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Picking up the pipe dream

Songs of Myself

Sitting in my apartment alone a few weeks ago, I started to enter full-on crisis mode. As usual, I was listening to Twenty One Pilots and getting emotional. No homework tonight? One large helping of existential crisis coming right up, ma’am. I was thinking about my future — a recipe
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What do I do with my hands?

Songs of Myself

If you’re anything like me, class presentations are essentially the ninth circle of hell. When confronted with a room full of eyes focused on whatever dumb shit is about to come out of my mouth, my mind goes completely blank. What are words? How do I use them? Why is
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The ‘keys’ to success

Songs of Myself

I stood in front of the merch table with my too-indie-for-you 16-year-old friends, quivering with excitement and nerves as I prepared to meet my idol. It was a school night, and I’d convinced my parents to let me attend a Jukebox the Ghost concert via a highly persuasive PowerPoint presentation.
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Chill rocker dudes with cool music taste (and me)

Songs of Myself

Every summer in high school, I used to go to songwriting camp. I would take the bus from my little suburb into downtown Seattle, guitar strapped to my back and lyric notebook tucked into my purse. I felt like hot shit, oozing cool-girl musician vibes as I strutted down the
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Sparkly vampires and sucky songwriting

Songs of Myself

I sighed deeply, dropping the pen dramatically onto the open pages of the little notebook that lay on my purple bedspread. It was during seventh grade, and I was in the middle of reading the heart-wrenching second installment of the “Twilight” series — “New Moon.” After pouring over the pages
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Manic pixie YouTube uke girl

Songs of myself

Like many kids of my generation, I spent a good deal of my time as a young teenager religiously watching covers of pop songs by my favorite YouTube musicians. The bedroom acoustic cover appeared to be the key to the start of my music career. I idolized Christina Grimmie, a
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Putting away the pipe dream

Songs of Myself

I decided I wanted to be a musician when I was 14. I’d been playing piano half-heartedly for a few years, rarely practicing the classical pieces my tiny, unintimidating piano teacher urged me to learn. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get fired up about Beethoven’s 5th.
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