Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School freshman Circe Johnson expresses herself through poetry and music. She wanted to share a couple of songs she’s recently written on guitar about overcoming some tough times in her life.
“Anxiety” by Circe Johnson
“I wrote this song when I was having a really terrible anxiety attack,” said Circe. “It was to the point I couldn’t move and my body was stiff. All I could do was write and I put that writing into a song. In this song, it talks about having so much anxiety it’s crippling.”
“Persona” by Circe Johnson
“This is a song I wrote based off of my traumas from when I was a little girl. I went through a lot,” said Circe. “It starts out as poetry and then it comes out as music and it’s a really cool process. This one’s called ‘Persona’ because traumas grow into this mask, this shell, this border that’s comfortable, but not necessarily healthy. In this song, I talk about breaking through that trauma and feeling it as it was before I had the motive to be strong enough to realize that it was there. To realize I could grow out of it.”
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