31 Stories of December. Story Nineteen I first learned how to play music by watching others in a guitar shop. I would get random lessons here and there from musicians who wanted to help a kid out. These were my earliest experiences with the musician community. Since then I have gained a lot from playing music and being part of this community. I was able to make extra income. I made some of my closest friends. Playing music also helped bring me back to church.On 11th Street is where I really felt that I had “made it.” My first apartment was here. In this neighborhood around U Street is where I stepped out and performed in front of complete strangers in spaces for people who wanted to listen to live music. I also found inspiration in all the incredible artists who would pass through here. I feel at home here. Subscribe Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Email Address Sign Up We respect your privacy. Thank you!