During struggles, sometimes the best medicine is music. At today’s Coldsnap workshop, two Canadian artist gave Prince George residents songwriting tips. Andrea Ramolo and Matt Epp encouraged people to open up and let their songs come from the heart.
Ramolo says she healed through songs and songwriting during a hard time.”My mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2003, and luckily–I am happy to say she is a survivor, but she fought hard and during that whole process I turned to music for therapy. I taught myself how to play an old guitar of my dad’s that was lying in the basement.”
Studio 2880 was packed with residents eager to hear from the pair.
“The thing I want to share with these new friends is that the best thing you can do is not judge yourself,” says Epp, “because if you stop judging yourself, you are really going to stop judging other people as much; which will make you a better person, but a better songwriter as well.”
For Ramolo, the key is sharing a bit of yourself or experiences through music. “That’s actually a really vulnerable thing to do. You’re opening your heart up to the world at times, but how can you do that delicately and comfortably? And then how can you put sound and melody and text to an emotion?”
If you accomplish that though, Ramolo says you will connect with others…and that’s really what music is all about.