Who says today’s generation has nothing but video games, I-Pads, and Justin Bieber floating around in their minds? For nine-year-old Cameron Nino, life has a much deeper meaning. Concerned with issues like global warming, future generations and video game brainwashing, Cameron Nino brightens the opinions held about the newest technologically dependent generation.
Born on November 25, 2003 (yes, 2003), Cameron Nino is a young star emerging from the musical shag carpet of Los Angeles. With a little over a year’s experience playing guitar, Cameron wrote a song, titled “Back in the Day,” that he hopes will “raise awareness of how the habits we have formed over generations undermine the future of the planet.” Many ‘adults’ I know would never think this profoundly about the planet, let alone write a song about their concerns. Kudos to his mother, actor Kim Marie Johnson, for raising such an adorable, warmhearted, and welcomed addition to this deranged planet.
“Back in the Day” focuses on Cameron’s ambition “to contribute to the effort of slowing down the damage to the environment and hopefully help the process of reversing the damages already done.” It features Cameron rapping about how simple life used to be when dinosaurs ruled the world, while strumming his talented little fingers on his Fender Stratocaster. When asked why he chose to play guitar, he humbly states that “It is simply fun and I love the sounds I can make with it.”
Recently, Cameron wooed a Santa Monica crowd during the Awareness Festival, a festival that attempts to open the eyes of the public to our world’s most crucial issues. Cameron gave a three-song performance during the festival including his “original adaptation of the main theme from Beverly Hills Cop, Beethoven’s Fur Elise, and Redemption Song by Bob Marley (who he actually resembles, both in body and mind).
When Cameron gets bored trying to save the world with his lyrics, he enjoys playing video games and uploading videos to his YouTube channel, TheEpicGamer567. However, Cameron states that he is “aware of the brainwashing capability of those games.” With the help of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” Cameron wants to let other kids know that video games can be brainwashing.
Fortunately, when it comes to brain washing let’s hope that Cameron has the ability to help “brainwash” his generation of seemingly technologically dependent children into understanding that there is more to life than technology and the internet. There is more to music than One Direction and Lil’ Wayne. Cameron Nico is the voice of reason for the new generation who needs to learn that music can be a way to get important messages of compelling importance out, even if those meanings are hiding beneath dinosaurs.
Kylee Colvin, is a recent college grad who has a deep passion for all things literary and humanistic. She has written in various fields, with a passion for research, application of theories and literary analyses. She idolizes and attributes her passion of the written word to authors such as Kurt Vonnegut and Jack Kerouac. Her dream is to one day be have her research peer reviewed and published so she can use it to help others.
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