My first memory of creating something musical is very distant summer afternoon in my nan’s house where I sat by piano and put together a sequence of what now I know are very basic triads. My dad, being a classically trained professional musician was very happy to see his three year old daughter being interested in music but it wasn’t until 10 years later that I started to work on my songwriting more seriously.
I think a lot of us find that songwriting came to us probably during teenage years and helped us at the time when we needed it. Like for many people being a teen, writing was based on instinct and just from the heart. It was much later that I actively started to think about particular styles of writing, direction, aim etc. The same thing I notice in my students who have the theory knowledge but often fail to link the theory with actual writing in their early years of songwriting. Initially it was the music element that meant more to me rather than the lyrics but in time I learnt to really push myself to mean every word and make it count. I am still learning and of course there are still so many things to develop. I am just so excited about all the songs that can still be created!