Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld wrote his very first song when he was eight years old. He recalled to American Songwriter
his teacher at his Houston school gave the pupils homework of writing a poem about something that they love to do for reading aloud to class the next day. The young Justin loved flying a kite at the time, and instead of writing a poem, he penned a song called "The Kite." The next day, he sang it to his classmates, and the teacher was floored.
That same day at lunch, the teachers handed Justin a microphone and told him to sing his "kite song" to the 500 school children. Everybody was gobsmacked by his tune, and he loved how all the girls were looking at him. "I remember pretty little April in her red dress was going, 'Oh, my God,'" Furstenfeld said.
That experience was so positive, Justin started writing songs every day. During his high school years at Houston's prestigious Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Furstenfeld formed the band The Last Wish, which built a strong fanbase in his home city, He also first met multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye there, with whom he formed Blue October after The Last Wish broke up in 1995.