The name 'Desert Lights' was inspired by my life in El Paso, Texas. It is the soundtrack to my most precious memories and experiences and each song is a representation of the emotions i felt inside. The cover of the album illustrates a piano in the middle of the desert which is a representation of my life in El Paso. The desert being El Paso and the piano being my passion. The moon is on the top, right hand side of the cover which represents the moonlight that shined through my window at night; the view was an inspiration for the song 'Desert Lights'. The album starts with 'Jade', which was my first 'real' composition. The inspiration behind the song was how I felt about a girl at the age of 16. The song starts with a slow, heavy chord which is how I felt when I would see her day after day in school and not be able to tell her how I felt for fear she would stop talking to me. She made it clear that I was her friend and it was staying that way, but my young heart felt otherwise. The second song on the album, 'My Family', is my father's favorite. This song I wrote in high school as well and I dedicated this song to my family because one's family is the most important thing in life. My family has always supported my goals and ideas which is the theme of the song. 'Midnight' is a song that took me two years to complete. This song has many inspirations including the beautiful view of El Paso's city lights from the mountains at night. This song is also inspired by my young days when I lived in Morenci, Arizona. As a young child I did not have many friends and the feeling of loneliness and anger is one that is sometimes tough to forget. For some reason i was only able to compose this piece late at night, which is why I decided on the name 'Midnight'. Number four of the album seems to be a favorite for many. 'Angel' was composed in 2009 and is the theme of someone in my past who I shared my heart with. Some things just weren't meant to be. In 1998 I composed a song that represented my passion for music. The first time i heard my aunt play the piano, something inside me clicked. I instantly knew that music was for me. '1998' was inspired by the day my aunt played 'Ballade Pour Adeline' the first time. The next song is 'Pictures on the Floor'. This songs represents a strange memory that I have when I was very young. I don't know how I still have this memory, but I remember sitting on the floor and in front of me were pictures of my family. I don't remember how old I was, but I do know that I was too young to walk. As I said, strange memory, but the song represents the sound of my young mind's fascination with the pictures. I started composing number 8, 'Desert Lights', in 2009 in El Paso and finished it in 2011 in Jacksonville, FL; where I live now. This song was inspired by all the memories I have of El Paso. When i first learned that I would be moving to Jacksonville, a bittersweet feeling overwhelmed me. I thought about my family and friends that I would leave behind and of the future Jacksonville had for me. The lengthy drive to Jacksonville was a great inspiration for this song. The last song on the album, 'Cananea' is named after the street I lived on. The saxophone in the song represents the memories I made when I was young and the piano represents the times when I was older. Desert Lights is the soundtrack to my life.