Sundre High School Grade 11 music composer Sydney Reimer says she writes songs she hopes will give listeners a chance to make his or her own interpretation, to find their own meaning in her music and words.
“I write about things that get people thinking,” said Reimer, who will debut her latest composition, “Invisible” at this week's Showcase 2011 at the Arts Centre May 25 and 26. “I look for inspiration in anything that would inspire people to do things, to think about things.
“After you write it you never know what people will think. Everyone takes something different out of the song, out of their own interpretation of the words. I leave it open ended, not mentioning every detail so people can make their own interpretation.”
Reimer wrote and performed a song called “Hold On Tight” for last year's Remembrance Day ceremony. She will be performing another original song, called “Possibilities”, at graduation desert nights in Sundre and Caroline.
Themes for her songs include everything from child soldiers to the plans and aspirations of her fellow students.
She explained that she started writing songs last year and has really taken to it since. She usually writes the music first on her piano and comes up with lyrics to match.
“Writing a song takes all the stress out of me,” she said. “It's a way for me to relax, so I write about personal experiences.”
Reimer explained that she has been offered a chance to record a demo CD of her songs under the direction of former Sundre student Emily Lamb. She plans to have that project completed sometime next school year.
When she graduates from Sundre High, Reimer plans to possibly pursue a degree in Psychology with a minor in music.