Permission to be a poet

I never thought I could write songs. I always wanted to, and as a teenager I did for a while, but also as a teenager I gave up, thinking I was rubbish and people would roll their eyes at my cheesy cliché songs. I’ve always admired a good lyric, you know when someone manages to nail down a feeling into words in a way where you think - never in a million years would I have thought of that metaphor or comparison or analogy, but it makes complete sense to me – it would always stick with me.


I grew up doing musical theatre, so in all honesty I never had to worry about the whole creating side of things – material would be given to me, I would learn it, and I’d regurgitate it the same way I’d heard it done before. And after 2 years auditioning for West End shows, cruises, pantomimes and anything else you could think of, with all the training under my belt I could possibly need, and not getting anywhere, I thought ‘I’m a bit tired of having to fit into a mould.’



When I was little I was convinced I would grow up to be a famous pop star, I was going to go on Stars In Their Eyes and get scouted and be worldwide by age 15. That didn’t happen. So when I was beginning to consider closing the door to the Musical Theatre world, my first thought was of course 'why don’t I try to be a singer?' And then my second thought was 'oh wait, I’m rubbish at writing songs.'


 


So when I met Reece, and we started doing cover gigs, and he sent me some demos of his songs, I realised I could totally get away with just singing someone else’s lyrics here! Sorted! But Reece wasn’t going to let me get away with that. I tried to convince him I’d already tried and failed at song writing, but he called my bluff and would sit with a guitar for half an hour telling me to ‘just sing something, give me a melody, first word that comes to your head.’ And eventually, out poured the first verse of Grand Desire.



The layers she digs through Like a red fox in the night She longs to keep herself warm And you succumb to her parasite

Alright. It’s different. I don’t know. Might be rubbish. Probably rubbish. And Reece says 'yeah, cool, I like it, what next?' And he put it in the song. And then he wanted my input on another song and together we wrote Can’t Let You Go. And then all of a sudden, I was classing myself as a ‘songwriter.’

 

I’m really excited to see how much further I can push myself with writing. Four of the songs on our recent EP include my lyrics and that number has gone up in our next project (keep an eye out) and its amazing to see that in the space of half a year I have gained so much confidence and really believe that my lyrics deserve to be there, and I love what I’m writing about - I love to write about what I know and what I know others can relate to.


So check out our EP, on our website, on Spotify and even on Youtube where you can find lyric videos of the songs! I hope you enjoy listening to them as much I enjoyed writing them, and I can’t wait to get the next batch of music out to you!

See you soon,

Gina


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