Sophomore Simon Molnar releases a new original song titled “These Days.”

By Gracie Helfrich, ’23.

Students at UAHS claim a wide range of talents, but it is not very common to come across a student who is capable of creating original music and releasing it to a public audience single handedly. On Dec. 5, 2020, though, sophomore Simon Molnar did just that. Molnar released “These Days” on Spotify and Apple Music a few weeks ago. On Youtube, Molnar included a self-produced music video. As he now explains, he has extensive plans for the future of his music.

Q: What is your process for writing lyrics?

A: For writing lyrics I usually just follow the melody or chord progression, and I record all that first and then lyrics come after that. [When] I’m actually writing the lyrics, it works best if I decide what I want the lyrics to be about and then write them.

Q: What equipment and instruments do you use?

A: I can play a lot of instruments. I play it on the instrument through my computer. I play guitar and the piano and the bass, and I couldn’t play the drums because I don’t have drums but I use a microphone that’s connected to my computer.

Q: Have you made plans for any other songs?

A: Yeah, I have a few more songs [that I] already wrote, and I’m making an album which I think will have four or five songs on it. That should be coming out next month or something.

Q: When did you start making music or writing songs?

A: I’ve been playing music since I was like eight but I’ve been writing songs since [around] seventh grade—they just haven’t been good. They haven’t been good for a really long time but now I think they’re okay.

Q: What made you want to start writing music?

A: I wanted to write. I’ve been playing guitar for a really long time, so I was doing that and I was writing songs and eventually I started singing and one day I just tried to make my own song. I hated it, so I didn’t consider that my first song, but people said that they liked it, and I was like “Okay.”


Listen to “These Days” on YouTube here or on Spotify below.