Bonnie May “Fall” (Live at Culture & God)
Bonnie May is an up-and-coming talented singer/song writer from England. She performed a Culture & God exclusive of one of her original songs, her latest project named “Fall”. Alice Morris, guest writer for Culture & God, interviews her about her love for music, song writing techniques, and ambitions for the future.
What made you write this song?
‘Fall’ is one of the first (good) songs that I created. I wrote it right when I started to take music seriously, and as a 14 year old people doubt you a lot when you tell people that you’re going into the music industry for your career. So I guess this song was me reminiscing easier times of being younger where people didn’t want me to fall.
Did you first write the lyrics, the chords, or the melody to “Fall”? What is your usual method of song writing?
When writing this song I wrote the chords first. I had just discovered seven chords and was in love. I played them through whilst looking at a poster on my wall which had the words ‘at ease’ on it, and whilst doing my usual improvisational way of writing songs which has no real method to it, I realized the words ‘at ease’ had made their way into the song without me realizing. Song writing is like meditation for me; I completely detach from my surroundings and the words just flow out of me. My song writing is more instinct than method.
Why do you enjoy song writing and performing?
Performing my own songs brings me more joy than anything else, even though I get so many nerves right as I walk on stage and sometimes I don’t know if the right words are going to leave my mouth. I can’t explain how much I love singing. And when I finish performing I am left with such a huge rush. Some people get their rush from skydiving or driving fast cars, I get mine from getting up stage and singing.
How long has music been a part of your life? When is your earliest memory of singing?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up around varied music tastes – I think this is why I am open to any style of music. I always sang, but when I joined my primary school choir and sang ‘Silent Night’ at the Christmas concert I realized that singing in front of people was really fun and I haven’t stopped since.
What are your goals and aims for the future?
I don’t know where my future will take me, but I know that music will always be my life. I am very driven to push my music career far, so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and see where it takes me (and where I will take it).
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