tunage tuesday: snapshots

You may wonder what Tunage Tuesday is all about. Why do I make a mixtape each week for you to listen to? Well, I'm what you call a music nerd. My first love in life is music. It always has been. I'm not one that can sit in silence, music has to be playing in the background. 
From a very very young age I fell in love with music. Both my parents are very musical and had me playing violin and piano from a young age. My mother was a music teacher so we were always singing songs around the house, we also sang in the church choir.  When I got to middle school I switched to cello and picked up the guitar. I started writing my own songs and then joined a band with some guys from my school. I always knew I wanted to be a singer. I couldn't think of doing anything else. 
After high school I moved to LA to attend the Los Angeles Recording Workshop as I wanted to become a music engineer. I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to familiarise with a professional studio and sound board and give me a chance to record my own music. Unfortunately, life had other plans for me. I moved back home and took some time to figure out what I was going to do. I did eventually enrol in University where I still decided to study music. But this didn't last long as my music theory teacher told me that because I had to work to pay for uni that it wasn't going to be possible for me to continue as music major. It would be too intense for me to study and work. So I changed my major to Architecture until I finally decided to switch to fashion design, which was definitely a great move for me. I did continue to play music. I was in a band called MakeOut and we recorded a few things. I sang on other people's albums and even had my own radio show. University was definitely a very creative time for me musically. 
Once I moved to London I stopped playing music. I'm not sure why. I lost the confidence to play and I didn't have any buddies to play with. They say if you don't use it, you lose it. And this is very true. I use to have the most powerful voice. I'm not going to lie, I had a beautiful voice. Now it's scratchy and so underused. I'm slowing picking up the guitar and trying to write again. 
I said all this to say music is a big deal for me. I live and breathe it. Songs are like snapshots of my life. I hear a song and it takes me back to a great memory. I promised myself that one day I would record an album and I plan on doing it. I just have to get my bum in gear and play more.
In the meantime, I hope you truly enjoy listening to our weekly mixtape. I hope the mixes inspire you and introduce you to new music. 
kelly xx

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