The Music Of Circe Johnson

By MG21 High School Students | June 7, 2019

  • MG21 student Circe Johnson in WPR's music library during a field trip. (Jenny Peek/WPR)

MG21 student Circe Johnson in WPR's music library during a field trip. (Jenny Peek/WPR)

Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School freshman Circe Johnson expresses herself through poetry and music. She wanted to share a couple of songs she’s recently written on guitar about overcoming some tough times in her life.


“Anxiety” by Circe Johnson


“I wrote this song when I was having a really terrible anxiety attack,” said Circe. “It was to the point I couldn’t move and my body was stiff. All I could do was write and I put that writing into a song. In this song, it talks about having so much anxiety it’s crippling.”


“Persona” by Circe Johnson


“This is a song I wrote based off of my traumas from when I was a little girl. I went through a lot,” said Circe. “It starts out as poetry and then it comes out as music and it’s a really cool process. This one’s called ‘Persona’ because traumas grow into this mask, this shell, this border that’s comfortable, but not necessarily healthy. In this song, I talk about breaking through that trauma and feeling it as it was before I had the motive to be strong enough to realize that it was there. To realize I could grow out of it.”

Hear from more MG21 students throughout the year on “Wisconsin Life” and on the special, “Classroom Frequency: Student Voices From Wisconsin.”

MG21 High School

MG21 High School Students

During the 2018-2019 school year, Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School, or MG21, high school students created radio pieces for Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Wisconsin Life.” The final stories were featured on the radio and online through the “Classroom Frequency: Student Voices From Wisconsin” project.

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