“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!

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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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The year that changed everything.

I remember sitting on the back porch of my apartment in Brentwood, TN in early February 2012. I gazed out at the huge curvaceous mountain tops, and saw all the sparkling lights spread out across them. And I saw the bright CMC light staring back at me. I KNEW right then and there that something about my life was going to change forever. 

Many called 2012 the end of everything. But for me, it felt like the explosive beginning. New places, new friendships, even new family members. 

It’s the year I turned 21! 

I never thought 21 would be more than a “rite of passage” so to speak to becoming a “real” young adult. Whatever that means.

Instead, 2012 brought a little more excitement than that. I had the privilege of…

1) Living in Nashville for a semester to study contemporary music and the music business

2) Writing 5 songs that I was actually proud of.

3) Meeting a group of artists, musicians, and thinkers who I call life-long friends.

4) Meeting a tall, dark-haired, kind of edgy Pacific Northwesterner named Austin who captivated my heart.

5) Flying on a plane for the first time, by myself. Where to? Portland, Oregon, to visit Austin.

6) Driving to Seattle to visit the Space Needle, Pike’s Place Market, and all the sights and sounds of the Grunge capital, where some of my favorite artists emerged.

7) Climbing a beautiful mountain at Multnomah Falls, Oregon.

8) Visiting a snowy dormant volcano, called Mount Hood in the Great Northwest.

9) Experiencing a new birth in the family, sweet Baby Nate!

10) Releasing my first ever EP, titled Tension & Release, that expressed all of the emotions, thoughts, experiences that encompassed this exhilarating year.

Who knew? That bright Tennessee light was right! 🙂 

Happy New Year! I wonder what 2013 will bring?