Music Of My Adolescence

by Youth Radio Atlanta
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Music Of My Adolescence

by Youth Radio Atlanta
Also Featured on WABE
03.24.15
03.24.15

By Faye Webster

On long family road trips, my brothers enjoyed watching movies on their portable DVD player. But I was listening to vintage western swing records my mom played on repeat. My grandfather played the same songs to us on his guitar. I knew all the words. When I hear these songs today, I am reminded why I started playing music in the first place.

I learned guitar hoping to develop the same smooth rhythm as my grandfather. But I was caught between my love for western music…and an interest in my brother’s rock ’n’ roll. I needed to find a place between the two, so I started to write my own songs.

I wrote my first song when I was 12 years old. It’s called ‘Rollin’ – (a song) about driving with my friends. Listening back to it, I can hardly recognize myself.

At 12 years old I was convinced I was grown up. I began to drive around with older friends in the front seat rather than having my parents there. This was the first time that I felt a great amount of freedom.

As I’ve grown up, my songwriting has changed – now, it focuses on more intimate things in my life. Things like friendships and family relationships and the kind of person that I want to become.

Songwriting gives me the ability to express my thoughts to others in a way that just feels right. All my fears of saying things face to face fall away when I’m writing a song.

Music is something that helped me discover who I am. And after years of feeling different from my peers, it has played a major role in my adolescence as a companion I can always lean on. I’m grateful for that.

Faye Webster is a senior at Grady High School in Atlanta.

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Photo Credit: Charlotte Bleau

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