My daughter Melissa, 17, sits cross-legged on the living room floor, guitar in her lap, notebook in hand, music and lyrics pouring from her heart.
Born of love, anger, sorrow, and joy, the words provide a mirror into her soul...a brief glimpse into the life of a teen who tells her tales through song.
Her first foray into the world of music came in the 5th grade when she answered the call to join her elementary school band and dutifully learning to play the flute. Two years later when my husband Bob dusted off his old guitar and placed it in her talented hands, she knew she had found her passion....and never looked back.
Guitar lessons followed, along with acceptance into her high school audition chorus and the prestigious All South Jersey Chorus made up of the best and brightest teens representing 10 counties in the state.
Today, as a high school junior, she has carved out her niche as a singer/song writer who uses life experiences to produce powerful tunes that truly resonate with young and old alike.
Some have likened her to Colbie Caillat, others have described her as the next Taylor Swift. As her mother, I admit my bias, so I will let you decide for yourself. I invite you to listen to what will hopefully be the first of many professionally produced songs to come.
Here is is: How is Your Girlfriend!
Melissa is on vocals and guitar, her friend Emily McNally is on piano.
|Melissa at a Beatles convention in NYC. Photo take by her friend Erica Till.|