Channeling Energy: Take Five with Lisa Morales

Photo by Gabriella Micene Howard

As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 21 – Fall 2022

Lisa Morales started her first all-girl band in grade school. Since then, she’s been rocking out on the guitar! She and her sister taught themselves how to play the guitar, inspired by their brother. Since then, Lisa has been playing the guitar and songwriting. Lisa is a go-with-the-flow type of artist, “the music, arrangements, and words all come at once.” She sees music as healing and as something people can express themselves with. Lisa enjoys playing her guitar and finding new ways to channel her creativity through her music!

Tell us a little about your musical background; how old were you when you started playing guitar, and what inspired your passion for music?
I was seven years old. My brother is over a decade older than me, so he was in high school and had a popular band. They played original music, great songs, and incredible harmonies. My sister, Roberta, and I would watch them practice, write and work up songs. We were fascinated. One day Roberta went into a bedroom and wrote a song plucking two strings-so I went into another room and wrote one using two other strings. Then we taught ourselves by looking at chord charts. We started writing our songs and had an all-girl band in grade school, charging admission in the cafeteria after school. 

What inspires you to wake up every day and continue pursuing your dreams?
I love what I do for a living, and I KNOW I’m lucky to be able to do it. 

Take us through your songwriting process. What types of environments do you feel you need to be your most creative?
I write best when no one is around. I hold on to what happens when the song comes. I don’t interrupt the flow, and I don’t second guess it. It’s when I’m going through something. 

What guitars are you playing right now? Name your top two to three, if possible.
I have a Gibson J200 Jr., an Epiphone Classical, and a custom Thinline Tele. I have more guitars, but that is my arsenal at the moment. 

Finish this sentence: “I believe music . . .”
I believe music can change the world. It heals and helps people get through so many things. It is a space holder for a time you go through. It is cathartic for me.