MY ART STORY by

Brady Hammon

Nampa
Idaho

I always loved music, but was too busy playing sports to actually take the time to learn to play an instrument. I got paralyzed when I was 14 years old and then I had lots of time on my hands. I picked up an old beat-up guitar my uncle had given my mother that was stored under my bed—there was a beginners guitar book in the case. I attempted a D major chord and was hooked when I could not get it to resonate right. I decided the book was stupid in how it wanted me to form a D chord and did it my own way. Now, 28 something years later I still play D chord my way and am the only one I have ever seen do it that way. I became a counselor but could never afford my own counseling, so music and songwriting were my therapy. I had some pretty heart-wrenching songs, but for me when I created I got all of the negativity out of me and gave it back to the world. I turned the ugliness into something beautiful. The sadder the song, the more happy I was playing because it was purging it from my system. Replaying the song was like celebrating the purge.

I joined the Idaho Songwriters Association approximately five years ago. I have never felt I fit in with people in general, but after joining the songwriters association I felt like I found my tribe. Other people who not only wanted to interpret their world with song, but needed to. My music took off from this point forward. I am not as good as I would like to be, but I am a whole lot better than I ever was. I have been performing as a singer/songwriter for several years now. It was terribly frightening wondering if my music was good enough and being in a wheelchair and trying to share that music and have people accept what I have to offer. Music has kept me going and pushing for greater things. I don't think without music I would still be alive. I have found life in music and I have found passion and love and because of that I live every day as well as I can. I consider it a great life. If I have love, music and passion, what more do I need?