Journey

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Music has always been my large part of my life. As a listener, I am able to empathize with emotion and artistic expressions to further understand and connect my own emotions. However, it wasn’t until I received my first guitar that I uncovered the transcendental, transformative, and magical idiosyncrasies of music. These qualities have been seamlessly spent with endless hours of unrelenting practice mixed with boundless creativity. Music has a way of capturing not only my emotions, but also my imagination. The effort and time I have invested into it has allowed me to create compositions and improvisations that alleviate my anxieties while daily enriching my life.

Despite this devout passion for music, my first experiences with a guitar strapped over my shoulder were almost torture. My hands were clumsy on the fret board and to my disappointment I lacked the requisite strength in my hands and fingers. To make matters worse, I did not have access to instructors or more specifically the Internet. At that time, Youtube was not as well established as it is today and it was not filled with the online instructors and simple lessons it provides today. I remember very vividly struggling to learn my first song, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." I couldn't arrange my fingers into the proper chord shapes and when I did, my sense of rhythm made my strumming sound atrocious. For months afterward I fought off frustration because I was not seeing any improvement from my daily practice. I was embarrassed to call myself as a musician because I struggled to play intermediate level songs and everywhere the other musicians I met had more natural talent than I did. Or so it seemed to me. In spite of this start, I kept a positive and optimisti...

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...l bane that exists in the minds of musicians. Often fantastic composers become satisfied with money or fame from one or two decent records or demos. It's a demoralizing sight to see a musician’s or a group’s quality of work decline as a result of wealth. Therefore each and every single day, I strive to become better and learn more. I am fully aware that I will never be the perfect guitar player nor will every listener enjoy my work. It's an ongoing devotion that will never be completely satisfied, yet just a few moments of excellence can make months so very satisfying. There is no right or wrong in art and when I write a piece that I am proud of, I am ecstatic. It is one of my greatest joys and no one can diminish for me because it is my art and to me, that is all that matters. Music is my escape into a world that is my euphoria, my rapture, and elemental to my life.

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