By Jacklyn Snide
Originally posted on her blog "Just a Pop"
Most kids dream of being a star at least once in their childhood. They picture themselves on the big screen, playing in a major league sport, or on stage, in front of their fans, singing or dancing to the music they produced. Here at Wethersfield High there is one student that very well may achieve this dream.
“Connor Wallowitz” has become a name known to many within our town’s community. You may have heard his name throughout the halls, at local events like the cornfest, or read it in the “Wethersfield Life”. Though he is merely a teenager, over the years Wallowitz has made strides to pursue a career in music.
Showing interest in music at a very young age, Wallowitz started piano lessons at the age of six. After just two years of piano lessons, Wallowitz felt confident enough on his instrument to write his own piece. Wallowitz did admit, “I was still a beginner as a pianist and vocalist. My songs were very simple and short at first, but my family was very supportive, as they encouraged me to continue as a songwriter.”
As the years went on Wallowitz wrote more and more. He described the process as being mus different than most artists’. As opposed to writing the lyrics first and then the music like many other songwriters, Wallowitz starts with the music. He writes “working lyrics” at first. These lyrics are whatever comes to mind as the music speaks to him. When he hears the lyrics with his composition, he develops a theme for the song and then writes to that theme. While song songs take only a day to write, Wallowitz has said it sometimes takes weeks or months if he really wants to make one work.
Wallowitz has produced four albums since he started writing his own music. He says, “I recorded my first album, Bleeding Colors, in 2014. This album was recorded at Dirt Floor Recording Studios in Chester, Connecticut. My next two albums were recorded and released in 2015, at Silk City Music Factory in Manchester, Connecticut. The albums are titled Time to Go, and Broken Lines. Last year, in 2016, I recorded my most recent album, Unknown. This was also recorded at SIlk City Music Factory. I will be recording my fifth studio album at Silk City Music Factory this July.”
Though he is still unsure of what exactly his future will hold, Wallowitz still wishes to have music be part of his career, possibly producing. He exclaimed, “No matter what career path I choose, I will continue to perform and write songs. Music is a very important part of my life, and I am very excited for the future ahead of me!”