Artist: Laura Cortese
Hometown: Boston, MA
Song: “Three Little Words"
This video is the first release from a project documenting the creative happenings at an event called Miles of Music Camp. Every year since 2011, about 100 songwriters and lovers of traditional roots music convene on a tiny island in Lake Winnipesaukee to teach, learn, and make music with each other. This year, for the first time, camp founders Kristin Andreassen and Laura Cortese invited a videographer to the island. His videos document works in progress and special collaborations like this one.
In Their Words: "The week before Miles of Music, Zack Hickman (bass) and I spent an afternoon on my porch talking about new love and old habits, and writing this song. On the first night of camp, we always have an instructor concert, so we taught this brand new creation to Kristin Andreassen (vocals), Oliver Craven (mandolin), Jefferson Hamer (guitar), Taylor Ashton (banjo), and Dinty Child (accordion), and then we performed it for the campers. That night, the lyrics were a little different. While teaching songwriting classes throughout the week, I found myself coming back to the images in the song and looking for stronger words to express them. Luckily, I was surrounded by many inspiring friends and peers who helped shape the song as you hear it in this video. And, since then, I've settled on a few more changes that you’ll have to come hear at a live show.” — Laura Cortese
Photo credit: Amanda Kowalski