In full disclosure, this post is about one of my favorite people around and a good friend. It’s only natural (side note; wouldn’t it be great to include an interview with Neil Finn later on] at the beginning of an interview blog that the first few would be people I already know. Here we go with our second interview…
Camille Cortinas is a singer/songwriter and entrepreneur from Dallas, Texas. She self-releases her albums
Her recent release is “You’re Home Now”‘ (A song inspired by her adoption of a shelter dog. Proceeds go to benefit DFW Humane Society) It’s available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/camillecortinas4.
Band affiliations; Fishing For Comets (past band)
performs & records with local talents
Dogdander, John Lefler (he’s been referred to in both posts so far), The Monco Poncho, San Pedro, Gabrielle LaPlante, Cas Haley.
Songwriter, Professional Voice Over Talent, Human friend to The Band of Puppets and Owner of Yims Foods. Band of Puppets is a zany group of puppet characters created and performed by my husband Eric Neal. I’m the human friend to these lovable puppets and we offer creative and interactive musical shows that are entertaining to young and old.
What is your songwriting process?
Emotional garbage that’s stirring around in my head and needs spitting out. a necessity.. it’s like the kiss of death for me… some form of closure, or a healthy way to process something that might otherwise turn toxic… or if it’s something pleasant… a way of capturing that feeling to always be able to recreate again and again and again and again. a moment in time.
What are you most proud of?
getting untangled…. what means nothing and what matters to me.
People play music for emotional, financial, spiritual, social, egotistical reasons…. there’s no right or wrong but for ME, it’s all about sharing this language of emotions with the people I love, the connection with the musicians i’m privileged to work beside, the audience that takes the time to listen, that person who has been moved by a song, and the experience it is for them. The communal aspect of sharing is so thrilling to me.
Moons and junes and ferris wheels,
the dizzy dancing way you feel
as every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way
but now it’s just another show,
you leave ’em laughing when you go
and if you care, don’t let them know,
don’t give yourself away
What advice would you give to young songwriters?
Everyone is different…so why you write may be also. That being said.. If you’re looking for honesty and authenticity, try to maintain a writing style that is true to your character, something you would really say. I have old journals when I started out that I’d be mortified to read now… SO many terrible odes to lost loves, and ugh … those shakespearean tragedies. i was 16. …I was a punk. i’m not discrediting my personal experience i just wished i’d narrated from my own perspective and didn’t try so hard. I was looking for an outlet to express what I was feeling and I suppose it’s trial and error…but the worse thing was to go above and beyond to explain something ..Making it flowery as possible. Maybe all it needed was a simple explanation… in my simple words, truth from my lips. it’s my own thought process and explanation, that’s as real as you get.
I really think over thinking is overrated.
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