Wednesday, June 11

My guitar story

I remember turning into a wide-eyed baby when I first heard somebody play the guitar in a finger-picking style. It was like watching sunbeams poke through the curtains after a night where moonlight had too many hours, all of my life's troubles gathered together and suddenly grew smaller by the marriage of ten fingers and six strings. I felt like I had discovered the meaning of life and I was only sixteen.

 Listening to a guitar played the way that suits me best is pure wonderment, the same kind of firefly glow others might find when they go to Disneyland or when somebody catches their first fish, it is magic like being born is magic. From the moment I heard those fingers pull strings the way a gardener pulls fruit from the cherry tree, I was convinced this was the music for me. I wanted to always be listening. If a label for ingredients was attached to everybody the way it is for canned soup, mine would say something about a finger pickin' guitar song.

Although I fell in love with the sound, I never imagined I would learn how to play it myself. Whenever I thought about it, I could only see myself wishing I knew how, but then I would turn on an old country blues song and all of the desire to play was erased by the beauty of somebody else's song. At the time, it was enough for me to close my eyes and let others paint roads on my eyelids while I rested in their songs. I did not need to twitch, stomp, or understand, I just needed to listen. Until one day, after playing my banjo for two years, I came upon the guitar and said "I'm going to try my hand at you." Since then, my fingers have slowly turned from being human into tiny passenger trains. — Summertime weather is here, it is a beautiful time for playing guitar in the park and having nowhere else and nobody else to be.

Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument have you always wanted to play? Playing guitar and banjo requires effort, but the pay is worth more than anything else I've ever done!

Dress  Thrifted at MCC Thrift
Boots – Wild West Shop in Montana
Guitar OOO-15M Martin

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22 comments:

  1. Your dress is so pretty! You look beautiful!

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  2. Ah, Amy, your words and images wash over me and refresh my soul. This is so beautiful and perfect and you deserve great recognition. I have played guitar for four years, the banjo a little less and the dobro for over year. The joy that music, and especially playing music brings into our lives is incredible and i spend nearly every possible moment with my wooden friends or with others music playing. The banjo can be quite loud, so often the first thing i find myself doing, and then the last thing at night is with six strings and ten fingers.
    I love your banjo, but glad to hear your guitar story as well. Thank you for sharing.

    ~Abigail
    sweetergetsthejourneyblog.blogspot.com

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  3. Gosh, beautiful photos! My favorite is the closeup of you with your hands to your face <3 Lovely dress too, it looks so comfy and twirly.

    Miranda
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  4. Amazing dress! Looks rad with the boots!
    XO
    Jeanne
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  5. You are so cool, I admire those who can play the guitar.

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  6. I'd love to play an instrument. alas, my parents never supported it, and later on in life I had different priorities. I'm currently visiting a good friend of mine and her husband though. she is a flutist, he's a piano player, and the house is always filled with music. I'm listening to Rachmaninoff as I type this. it's great to have music in your life!

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  7. I've only just found your blog, but I adore your photos and writing, your outfit and boots are so lovely! I'm getting back into playing piano now, and am trying to teach myself guitar too- I also fall in love with the sound of people playing them, especially in summer!
    Emma xo Wallflower Wardrobe

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  8. very pretty, amy!

    i admire musicians like yourself - following the unconventional path towards your passions. my husband sort of has the reverse of your story: he taught himself to play the acoustic guitar back in college and now he's learning the banjo. our son {we hope} will follow in his father's foosteps, but as of now, he just loves to watch "dada" pick and sing.

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  9. I love this post. As a another guitarist I can relate to your words and feelings. I feel that playing guitar is like magic too. When I put a guitar in front of me it feels like it is a passage through which my soul can stream out and be expressed freely. There is no feeling like letting your fingers do what they know by heart and just letting yourself get lost in they music from deep within the truest parts of yourself.

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  10. I'm quite envious of you that you got to pick up guitar! I played the piano the majority of my years and the flute for a year...but my dream was always the cello. But, it's never too late, so who knows, maybe I can try the cello after college is done :)

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  11. That dress is such a great find! I especially love the shoulder details. Unfortunately I stopped learning how to play piano a few years ago, but I kind of want to pick it up again now that I have more free time!

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  12. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should

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  13. These are such beautiful pictures, and can I just say I love your header for you blog! Adorable!

    Naturally Jes

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  14. beautiful images! i used to play piano. right now i'm trying to learn my brother's ukulele but i find string instruments so difficult! haha

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  15. Ohhhh, those boots! They are absolutely amazing and definetively a must have.

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  16. love your vintage style!! I'm a huge thrift store fan :)

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  17. Lovely photos. You could use one of those for the cover of an album. I like the way you used different elements to tell the story. It wasn't just about the guitar, you playing. Lots of elements come together to inspire a story, lyrics of what you chose to say through images.

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  18. That dress is such a great find! I especially love the shoulder details. Unfortunately I stopped learning how to play piano a few years ago, but I kind of want to pick it up again now that I have more free time!

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  19. omg, I love that picture. The girl is so cute, too. I wish to have the same album.

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