Haha...this is Joe,these are just my own notes on a little bit of myself and how I found this thing we call music. No editing, no drafts, this is just... how it happened(: ... I think I was around 4 or so when I started taking piano lessons, but let's be honest as a 4 yr. Old it wasn't the most exciting thing in the world, so I stopped after 6 months or so. I picked up sports instead and went from soccer and gymnastics to baseball, football, basketball, cross-country and track.(Anyway...) Somewhere between when I was 4-10 I learned the notes on the staff and what sharps and flats meant, then when I was 10 my music teacher in elementary school challenged our whole class to come up with something musical for our school talent show. I decided to play fur elise (Beethoveen), one of the few songs I heard from my Dad on our piano growing up as a kid. I managed to learn it by listening to recordings of it and then trying to match it with what I saw on the sheet music in front of me. Didn't turn out too bad but I didn't really enjoy tickling the ivories as much as I enjoyed playing sports and other things. I put the piano aside until Santa Claus got me some piano books for Christmas. I think the sheet music was to one of Jim Brickman's albums called Picture This and the other stuff was from some guy called Bach (Which now I've come to repect a little more). I didn't really have a desire to play much of it until I started listening to the CD that went along with the sheet music (Brickman). Mom told me to play it and I picked up a few of the songs by listening and then, again, matching the sound to what I saw in front of me on the sheet music. I occasionally would learn other pieces that other people would ask me to do, but it usually wouldn't amount up to anything more than a few pieces a year. It wasn't until I was about 18 that Marie Young (the lady in charge of the music for my church), challenged me to see if I could make up an arrangement of a church hymn. As soon as I saw it as a challenge and saw that I could make up whatever I wanted instead of doing what the the black and white stuff told me to do, - I began to see music in a different way. I made the arrangement and performed it the next week. She was very persistent to ask me if I could do it with another hymn on one of the following Sundays. It was then, that I began to question to myself whether or not I could do something of my own that wasn't an arrangement of something I had heard before. I tried coming up with something original and found that I could. As this sparked my interest, I began to create other things and discovered that I really did have a passion for writing or creating music. As soon as I found all that out I spent all of my Senior year in High School dedicating myself to creating music for an album I called Breakthrough that I intended to sell later that year. With the minimal skills I had, I created and sold the album at my first concert 'debut' in April 2005. My senior year ended shortly after that and I went to college out east for a year where I studied music on the side (still didn't really ever think of doing it as a career). After a year of college, I served as a missionary for my church for 2 years in Sonora, Mexico and discovered a love for teaching. I returned home and went back to school (this time out west) and began preparing to become a High School (social sciences) teacher. To make the rest of it short I found that I couldn't not do music. I attended a local concert with the University's wind symphony and somethin' in my gut told me (kind of gross I know but...) I knew I wanted to create something just as beautiful as what I heard then. So here I am. And there you go, ... you wanna know more about me, you know where to find me (joewilliamsmusic.com). Look forward to sharin' some more music and stories with ya'll soon... Until then... Nos vemos - Joe.