KAMBER – Hurry Up EP

Since moving to Nashville almost a year and a half ago, I’m happy to say I’ve been quite busy! I formed a band with my long-time friend Jase Hackman on guitar, my wonderful boyfriend Austin Huelsbeck on bass guitar, and Phoenix to Nashville transplants Paul Carter and Justin Nelson on guitar and drums. Such an incredible group of guys. I was absolutely amazed the first time we played our first songs together in rehearsal, which were “Black, Blue, and Grey”, and “Lost in Music City”.

Most of you who take the time to read this probably know “Black, Blue, and Grey”. It was the most important song I wrote at my time studying in Nashville at a music program called the Contemporary Music Center. Something about that song broke many barriers in my heart, and I still feel that same intense passion every time I sing it.

The other song we rehearsed – “Lost in Music City” – was written after my time at the Contemporary Music Center was over. The first time we rehearsed it as a band, I wasn’t quite sure what the specific parts and arrangements needed to be. I had a basic outline, and released it to the guys for their own interpretation. We played it through and it flowed seamlessly. It was magic, and I love the way it turned out.

Finally, here we are in Music City, playing with some of the most talented musicians and artists I’ve ever met.

We decided it was time to make an EP.

I already knew which songs needed to be on it. It was time to tell our story – “Hurry Up”.

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KAMBER – Hurry Up EP.

“Lost in Music City”

It was 2012 and I was on the edge of my 21st birthday. Austin and I had just met only weeks prior at the Contemporary Music Center (CMC), but there was something brewing in both of our hearts that would burst into the most dramatic and romantic chain of events I had ever experienced in my life.

I think both of us knew that the ever-present “muses” would never go away. It just won’t. We will never stop feeling excited about and inspired by music. The first time we strolled the busy streets of Music City, we knew we found our home.

An incredible hodge-podge of honky tonks, street musicians, whimsical neon lights, and a slew of people drawn to the same thing we were.

Meanwhile, we only had a few more weeks left until the inevitable had to happen. I needed to finish up my degree in Florida, and Austin had to return to Portland to do the same. It was a bit frightening, but it wasn’t a deal-breaker. It wasn’t a question. We knew it had to happen and we were going to make it work, no matter how vast the distance. We clung to the music, and the hope that very soon, we would return to the amazing city that fed our obsession.

I WANNA GO SOMEWHERE WITH YOU

Wake me up with a burst of sunlight
Wash away the frantic fears of last night
I wanna go somewhere with you
Where everyone hears the music too

I wanna drive, never stop
I wanna go with you

Here we are with open hearts
Lost in, lost in, lost in Music City
Here we are with open hearts
Lost in, lost in, lost in Music City

Feel the rush as our worlds collide
Ocean tides and the dark clouded skies

I know we have a song to sing
Wild hearts and wild dreams

Don’t stop now
We’re on the edge!
I wanna run with you

Here we are with open hearts
Lost in, lost in, lost in Music City
Here we are with open hearts
Lost in, lost in, lost in Music City

Speeding through the blur of cars
Grasping at the brightest stars
Not bound by jaded stones from the past life
Forge the path we know is ours
Steady as the rising sun
Unfolding dreams in a chorus
Of our own hearts

Here we are with open hearts
Lost in, lost in, lost in Music City
Here we are with open hearts
Lost in, lost in, lost in Music City

“Hurry Up”

I remember the first stretch of time we had to spend apart. Austin drove down to Lakeland with me immediately after the CMC program ended, to meet my family and see the Sunshine State. The end of April came, and it felt like a piece of my heart had flown with him back to PDX. It hurt. A lot. I could not wait until the next month when I could go see him.

May came and it was time. I was counting down the days and preparing myself for my first plane ride. (Just a fun fact – it was my first trip in an airplane ever and I was traveling from FL to OR. Pull out a map, folks, it’s no quick trip). 😉

I stepped off the plane and found his familiar face within the crowds of people. I wasn’t ready for what I was about to see in this incredible city. Rolling peaks and valleys, stunning snowy mountains, and always a hint of moody melancholy skies.

I LOVED IT.

The City of Roses was captivating me, and our love was only growing stronger.

Every time we would part, I could almost feel a rush of white noise interrupting our conversation. Text messages, phone conversations, Skype, and Facebook were our most important resources. We were so thankful for them. But it was never quite the same as being face to face. Living, breathing – together.

It was hard to communicate. I can’t tell you how many times we endured the silliest of arguments because we physically could not understand each other, due to poor reception or miscommunication. We would get so frustrated and angry sometimes! We were so ready to find what we were looking for – to live in the same city, and create music.

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“Hurry Up”

Pitch black in this room
There’s a wrestling match in my head
Tasting love and pride
Sitting here
Crumpled in my bed

What were those words you said to me?
What was that I was screaming at you?
Why didn’t we just say I’m sorry?
Why didn’t we just say I love you?

Up in the mountains, the hills, and the music
Crimson passions inside us reaching

Where we stumbled into love
Where I couldn’t kiss you fast enough
Where we stumbled into love
Where I couldn’t kiss you fast enough

Now you’re so far away
Now you’re so far away
Now we’re so far away

What were those words you said to me?
What was that I was screaming at you?
Why didn’t we just say I’m sorry?
Why didn’t we just say I love you?

Hurry up, hurry up
Please forget all the words I said
Hurry up, hurry up
Please forget all the words I said

“City of Roses”

Sometimes it was easy to be angry. Resentful of the fact that he was so far away. The truth of our reality was easily distorted. Weathered from so many tears. However, hardship proved to bring so much strength and beauty. Very much like a blooming, yet thorny, rose.

Hurry Up… but WAIT.

It felt like time was our enemy when we were apart. But oh, how it quickly became our best friend when we were together. This is what fueled the chorus of the final track of the record – “City of Roses”.

OH WILD HEARTSWHO CAN TAME THIS LOVE OF

Come with me
To the rolling valley
Underneath
Misty moonlight
Feel the cool breeze
Breathing deeply
Hear the spruce trees release their softest sighs

The muted secret sun speaks so clearly
Swirling blues and grays of great mystery

Oh wild hearts,
Who can tame this love of ours?
Oh wild hearts,
Who can tame this love of ours?
The City of Roses waits for us.

Silver streams of urgent dreams
Push through massive open seams of time
Threading shut their embroidered schemes

Twists and turns of leafless trees
Fringe the edge of rainy streets
Scattered underneath the hazy skies

Oh wild hearts,
Who can tame this love of ours?
Oh wild hearts,
Who can tame this love of ours?
The City of Roses waits for us.

This is the story of the Hurry Up EP. As always, I hope you find your own stories and dreams in these songs, and get lost in the music. Thank you for supporting us. Thank you for listening.

Love,
Kamber

Download the Hurry Up EP at http://www.noisetrade.com/kambermusic/hurry-up

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