The latest from American singer-songwriter Cameron Hawthorn is an endearing ride that will touch any person who has ever been in love. For the Kansas artist who has grown up in the Midwest and has absorbed the beaming gift of storytelling, his narrative style is a classic form of intimacy. On his latest release “Dancing in the Living Room,” Hawthorn relinquishes fear and self-doubt; proudly showcasing to the world who he is and that love is love.
Primarily built from Country, with a softness and easy listening glam of Americana and pop, “Dancing in the Living Room” holds up to its name and is a ballad to swing with your beloved. While the track is a gorgeous testament to love and the quiet, intimate moments shared, the video is where Hawthorn’s heart and truth beams.
Hawthorn is shown at first as the background noise to a “classically cut” couple embracing a tender dance. As the song and video progresses, Kelsy Karter’s direction pans to an assortment of love: the lesbian couple who just moved in together, to the older couple still taking to the little moments of life.
Relishing in the same sentiment of the other couples, Hawthorn’s long day takes him home to his beautiful partner and elegantly comes out to fans and the world. With an underlying connecting theme between each love, “I got you in my arms and I’m right at home when we’re dancing in the living room,” there’s no other feeling of pure joy after the end of the track and video.
After years of being in the closet and avoiding songwriting about romantic love, Hawthorn admits, “I finally decided I needed to record and release this as a part of my journey.” With the slow-burning strums of an acoustic and Hawthorn’s velvety croon, the shared moment of being true to yourself is a powerful, and welcoming statement, not just for the artist but many who are on this journey.
“I remember always thinking how special it was to dance freely with my boyfriend in the living room of our apartment – being gay, it’s not as easy to dance as a couple in public together as it is for a straight couple. I wanted to express how special that moment is for a couple, when it’s just the two of you in the privacy of your own four walls.”