Growing up as a child, the moment I would hear music come on, I would immediately stop what I was doing and listen to the lyrics, the chord progressions and the time signature. Music would help me ease problems or issues that I would face, like my schoolwork or family commotion.
Music connects with your inner person in a way that is indescribable. When listening to it, you will feel the urge to dance, shout out, sing along or remain silent for the duration of the song. Memories of unforgettable moments may arise, which could either make you happy, sad, emotional or lovesick.
Music has shaped me in some ways, to become the man I am today. It has helped me to understand the importance of myself in this world and the importance of creating pathways for my future. During primary school up until mid-way through high school, I suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after losing my grandmother.
I had problems handling anger at school, which would often result in me being asked to see the teacher after class, school detentions or suspensions. But picking up my guitar and strumming a tune would settle me down quicker than a chat to someone else – I found that connecting with music helped ease my pain and cool myself down during those times.
After leaving school, I made the decision to follow through with my music and pursue a possible musical career. Making that decision changed my life forever. I went from performing for guests at private functions to performing on the big stage to crowds at festivals and major events including the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and G20 Cultural Celebrations.
Performing at these events resulted in people developing an interest in my music, following my career and even becoming dedicated followers. Every day I think to myself, these people are the reason why I continue to make music as an up and coming musician and its quite obvious that I am doing the right thing by them.
After the loss of my grandmother in 2008, I have continued to write my own music, compose my own songs and strive to become a better person by helping those that are in need emotionally, physically and mentally by performing on stage and delivering positive and encouraging messages.
Always remember that where words fail, music speaks. If you’re ever feeling upset, sad or even happy, put music on and let your mind wander into the world of music and connect with it via your inner person.
Chris Tamwoy, who is known as ‘Magic Fingers’ thanks to his prodigious talents on the guitar, is originally from the Torres Strait Islands.