Thank you for the music: Hillary Omachel

By Sarah Reilly, Staff Writer

Fictional characters have a huge impact on our lives. We can learn important lessons from them like never giving up. They can inspire us to create art or go for the job we want. For Hillary Omachel, fictional characters inspire her to write songs.
Omachel has been writing songs since sixth grade when she started to learn guitar. She also is learning to play the ukulele and is teaching herself piano. She has written a total of 28 completed songs and has some uncompleted.
“Typically, whenever I’m just in an emotional mood, I sit down with my guitar and write down what sounds right,” Omachel said.
Writing music can be therapeutic. It is releasing emotions through writing and singing. Omachel uses this to express everything. She sings when she is overjoyed or angry. If her emotions are overwhelming, she sits down and writes, taking inspiration from how she feels.
When Omachel writes, she has to know what the song is about first. A lot of times she will base it on a group of fictional characters. These characters come from her favorite shows and books like “Supernatural” on the CW and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
“In the beginning, it was definitely Hanna Montanna,” Omachel said.
Omachel is also inspired by more modern artists like Katy Perry. She listens to a wide variety of music, mainly sticking to pop-punk and pop music. The main bands she listens to are Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Set It Off. If she had to put her music in a genre, she would say pop.
When writing the instrumental part of songs, Omachel typically sticks to her guitar. With five years of experience, it is easy for her to figure it out. She also uses the app BandLab. It helps her add different instrumentals, vocal parts, and loop tracks. She just recently used this app to write a song for her Theater Workshop.
“I [need to] get over the ‘everything needs to sound perfect’ phase,” Omachel said.
Right now, Omachel feels that all of her songs have to be perfect. If there is one wrong note, she has to fix it. She does not want to share her music yet because of this, but one day, she hopes she can. Her main goal is for people to appreciate and enjoy the music she makes.
Omachel would like to thank her friends for always listening to her songs and giving feedback. They are always there to support her and tell her if they think one part is too loud or if there is a wrong note. Thank you Omachel for continuing to do what you love. Thank you for sharing this with your friends and family. Thank you for the music.