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The Musical Development of A Hub Writer

Updated on October 14, 2013
Here I am at a Coffee House @ a local Community College
Here I am at a Coffee House @ a local Community College
Here I am with my First Yamaha Keyboard.
Here I am with my First Yamaha Keyboard.
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A Musician's Autobiography

At the age of six, my Mom arranged for me to take music lessons. I was following in the footsteps of my two older brothers.Mother's plan was to keep us occupied in something that could develop over time and to keep us out of idle trouble in later years.

I loved my first piano teacher, Sister K. She taught music in my school, which was exclusive Catholic private school for girls. She had the patience and the warmth that a Mommy could have. She would never yell or be rude. She was so impressed one day when I came in with the little composition book she gave me to learn how to write out my musical notes. Instead of writing out the notes she had given me in assignment, I wrote my own song instead.I soon became eligible for my first piano recital at the age of seven. I was not nervous, and I even memorized my pieces. I made my parents very proud.

At the age of eleven, I received my very own guitar.I have fond memories of a high school student letting me strum the strings of her guitar at the age of seven. I will never forget that experience. When my oldest brother got his first guitar, I knew I wanted to play it too.. Soon after my Mom found out that I had potential for the instrument she got me one with nylon strings. Immediately when I started taking lessons my teacher taught me classical style, with reading music and I comprehended well and had an easy time learning

At the age of twelve, I started creating my own compositions for classical guitar and I even put lyrics to my own guitar music. I tried to get on television at the local station here in Baltimore at the age of thirteen. The show was called Showcase 13. The television producers of that show accepted me for an audition. I sang and played guitar, Unfortunately, the man listening to me said, "Don't call us, we'll call you." I went home, feeling sad, remembering my Dad say, "It was a waste of time." No matter what, I kept on playing guitar and singing and writing songs. I continued taking classical guitar lessons all through middle school into the second year of high school

My opportunities for playing music for others flourished. . I joined the Folk Music Club, and for three years in a row, I was elected the President of that Musical Club. We played guitars and sang for the Monthly Liturgies that were for the entire school body and faculty to attend. A Liturgy is a Catholic Church Service. I became well known for that. I felt a zeal within me when I finished playing. As the President of the Folk Music Club, I organized the First Coffee House at my high school as a social activity. A coffee house event is when you invite other local high school students to play their favorite and even their original acoustic music in an informal setting while they quietly eat light refreshments and visit their peers.

My future in singing and playing guitar was quite bright, because I also performed in other Coffee House events in other local private high schools. My most memorable event was singing and playing guitar with my own brother.

I Take My Music To College

When I went to live in the dorm in my first year of college, I made sure that I brought my guitar with me, along with my creative writing of lyrics. I call this my landmark in songwriting because I produced over a dozen songs in that only year of school there. It was a landmark year for me, too, since it was the year I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Every song I wrote was written because of God bringing me new life in Christ.

When I was attending college, I found a music group that also played for Acoustic Liturgies that were offered in the dormitories around campus for the students who wanted to attend. It was my weekly religious obligation fulfilled as well. I made a lot of friends through my music. I remember, my friend, T. H. ( I place initials here to protect his identity) encouraged me to play more and his love for Dan Fogelberg music became mine. Then in May of 1979, I was able to perform at a coffee house at "the Loft" on the college campus. The cassette tape I have from that experience is still intact and I had it converted to CD. A true keepsake!

My Adult Years In Music

For Christmas, the year my daughter was born, I received an electronic musical keyboard by Yamaha as a gift. It was wonderful to know that my musical gift was going to expand. Immediately, I started to compose more songs. I found a new avenue for getting to play music. It was on my days off from working in the Nursing Homes as a nurse, that I would bring my keyboard in and sing and play for the residents.

I also played guitar on Music Day for my daughter's entire second grade at her elementary school. I was a bit nervous for that. I did not have a microphone for my voice and I only expected 25 students, not 90 students. Altogether, it was fun to get out there to enjoy.

In the last few years, I have been able to share my original music with special events at my Church Ministry and when available, I have been able to play in accompaniment with other musicians. I have also taken out the time to teach some private music lessons to young people as well


Reaching a maximum audience online is a new and possible way to have a new audience. I am getting closer to my goal. Having time, the proper equipment, and the confidence is all I need. My room is quiet and I have more privacy. I Look forward to entertaining all of my favorite audience.

This Writer playing Classical Guitar

An Original Composition by this Writer


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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub!

      What a wonderful story of a little girl achieving her dream! You play beautifully. I loved the pictures and the video.

      Thank you!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Christina I loved this seventeen months ago... and I love it even more now... what a wonderful hub.. you are one talented lady... singer and musician and a great poet.... and author... hugs dear friend


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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, CMCastro,

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing, to be honest.

      I loved every word. Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      When you said guitar, you had me then and there. I too, am learning more about the guitar. I learned the basics and a few chorded songs, but I want to learn "Alice's Restaurant," the way that it is picked. In time, with God's patience, I will learn.

      You have such a gift for writing. Just keep writing and good things are bound to happen to you.

      I cordially invite you to read one or two of my hubs, and be one of my followers.

      That would make my day.

      I am so honored to meet you.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      7 years ago from Wales

      I cannot believe that I haven't seen this gem before. Wonderful read about one very talented lady with a heart as big as houses. Loved it and sharing of course.

      Enjoy your day Christina.


    • CMCastro profile imageAUTHOR

      Christina M. Castro 

      8 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thanks, Bravewarrior, for your response. The woman in the video is not me, but is playing the piece I enjoy playing. As soon as I get a video of Me, I will make sure and post it.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      8 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thank you Deborah for your compliments. I have to tell you , though, that I can not take credit for the woman in the video is not me, yet I can play the same piece on the guitar as her. When I get my video made of ME I will certainly let you see it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      What a wonderful story of a little girl achieving her dream! I loved the video - you play beautifully. Will you be posting piano videos? I'd love to hear you play.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Christina wow excellent.. love this hub. I love your playing on the video.. I am sharing on Google and everywhere.. it


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      8 years ago my talented friend I am so very proud of you for sharing this wonderful story with us at our group - I can see that music has been a big part of your life and it's something you were just born to do - a true blessing in many ways and a celebration of life itself with this exceptional gift that you have ..... lake erie time 11:59pm

    • CMCastro profile imageAUTHOR

      Christina M. Castro 

      10 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I have been receiving verbal tutorials on how to apply my music online from my musical son who is a regular contributor to (go to my hub "It's In the Dance- A Tribute To My Musical Son" for his link) and I have just purchased a new keyboard so my motivation to become more developed musically and to be recorded will be one of my goals for this New Year.I look forward to sharing with my HubPage Community my musical creations. Thanks for your interest!! CM

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      Tom Cornett 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      You have wonderful talent! My best advice is to write and co-write with people you enjoy performing with. I've written songs with famous and not so famous writers....and enjoyed both equally. Make it your own journey and write what you love. I wish you all the best. :)

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      Kelley Marks 

      10 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I also play guitar - rock and jazz on my Gibson SG and Strat Acoustic. I've dabbled with writing songs too - it's all been lots of fun, mainly because I'v kept it fun by not letting ambition ruin it. But if I were more talented, it could have been a different story. Interestingly, when I was in my early 20s I had a bedroom full of guitars, including a bass and a double-neck. Man, I was cool! Anyway, since videos are so easy to produce these days, you should have one of yourself playing classical guitar on this hub. Come on, you can do it! Let me know when you do and I'll watch it. Later!

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      Marliza Gunter 

      10 years ago

      You are truly blessed...may all your wishes come true for you... :)

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      10 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      I'm with breakfastpop, go for it. You have been blessed with a gift, have worked hard to develop it & have a desire to share it with other's for God's glory. Be encouraged & have fun & take great joy in pursuing music. Blessings.

    • CMCastro profile imageAUTHOR

      Christina M. Castro 

      10 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thanks breakfastpop, for the encouragement!

      Thanks for reading my hub,Dave Mathews. I find that the more His Praise and Thanksgiving are sung, He provides More Beautiful Tones. Never stop singing. :)

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      10 years ago

      Go for it. You can do it!

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      CMCastro: Although I never learned to play any instrument, I still have a great love for music, and have learned to play the most complicated of all instruments in the world, the voice box. Yes I am a singer, singing for Our Lord.

      Brother Dave.


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