October 07, 2014 - 7:30 AM
PENTICTON - Karin Vallee's three-year love affair with Penticton was so inspiring she transformed it into a song about the town between two lakes.
Last week, Vallee, 28, recorded her song “Penticton, you’re quite somethin’” and posted it to YouTube for all to see. She sings of beaches, wine and the small town vibe Penticton radiates—some of her favourite things about a place that only became a part of her world three years ago.
Vallee moved to Penticton in 2011 after accepting a job at a local bakery owned by friends she’d made near her home on Vancouver Island. Growing up 10 minutes from the ocean, Penticton’s waterfront satisfied her love for the water.
“To be stuck between two lakes is pretty ideal,” she says of her new(ish) home.
Vallee’s love for music began when she was a little girl, often performing songs for her younger sister because she was too shy to show off in front of anyone else, she says. She began taking piano lessons at age 8, and later picked up guitar. She’s gone from performing in her living room, to coffee shops in Austria where she spent most of last year, working at a bible camp, and hiking through the Alps.
One day, she was fiddling around with her guitar “and a cute little love song came out,” she says. After performing the song and getting a warm response, Vallee began to write more silly love songs.
“I just really enjoy writing fun songs that bring smiles to peoples’ faces,” she says.
She recalled a performance during her travels in Europe, where an old man smiled and took out his camera to record her singing.
“It brought a lot of joy to my heart,” she says. “They didn’t even know what I was saying.”
For Vallee, a woman who likes to keep things simple, it’s all about connecting and sharing with people. And that’s what she likes best about music.
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