of SNAP!

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SNAP! is the fiery, angsty introduction to Tension & Release.

February 2012. Right up until that point, my life was me dragging and heaving some sort of burden that would never let up. As the heaping hill continued its fearsome height, the burden grew all the heavier.

It felt like a cable car. I’m not sure how those skinny black cords carry the enormous weight of a vehicle like that on the hills of San Francisco, but in this story, my cable snapped! And there was no going back!

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Thus, the punk rock song was born. I had never written a song quite like this before, so I went to none other than my good friend Mel Kohr, the fiery punky red head that I had the privilege of befriending at the CMC. We swapped ideas. We brainstromed. I had this chorus in my head. This simple melody that kept hammering in my head. And this picture…a heavy vehicle suspended on a wire that just, snapped. The gravel of the hilly road. The sweltering sun overhead. And the swift winds pushing me forward. AND, all the fierce emotions to go with it. Before I knew it, there it was! It was my first genuine co-write, and it was one of the most enjoyable writing experiences I’ve had so far!

SNAP!

Letting go of something abruptly is liberating and jarring at the same time.

Have you had any experiences where you had to let go of something or someone “abruptly” or “immediately”, because it was only damaging you in some way?

Feel free to share!

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