CORINNE BATES is a powerful singer/songwriter, with an iron will of intent and conviction. And that ‘iron will’ deeply and subtly seeped deep within every ripped corners of zir emotions – from the first verse to the last. And that is more than being powerful.
The small town Texan had zir run ins with fate, and at a tender age of 12, ze fell ill due to a chronic POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). The illness is the inability of the body to maintain a constant blood flow & pressure, whether lying down, or sideways. The disorder means that most of the blood in Corinne’s body was staying in the bottom half, making the heart work even harder to keep the body sustained. Because of this, with great emotional pains, Corinne had to live in isolation most of zir adolescent existence.
There, in zir days when ze felt happy or sad, ze turned to zir music.
“These songs are my attempt to make sense of who I am, what I want, and the things that are happening to me and around me.”
And out of the pain zir music made zir ‘sane’. It helped zir to feel alive, when the best thing to do was to fold. It’s always easy to fold and give up. But Corinne, with zir support system, came through.
“They are about heartbreak, identity, depression, anxiety, loneliness, and the coping mechanisms I turned to when all of these things became too much.”
Now, comes 2018, and Corinne’s health had improved as the years went on. With the illness under better control, ze is studying and writing at university, spending quality times modeling, writing, and enjoying others’ concerts.
Zir EP, ‘Too Sad To Fall Asleep’ was born out of those days of ‘confusion’ and ‘pain’.
“I spent the summer allowing myself to sit with my thoughts and my feelings completely unmedicated for the first time in ten years,” Corinne stated. “These songs are my attempt to make sense of who I am, what I want, and the things that are happening to me and around me. They are about heartbreak, identity, depression, anxiety, loneliness, and the coping mechanisms I turned to when all of these things became too much.”
There are times when we just can’t get rid of that ‘weight’ on our shoulders. A weight of obligation, dread, disappointment, anger, frustration – all of the emotions, deserved or not, grinds at your soul.
Fortunately for Corinne, ze had zir music to keep zir occupied.
For us listeners, we sure are, in an unfair way, thankful for the kind of writing Corinne demonstrates throughout zir 5 track EP. ‘Brooklyn’ is one of those songs and the most impactful.
So, let’s celebrate with Corinne, zir way back to health and the bright future ze’s framing for zirself.
We dig that attitude and effort, to the n-th degree.
Corinne’s beautiful song had us at first note.
*Corinne identifies as non-binary, hence the non-binary pronouns