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Guest post by Christina Lopez

Growing up in a musical family pre-destined me to a life of playing an instrument. At an early age my dad dragged me to music lessons, and being the kid I was the instruments changed depending on what sort of phase I was in at that point in time.

As a young child my dad started me off with the piano; an instrument that he himself plays, along with everyone else in his family. I began piano lessons with a teacher I shared with all of my cousins; we like to cultivate young musicians early, I suppose.

In the fifth grade I began my quest to be Lisa Simpson and picked up the saxophone. Sure, I was still pressing down keys, but learning how to control my breathing was a completely different thing. After five months and countless reeds later, I said goodbye to sore cheeks and continued with remedial piano lessons.

When I was a freshman in high school, I thought the piano was a little too soft for me. Mind you I was starting to listen to music that was a little more alternative than what I was initially exposed to. So naturally, I picked up a guitar and tried to channel Veruca Salt and Courtney Love. Once I was done with all that angst, I switched gears to folk music and started listening to a lot of singer songwriters. This is the point where I began to really appreciate music and my dad for pushing me to learn how to play it.

I started to focus on arrangements and how seemingly simple music can be beautiful in the best sense of the word. I jumped back into playing the piano, all that muscle memory that I built up through the years wasn’t completely gone it just needed some cleaning up. As I relearned the piano I started composing my own songs, and instead of channeling someone else, I was learning more about who I was. Piano teaches me something every day. It has taught me discipline, patience and that timing is everything.

So in the question of how I settled on playing the piano, the answer is simple. It’s not settling when it’s something you love.

About the author: Christina Lopez is a freelance fashion writer and pop culture junkie. Christina specializes in all things lifestyle-related. From home and design to health and beauty. With her love of art and all things beautiful, she delights in sharing her sense of style from her life to your computer monitor. Her title pegs her as an editor at a website that specializes in providing people with a car insurance quotes, but her passion leads her into writing with a little more substance and a lot more heart.

Thanks, Christina!  People’s stories are always so interesting!

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