Thomas Moran of Massapequa was one of three finalists in the rock category of the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Moran, 22, said he has been playing guitar since he was 6. He said he started with lessons in school but gave it up after he became frustrated with the slow pace.
“I wanted to play rock songs and they were teaching me 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' ” he said.
Moran went on to say that he has always wanted to play music. He remembered watching musicians entertain people on TV wanting to be able to do the same thing.
“I remember in high school whenever I had a project or something, I’d turn it into a song,” he said with a laugh. Moran recalled having to do a report on the menstrual cycle and writing a humorous jingle that earned him an A grade.
Moran said he was particularly excited about being finalist because, while he didn’t win the grand prize, artists like Fergie, Bob Weir and Natasha Bedingfield listened to his music and picked his song from among thousands of others.
“It has really done a lot to boost my self-esteem,” he said.
Moran currently lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and two friends and works as a waiter when he isn’t playing music.