Kick start to a mu­si­cal ca­reer for Ella

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An amaz­ing day out for Ella Barwick led to her writ­ing a song that saw her named as a fi­nal­ist in the 2017 Lion Foun­da­tion Song­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Pukekohe High School stu­dent’s prize was a record­ing any­where in the coun­try, which she was thrilled to win.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited, it’s a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for me, it’s also a good new chapter in my mu­sic life, and go­ing to­wards my singer­song­writer dream.’’

She wrote ear­lier this year and it was judged in Au­gust.

‘‘It was in­spired by a time on the last day of the school hol­i­days, where Mum and I and the dog went to the beach and it was a per­fect day, the sky was blue, and the wa­ter was sparkling.

‘‘I like how ev­ery time I sing it and play it, I go back into that mo­ment.’’

When writ­ing her songs she takes in­spi­ra­tion from mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Jack John­son, Mid­night Oil, Foo Fight­ers and Ella Fitzger­ald.

‘‘I have lots of time out in my lit­tle bub­ble, writ­ing songs and get­ting my cre­ative side into words and onto a page and then with my gui­tar.

‘‘It just hap­pens at ran­dom mo­ments, it’s like a light­bulb. I just grab any­thing, origami pa­per, scrap pa­per, and scrib­ble it down as fast as I can, so I don’t for­get it.

‘‘That’s one of the best things about song writ­ing, it’s an ex­cit­ing flow of mu­si­cal en­ergy.

‘‘I mostly write songs for my own ex­pres­sion.’’

She said be­ing named a fi­nal­ist has topped off her best year yet.

‘‘My first songs were very sim­ple and short.

‘‘I’ve def­i­nitely im­proved over the year, and this is my most im­proved year, even com­pared to last year.

‘‘I’ve writ­ten more songs than I’ve ever done this year.

Ella, 15, said mu­sic runs in her blood, as her par­ents are both tal­ented mu­si­cians.

The teenager first picked up a gui­tar when she was eight-year­sold, and now also plays the elec­tric bass, per­cus­sion in a wind band, sus­pended sym­bol, bass in a con­cert band and drums.

A self-con­fessed shy per­son, she said there was noth­ing like per­form­ing on stage.

‘‘I feel more my­self when I’m per­form­ing my mu­sic, I feel com­fort­able on stage. I feel ex­cited to per­form and share my mu­sic.’’

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