Mu­sic is food to fill life’s hunger

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - Lau­ren Pi­lat

enough food. I would get on the bus and I would make my way to Leed­erville Tafe.”

Ms Munro said it was tough liv­ing with­out food to fuel her brain and she would some­times eat barely any­thing ex­cept in­stant noo­dles all day or not at all.

She called this her “home­less diet” and ad­mit­ted she of­ten fell back into the habit.

Ms Munro got a guitar on her sixth birth­day, and turned to mu­sic to ex­press the strug­gles of home­less­ness, in­clud­ing the lack of food, in her emo­tion­ally charged orig­i­nal track Bumpers and Goon­bags.

The song is one of many she has writ­ten over the years and said one of her most re­cent tracks told the story of her lifethreat­en­ing skate­board ac­ci­dent when she was 16.

Ms Munro said she skated down a mas­sive hill near Great Eastern High­way and stacked it.

“I broke my col­lar bone, I have scars on my knuck­les, I frac­tured both sides of my head and I had two haem­or­rhages,” she said.

“I was in an in­duced coma for two weeks and in hos­pi­tal for a year and an in-pa­tient for six months.

“All of a sud­den my life was gone and I was try­ing to grasp at any­thing be­cause I couldn’t re­mem­ber things.”

Ms Munro said when her mum brought her guitar into the hos­pi­tal, she felt whole.

“It was another piece of me that I could grasp,” she said.

“When I don’t play, my whole body shuts down, it’s some­thing that keeps me alive. Like air to breathe and wa­ter to drink, mu­sic be­came some­thing like that.”

Study­ing a Cer­tifi­cate IV in mu­sic and pho­tog­ra­phy, Ms Munro is look­ing for a job be­fore reach­ing her dream of be­com­ing a paid mu­si­cian and pho­tog­ra­pher.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d440366

Ella Munro knows too well life’s strug­gles.

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