By Lisa Locke
The Somerville News Poetry and Music Series, March 4th at 3 p.m. at the Porter Square Books store will feature local singer/songwriter Jim Wells performing his original music.
Wells has been writing songs for approximately seven years. “I started not long after I started playing guitar,” he said. “I never gravitated towards playing other peoples’ songs as much as towards putting poetry to music. I’ve been writing poetry since I was old enough to write.”
Songwriting, Wells said, was initially a private outlet. When he first performed his music for an audience in the summer of 2002, it was out of necessity.
“I went to Cambridge, England for six weeks to study abroad, expecting some student loans to be deposited into my account,” Wells said. “By the time I found out I wasn’t going to get them, I was broke and needed enough money to get back to London to pick up my plane ticket home. Somewhere I got the idea to start busking in the street.”
While earning enough in spare change to pay for his bus ticket, he also had his first taste of the transformative experience of an audience responding to his work.