Breath of Music
(from the jay card) People frequently ask me how I write songs. I wish I could give them a formal speech on song-writing or hand them a booklet on the 'ten steps to writing songs', but... I can't. All I can do is shrug and honestly tell them, 'I don't know.' While some people may struggle to compose, it's something that comes naturally to me. Sometimes I hear a tune in my head or get an idea for a song while away from the piano; sometimes I play around on the piano and find a chord progression or melody worthy of making into a song. Every once in a while, I wake up with a song in my head. At any rate, I am convinced that my talent for composing has little to do with my own abilities. God has gifted me with the songs I write, and I am constantly reminded that 'my' songs really are not mine. They are God's songs, and He has entrusted them to me. I have tried to compose songs on my own, with no inspiration from God, and have only found myself with a worthless songs that frustrates me and everyone who listens to it. This only persuades me more and more that my music comes from God alone. I am now thirteen and have composed over 60 songs. Even when I began composing songs at age seven, people told my parents and me that I would go far, that I was some sort of 'child prodigy', and many other flattering compliments. But truly, God is my only inspiration, and He gives the only Breath of Music. --Damaris Gemmer.