What started with me dipping my toes into the world of poetry has helped me discover my love of songwriting. As a kid, I dreamed of writing novels (and still do) and was adamant that poetry was not for me. From that point on, writing was my life. I tried my best to always have a pen on me, my binders become full of notes and ideas and that never really stopped. Now I have notebooks overflowing and tons of ideas saved on my phone. When I was a teenager, attending a summer camp for young writers, I discovered that poetry was kind of neat but still thought that songwriting was way out of my wheelhouse. Then, in college, I got a taste of band life and loved it, so when that ended I really had no choice but to start writing my own songs.
I was lucky to have Bops by my side for this experience. He encouraged me to write my songs and was able to help build my confidence. Soon, he was able to put groovy bass lines on top of my simple guitar chords and something very musical started to take shape. I know I wouldn’t have become as fond of songwriting as I am without him and I give a huge amount of credit to Bops, for his love, support and creativity.
I love crafting my own words and putting them to music as my skills expand. For me, writing is a way for me to put my soul, my emotions on paper and release them from my mind. I love explaining to people what my words mean to me but I also enjoy hearing what they mean to others. I find it fascinating to hear the way others interpret my work and what it means to them. It helps me let people see who I am while also giving others an opportunity to open up to me.
Sharing songs is a personal experience and I appreciate anyone who has given a listen to something I have written. The same goes for stories, poems or blog posts like these, but there’s something a little different about songs. The addition of music makes it a more emotional experience. It allows the listener to feel the mood of the song before any lyrics are heard.
Positive or negative, the reception we get on the songs we release fascinates me. It is an honour to know that someone took time out of their day to listen to something that Bops and I have created. It’s a learning experience, and a fun one.
I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, but to wrap it all up…I write music because I love to craft words. I love telling stories through songs and I love to see what my words mean to others. I think it brings us closer together and allows us to get to know one another better. Writing is my passion and I am so happy to be able to put that love and energy into songs to share with others.