Music is what brings people together and lets them feel free to express themselves. My family has always been artistically gifted. My father seamlessly creates sculptures while my mother paints with flowing seams. Both of them had an ear for music but never really followed it anywhere. From an early age I was creative in drawings and such but never did much with music.
Before my 12th birthday I had started getting into music and looked more and more into playing an instrument. To my surprise my mother had gotten me guitar lessons for my birthday with one of my friend’s dads. At first I was skeptical but when I put my hands on that guitar I was hooked. Everyday I would play and play to feel the burn in my fingertips and hear the resonating tones of the music.
I’ve been playing guitar for years now and playing gives me a freeing feeling. It gives me a feeling like nothing else in the world matters at that moment because I’m creating something beautiful to me. I’ve always played with passion, no matter what style I play in. I believe that limiting your musical ability to only one genre is limiting your expression and feelings to only one source. Just recently two of my friends died and I didn’t know how to handle it. I was, and still am, a wreck but I found a way to help me deal with the loss. Music is helping me deal with my loss. I create songs to remember their warm memories. Music has helped me turn what was a terrible pain into something that helps me remember them.
I want to share my memories with everyone who hears those songs. Creating is my way of expressing what I feel in that moment in time. Sometimes I will catch myself listening to life’s music and actually create off of what I hear. I believe that writing music is all about the individual in that instant, but when it is shared it becomes every ones expression and freedom. People listen to the music they love most to feel free. They listen to feel a connection to the people around them. Music is about loving and connecting with one another.
I write music right now to love the memories of my friends. It is what helps me feel the warmth of their souls. I feel truly blessed that I can create something for them and myself. Something that can be loved and shared by whoever listens to it. Music connects us all.