• Maria Emilia Chamorro

My experience in songwriting

Never underestimate your talents


Last month, our school celebrated Mental Health Awareness. Among the activities, there was a songwriting contest. Since I love to make music and I am good at writing poems -which are like songs with no music - I decided to participate, thinking, “There is nothing to lose.”

Camila and I recording my song.


I started writing my song with the idea of it being letter exchanges between a person and their mind. I was writing down the verses, making sure they rhymed. Honestly, I thought the song sounded kind of funny; in my mind, it was almost like a rap.


Days after I submitted my song, I was informed I had won second place and that my song would be recorded, sung by Camila Urteaga. I was really excited! The next morning, Camila had already musicalized it and recorded a demo - in only one afternoon! I was shocked! The funny words I had written had turned into an emotional song. Camila embodied my lyrics amazingly! I never believed my words could sound so beautiful!


Recording the song was a whole experience. I enjoyed playing songs and listening to the other participants. I also made new friends, which is always nice. I wish to be part of more activities like this one!


There is another benefit I gained from this experience. I learned that the things I do have value. At first, I thought my song was just some funny rhymes, but in the end, I realized that I had written a sentimental song. I am very thankful for this activity - not to mention they gave me a “Fun Mental Health Kit” and some delicious alfajores as a prize! Below are my lyrics. I hope you enjoy them!

Me with my “Fun Mental Health Kit” and alfajores (from Glassé, of course).



Dear mind, please be kind

By: María Emilia Chamorro


Dear mind, please be kind

I write to say what’s on my mind

I hope that answers I will find

Since I’ve been feeling so confined


Dear me, can’t you see?

For us to work we must agree

When you’re healthy, I’m healthy

And that is how it has to be


You sleep eight hours rarely

Five hours, barely!

Please just sleep more early

And life will treat you fairly


When you feel I’m about to break

Mind and body full of ache

Just slow down, give us a break

Resting is never a mistake


Dear mind, please be kind

I write to say what’s on my mind

I hope that answers I will find

Since I’ve been feeling so confined


“Intrusive thoughts go away,”

Is what you must say

When things don’t go your way

And calm you want to stay


Let’s try not to forget:

Everyone gets upset,

You must be careful, yet,

On the way you project


Dear mind, please be kind

I write to say what’s on my mind

I hope that answers I will find

Since I’ve been feeling so confined




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