Past Cape Byron Steiner student and The Voice finalist Cecilia Brandolini returns to the Byron Shire for a run of gigs.
What have you been up to of late?
The last year-and-a-half I have been adjusting to living in Sydney! I’m living in the most artsy suburb in Sydney, Newtown, and loving the alternative way of life here. Busking almost every second day to an audience who really appreciate it is amazing. Last January–February I went overseas to Europe for the first time and absolutely loved it, performing internationally for the first time in Paris, and Kilkenny, Ireland. I arrived home to Sydney more than ever motivated to do music. I’ve been polishing old songs, new songs and compacting 13 down to five for my upcoming EP.
How do you approach songwriting?
It’s different every time for me. But lately I’ve been taking the thoughts and poems that I wrote overseas and turning them into lyrics with melodies. It’s really interesting how uniquely the phrasing turns out when you write lyrics that aren’t initially intended for the sole purpose of a song.
What song of yours are you most pleased with or proud of and why?
I’m most recently satisfied with an old/new song of mine called Next Year. It’s a song that I’ve written over three years, and although the initial idea is simple, I’ve been able to write lyrics from three different perspectives about fear of moving to the big city, then being in the city and now being adjusted and grateful for both my upbringing and my situation now, the ability to reflect on it all.
How’s life as a musician? What are you learning along the way?
I’m learning it’s a bit tough, but well worth the effort. I’ve been a musician my whole life and have always collaborated and performed with other people. But I’m finding this new solo thing to be the most satisfying yet. The satisfaction and selfless pleasure it brings me when I can convey some realisations through songwriting is just addictive.
Tell us what to expect for your local gigs.
New songs! Foot percussion as well as rhythmic-style piano. Reflective lyrics that hopefully invoke a lot of emotion, as a reminder for us all to remain in touch with our emotions, as I believe that’s the best way to live. To align actions with belief is of huge importance to me and so I write in a way that tries to explain that to people through a mixture of different styles of songwriting. Sounds reminiscent of Katie Noonan, Kate Bush, and Joni Mitchell.
Cecilia plays the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on Saturday and Club Lennox on Sunday.