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Amy Camie

How would you describe your music?

relaxing, healing and stress reducing...we've also done QEEG brainwave pilot study research indicating how it normalizes neurological function in cancer patients; 2 saliva sample biomarker study showing how it ssupports the immune system and a questionnaire intake showing how it reduces anxiety.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I do everything along with my husband who helps produce and inspire the music.

Describe your gear.

solo harp ;-)

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Since there aren't a lot of harpists who are male, I've never really felt any type of resistance or discrimination between the genders.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

All of my music teachers (in St. Louis and at Indiana University) have been older, gracious, 'ladies' who encouraged compassionate support and group experiences that helped each of their students grow. Several years ago, when I moved to a different city, I was surprised at the competitiveness and downright primal territorial protectiveness that each musician had for their 'turf'...and many of them were my age. I felt their uncertainty and fear under the surface of their 'masks' and, thanks to my husband's work situation, eventually moved back home to St. Louis. Was the uncertainty generational? I believe that there are a lot of factors that play into generational differences, not just with musicians but with people in general. I do believe that many musicians today view 'the industry' and 'professional musicians' from very different eyes...just as young football and baseball players view their sport. For my teachers, they played because they loved it, it came from their heart and they shared their gifts with their students. Today, many musicians play for the buck and market to the masses...music is 'produced' rather than 'created' and the outcome is a completely different experience for the listener. It's my hope and dream that all musicians remember the true value and purpose of their gift...for me, my music is the vibration of love that touches the soul.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

My advice to all my students is to play from your heart and 'share' the music...don't 'perform' it. When you share music from the inside, you're not dependent upon the response of the audience...there's no attachment to the outcome, thus there's no stress. You play because YOU love to play. When you 'perform,' you're always dependent on the audience's response, which is crazy since you have no control over how they'll respond. Thus, the tension and stress can become almost unbearable...and that energy is then flowing through the music...which, on an unconscious level, the audience is picking up. The bottom line for me is to play from the inside out...not 'for' the outside, hoping to fill up the inside.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

My father was the Administrator of Music in the Alton School system and there wasn't a harpist, so he asked me if I wanted to play and I said "sure."

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