From the recording fYreflies
“fYreflies” was written in collaboration with a young, vibrant friend of Kate's named Chase McKee in the summer of 2014. Kate met Chase (previously known as Tay) at Camp fYrefly (http://www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca) back in the summer of 2012 when she was the artist-in-residence at the camp in Edmonton. Then, last July, Chase and Kate both attended Camp fYrefly in Calgary, he as a camper, and Kate as the AIR again. Chase asked Kate if she would consider writing a song with him during their time at camp. She heartily agreed and they wrote "fYreflies" to capture what Camp fYrefly meant to both of them. They had a great time working together: their creative energy flowed easily, and they laughed a lot. Chase is very talented when it comes to rhythm, timing and word-play, and Kate thoroughly enjoyed spending time co-writing with him.
On the last night of camp, they performed “fYreflies” for all of the campers, staff and volunteers at the Showcase Night. It was a hit and they had a blast performing it for the camp. The co-founder/co-director of the camp loved the song so much that after camp was over, he provided funds for Chase to fly to Vancouver so that they could record “fYreflies” in the studio. With Kate's producer, Adam Popowitz, she organized the studio time and her band (Adam on electric guitar, Toby Peter on bass, Richard Brown on drums) to come together to record the song. Kate plays the acoustic guitar, and Chase and Kate sing the vocals. To find out more about Kate's collaborative songwriting service, go to the dashboard of this website and click on Our Lives in Song.
When I first arrived, I was scared and I was shyI didn’t know if I was going to be able to look anyone in the eyeI was terrified. Now, I’m standing here in front of all of you Trying to lay down a rhyme, or twoAnd I think it’s about time I told all of you… About Camp fYreflyF to the Y to the R - E - F - L - Y What does that spell? FYREFLY!
I was thrown into my pod and right then and there I saw All these friendly faces looking back at meTattoos, smiles, fabulous stylePiercings, crazy hair and whoa, there’s glitter like, everywhere! And it dawned on me that it’s so rare to see So many queer bodies in one placeAnd in that moment I thought, hey For the first time in my life, I can finally be myself In this positive fYrefly space
Chorus fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shineBeing here is like being back in kindergarten Cuz I don’t gotta to worry about who’s my friend or who’s my enemy Cuz I have just been accepted into My new found family You see, here at fYrefly, there is no prejudice, there’s only pride And I’m never forced to pick any sideI don’t gotta worry about which bathroom to useBecause it doesn’t matter if I’m a chick or a dudeOr anything in between, cuz those binaries are just plain meanThis is my time, I can just be meAnd you can just be you
Chorus fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shineAt fYrefly, I can be proud and I can be bold I don’t gotta look over my shoulder And worry about who’s judging me or who’s staring Because it’s here where I know people truly care. You know I love to see all of you smile Because in this world we live in Sometimes that can take a while This camp changes the world, this camp saves lives In fact, this camp saved mine. Because the people here made me realize that There’s a reason to be alive At fYrefly, when I look into all of your eyes, I feel recognized, I feel empowered and acknowledged Like we are all unstoppable, like anything is possible!Chorus fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shineLaughing, Latin dancing, river rafting, arts and crafting We’ve got hikes and dykes and open micsSex ed and that killer food we’re fedS'mores and spider dogs and campfire logsSinging our hearts out and whispering after “lights out”We’re movement makers, stereotype breakersChance takers, perception shakers and yeah….we’re heart breakers!We are gender creative, trans celebrative We’ve got our healthy minds team bringing us queer cheerAnd to all the volunteers, I’m so glad that you are all hereWe’ve got unicorns that are gayAnd what can I say?(Chase and Kate) We’ve got Kate and Tay
Chorus fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shineEven though our days together at fYrefly will come to a close I want you to know that that the bonds We have created here will continue on, and on, and on And no matter where we find ourselves I know that when I yell “fyre”, you’ll yell “fly” “fYre?” “fly!” “fYre?” “fly!”, “fYre?” “fly!” And now it’s time for us to go back into the world But when life feels like a roller coaster or one of those tilt-a-whirl ridesOr if ever you’re feeling hurt or alone Just remember this, you only have 361 days Until you get to come back home.
Chorus fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shine