Check Out Another New Song from FADE IN/FADE OUT: “Sing It Soft” FREE DOWNLOAD

Fade In/Fade Out (2013)

I wrote “Sing it Soft” for my mom, right before she lost an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer in July of 2010. After a four year struggle of our own to finish our second album – which included a third of it being erased by a click-happy studio intern – The Dead Girls had finally released Out of Earshot the previous April. Never in my life have I experienced such highs and lows…and it all happened in a span of four months.

A few months before my mom passed, I moved back to Manhattan to be closer to my family. I had already decided I was going to try to write as many songs as possible, one for each room in my cavernous family home. I ended up with around ten, but “Sing it Soft” felt special because it took hardly any effort to complete – and when I say complete, I mean that when I first played it with its final lyrics and arrangement and everything, I knew it was done. It didn’t need anything else. It’s not very often when you know right off the bat that you’ve just literally completed the song, with all it s essential components, in less than 20 minutes.

My mom, Tammi Hawk, and my brother Skyler

Written in my first bedroom, “Sing it Soft” was born of memories of my mother singing me to sleep as a child, as well as recollections of bits of songs that either she used to sing to me or we both loved together in later life. There are references to The Beatles and the Bee Gees, the two groups for which we shared the strongest affinity. But the song is really about figuring out how to keep someone alive in your mind and to the rest of the world when they leave your life forever. I think one of the most natural ways humans do this is by singing to their children the songs that were sung to them in their childhood. In my case, I believe it made a rock solid foundation for my love and passion for music, and I could never thank my mom enough for giving me that, as so many people struggle every day to find what they really love. Aside from always supporting me in my crazy or risky musical endeavors, she was always my biggest fan, and every song I write is for her.

Though this is a side not often seen of The Dead Girls, I wanted everyone to have this song because I have friends that are parents, or some friends that are newly married and probably having kids soon. Singing to your children is one of the most natural ways to connect with them, to tell them you love them. That is the purpose of “Sing it Soft”.

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3 Responses to Check Out Another New Song from FADE IN/FADE OUT: “Sing It Soft” FREE DOWNLOAD

  1. Shelley says:

    A wonderful tribute to Tam! She was so proud of you and your music abilities. I think we speaks for the whole darn familiy! Beautiful.

  2. Cass says:

    Cam – I was just about to walk out the door from work when your FB update popped in my Inbox… Now, I’m sitting at my desk with tears rolling down my face, and I haven’t even listened to the song yet… Though you’re a wonderful writer, I bet you say it even better in music – can’t wait for the whole record.

    Hugs xoxo
    Cass

  3. Nathan says:

    Beautiful. I’m crying here in my office at work. Thank goodness for doors.
    Thanks for the song. It sounds like your mom was a very special person.

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