Songs of Life

Janet - Murray, Kentucky
Entered on January 26, 2009
Age Group: 50 - 65

Music has always been a big part of my life. As a child I remember singing in front of the mirror for hours along with the radio. I loved all kinds of music, and imagined myself being famous someday.

My whole life I have I had always heard songs in my head , but never really understood what to do with them until I got older. I started writing poetry when I was about ten years old and it wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I actually started to play the guitar and put a melody to my lyrics I was hearing . I began to write about my my life. Everyone and everything around became a song. The joyous occasions along with the tradgedies and hearbreaks soon became stories and the stories became my songs.

Some did not take me serious until I sent a few of my songs to Nashville and was invited down to work with a Pro Songwriter. Soon after that I became one of the NSAI, Nashville Songwriters Association International Workshop Coordinators. We have had over 50 songwriters to come through our program since that time.

The last three years of my life have been a challendge. My father recently passed away after being sick for three years. Mom’s wish was to keep him home and we were able to do this. Mom was diagnosed with cancer in June of this year . My husband and I took care of Mom in one room, sick from the effects of the chemotheraphy and Dad in the room beside her , hearing and knowing she was ill.

Somedays it was so overwhelming for me. In the quiet moments when they were sleeping, I would pick up my guitar and quietly pour my heart out on paper.

I knew this was a healing process for me . My music has saved me and I have been able to share my life through my music.

My Grandmother lived to be 103 and left behind a great legecy. She had great courage and strength and this was passed on to her children and grandchildren.

I feel of all the things I will pass down to my two wonderful sons and grandchildren, the most important is to value your family . I also will leave behind my songs, stories they will pass down to their children and I will live through my songs.

I strongly believe God gave me a gift and I am blessed.