Singer-songwriter sisters Cameron and Crawford reminisce on ‘This Time, This Place’
Saskatoon singer-songwriter sisters Cameron & Crawford celebrate connection and gratitude with their new single, “This Time, This Place.”
The poetic duo of Trish Cameron and Wendy Crawford started working on the song in a Saskatoon living room, developed it in a camp cabana in Sorrento, BC and recorded it mid-pandemic back where it all began — at Saskatchewan’s Beez Neez Recording with Simon Jasieniuk as engineer and contributing percussionist. Ghostboy’s Denis Dufresne, who Trish studied with, adds the mandolin track.
“Denis brings just the perfect, graceful finishing touches and sparkle to the song,” she said of his contribution.
The song started coming to life after Wendy recalled a walk with a friend in an old Saskatoon neighborhood on a particularly hot summer day, the duo explained.
“The streets were lined with big trees, and what a difference being under those trees made!” Wendy said. “The memory of cool shade, dancing leaves, and joy in the moment fit well with the feelings evoked by chords and melody.”
Beefore the song was finished, Wendy had to leave on a trip to Europe, returning weeks later, just in time to drive to the music camp the sisters attend every year. Jetlagged and unable to sleep in the little cabana they shared, Wendy had the song running through her head — complete with fresh ideas for the lyrics. “Trish woke up, too,” Wendy said, “and, although it was 4:00 a.m., she made coffee, and we set to work where we had left off weeks before.”
“From the point of ‘I love the tree I’m under,’ we explored what else could you love about a summer day,” Trish added. “How about the dress you’re wearing? The song you’re singing? Who you’re sharing the experience with? The opportunity to love a special moment in life?”
Cameron & Crawford have been making music for more than 10 years now.
“We took our musical mantra from the amazing Brian Wilson, who said, ‘I want to make music I want to hear and that gives me great joy,’” Trish said. “In 2019 and 2020, we felt it was particularly important to share joy and remind people to notice the beauty and connection they have in their lives.
“We have all been through a lot!”
While “This Time, This Place” is a joy and love-filled song, the duo tackle any emotion or topic that speaks to them; And they try to push each other as singer-songwriters.
“Neither of us will let the other ‘chicken out,’” Trish remarked. “We keep encouraging each other’s growth and creative courage.”
“This Time, This Place” is the latest in a line of single releases Cameron & Crawford have planned this year leading up to the release of their up-coming album. While we wait for that release, “This Time, This Place” should help ease listeners into a state of relaxed appreciation.