As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to our lives and keep us socially isolated, one local 11-year-old wants to send a positive message to the community.
Music is a life-long passion for Audrey Clampitt. She’s been taking piano lessons since kindergarten and has loved to sing as long as she can remember.
She says she likes to use music and other creative outlets to connect with people and decided to write a song and put music to it during the pandemic to give people hope.
"Because sometimes maybe people aren’t good with words," she says. "Songs are really a way to connect with people and share a message with people.”
The song she wrote about the pandemic is called, “Overcome.”
“So people can know that we can overcome this. We can do this together," Audrey says. "Music is a really fun way to tell people something.”
She’s written lots of songs, but for “Overcome,” she and her dad decided to make a music video.
The video shows Audrey visiting places in Bloomington that normally are full of people, but right now are empty. She says visiting those places made her miss doing things with her friends and family, but she’s optimistic about what’s to come.
“I know that even though it’s empty, it’s not going to last forever. That cars will fill the parking lots again, and sports will happen again. It was sad but it also gave me a happy feeling.”
She hopes people who listen to her song will take a message of hope from it.
“Hope is really important at this time," Audrey says. "It’s ok to have a lot of hope to get through this time and if you don’t have hope it’s just not the same.”
Now, Audrey is writing a song about her family.
“My songs don’t necessarily have to be for the coronavirus. This one, it’s not necessarily for that. It’s about my family that I’m lucky to have a family, that we can be together through this time.”
One day, Audrey plans to write a fantasy book, turn it into a musical, and then star and sing in it too.
You can listen to Audrey's full song on YouTube.
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