Kent Maxson - How It All Started...Why I Write Songs

My family got a piano when I was 5 years old.  My mother told me that I could not take piano lessons until I was 7 years old.  BUT, I was allowed to play the piano from the day it arrived at our house.  So, since I could not read music, I made up songs (much to the agony of my family).  I was writing songs before I could play and soon found myself in a world of freedom, where I could express everything that was inside of me.  If I was happy the notes bounced; if I was sad, the notes would cry.  If I was mad, the whole piano would shake with rage.  I had found my outlet for expressing all of the things that I could not tell anyone else.  So when I turned 7 I started taking piano lessons.  Once I could read notes I had to write down the songs that I had created.  “Bugle Call Of The Birds” was one of my first songs.  I wrote out the notes…. made covers from construction paper…. and then sold them to my classmates for five cents a song.  Carla Dunlop bought my first song.  I have kept EVERY song that I ever wrote through the years, no matter how bad or embarrassing they may be.  So, as a gesture of good faith I am now making one of my first songs available for free to everyone.  :)  Here is the original manuscript of, “Bugle Call Of The Birds.”  Who would have thought that years later I would write songs with Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy.  But we all have to start somewhere…RIGHT?

3 comments

  • Mary Schmittgens

    Mary Schmittgens Park Forest, IL

    Very interesting. A God given talent and you have done well with it. Keep it up.

    Very interesting. A God given talent and you have done well with it. Keep it up.

  • Max

    Max

    THANK YOU MARY!! Cindy and I miss you guys. Can't wait to see you again.

    THANK YOU MARY!! Cindy and I miss you guys. Can't wait to see you again.

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