An Interview With Musical Talent C.C. Trubiak
Today, C.C. Trubiak’s album Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions is being released.
To celebrate the release of his second album I would like to share with you an interview I had with the amazingly talented C.C. Trubiak!
How long have you been singing and performing?
My mom would often tell me I was singing before I could talk; so I guess I have been singing for a long time! In terms of performing, it wasn’t unusual for me to try out for parts in elementary school plays which required me to sing – I remember playing the parts of Santa Clause, Good King Wenceslas and even Prince Charming in grades 4, 5 and 6 at Parkdale Elementary. Yes, Prince Charming – ironically the song was called ‘The Girl of My Dreams’ and the play was ‘Little Red Riding Hoodlum.’ My voice hadn’t even changed! It’s hilarious when I look back on it.
Between those years and about 2002 when I began playing publicly again, I’d say I suffered from a real low self esteem that brought on a lot of stage fright which kept me from pursuing those kinds of opportunities. Any singing, writing or playing was confined more to my room or apartment.
In 2002 I began singing in front of people again more or less; my intent to push myself out of those insecurites. Singing in front of others became a means to grow and connect with people – and these are the connections that brought me to opportunities where I could not only play gigs in Ottawa but also record my first album. The rest is history!
When did you realize you had a musical talent?
That’s a tough question; when plagued by low self confidence you don’t necessarily see it on those terms. I suppose I never considered until the point came where folks would share that they felt moved or connected to a song or performance – only then I thought I might have something to give worth pushing through the hurdles.
Where do you draw inspiration from when you are writing your songs? What is your favorite part of the whole creative process?
I’m not a prolific writer by any means; I write from a very simple, pure place – inspiration comes from all over, but primarily it’s based on my life experiences and the urge to purge what’s in my heart or on my mind.
My favorite part of the whole creative process is feeling as though I can convey what’s going on inside; when words flow. Even more so, now that I’ve been able to connect and play with other musicians, like Ottawa’s Darren Holmes or Flin Flon’s eclectic array of talents, I’d say an even better part of the process comes from just being able to play as a collective. That holds a heap load of joy.
What message are you trying to convey to your listeners through your music?
Hmmmm… Good question! I’m not certain there’s only one message but if it had to boil down to one thing I’d say that there’s beauty to behold in the brokenness of our hearts, minds, or spirits – there’s beauty in our blemishes and learning acceptance how to love again, and love unconditionally.
Which famous musicians/singers do you admire and why?
Wow. I have admired hundreds of artists for hundreds of reasons – yet its no secret that I worship the Dolly-Mama, aka Dolly Parton, who for me embodies everything I think a legend is. She writes some of the most prolific songs I’ve ever heard, has the voice of an angel, the mouth of a sailor and the heart of a Saint. Dolly has it all – including a strong business sense and generous soul in terms of being able to stay connected to her roots and community.
One of my biggest dreams came true about four years ago when my boyfriend and I took a road trip all the way down to Tennessee, where we spent a good chunk of time in Nashville as well as Dollywood. For someone like me, who has always loved old time country music it felt like a religious experience being in the Country and Western Music Capitol, going to Dolly’s hometown in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Check that off my bucket list and color me inspired for life!
What are some of your favorite songs by other artists?
As someone who loves a lot of music it’s really challenging to answer and depends entirely on my mood. Just off the top of my head, in this moment: Gentle On My Mind, written by John Hartford; My Tennessee Mountain Home by Dolly Parton; I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan; and Jealous Guy by John Lennon.
If you could open up for any artist who would it be and why?
I’d love to open for Mumford and Sons, Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks, and a group called The Abrams Brother; groups I really admire musically. Of course it would be a dream to open for Dolly but I fear I may sound redundant!
What five things can you not live without?
That’s easy; family, friends, nature, hope – and love.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Surrounded by laughter, family, friends and music; in a warm home! Ever-reaching towards the stars!
C.C. Trubiak’s second album Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions is being released December 17, 2013. You can purchase his album on iTunes, CDBaby, cctrubiak.com as well as in select stores in Flin Flon such as Northern Rainbows End, The Orange Toad, and the NorVA Centre.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.