A bilingual Ocean-themed virtual concert featuring a variety of Montreal/Quebec based musicians playing original ocean themed songs
Sam Dimitraki, Arianne Laboissonière, and I put on Bilingual Ocean-themed virtual concert featuring a variety of Montreal/Quebec based musicians playing original ocean themed songs – many of which were written specifically for this concert. We also included clips showcasing the projects of other Ocean bridge participants. My personal project was to write 3 (3.5 if you count our outro song!) educational ocean-themed songs which I performed live during this concert with my friend and talented multi-instrumentalist, Jenny Rizzo.
It was difficult to plan the filming with the constant changes in COVID safety regulations, and to coordinate with our 3 busy schedules, but we were lucky in that we were pretty in sync in terms of what we each were working towards. Personally I would say that I struggled the most working on the lyrics to my song Cee Cee Turtle ! Self-doubt is also a big struggle, I was very worried that the songs I was writing wouldn’t be worth the price tag – or in any case, my ability to perform them.
To me, a big takeaway was how valuable it is to have a team, and cheerleader on your side – I think this is really a strength of the Ocean Bridge program. I’m someone who can’t always be trusted to believe fully in the worth of what they’re doing, and I can be a perfectionist – which can mean that projects don’t always get completed, or I that I don’t allow myself to dream big enough.