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I had a pretty dysfunctional childhood filled with mommy and daddy issues. The things I went through have led people to drugs, alcoholism, prostitution, and suicide. I wish I could remember the day it all happened, but all I remember is that I started writing songs. I would write songs about what I went through, what I saw other people going through and it just became a coping mechanism for me.
I never got in trouble in school or outside of school because I just wanted to get home and write, sing and play on my keyboard. When I did hang out with friends it always involved music in some way. I actually started writing with one of my best friends in school. I would start the song, pass it to her in class and she would add more and so on and so forth. It was a nice bond that we both had. Music is actually what has led me to almost every friend that I have today. Music was awesome because it made me feel like I wasn’t alone. Someone out there had it worse or could relate to what I was going through. It was like if I wrote it down on paper it didn’t hurt as much.
When I first heard Kelly Clarksons song, “Because of you” I thought, “Yes that is how I feel about my parents! 100%!!!”
If you are going through something I highly suggest trying to write what you are going through and turn it into a song. It works for me and works for a lot of my friends. I think that is how a lot of the best songs are written today. I mean look at Taylor Swift…she really knows how to take whatever she is going through and turn it into an awesome song. In the moment I thought I was going to actually be like Taylor Swift when I was in my teens, but as I got older I realized it was just something I needed at the time and I didn’t want to make a career out of it. I hid a lot of my songs in boxes in our basement from my childhood. I think I may be ready to share some of those soon with you all. If you know someone that writes music please let them know about the John Jesensky music scholarship program. “John Ross Jesensky’s professional exploits have showcased his diverse musical talents and have garnered consistent praise from his peers in the industry.” The opportunity closes on March 1st 2018.
Thanks to music I was able to walk away a stronger person and it is still big part of my life today.