So, who am I anyway?
MY STORY #1
So who am I, anyway?
My first instrument was my voice.
This is me at 12. That’s when I knew that being a singer was the only thing I really wanted to do.
At first it was school musicals and just singing wherever I could.
It was piano first and then guitar.
My mother gave me my first guitar on my 14th birthday. At first I wasn’t too sure what to do with it.
That came with time as I figured out that I didn’t so much want to play other peoples songs.
I like the sound of my own guitar chord patterns..
I remember she gave me a choice between that and a saxophone.
Pretty sure I made the right choice
Sting's “the dream of the blue turtles” was my first album I ever bought. “Russians” was my first ever fav song. I loved the interplay of a classical melody with thoughtful, poetic words about the world we lived in. John Farnham’s You’re the voice hit me hard, but it was epic version of Amazing Grace with Venetta fields which really sealed the deal for me as a singer.
I started writing my own songs when I was 14. The first song I ever wrote was called “the point of no return”. I recall writing it in the back of a car on a long drive with my family. I think it was about driving on that long road, but somehow it feels a little destined, a little prophetic. Like I was starting something that would define my whole life. I became obsessed with music theory and understanding the very heartbeat of what composing was.
I was never the sporty kid..more the introvert deep thinker type. At school, I would camp in the music room whenever I could. That’s where I somehow managed to play in to the heart of a sweet girl a few years younger, who would later become my wife.
There has always been a deep connection between words and music and the interplay of each. For years, songs were recorded on a little tape player in the bathroom to make the most of the reverb. All I ever wanted to do was play my own music. Cassettes became CDs for schools and kids. In 2007 I released my first ever album “Mesmerising”. 2011, Falling Awake and 2015 Returning..
Each time I write or record it is a music education. And each time, I grow and learn how to connect with the spark that is my calling on the earth.
That spark is a journey of discovery, doubt and faith and awareness.
TS Eliot once said “we shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
This speaks to me of the value of exploring our gifts and doing so bravely. In doing the deep work of our heart and soul, I believe we find that our story makes sense and our life has purpose and meaning. And maybe, just in creating, we get to know ourselves a little bit more.
I am making a new EP and it will be called “The Great Unveiling”. This is part of the journey..this unlocking to the meaning of our lives and who we are meant to be. My hope is that, through the songs that I write, you and I would figure out what our lives mean. And we’d find great joy in that too.
John Newsome: singer + songwriter, teacher, explorer/ dreamer.