Music in Your Life


Devin Hughes

Music doesn’t really require a lot to keep the passion from burning from its first ignition. I first became interested in music at the age of five, inspired by Drake Bell, from Drake and Josh. I was so fascinated with the attention playing the guitar got him. It was then when I begged my father to purchase a ¾ Fender Squire to fit my small body and a year’s worth of guitar lessons to get things kicked off. Since then, my knowledge and passion has only expanded into something that is now a part of me and my goal with it changed as well. My goal isn’t to be soaked in attention or to create a mainstream song. I feel like now my goal is to contribute what I think is fun to the world and travel to play at small venues to see people sway and bob to my music. I want it to be fun for everyone when it comes to music.

Every musician has different unique inspirations for why they desire to compose music of their own. For some their encouragement consists of bands and artists they listened to as a child, and for others their musical desire can sprout from the support they receive from those around them.

“I really looked up to pop stars in the early 2000s like Taylor swift and Lady Gaga, and as a kid wanted to be famous for some reason. I just looked up to a bunch of female singers and said, ‘I want to do that and make songs.” Haley Cusic

“Several music artists but I’d say just listening to my favorite genre gives me this special type of energy that makes me want to say I want to be able to do that and create those sounds. Nobody in specific but I think music as a whole is just really cool to me.” Christian Arias

Many musicians at HHS also have goals for what they hope to achieve with their natural born, or acquired talent and some prove to be ambitious with what they want.

“I just want to make people happy… or sad, I just want to make people feel something.” David Poe

“I feel like opening a studio would be cool.” Haley Cusic

Something worth noting when it comes to contributing to society with music are the valuable experiences you have when doing it. Whether it’s knowledge in communication skills with others, memories that last a lifetime, or just the overall development of skill you can utilize.

“I learned that no matter what you can do anything as long as you put your mind into it.” David Poe

“I learned there will be hardships and downfall, but you have to stick with it and overcome the barriers and you will achieve your goals through hard work and perseverance.” Christian Arias

Musical talent takes time. Don’t stress if you weren’t born with the knowledge to play the piano like Beethoven or strum the guitar like Jimi Hendrix. Hours need to be invested in the musical field and there is no shame in beginning “late.” Here are some words of advice from musicians around Huntingtown High School.

“You got to know that you really want to do it, you have a have a soul instinct that you want to do it, because that is what is going to drive you to keep doing it. It just has to come from your passion and main desire, and from there you learn what you can, there really is no limit.” Christian Arias

“Practice, practice, practice! And don’t compare yourself to other people, especially when it comes to your voice, your voice is uniquely yours and you shouldn’t’ try to make it just like someone else’s.” Ms. Greise

“100% go for it, it’s never too late to learn. That’s something I struggled with a lot. I didn’t start piano lessons when I was 14. It’s very easy to get discouraged, especially when I saw videos of child prodigies. In the long run people don’t notice your mistakes as much as you. You are your biggest critic, Id say if its something you are really passionate about you have to be determined and look past all the things your brain is telling you.” Haley Cusic