Sherry McCamley

Sherry McCamley

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Award-winning singer, actress, and cabaret performer Sherry McCamley adds songwriter to her credits with the release of her CD, "Changing My Point of View." Her songs are personal but also universal, capturing the feelings, dreams, and wisdom of women from the baby boom generation.

Biography

I wrote the title song for my first CD, "Changing My Point of View"as a middle-aged woman's anthem, focusing on the idea that we may be over 40, but we're not dead yet! There are very few artists who write and sing music specifically from the middle-aged woman's perspective. My songs are personal but also universal. I use my life experiences, along with many years of performing pop, standards, cabaret, rock and roll, and musical theatre to inform my musical style. I'm a one-woman show - I sing, play piano and interact with my audience to make every show unique. On my CD, each song uses piano/keyboards, guitars, drums, and bass. I add horns, strings, and sax as appropriate for each song style. Some of my musical influences are Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, and Bette Midler - I even wrote a song called "I Wanna Be Bette!" that is on my CD. Another big musical influence is my 20-year-old daughter Erin, who is also a singer-songwriter and has her own CD, "Luminous." She has inspired me to "Change My Point of View" and pursue my musical dream!

Lyrics

Changing My Point of View

Written By: Sherry McCamley

What do you wanna be when you grow up? That’s what she said to me
I said, “What are you talkin’ about? Honey, I’m past fifty-three”
I said, “I’ve wasted too much time, that’s why I’m
Lookin’ to change my point of view”

I’ve been a daughter, a sister, a mother & a wife
I think it’s time I changed my life
Try something different on for size, get rid of all the old ties
I’ve wasted too much time, that’s why I’m lookin’ to change my point of view

Life’s not so free when you hit middle-age
There’s things that I can’t do – I’ve turned that page

No more navel rings, bikinis, dancin’ all night with the boys
Embarrassing my kids has become one of my greatest joys
Oh, what does that say about me – am I that easily amused? It’s sad
I’ve wasted too much time, that’s why I’m lookin’ to change my point of view

Life’s not so free when you hit middle-age
There’s things people say I can’t do, I should’ve turned that page

No more mini-skirts & pink hair, ridin’ skateboards with the boys
Is watchin’ CSI gonna be one of my only joys?
Do I have to give up all the things that used to keep me amused? Oh no
You see I’ve wasted too much time, and now I’m gonna change my point of view

What do I wanna be when I grow up? You know it’s really up to me
I can sit here on my butt and complain, or I can get out there and entertain
I’m not wastin’ anymore time, and now I’m changing my point of view

Yeah I can sit here on my butt and complain, or I can get out there and entertain
I’m not wastin’ anymore time, and now I’m through wastin’ all of my time
And now I’m changing – I’m changing my point of view
(Maybe I will get that mini-skirt after all)

Out of the Loop

Written By: Sherry McCamley

I’m out of the loop, I know I am, no matter how I try
I’m out of the loop, yet again, I see no reason why
I can’t be hip and join the gang, it’s just not fair
And why should I care?

That I’m out of the loop, I’m getting old, I try to stay on top
Society says I’m getting cold, I should give up, just stop
Clinging to hopes that I can still be relevant – no wait
I’m not sure that’s what I meant

To be out of the loop like back in school, when no one gave a damn
About what you said unless you’re cool, and now they call me “Ma’am”
I just wanna shake them by their necks until they’re dead!
Was it something I said?

But in my dreams, I’m vital and respected
No longer invisible, no longer neglected
A member of the group, I’m connected

Not out of the loop, the way I feel when I’ve just been dismissed
By someone who thinks it’s no big deal, they think I won’t be missed
I’m one of a thousand older broads who just don’t count
To the ones with the clout

But in my dreams, I’m the object of desire
They come to me for wisdom, they feel my fire
No longer alone, I’m admired

Not out of the loop…..
Repeat First Verse

Always Saying Goodbye

Written By: Sherry McCamley

You pull out of the driveway, all smiles and anticipation
Say “I love you” out the window
I stand waving from the porch, fake smile frozen on my face
Trying not to let the tears show

You’re off again, new worlds waiting in the distance
Future shining bright for you
Don’t get me wrong, I want you to go with your dreams
But I’m selfish, I miss you too

Chorus
Seems nowadays, I’m always saying goodbye
The visit’s too short, the time just flies
I get used to having you around and then I’m saying goodbye again
I’m always saying goodbye

When did it happen, when did you grow so wise and self-assured
While I seem to grow more lost
I don’t understand this feeling, I’m a grown-up
I know there’s always a cost

Children grow, we have to let go, nothing new
So why the surprise, didn’t I realize it would hurt without you

Go off again to those new worlds waiting, go find that future shining bright
Go find your dreams, find your own way, here’s a kiss goodnight

Chorus
Saying goodbye, saying goodbye

Discography

"Changing My Point of View" LP being released May 2009.