It could be called a love affair
Where it all began for me was with the piano. There was a basic upright piano at my grandma's place, and a children's electric piano at home. I think I had my first performance at first grade on school's christmas party. Isn't this kind of a classic story? I learned to play the piano pretty much on my own - we had one piano book that was very dear to me, with red covers and different songs and exercises to play. I dropped out from the piano lessons very early, because my teacher was an adult mean girl - really a poor teacher and just basically had a way of teaching that was pushing the student (mentally) down. That experience was enough to drive me just learning this on my own.
But I do remember also feeling not so confident as a teenager with my musician skills. I was very excited about playing, I also played guitar, was singing, listened to lots of music. Confidence still took some time and when I went to study music I think I sort of developed my own style of playing, which was mostly influenced by the music I listened to. Those were rebellious times. I didn't care about reading sheet music and all of that...Nowadays I get comments from trained pianists about my personal style of playing. Basically I consider myself a rock pianist.
Pretty much the first songs, and even most of the songs, I've written have been composed with the piano. I've used it a lot in my music making process. Songs that are written by the piano include for example these:
The piano is and was a big thing for me. She was like a companion in my music making, I gained strength, confidence from her. Doing solo performances with only the piano and my voice taught me a lot about music, and how it is not about doing so much but how you do it.
I think that instrumental background has an effect to the songs that are written. Through different instruments (as a multi-instrumentalist) I have definitely found new dimensions to my songwriting, even if I am not as skilled in each one of them. Piano is definitely very commonly used, and it can kinda work for you but also against you. That is why I have wanted to do experimenting in other ways in music, to be able to widen my own approach to making music. Those insights can also be brought into what ever instrument is "the one".