Once I discovered I could write poems, I knew the next step would be turning those poems into songs. My problem was that I didn't know how to play any instruments. I didn't even know if I was musically talented. It was time to find out.
I felt like the piano would be the best instrument to learn, because Lady Gaga and Kesha compose their songs on pianos, and that's the music I wanted to create. I went online and searched for piano and vocal coaches where I lived. I found Joyce Fishman first. I also recognized her picture, and realized she was an art teacher at my high school. The following day, I went to her classroom and talked to her after school. We talked for a while about what it was I wanted to do. She told me all about her credentials, and told me she would be able to help me. She also told me that even though I wanted to sing pop music, it'd be best for me to learn to sing classically so I could learn better singing techniques. She's the master, so I didn't question her. I started working with her as soon as summer 2010 started.
I told her that before we started vocal training, I really wanted to become decent at piano. My first three lessons were all piano and theory. After my third lesson I sat down at my piano and started playing around. I soon had a simple but very catchy melody. I continued and added a bass line to the melody, and then I figured out the chords and arranged the song. The song had no lyrics, but I scored the song on paper and presented my work to my teacher the following week.
When Mrs. Fishman, greeted me that week, the first thing I told her was that I wrote a song. She looked skeptical, and wanted to hear it. I took out the score I wrote, and placed it on the piano. She looked shocked. I then played the song for her, and she was speechless. She couldn't believe that after only three one-hour lessons, I was able to compose a song, and score it. She said I was the first person she personally knew who's been able to do that. I felt so special. I then decided it was time to work on singing, and every lesson after that was spit in half. During that summer, I continued to write new songs, and lyrics, but it was the first song I wrote that sounded special to me, but it didn't have any lyrics.