Musician Morgan Moore discusses music & more

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

Editor’s note: Teens & 20s writer Logan A. White will feature a youth artist once a month on the Teens & 20s page. Today is the first installment of the series.

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Musician Morgan Moore is a member of the band, Salt & Light. [Photo submitted

   Art is all around us — from Hollywood and Broadway to hometown dance studios  and state fair art shows — it can be found wherever you look or listen. Meet The Artist is a monthly series that will feature a young creator and explore their perspective on art.
The inaugural artist is Morgan Moore, an 18-year-old with a passion for Christ, family, music and writing. She pursues music as a career with her all-sibling group, Salt and Light, playing the guitar and singing all over the United States and Canada.
Teens & 20s: What inspires you most?
Morgan Moore: My main spark of inspiration comes from movie soundtracks. I appreciate all of the little details that are written into the score to fit the mood of the scene/movie, and when you listen closely, those details come alive. I want to be able to create music that has emotions you can feel.
Teens & 20s: When do you feel you made the transition from hobby to passion?
Moore: About two years ago when we performed in Bullhead City, Arizona. We put a lot of miles on the road to make that trip happen, and it was then that we realized we were at the brink of hobby or passion. We could either continue playing for fun, or we could make sacrifices and keep a professional tour schedule year-round. It wasn’t even a question for us. After we were home a few days, we were ready to do another tour.
   Teens & 20s: What other form of art have you always wanted to try?
Moore: Novel writing. I’m actually in the midst of creating a young adult fantasy series titled The Aristel Chronicles, and it’s been a dream of mine to have them published. I feel like the Lord may be leading me in this direction, so we’ll see what He has in store.
Teens & 20s: What is the most unusual or uncommon genre of music that you love?
Moore: Soundtracks. Hans Zimmer is on the top of my favorite composers list, and pretty much anything he writes I’m listening to. He has a knack for using the simplest note structure or finding the most basic instrument and morphing it into a creation that sounds so complex. I also enjoy Queen.
Teens & 20s: What message do you want to spread through your music?
Moore: Hope. Our band motto is entertain, energize and edify, and that is what we try to accomplish at each performance. Most of the songs we write tend to have a deep meaning that can be interpreted differently for each individual. We want people to leave not only feeling entertained, but also edified.
Teens & 20s: What do you think is the most common misconception about music?
Moore: Probably how much work is involved. There are six members in our band, and each of us practices hours a day, not to mention the extra hours we spend rehearsing as a group. We have to find time to juggle our education: Three of us are doing online college, and the the other three are in high school or middle school. It can be overwhelming, but it can be very rewarding.
Teens & 20s: If you weren’t an artist, what career would you pursue?
Moore: Writing. I would take more time to work on my world building and have the series written in its entirety so I could publish at an earlier date.
Teens & 20s: Any additional comments?
Moore: I am very grateful for all of the blessings that the Lord has provided my family and me with through our years of touring. Without Him, this journey we are on would be impossible. I also want to acknowledge all of the hard work that my family puts into our career. I am blessed that we are working at this business as a family.
You can learn more about Salt and Light at www.saltandlightbluegrass.com.

Logan A. White is a Teens & 20s writer and a home-schooled high school graduate. She currently trains in Cary Ballet Conservatory’s professional program.

 

 

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