I received my first electric guitar when I was 15. I wanted to start playing guitar so I could learn AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” I was able to learn it quickly, but once I had that first song accomplished, I gave on guitar. A year went by before I picked up my guitar again. It wasn’t until I started feeling like I had nothing else to do except play guitar, before I got any good. I traded my RockBand video game for my friend’s ¾ size guitar. I loved this guitar because it was so easy to play with how tiny it was. I learned songs like “We are going to be friends,” and “What I Got” on this guitar. After about two years I sold that little crafter guitar and my Epiphone electric for a Takamine full size guitar. It was so hard to play that I almost gave up on music all together. Fortunately, 6 months later I bought the guitar I own today. My Taylor. This is the guitar that I consider, “My baby.”
All of this guitar buying happened very quickly, so I was still only a junior in High School. In January of 2011, I went to see the senior boys perform in Mr. Zionsville, my schools talent show. It was an incredible show and I knew right away that I had to do it my senior year. The very next day I started writing my first real song, “The Change.” This was a song explaining my entire high school career. The song only took 15 minutes to write and for the next year I practiced it daily. My senior year came around and I had been playing around two hours of guitar everyday. I went to the tryouts for Mr. Zionsville and was able to do the show! I was ecstatic and excited for the show. It was an amazing time meeting some new people and practicing my talent in front of people.
The night of the show came around and I played my little heart out. I did not win Mr. Talent, which I had dreamed about winning for the past year. I was very down and wanted to give up on music again. I realized that I wasn’t as happy when I quit playing guitar though. I looked back and realized Mr. Zionsivlle was the best experience I had ever had. I was happy I at least tried, and I went back to playing music.
After heading off to Ball State University, I felt I had no time for guitar so once again, I quit. The first semester was brutal; I had no friends to hang out with and my girlfriend at the time felt like a million miles away. What I didn’t realize was that this whole first semester was God giving me experience that I could write about second semester, (right now!). This semester I have begun writing my first album, “Old Love Lost, New Friends Found.” I am enjoying the writing and recording process, although it has been difficult and frustrating at times. I hope to have people hear my music and that it can be something we can all relate to.
To every one of my friends, family and fans, I love you all so much! Keegan, Austin, Tessa, Mom and everyone else who has encouraged me to put my heart into this CD, thank you! I hope everyone will have as much fun listening to this CD as I have had making it.
If I have learned one thing this year it is this:
With old love lost, new friends are sure to be found!