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Corner Brook's Brook Motty trying to find her way in the music world

Corner Brook's Brook Motty gets in some practice during a break in Saturday's songwriting and performance workshops as part of Make Music Happen 5.
Corner Brook's Brook Motty gets in some practice during a break in Saturday's songwriting and performance workshops as part of Make Music Happen 5. - Dave Kearsey

Brook Motty remembers singing “Over the Rainbow” when she was five years old.

It was a song that gave her an appreciation and love for music as a child and music continues to be a big part of who she is now as a 13-year-old who is in her element when she’s singing or playing her guitar.

She remembers her parents buying her a fake microphone to allow her to be herself singing songs and being happy.

Her dad plays guitar so he made sure she had what she needed to be playing music.

She participated in her first Make Music Happen songwriting and performance workshop in Corner Brook over the weekend.

It was her first one because she didn’t have any knowledge of the previous ones created by Mr. H Presents, but her mom recommended she commit to this one and she felt like she had nothing to lose so she went.

It may have been her mom her motivated her to go, but Brook likes to perform and she deals with nervousness so she was thinking hanging out more experienced musicians and songwriters could make her more comfortable with performing in front of people.

“I wanted to get over stage fright and stuff because I’m a little nervous,” she said.

It didn’t take her long to get comfortable and know she was in the right place. Her first workshop was spent with St. John’s musician Sarah Harris and it proved to her that mom knew what she was talking about once again.

“We already started jamming and writing a song, and it really showed me how to work with a band and stuff,” Motty said.

She hopes to become more comfortable on stage and would like to follow in the footsteps of other young Corner Brook musicians like Bridget Swift and get a chance to play some small gigs at Swirsky’s or Coleman’s.

“I always wanted to be like a big star or something, but you know, you have to have realistic dreams,” she said.

Corner Brook musician Emma Peckford talks to aspiring musicians during one of the songwriting and performance workshops held in conjunction with Make Music Happen 5 Saturday at Corner Brook Regional High.
Corner Brook musician Emma Peckford talks to aspiring musicians during one of the songwriting and performance workshops held in conjunction with Make Music Happen 5 Saturday at Corner Brook Regional High.

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