Letters from My Cold Heart
Music is everything.....it is my every thought and feeling. There is not a moment chords, lyrics, and melodies are not dancing through my head. My gift of writing was revealed at age twelve after a devastating back injury ended my hopes of being an elite gymnast. In order to express the pain I was experiencing and the frustration of not being heard, I began pouring myself into writing lyrics. Something more began to develop; I realized I had a sensitivity for those around me and the struggles they were encountering. Internalizing everyday life, and the experiences of others, began to fill pages. My sentiments not only needed to be written, but sung. In order to bring my music to full fruition, I taught myself piano, guitar, and ukulele. My gift of song writing awoke in me inspiration to encourage and challenge myself, my family and my friends. My passion and energy was no longer a perfect dismount, or an over the top back flip. My passion became creatively expressing life's experiences through music--feelings, loss, love, despair, happiness... I discovered that people started listening to me more when I sang than when I spoke. Four long years of seeking the correct diagnosis, and many hours of physical therapy and care have brought me back to the very active girl that never could keep her feet on the ground. I certainly will never achieve the perfect beloved back flip again, however, I have something I embrace so much more. I discovered what I am called to do. I am Maddie Larkin, singer/songwriter. As I continue to grow as an artist I know this is where I am most comfortable....sharing my thoughts, emotions and feeling through song. I enjoy connecting with listeners and sharing our life experiences together by celebrating life's joys, and attempting to understand life's pain. Music is me.