This whole songwriting thing started for me when I was learning guitar at the age of sixteen. I loved playing my guitar! I spent a lot of time trying to replicate the guitar parts on any song that had audible guitar accompaniment. A diary page below tells how I discovered the chords for the guitar part on the Bread song, “Aubrey.” Of course, I also knew how to replicate the guitar for their song, “Diary.”
I have written many times that I was a “fickle young girl.” I don’t even know if that’s the best description. I am certain immaturity would be a better word; those “fickle qualities” seem very unflattering for me now.
I have changed so much to reach what would be considered “maturity.”
When I was a teenager I grappled a lot with deciding which guys I liked, while at the same time dating several. I dated one of my first boyfriends for a fairly long time. We dated on and off for four years, starting from when I was fifteen. We were two years apart in age, so I attended his prom and he attended mine.
Looking back, I am not proud of my actions! I can honestly say that I wasn’t very kind. I would break things off with him, and then after a period of time I would miss him. I’d get in touch with him and we would try again. I was so immature that I told him I’d see him on New Year’s Eve and then I made plans with someone else (actually my future husband).
When I had to choose my New Year’s plan that year, I was very stressed out! I wrote a lot about this dilemma in my diary. I like supporting my story with my diary musings.
I can’t even believe I’m writing this; the last time when I broke it off, I kissed him first. Then I told him that I didn’t have feelings for him. He looked at me and said, “What is this – a Hollywood movie? You kiss me and then tell me, it’s over?”
I don’t remember exactly when I felt inspired to write my first song, “You’re Not the One” but I clearly remember my friend, Elena, harmonizing beautifully as I sang it. Elena was an accomplished musician and she liked my song! That gave me confidence to continue composing and writing music.
So I think I’ve written enough about the story behind the first song I ever wrote. I would love to rewrite some of the lyrics, but I’ve decided to leave them as testimony about a sweet song written by an immature, young girl.
My song lyrics and recording of the song, “You’re Not the One” are on a separate post.
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