When people ask me why I love music, a million answers immediately fly around my head, but then I go blank and repeat the same question to myself.
Why do I love music?
I grew up listening to all kinds of music, from my grandad’s 50’s rock’ n ’roll jives to my dad’s traditional Welsh folk songs to my mother and stepfather’s wacky 80’s taste. I’ve always loved music for many different reasons. Listening to music is an indescribable feeling. Music is an escape. It is something that connects with your present emotion whether you’re sad, happy, confused or of course when you’re in love. I can’t go a day without listening to music and no matter what anyone says, I know that everyone has a song / soundtrack to match their life stories. I am constantly singing around the house and I bet my parents can’t wait until I move out just so they can have a bit of peace and quiet! Music is my passion and it is something that I’ve decided I would like to pursue as a career.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be some sort of singer. I’ve changed my mind so many times – pop to folk, folk to classical, classical to opera and from opera to musical theatre. I fell in love with Musical Theatre around 3-4 years ago when I auditioned for my first amateur production. Having had no experience whatsoever in this profession, I wasn’t expecting to have a major role in the show, but to everyone’s surprise I ended up playing the main part.
This was a massive confidence boost for me and since then I’ve tried to take part in every musical concert, show and activity both inside and outside school. Music is a part of my identity. It completes me and makes me who I am. I will admit that I am not an academic student at all, and going through science, math classes and exams were very difficult. I found it incredibly easy to switch off – my mind would take me to a world of Broadway and dazzling lights and occasionally the wizarding world of Harry Potter would pop into my head too (I mean, who doesn’t want to go to Hogwarts?) Academic ability is too often viewed as the only real road to success in life – but though I have chosen a different path, it requires no less ability and perseverance. People assume that you just sing a couple of notes and then BAM! – you’re known as the singer of the school / neighborhood, but I’m telling you now that the understanding of singing and how to control your vocal chords is as complex as any science experiment.
Looking after my voice is a task in itself; no dairy before concerts, constantly drinking warm water with honey and lemon (you’re basically drinking something that looks like pee), and the hardest part of a teenagers’ life – getting plenty of sleep.
So you see? Music is definitely not as easy as it sounds. But no matter how hard I find it, I can’t imagine it not being a part of my life. It’s how I communicate with the world and it’s even given me friends for life. I met my best friend through singing and performing, and our dream one day is to end up on the West End stage together. Music gives me a new adventure every day, whether it’s through my dreams, my imagination or reality.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”