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Aurora D’Amico

 

Aurora D'Amico is a singer-songwriter and musician from Palermo, Italy. Since the age of 15, she has been turning her personal life stories into songs, playing both the guitar and the piano. In the summer of 2015, after a life-changing experience at the Bluebird Cafè in Nashville, Aurora started an artistic pilgrimage, performing in Sicilian festivals and in pubs and venues in her home city.

 

Under the influence of American and English songwriters (including Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer and Ben Howard), she recorded her first EP, Barefoot, in the UK, and released it in Italy in 2016.  A year later, she was back in the studio as a 800A Records artist (among others such as Alessio Bondì and Fabrizio Cammarata) recording her first LP So Many Things, produced by Fabio Rizzo. It received many excellent reviews, including: 

 

 In this weird universe of Italian Music, where quality is always an optional, a debut such as Aurora’s, is a precious exception that we must not waste” – Indie-zone

 

“This is one heck of a beginning” – Avvenire

“Ten tracks to listen to when you are looking for something that you desire every day” – Indiepercui

“A set of stories that keep you company, fill you up, and make you think” – OffTopic

“Aurora’s mellow and soft voice wraps you around and sounds close to the listener” – Traks

 

Her music is a canvass of memories, thoughts and hopes, written in different countries (Italy, UK, USA) and on airplanes in between. In her songs, acoustic vibes, mellow harmonies, and contemporary sounds merge all together, and display different aspects of her personalityfrom a fragile human being, to a powerful guitar player.

 

 

 

Q: Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?

 

A: I mainly think of my lyrics as stories. The way you tell a story is usually very simple, so that the listener can easily understand what you’re saying. But sometimes, whenever I want to hide a message inside the story, I try to use some poetry techniques too—starting off with metaphors!

 

Q: Do you think it is important that songs rhyme and if so why?

 

A: Rhymes are very important when you want to emphasize something and make sure it is heard very loud and clear. That’s the power of rhymes—they stand out!

 

When you do that, the audience will remember a whole line and sing along with you. This makes the performance of your song very powerful!

 

Q: Do you think song lyrics must conform to recognised song structures such as clear rhyming schemes, choruses, refrains, hooks and bridges or that songs can also be like free verse?

 

A: I think that as songwriters we should be free to write lyrics, however we feel them coming at us. But obviously, when you need to deliver a song, you need a structure that guides the audience from the beginning to end of it. Although a song structure could be related to the subject.

 

Sometimes the subject of the song is simple and clear, and you just want to make an “easy listening” song—with verses, choruses, bridges, etc.

 

Some other times, when the song is very personal or you struggle with putting your thoughts into some kind of order, you tend to forget about song structures and go with the flow of your own emotions. When this happens and the song still works really well, that’s pure and honest songwriting. And it is the best experience to me.

 

Q: When you read poetry in school or elsewhere did you recognize any connection to the music you enjoyed?  

 

A: Actually I remember doing the opposite. I used to sing the poems that I had to study for school, in order to memorise all the lines. And I found out that a poem can sound like a very current song, we just need to make it our own.

 

Q: Was there anything about poetry in books that influenced your songwriting?

 

A: I don’t know. I’m always looking for something so powerful that influences my work, without me even realizing that. Lately I’ve been reading The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur—and those are some very powerful poems. I think his vulnerability and honesty are having an impact on my songwriting right now.

 

Q: Why do you think songs are more popular with people than poetry is?

 

A: People tend to become lazier these days. It is much easier turning the radio on while you’re driving, than taking some time to turn off your phone and read some good poetry. Plus, you really have to focus when you read a poem—you have to read it in your mind, then you may need to read it out loud, or underline some words that you don’t really understand. Poetry works with small details. And if you don’t take the time to create a silent space, you will miss them all. That’s why I read my poetry in the night.

 

On the other hand, I think that songs have hooks that attract people in a faster way—i.e. melodies and rhythms. But still, when you pay attention, you may find that songs hide some pretty good poems between the lines.

 

 

 

 

   

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