2011 Highlights: Out of the Cocoon and Into the Sun
“Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterwards summer may not come.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
There was a lull in terms of recording and releasing new materials for The Camerawalls in 2011. It was a tough year, and with the ever-changing musical landscape and distribution, we felt it’s better to postpone any plans. Bread and Circuses EP was more like a “chop suey” served during a lengthy cocoon stage of the band. As times changes so do we. The year that passed has tested our adaptability to changes.
2011 was spent on promoting the new EP, gigging, collecting ideas and opportunities. We met a lot of new friends online and offline, played and sang our hearts out, covered more songs than we ever did. We were able to release two music videos lovingly produced by photographer friends; celebrated our fourth year as a band; welcomed a fourth member named George Carillo to fill in on electric guitar duties; returned to Singapore for gigs. We performed over 60 listed gigs averaging five to six per month.
It was also during 2011 that we had a taste of a little prestige through songwriting competitions we courageously entered. I became a semi-finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the folk/singer-songwriter category for the song “Bread and Circuses“. This consequently led me to try my luck with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with the song “Birthday Wishes“, bagging the grand prize in the mini contest for songs of peace and love in honor of Lennon’s 71st birthday.
The highlights that I tried to recall and enumerate above is indicative of another growth chapter for The Camerawalls. Each single day is enough to make us a little larger, growing into more and retreating into less. We are resolute in producing more songs this year, more gigs to plays, more books to read, more new things to experience and more socially relevant projects.
We are inviting you all to join us in our journey. To those who already did, you have given us a dear privilege to be part of your lives through our music.
A fabulous and legendary New Year to us all!